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Sunday, November 18,2012
Commentary

The anti-austerity movement

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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.
Wednesday, November 14,2012
Commentary

President Obama, climate change and the second term

By Gwynne Dyer
It's hard to know how much impact New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's comments about climate change after Hurricane Sandy had on the U.S. election. It's easy to overestimate that sort of thing, but President Barack Obama's victory in several states was so razor-thin that Bloomberg's last-minute intervention may have been decisive.
Sunday, November 11,2012
Commentary

The work of movements starts

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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 micro-targeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts.
Sunday, October 21,2012
Commentary

Binders full of women... and two women bound

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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.
Sunday, October 14,2012
Commentary

U.S. workers fight for justice, from Walmart to Chipotle

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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. This is happening while corporate coffers are brimming with historically high levels of cash on hand, in both the "too big to fail" banks and in non-financial corporations.
Sunday, October 7,2012
Commentary

Expand the debate: This is what democracy sounds like

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
DENVER – A few miles south of the campus arena in the Mile High City where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met in their first debate, "Democracy Now!" news hour broke the sound barrier by expanding their gated debate to include two third-party presidential candidates.
Sunday, October 7,2012
Commentary

A note from the publisher...

By Jane Means
The Athens NEWS is clearly the staple of local news throughout the county. Plus we have a staple (er, stable) of talented news gatherers investigating and reporting issues that concern you. Speaking of "staple," we are launching a major advance in the presentation of our twice-weekly newspaper starting today:
Sunday, September 30,2012
Commentary

Mitt Romney most certainly has a jobs plan – for China

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
Freeport, Ill., is the site of one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. On Aug. 27, 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated there in their race for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat. Lincoln lost that race, but the Freeport debate set the stage for his eventual defeat of Douglas in the presidential election of 1860, and thus the Civil War.
Sunday, September 23,2012
Commentary

Shale-shocked citizens fight back in Athens County

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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.
Sunday, September 9,2012
Commentary

No papers, no fear, at the 2012 Democratic Convention

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the Democratic National Convention was gaveled into session Tuesday, outside in the rain, in the paramilitarized heart of Charlotte, democracy in its finest form found expression.
 
 
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