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Columns & Articles

Election 2012: Dreams of a Vote Deferred?

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born, who wouldn’t live to see 40 years.

August 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Voting

Paul Ryan: A Man With a Plan, From the Fiscal to the Physical

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is considered by many a champion of small government. For women, though, the federal government that Paul Ryan envisions is big, intrusive and controlling. Paul Ryan would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. In other words, the mother could die as a result of complications from the pregnancy.

August 16, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Paul Ryan, 2012 Election

On Gun Laws, It’s Bipartisan Consensus Not Gridlock That’s the Problem

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

With an average of 32 people killed by guns in this country every day—the equivalent of five Wisconsin massacres per day—both major parties refuse to deal with gun control. It’s the consensus, not the gridlock, that’s the problem.

August 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control, Sikh

The Obama Administration Torpedoes the Arms Trade Treaty

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Quick: What is more heavily regulated, global trade of bananas or battleships?

U.S. Gun Laws: Guilty by Reason of Insanity

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., reportedly amassed his huge arsenal with relative ease. Some of these weapons were illegal as recently as eight years ago.

July 26, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Gun Control

75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

July 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain, War, Military, Military Industrial Complex

The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

July 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Spain

Climate Change: 'This Is Just the Beginning'

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

If our news media, including—or especially—the meteorologists, continue to ignore the essential link between extreme weather and climate change, then we as a nation, the greatest per capita polluters on the planet, may not act in time to avert even greater catastrophe.

July 04, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator. That was more than 100 years ago, and the blatant corruption of Clark and the other Copper Kings created a furor that led to the passage, by citizen initiative, of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act in 1912. The century of transparent campaign-finance restrictions that followed, preventing corporate money from influencing elections, came to an end this week, as the U.S. Supreme Court summarily reversed the Montana law.

June 28, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Citizens United, Election 2012

A Movement Built By Dreamers

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Undocumented immigrants in the United States number around 12 million people, a group larger than the populations of most countries on the planet.

June 21, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, DREAM Act, Immigration

Across That Bridge, Again

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

June 14, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Voting, Civil Rights

It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

June 07, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wisconsin

WikiLeaks, War Crimes and the Pinochet Principle

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet remind us that all too often whistle-blowers suffer, while war criminals walk.

May 31, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Chile

Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals. Unlike Allen, many decorated U.S. military veterans left the streets of Chicago after the NATO summit without their medals.

May 24, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, NATO, War, War on Terror, Afghanistan, Iraq

Veterans Say No to NATO

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan. Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago. This week, NATO is holding the largest meeting in its 63-year history there. Protests and rallies will confront the two-day summit, facing off against a massive armed police and military presence.

Holding Bank of America to Account

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an "extraordinary event." That is what the city of Charlotte, North Carolina called the bank’s shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second largest bank in the US (after JP Morgan Chase), claiming more than $2 trillion in assets. It is also the "too big to fail" poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking monstrosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal.

May 09, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Bank of America, Financial Meltdown

The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

May 03, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 2012 Election, Election 2012, Campaign Finance, FCC

The NSA Is Watching You

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.

Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after returning from the Summit of the Americas.

April 19, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Obama, Colombia, Drug War, Cuba

The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

April 12, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Global Warming, Maldives, Koch Brothers

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