Columns & Articles

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

Kenneth Chamberlain’s Family Says Autopsy Contradicts Police Account Of His Death

By Juan Gonzalez

The former Marine shot by cops in his apartment died from a single bullet that entered his right arm and ripped through both lungs, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Daily News. The lawyer for Kenneth Chamberlain’s family said the autopsy contradicts the police account of his death.

Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Forget Fear of Flying, Fear Airport Screening

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Just getting to your airplane these days may present a greater risk to your health than the actual flight.

March 29, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Domestic Surveillance

Walking While Black: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed.

March 22, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police, Civil Rights, Trayvon Martin

"Terror, Trauma, and the Endless Afghan War." By Amy Goodman

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women. The attack has been called tragic, which it surely is. But when Afghans attack U.S. forces, they are called “terrorists.” That is, perhaps, the inconsistency at the core of U.S. policy, that democracy can be delivered through the barrel of a gun, that terrorism can be fought by terrorizing a nation.

March 15, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Afghanistan, Pentagon, War on Terror, Human Rights, Obama

"The Bipartisan Nuclear Bailout."

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Super Tuesday demonstrated the rancor rife in Republican ranks, as the four remaining major candidates slug it out to see how far to the right of President Barack Obama they can go. While attacking him for the high cost of gasoline, both sides are traveling down the same perilous road in their support of nuclear power.

"Wikileaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue The Truth, Not Its Messenger." By Amy Goodman

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. Among the emails was a short one-liner that suggested the U.S. government has produced, through a secret grand jury, a sealed indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: 'The President Is Wrong'." By Amy Goodman

Russ Feingold writes: "The President is wrong to embrace the corrupt corporate politics of Citizens United through the use of Super PACs." As the Obama campaign "dances with the devil" according to Feingold, perhaps as the President’s new election co-chair, he will help us follow the money.

February 23, 2012 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Election 2012, Campaign Finance, Citizens United

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