Columns & Articles

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

January 17, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Aaron Swartz, Internet

John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantánamo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

It takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in Dec. 2001, as he was entering Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military operations there. While his colleague was allowed in, al-Hajj was arrested, in what was to be a harrowing, nightmarish odyssey that lasted close to seven years, most of it spent as prisoner 345, the only journalist imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay — without charge.

January 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo, War on Terror, Obama

Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

January 03, 2013 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NDAA

Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Standing stalwartly against any regulation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the National Rifle Association continues to block any gun-control laws whatsoever, and even trumpets its efforts to block the global Arms Trade Treaty, slated for negotiations at the United Nations this March.

December 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NRA, Aurora Shooting, Arizona shooting, Gun Control

Lessons from New Town, AUS for Newtown, USA: Will New Thinking Lead to New Laws?

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The initial shock of the latest semiautomatic weapon-fueled massacre has passed, but the grief only grows. Since President Barack Obama took office, there have been at least 16 major mass shootings, after which he has offered somber words of condolence and called for national healing. But what is really needed is gun control, serious gun control – as was swiftly implemented in Australia in 1996, after another gunman went on a senseless shooting spree.

December 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Newtown Shooting, Gun Control

The Trials of Bradley Manning

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial.

December 13, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

December 06, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Doha Climate Summit 2012, Climate Change

Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubbed “COP 18,” an army of bureaucrats, business people and environmentalists are gathered ostensibly to limit global greenhouse-gas emissions to a level that scientists say will contain the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and perhaps stave off global climate catastrophe. If past meetings are any indication, national self-interest on the part of the world’s largest polluters, paramount among them the United States, will trump global consensus.

In Gaza: "It’s the Occupation, Stupid"

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

“The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation,” award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy summed up this week. It is that simple. This latest Israeli military assault on the people of Gaza is not an isolated event, but part of a 45-year occupation of the sliver of land wedged between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea, where 1.6 million people live under a brutal Israeli blockade that denies them most of the basic necessities of life. Without the unwavering bipartisan support of the United States for the Israeli military, the occupation of Palestine could not exist.

"The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below. She was the second person in two weeks in Spain to commit suicide as a result of an impending foreclosure action. Her suicide has added gravity to this week’s general strike radiating from the streets of Madrid across all of Europe. As resistance to so-called austerity in Europe becomes increasingly transnational and coordinated, President Barack Obama and the House Republicans begin their debate to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The fight is over fair tax rates, budget priorities and whether we as a society will sustain the social safety net built during the past 80 years.

November 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Occupy Wall Street, Debt

"Now the Work of Movements Begins"

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.

November 08, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2012 Election

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

November 01, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming

California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Whether or not this ballot passes could have a significant impact on how our food system is organized, favoring small, local organic-food producers (if it passes), or allowing for the increased expansion of large, corporate agribusiness (if it fails).

October 25, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Food, California, Agriculture

Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night. That’s because she was shackled to a chair in a nearby New York police facility, along with her running mate, Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala. Their crime: attempting to get to the debate so Stein could participate in it.

October 18, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Women’s Rights, Mitt Romney

Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions. Despite unemployment levels that remain high, and the anxiety caused by people living paycheck to paycheck, many workers in the United States are taking matters into their own hands, demanding better working conditions and better pay.

October 11, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Labor, Unions, Walmart

Expand the Debate: This Is What Democracy Sounds Like

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, Democracy Now! broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated debate to include two third-party presidential candidates. Dr. Jill Stein, of the Green Party, and Rocky Anderson, of the Justice Party, responded to the same questions put to the major-party candidates, in real time, from their own podiums a little ways down the road. The goal was to open the forum, to bring out voices that are ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media.

Romney Has a Jobs Plan ... for China

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

You may never have heard of Sensata Technologies, but in this election season, you’ve probably heard the name of its owner, Bain Capital, the company co-founded and formerly run by Mitt Romney.

September 27, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Mitt Romney, Election 2012, 2012 Election, Unemployment

Get the Frack Out of Our Water: Shale-Shocked Citizens Fight Back

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Western Pennsylvania is considered the birthplace of commercial oil drilling. On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pa., and changed the course of history. Now, people there are busy trying to stop wells, and the increasingly pervasive drilling practice known as fracking. Fracking is the popular term for hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to extract natural gas from deep beneath the earth’s surface. Fracking is promoted by the gas industry as the key to escaping from dependence on foreign oil. But evidence is mounting that fracking pollutes groundwater with a witches’ brew of toxic chemicals, creating imminent threats to public health and safety. It has even caused earthquakes in Ohio. As people mark the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, popular resistance to the immense power of the energy industry is on the rise.

September 20, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Environment, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

September 13, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Chicago, Education, Privatization

No Papers, No Fear at the Democratic Convention

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Convention was gaveled into session Tuesday, outside in the rain, in the paramilitarized heart of Charlotte, democracy in its finest form found expression.

September 05, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, DREAM Act, DNC 2012, Immigration, Immigrant Rights, Election 2012

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