Columns & Articles

A collection of columns published by Democracy Now! co-hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González along with articles published by Democracy Now! producers and correspondents.

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Juan González has been a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Pope Francis framed his talk around four Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and two lesser-known figures, two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Day and Merton were both outspoken proponents of an engaged form of religion, taking their beliefs into action.

October 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 78-year-old Argentinian known to the world as Pope Francis, made his first trip to the United States this week, bringing his uniquely progressive papal perspective.

September 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

September 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The flood of people fleeing war and misery is swelling daily, reaching the shores and borders of Europe in a desperate bid for safety. They come from Syria, where a brutal civil war during the past half-decade has killed well over 200,000.

September 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

September 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy A Chance

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The alternative to diplomacy is to pour gasoline on a region of the world already on fire with intense, complex military conflicts.

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iran, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Bond, Black Lives Matter

Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
This year’s Venice Biennale, called "All the World’s Futures," showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

August 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Nuclear Power

Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. This is a start for accountability and justice. Cleveland should pay attention. As the thousand people gathered there last weekend said clearly, “Black Lives Matter.”

July 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Police, Ohio

A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba. As the Cuban national anthem was played, the island nation’s flag was raised over its embassy in Washington, D.C.

July 23, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba

Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade, that the APA actively colluded with the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA, manipulating the APA’s policies, meetings and members in order to get the APA’s endorsement of the Pentagon’s torture program.

July 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Psychology & Torture, Torture

Cybersecurity, Encryption and The Golden Age of Surveillance

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The ability of regular people to access encryption tools has prompted the governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom to propose special access to all communications. They want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

July 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Domestic Surveillance, FBI

‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
The massacre of nine African-American worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has sent shock waves through the nation and could well blow the roof off the Confederacy.

June 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Charleston Church Shooting, Race in America

The New Battle of Seattle

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As fossil-fuel corporations intensify their exploitation of the world’s oil, protesters, as well as the pope, are weighing in as never before about the catastrophic effects of climate change.

June 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Arctic

Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. At the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City’s Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement.

June 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison, Torture, New York

The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed To Hear

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
Evan Young was the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School, in Longmont, Colorado, and planned to give the valedictory address. But his principal never gave him the chance because Evan planned to come out as gay in the speech for the first time. Evan eventually got to give his speech — two weeks later, not far from where Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was beaten and tortured in 1998.

June 04, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, LGBT, Gay Rights, Students

The Pre-charge Punishment of Julian Assange

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Tucked away on a side street in one of London’s toniest neighborhoods, just across the street from the sprawling department store Harrods, sits a brick, Victorian-era apartment building that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy. Julian Assange, the founder and editor of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, walked into this embassy on June 19, 2012, and hasn’t stepped foot outside since. Nevertheless, WikiLeaks continues, releasing groundbreaking information about potentially catastrophic conditions in Britain’s nuclear-weapons submarines, full chapters of the secret and intensely controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty, and more.

May 28, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal. It was there, in the pre-dawn hours of July 28, 2012, that three “Plowshares” peace activists, including an 82-year-old nun, penetrated the facility’s myriad security systems. They spray-painted messages of peace on the wall, poured blood, hammered on the concrete and were arrested.

May 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nuclear Weapons, Plowshares Movement