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In North Carolina, Pigs Don’t Fly but Their Feces Do

There are 10 million people in North Carolina, and 9 million hogs. Judging by the smell, the hogs are winning. Or, rather, the giant corporate factory hog farms are.

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May Day March Planned as Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants

If the past is any predictor, millions across the United States will march May 1 in defense of immigrant rights and against the president’s increasingly draconian policies.

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An Attempted Mass Killing in Arkansas

If he gets his way, Arkansas’ Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will execute eight men in 11 days this month.

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Trump’s Making Good on One of His Many Campaign Promises: Promoting Unfettered Police Power

As the world focuses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid for unchecked state violence here at home.

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50 Years Later, a Speech by King Has Lessons for a President

As the Trump administration attempts to swell the Pentagon budget and gut social programs, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech remains chillingly relevant.

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In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale

Unless you are reading this column in a good old print newspaper, odds are your internet service provider knows what you are up to.

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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

President Trump’s response to the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II is to slash aid, bar refugees and expand the military.

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Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the co-founder, executive producer and host of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 900 public broadcast stations in North America.

Goodman graduated from Harvard with a degree in anthropology in 1984. She began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio’s New York station, WBAI, where she produced WBAI’s Evening News for 10 years.

In 1991, Goodman traveled to East Timor to report on the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. There, she and colleague Allan Nairn witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese men, women and children during a memorial procession. Indonesian soldiers savagely beat Goodman and Nairn, fracturing Nairn’s skull. Their documentary, “Massacre: The Story of East Timor” won numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the Associated Press, United Press International and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 1996, Goodman helped launch Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!. Two years later, Goodman and producer Jeremy Scahill went to Nigeria. Their award-winning radio documentary “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship” exposed Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the Niger Delta, who were protesting yet another oil spill in their community. In 1999, Goodman traveled to Peru to interview American political prisoner Lori Berenson. It was the first time a journalist had ever gotten into the prison to speak to her.

In March 2004, Goodman obtained the international broadcast exclusive of the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from his imposed exile in the Central African Republic to Jamaica, accompanying the Aristides with the delegation that retrieved them. Her coverage of the Haitian story scored more than 3.5 million hits on Democracy Now!‘s Web site, ultimately forcing the story into the mainstream press in what Goodman describes as “trickle up” journalism.

In addition to writing her syndicated editorial column, Goodman is co-authored, with her brother David Goodman, five New York Times bestsellers including Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back (Hyperion, 2006).  The pair also co-wrote the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them. The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the No. 1 political title of the 2004 election season and ranked as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly. In addition, Goodman is the co-author of Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times,.

Goodman has received numerous awards and much recognition for her work. To name a few, goodman was awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, dubbed the “Alternative Nobel” prize, and received the award in the Swedish Parliament in December.In addition, PULSE named Goodman one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.In 2012 Goodman received the Gandi Peace Award and in 2015, Goodman received the 2014 I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

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