Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg is a senior correspondent at The American Prospect. She is also the author of Kingdom Coming and The Means of Reproduction.

Recent Articles

Proselytizing Discrimination

Are religious-right leaders like Rick Warren to blame for the rise of anti-gay laws in Africa?

Pastor Rick Warren speaks at the Global Summit on AIDS & The Church at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

In recent weeks, there's been an international outcry against the viciously anti-gay legislation currently making its way through the Ugandan parliament. Homosexual sex is already illegal in Uganda, but under the new legislation, it would be punishable by life in prison or, in some cases, the death penalty. Gay-rights advocacy would be criminalized and carry a sentence of seven years in prison. Anyone who knows a gay person would be obliged to turn them in or face three years incarceration themselves. The governments of the United States, France, and Canada have condemned the bill; Stephen Lewis, the U.N.'s former special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, recently called it "a veritable charter of malice -- [it] has the taste of fascism."

Palin for President!

Palin's book is full of half-truths and self-congratulation. But for a woman aimed at 2012, such inaccuracies may not matter.

Sarah Palin is running for president. At least, that is the conclusion that leaps from the pages of her mawkish and mendacious blockbuster book. Going Rogue: An American Lifeis an extended justification of her performance in the 2008 election and an attempt to claim her crown as queen of the tea partiers.

Democrats Leave Women Behind

Health-insurance reform was supposed to end the cruelties our system inflicts on patients, not create them.

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

We've reached a point where health-care reform threatens to leave access to abortion in worse shape than it is right now. The Stupak Amendment, added to the health-care bill in last-minute negotiations this weekend, goes beyond the existent ban on federal funding of abortion. By prohibiting anyone receiving federal health-insurance subsidies from buying plans that cover abortion, it's almost certain to compel many plans to drop abortion coverage for everyone.

A Feminist Case for War?

One of the few remaining rationales for maintaining the
occupation is protecting Afghan women. Is that enough?

Malalai Joya (Flickr/AfghanKabul)

Women for Afghan Women (WAW), a nongovernmental organization  that runs women's shelters, schools, and counseling centers in three cities in Afghanistan, has watched with alarm as American opinion has turned against the occupation. An American withdrawal, its board members say, would be catastrophic for the women they work with. "Every woman who we have talked to in Afghanistan, all the Afghan women in the NGOs, in the government, say the United States and the peacekeeping troops and NATO must stay, they must not leave until the Afghan army is able to take over," says Esther Hyneman, a WAW board member who recently returned from six months in Kabul.

Something Rotten in the State of Texas

Why is the execution of a potentially innocent man less scandalous than an affair?

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas recently replaced members of the Forensics Science Commission, indefinitely delaying a hearing about the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. (Flickr/Rita Quinn)

It's lucky for Gov. Rick Perry of Texas that he's not suspected of doing something truly shocking, like having an affair. Instead, it merely seems that he's helped cover up a homicide. Apparently that's not enough to make much of a national splash.