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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.
Wednesday, September 5,2012
Commentary

Arctic sea ice and climate: Unknown and unknown

By Gwynne Dyer
It's no surprise that we will have a record minimum of ice cover in the Arctic Ocean at the end of this summer melt season. It's already down to around 4 million square kilometers, with at least another week of melting to go, but this is what you might call a "known unknown." Scientists knew we were losing the ice-cover fast; they just didn't know how fast.
Monday, September 3,2012
Commentary

Outsourced workers at GOP party feel the pain of Bain

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
Four hardy souls from rural Illinois joined tens of thousands of people undeterred by threats of Hurricane Isaac during this week's Republican National Convention (RNC). They weren't among the almost 2,400 delegates to the convention, though, nor were they from the press corps, said to number 15,000.
Sunday, August 26,2012
Commentary

Election 2012: Depressing dreams of a vote deferred

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
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.
Wednesday, August 22,2012
Commentary

As the world grows: The rich, the poor, the hungry

By Gwynne Dyer
Two months ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the biggest maize (corn) harvest in history: 376 million tons.
Sunday, August 19,2012
Commentary

Paul Ryan: Man with a plan, from the fiscal to the physical

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman
The floundering Romney campaign was thrown a life ring of sorts last week, from aboard the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned U.S. Navy vessel based in Norfolk, Va.
 
 
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