Category: Global Warming

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Mike Davis: The Perfect Fire

          Sunday morning in San Diego. The sun is an eerie orange orb, like the eye of a hideous jack-o-lantern. The fire on the flank of Otay Mountain, which straddles the Mexican border, generates a huge whitish-grey mushroom plume. It is a rather sublime sight, like Vesuvius in eruption. Meanwhile the black sky rains ash Read more…

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Mike Davis: Our Summer Vacation: 20,000 Dead

Europe‘s long, hot, tragic summer begs a little North American background.   In July 1995, the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago was an accomplice in the murder of more than 700 of its senior citizens. As temperatures climbed above 40C, the city’s airless tenements and skid-row hotels became charnel houses. Thousands of Read more…

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George Monbiot: Sleepwalking To Extinction

Something about the human mind appears to prevent us from grasping the reality of climate change   We live in a dreamworld. With a small, rational part of the brain, we recognise that our existence is governed by material realities, and that, as those realities change, so will our lives. But underlying this awareness is Read more…

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Sue Katz: The National Leather Leadership Conference

T here is a new force in the struggle to retard the erosion of our civil liberties. Inspired by the success of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) movement in raising visibility and challenging discrimination, people into alternative sexual practices such as Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/ Submission, and SadoMasochism (BDSM) are now becoming politically active.  This Read more…

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Michael Albert: Why Iraq? An Interview with Rahul Mahajan

R ahul Mahajan serves on the National Board of Peace Action and is a founding member of the Nowar Collective. He is the author of The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism and Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond . I interviewed him in mid-April via the Internet about what we can Read more…

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United for peace & justice Ufpj: Call to Action

A Call to Action from United for Peace and Justice: Step Up the Struggle for Peace! Reclaim Our Capitol, Take Back Our Democracy! Beginning Now: An Emergency Campaign of Lobbying and Nonviolent Direct Action to Stop the War and Fund Schools, Jobs, Health Care and Other Human Needs! Startiing Now: An Immediate Campaign of Sustained Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: Shut It Down

T he only surprising thing to me about the mainstream media coverage of the worldwide anti-war demonstrations on February 15 is that it was more positive than usual. A few news reports actually communicated some of the politics behind the protests and a certain amount of respect for the people who had come out. This Read more…

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Joshua Sperber: As’ad AbuKhalil

As’ad AbuKhalil    Seven Stories Press; 106 pp.  Review by Joshua Sperber  The salient contradiction characterizing the mainstream media has become far more pronounced since September 11. That is, the conflict between disseminating corporate propaganda—a raison d’etre whose aims are largely consistent with those of U.S. global domination—and the fear of undermining its perceived credibility Read more…

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Bill Berkowitz: Bush & Bennett

While William Bennett is busy forming Americans for Victory Over Terrorism, the Bush administration has come up with a new catch phrase that sums up part of its strategy for the “War on Drugs.” Whoever is in charge of doling out the cute alliterative phrases that mark the Administration’s policy initiatives decided that “compassionate conservatism” Read more…

Fareed Marjaee: The Axis of Evil cabal and the case of Iran

  Exactly what is behind the phrase “Axis of Evil” that seemingly has surprised observers world round? Was it a faux pas or the weathervane for a new Middle East policy? With the arrival of new actors and the new militant political culture at the Pentagon is the Department of Defense preempting the State Department Read more…

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