Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on 1,100 stations in North America. She was awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, dubbed the “Alternative Nobel” prize, and received the award in the Swedish Parliament in December.

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Friday, January 19, 2007
Make King's Dream Come True
The blood still stains the concrete balcony outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. King was in Memphis supporting black sanitation workers striking for a union contract. This past weekend, I came to Memphis for the National Conference on Media Reform but went directly from the airport to this sacred ground.
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Thursday, January 11, 2007
Global Warming, Warring and Warning
We begin this year with many milestones. 2006 was among the hottest years in recorded history. In Britain, it was the hottest year since they started keeping records in 1659. Ten of the hottest years in recorded history have occurred in the past 12 years. Snow has yet to fall in New York's Central Park. This hasn't happened in more than 100 years. And other records have been broken. ExxonMobil profits were slated to be the greatest ever. On Dec. 31, the Pentagon announced another grim milestone: 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.
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Thursday, January 04, 2007
Impeaching, Prosecuting Nixon Could Have Elevated the Nation
One of the high points of the U.S. media was the investigation into the Watergate scandal. Now, 30 years later, with President Ford's death, the media are contributing to the cover-up they once exposed.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Shooting the Messenger is a War Crime
The Committee to Protect Journalists recently released its 2006 report on threats to journalists. Iraq is by far the deadliest place for the fourth year in a row, with 32 journalists killed this year. Sad to say, the violence follows a trend that started with the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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Thursday, December 07, 2006
It's Bigotry That Should Be Silenced
A couple of months ago, Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi architect and blogger, was heading from JFK Airport in New York to Oakland, Calif. He was approached by two Transportation Security Administration workers and two JetBlue employees. They said he could not get on the flight wearing the T-shirt he had on. His shirt read, "We will not be silent." He asked what the problem was. It was not the English words that bothered them, but the Arabic script above it.
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Saturday, December 02, 2006
U.S. Can No Longer Shroud the Iraq Civil War
"Every great work of art goes through messy phases while it is in transition. A lump of clay can become a sculpture; blobs of paint become paintings which inspire." No, this is not Pablo Picasso speaking, but Maj. Gen. William Caldwell IV, spokesman for the Multi-National Force -- Iraq, comparing the carnage in Iraq with a work of art in another audacious attempt to "paint" Iraq as anything other than a catastrophe.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Rumsfeld and a Mountain of Misery
Frederick Douglass, the renowned abolitionist, began life as a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. When his owner had trouble with the young, unruly slave, Douglass was sent to Edward Covey, a notorious "slave breaker." Covey's plantation, where physical and psychological torture were standard, was called Mount Misery. Douglass eventually fought back, escaped to the North and went on to change the world. Today Mount Misery is owned by Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing secretary of defense.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Bush Has Chance to Hold Terrorists Accountable
The troops marched slowly, their U.S.-made M-16s raised. It was Nov. 12, 1991, a day that would forever be seared into my memory, and into history. I was reporting in East Timor, a small island nation 300 miles north of Australia, brutally occupied by Indonesia since 1975. A third of the population -- 200,000 Timorese -- had been killed in one of the worst genocides of the 20th century.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006
New Vermont Senator Not Standard Fare
Bernard Sanders is the new U.S. senator in Vermont. He ran as an independent, but he is the first self-described socialist to be elected to the Senate.
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Sunday, November 05, 2006
Beyond the Nine-Second Sound Bite
My goal as a journalist is to break the sound barrier. To cut through the static and bring forth voices that are not usually heard. I am not talking about a fringe minority, or the Silent Majority, but a silenced majority, increasingly restless, of people who are looking for alternative sources of information in a complex world.
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