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Naomi Klein: Our Lives Are Under Threat From Some of the Most Powerful and Richest Entities

Not for forty years has there been such a stretch of bad news for environmentalists in Washington. Last month in the House, the newly empowered GOP majority voted down a resolution stating simply that global warming was real: they've apparently decided to go with their own versions of physics and chemistry. This week in the Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Pay To Be Saved: A Future of Disaster Apartheid

The Red Cross has just announced a new disaster-response partnership with Wal-Mart. When the next hurricane hits, it will be a co-production of Big Aid and Big Box. This, apparently, is the lesson learned from the government’s calamitous response to Hurricane Katrina: Businesses do disaster better. “It’s all going to be private enterprise before it’s Read more…

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Naomi Klein: An American Hero?

Jessica Lynch and Rachel Corrie could have passed for sisters. Two all-American blondes, two destinies forever changed in a Middle East war zone. Private Jessica Lynch, the soldier, was born in Palestine, West Virginia. Rachel Corrie, the activist, died in Israeli-occupied Palestine. Corrie was four years older than 19-year old Lynch. Her body was crushed Read more…

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Naomi Klein: It’s not enough to bring Soweto to Rosedale

On Saturday night, I found myself at a party honouring Nelson Mandela and raising money for his children’s fund. It was a lovely affair and only a very rude person would have pointed out that the party was packed with many of the banking and mining executives who refused to pull their investments out of Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Mike HarrisÕs Ontario?

For almost a year, I carried Premier Mike Harris’s $200 tax cut in my wallet. Its edges frayed and the ink began to smudge. I looked at it from time to time, then put it away. Refuse to cash it — what does that prove? The money had already been taken out of public accounting. Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Mike Harris’s Ontario?

Refuse to cash it — what does that prove? The money had already been taken out of public accounting. It’s not like my uncashed cheque was going to go to a high school teacher’s salary or to a homeless shelter. Many people, confronting this dilemma, gave their tax cuts to charity, trying to plug some Read more…

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Naomi Klein: After Genoa

Part of the tourist ritual of traipsing through Italy in August is marvelling at how the locals have mastered the art of living — and then complaining bitterly about how everything is closed. “So civilised,” you can hear North Americans remarking over four-course lunches. “Now somebody open up that store and sell me some Pradas Read more…

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Naomi Klein: The New Party Initiative

I’ve never joined a political party, never even been to a political convention. Last election, after being dragged by the hair to the ballot box, I was overcome by a wave of ennui more acute than the pain suffered by my friends who simply ingested their ballots. Does this mean I’m a no-brain, knee-jerk anarchist, Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Genetic Tampering

Europeans would be forgiven for thinking that the war against genetic tampering in the food supply has been all but won. There are labels in the supermarkets aisles, there is mounting political support for organic farming, and Greenpeace campaigners are seen to represent such a mainstream point of view that the courts have let them Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Give Me a Hug: When Multinationals Want to Be Our Friend

Klein When I was 17, I worked after school at an Esprit clothing store in Montreal. It was a pleasant job, mostly involving folding cotton garments into little squares so sharp that their corners could take out your eye. But, for some reason, corporate headquarters didn’t consider our T-shirt origami to be sufficiently profitable. One Read more…

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