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Archives from 2014
Mobilizing for Justice in the Anthropocene
JAVIER SETHNESS CASTRO and ALEXANDER REID ROSS
This is part II of an interview on Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press, 2014). Read part I ...
The Ebola Virus of Climate Chaos
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Unrestrained corporate power is the Ebola virus of our global ecological crisis. Rootin...
Rejecting the Army of One
RON JACOBS
I grew up on or near military bases.  From Maryland to Pakistan; from Germany to Alaska, my youth involved moving every couple years, carrying a military identification card that listed me as a dependent and gave me access to facilities on any US military base in the wor...
The Spread of Ebola
CESAR CHELALA
As the Ebola epidemic is claiming increasing number of victims, there is widespread concern that efforts to contain it are inadequate. New and more effective measures are needed to combat one of the most dangerous epidemics of modern times. “Six months into the worst Eb...
There Should Be No Debate about Corporal Punishment
LAURA FINLEY
It is impossible to have missed the many news stories in the past few weeks focusing on NFL players beating their loved ones. And, while many have denounced the vicious attacks perpetrated by players against their girlfriends and children, it continues to shock me that th...
Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You
WALTER BRASCH
You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning. Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup. “Would you like cream and sugar with it?” she asks. You drink your coffee black. And hot. You decline her of...
Save the World, Really?
ELLIOT SPERBER
Climate change is a scientific fact. The planet is warming, and this warming is anthropogenic – that is, it is caused by people. It is not, however, caused by all people, or by all cultures, equally. Some ways of life are simply more destructive than others. T...
Killed by Congressional Cowardice
DAVID SWANSON
We tend to think of war as resultiung from an excess of aggression or disorderliness or rebellion. Western academics hunt in the genes of foreigners and study chimpanzees to find the root of the nastiness. But one would be hard press to count the number of people w...
Classified Transcript of Susan Rice-Xi Jinping Meeting in Beijing Uncovered
JOHN V. WALSH
National Security Adviser Susan Rice recently wound up her stay in China to prepare the November visit of President Obama, President of The Indispensible Nation. She was greeted with due pomp by Xi Jinping, President of China, one of the Dispensible Nations. I wrot...
350: Agent Saboteur
CORY MORNINGSTAR
The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth that took place in April o...
The Impossibility of a Second Language
CHARLES R. LARSON
One of America’s funniest writers, William Alexander, has done it again. If you’re not familiar with his earlier works, you still have amazing treats to enjoy. As a summer gardener, I couldn’t get enough of his first book, The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost ...
That Sidewalk Sound
DAVID YEARSLEY
The Musical Patriot was never much of one for large-scale musical rituals or entertainments.  While I understand the vital purpose of music in organizing public spectacles—from parading troops to state funerals to athletic games—I always have a feeling that sonic art...
How the Media Gets It Wrong
DAVID H. PRICE
A few weeks ago I received a media query from a reporter writing for a major media conglomerate with a sizable liberal, educated, Obama supporting readership.  I receive similar inquiries a few times each year, often relating to my research on academic interactions with ...
Defying Apocalypse
BRIAN TOKAR
Today it often feels as though we are hopelessly mired in apocalyptic thinking, both in our social movements and in popular culture. From Hollywood blockbusters to art house dystopias, and from hip-hop lyrics to “serious” literature, images of irreversible climate cha...
The “Self-Inflicted Rot” in Nuclear Missile Crews
JOHN LAFORGE
After a string of what the Secretary of the Air Force called “systemic” violations of nuclear weapons procedures, the service has moved to address what one internal email called “rot” in the nuclear missile corps. Air Force higher-ups plan to fix problems i...
The Story of the Chagos Islands and Its People
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
Many know of the forced displacement of the people of the Bikini Islands, who were removed from their land to make room for US Army and Navy joint testing of nuclear weapons in the 1940s. While the islanders were told that they would only have to leave “temporarily” s...
Prelude to War
NORMAN POLLACK
ISIS, WMD of our time. To light a fire: White House, gathering within itself the military and intelligence communities, sends out Gen. Dempsey and Sec. Hagel to testify before Senate Armed Services—feeler about war while Obama mouths peace. The old trick, a trial balloo...
The Senseless War on Isis
SHELDON RICHMAN
The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it’s doing. Americans may believe the government — especially the foreign-policy side — is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder....
After the People’s Climate March, Then What?
RACHEL SMOLKER
This coming week in New York City promises to be interesting.  The UN Climate Summit will be convened by Ban Ki Moon. At the Summit, President Obama and other heads of state will likely call for voluntary measures and vague aspirations at the beck and call of the corpora...
America’s Pathetic, Negligent Energy Policy
ROBERT HUNZIKER
America’s national energy policy is not green; it is dark & oily, backward, cloddish, and out of touch with the realities of today’s world of modern technology. It’s archaic. Congress has at least one foot in the wrong century. This is the 21st not the 20...
A Public Bank Option for Scotland
ELLEN BROWN
Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. As video blogger ...
Peace Cannot Be Achieved When the State Executes Innocent Men
LAURA FINLEY
Almost three years ago, the state of Georgia likely executed an innocent man. Despite no physical evidence connecting Troy Davis to the August 19, 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, despite the fact that numerous witnesses implicated Sylvest...
The State Department and the Cuban Five
STEPHEN KIMBER
When I arrived back in Halifax on September 14, 2014 from talks in Washington about the case of the Cuban Five, there was an envelope waiting for me. It was from the “U.S. Department of State” and there was a sticker on the manila envelope that warned: “To be opened...
Boots Against the Islamic State
BINOY KAMPMARK
Who, President Barack Obama might well be asking, will rid me of this turbulent, loquacious general?  Gen. Martin Dempsey of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is certainly one of those characters who may well have given the game away.  The United States, he is suggesting, may w...
The Second Cold War is Here
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
In October 2013, David Patraeus came out with an amazingly imaginative work called “How We Won in Iraq.” Detailing the ways that US counterinsurgency rebuilt Iraq out of the rubble of a failed State, in pursuit of truth, unity, and the democratic way. Somewhat prophet...