Columns & Articles

People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

“I found myself standing in front of railroad tracks in South Florida. I was waiting on the train to come so I could jump in front of it and end my life.” So recounted Desmond Meade, describing his life nine years ago. He was homeless, unemployed, recently released from prison and addicted to drugs and alcohol. The train never came. He crossed the tracks and checked himself into a substance-abuse program. He went on to college, and now is just months away from receiving his law degree.

February 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Prison, Voting, Civil Rights

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

February 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Russia, Olympics, Pussy Riot

Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice. He died this week at 94. Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.

January 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pete Seeger, Music, Civil Rights, Environment

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

PARK CITY, Utah—A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Aaron’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11 for “The Day We Fight Back.” As they say on their website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines."

January 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. 5, 1945. Burchett violated the U.S. military blockade of Hiroshima, and was the first Western journalist to visit that devastated city. He wrote: “Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.” Jump ahead 66 years, to March 11, 2011, and 600 miles north, to Fukushima and the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused the tsunami.

January 16, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Japan

The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one of the most audacious thefts of government secrets in U.S. history, and who successfully evaded capture, remaining anonymous for more than 40 years. Among them: two professors, a day-care provider and a taxi driver.

January 09, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, COINTELPRO, FBI

Congress to the Unemployed: Eat Confetti

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Is this really how we want to start the new year, by denying unemployment benefits to more than a million Americans who have lost their jobs?

January 02, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Economy, Unemployment

Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

December 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Yemen

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Mandela: The Man and the Movement

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Nelson Mandela is rightly remembered for his remarkable ability to reconcile with his oppressors, and the political prescription his forgiveness entailed for the new South Africa. Mandela has passed, but what he has passed on to succeeding generations is his deep belief in the power of movements to make change.

December 12, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nelson Mandela

"Poverty Wages in the Land of Plenty"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

December 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, U.S. Labor Protests, U.S. Economy

Talking Turkey About Climate Change

Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another extreme weather event is disrupting one of the most popular traditions here in the United States, Thanksgiving. Climate science predicts that, as the planet warms, events like this will increase in their frequency and their severity.

November 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

November 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Typhoon Haiyan Demands Climate Action at the U.N. Summit in Warsaw

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan.

"Typhoon Haiyan, a storm of historic proportions, has devastated the largely impoverished population of the Philippines. In seeming synchrony, halfway around the world, thousands of negotiators, scientists, politicians and journalists are gathering for the annual United Nations Climate Change summit, held this year in Warsaw, Poland."

Election 2013: A Grassroots Resurgence

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grassroots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

November 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Money & Politics, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Marijuana

The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 9-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

October 31, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Drone Attacks, Drones, Pakistan, Obama

Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

October 24, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, New York

Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

October 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling, Whistleblowers

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

October 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Healthcare

Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

October 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison

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