Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi: The Blue Revolution, a model for large-scale fish production, is advancing rapidly in Brazil, leading to the parceling of rivers and the ocean. This model requires the use of huge quantities of chemicals and has resulted in the displacement of small-scale fishing families.
Rachael Stoeve, Truthout: The United States will soon have its own operating tar sands mine in Utah. The project is being managed by former Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root, a company with a long track record of misconduct.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Since Howard Zinn’s death in 2010, his coeditor, Anthony Arnove, has helped keep Voices of a People’s History alive through readings. He talks to Truthout about his new, expanded 10th anniversary edition, with timely additional content.
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: The majority of distinguished economists at a recent international conference agrees the austerity policies imposed on Greece and Eurozone periphery countries have been catastrophic for economic growth and ordinary citizens.
Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine: Walidah Imarisha, a writer and activist, coined the term “visionary fiction” to describe how we can use science fiction, horror and fantasy genres to envision alternatives to unjust and oppressive systems and provide remedy for the belief that there is no alternative to violence and inequality.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are increasingly seen as leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But curiously, Warren and Sanders are not yet counted among the Senate Democrats now standing up for diplomacy with Iran.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Truthout contributor Maryam Henein talks about a UN report that advocates an end to industrialized farming and the promotion of local and organic farming practices.
Mariame Kaba, Prison Culture: Ultimately, the only way that we will address oppressive policing is to abolish the police. Therefore all of the “reforms” that focus on strengthening the police or “morphing” policing into something more invisible – but still as deadly – should be opposed.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the consultancy selected by TransCanada to conduct the environmental review for Keystone XL’s northern leg, is no stranger to scandal. Exhibit A: ERM once bribed a Chinese official to ram through major pieces of an industrial development project.
Jeffrey Nall, Toward Freedom: The time has come to honor the greatness and awe-inspiring character of generating and choosing to birth new life; the time has come to see through a patriarchal haze that warps human relations, and fully honor the rights of pregnant women.
Thelma Mejia, Inter Press Service: The town’s dynamic mayor, Sandro Martínez, assumed the commitment of turning the Honduran municipality of Victoria into a model of food and nutritional security and environmental protection by means of municipal public policies based on broad social and community participation and international development aid.
s.e. smith, Care2: Texas isn’t exactly known as a bastion of social progressivism. But Texas is instituting a huge move for prison reform, and one that could pave the way for the rest of the nation. If Texas can do it, so can other states; not only can they, but they should.
Michael I. Niman adds a twist on an the old saying “there aren’t any atheists in foxholes,” employing his own linguistic device he explains why, instead, “there aren’t any libertarians in a Buffalo Blizzard”; Laura Finley excoriates use of “free speech” to justify social media harassment and abuse; David Krieger reflects on the nature of violence in a poem, writing “we are all Ayotzinapa”; Lawrence Davidson determines recent attacks on academic freedom are a result of Zionist organizations’ aggressive efforts to silence academics; Lee Camp looks at how the mainstream media ignored protests taking place outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has been giving the green light to frack pretty much all of the US; Kathy Kelly notes the hypocrisy behind the Pentagon issuing reports which concur that the greatest threat to US national security is posed by climate change; Chris Steele delves into the battle for the media and meteorology; Marilyn Vogt-Downey looks at revolution and counterrevolution in the age of social media; Michele Swenson highlights how an Ebola-like public health crisis shows a need for an improved Medicare-for-all model; Chris Tinson says Black people cannot afford to be numb to the growing instances of police killing unarmed young Black women and men; Afghan Peace Volunteers honor International Human Rights Day December 10 with a global day of listening; Evaggelos Vallianatos reviews Carol van Strum’s just-reissued A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights; Jack A. Smith talks about the absence of any major political party in the US that advocates for citizens’ best interests; and more.
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