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Mahajan: Corporate Income Tax
Feb 01, 2011
I listened to the State of the Union speech. What I heard, though, was not President Obama’s string of irritating platitudes, but the sound of a nation bent on self-destruction.
Jan 24, 2011
Is there anything the Sunday papers can’t turn into a fatuous celeb-fest?
Meister: MLK Working-Class Hero
Jan 16, 2011
"I AM A MAN," the signs proclaimed in large, bold letters. They were held high, proudly and defiantly, by African-American men marching through the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, in the spring of 1968.
Monbiot: Beware Fake Radicals
Jan 15, 2011
There was a time when conservatives tried to assure people of continuity. The social order would remain intact. Revolution and reform would be suppressed, disruptive change averted. As political consciousness spread, this message became untenable. They repositioned themselves, first as cautious reformers, then, under Margaret Thatcher, as Jacobins, tearing down the old establishment to release people’s stifled aspirations.
Mahajan: Free Speech & Bullseyes
Jan 12, 2011
After Jared Loughner’s attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and massacre of six other people, including a nine-year-old girl, everyone is talking about the disgustingly violent rhetoric of the Tea Party.
Monbiot: Cold Burn
Dec 23, 2010
There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the past two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere.
Monbiot: Reclaim The Cyber-Commons
Dec 16, 2010
They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by English peasants losing their rights to the land.
Monbiot: UK Shock Doctrine
Oct 22, 2010
The economic crisis is the disaster the Conservatives have been praying for. Now they can reshape the economy on corporate lines.
Monbiot: Asserting Our Values
Oct 14, 2010
The progressive attempt to appeal to self-interest has been a catastrophe. Empathy, not expediency, must drive our campaigns.
Monbiot: Climate Change Enlightenment
Sep 28, 2010
The collapse of the talks at Copenhagen took away all momentum for change and the lobbyists are back in control. So what next?
Monbiot: Northern Rock the Planet
Jun 09, 2010
Matt Ridley’s irrational theories remain unchanged by his own disastrous experiment.
Mugyenyi: China & Cars
Apr 26, 2010
Did you know GM sells more cars in China than the U.S.?
Monbiot: Banking & Volcano Crisis
Apr 21, 2010
We rely globally on over-complex, over-strained systems. Act now, or wait for the much more brutal corrective of nature.
Monbiot: Arrest Tony Blair
Jan 31, 2010
Wanted: Tony Blair for war crimes. Arrest him and claim your reward
Mckinney: Katrina Redux
Jan 20, 2010
President Obama's response to the tragedy in Haiti has been robust in military deployment and puny in what the Haitians need most: food; first responders and their specialized equipment; doctors and medical facilities and equipment; and engineers, heavy equipment, and heavy movers. Sadly, President Obama is dispatching Presidents Bush and Clinton, and thousands of Marines and U.S. soldiers. By contrast, Cuba has over 400 doctors on the ground and is sending in more; Cubans, Argentineans, Icelanders, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and many others are already on the ground working--saving lives and treating the injured. Senegal has offered land to Haitians willing to relocate to Africa.
Monbiot: Bigger Than Climate Change
Dec 17, 2009
This is the moment at which we turn and face ourselves. Here, in the plastic corridors and crowded stalls, among impenetrable texts and withering procedures, humankind decides what it is and what it will become. It chooses whether to continue living as it has done, until it must make a wasteland of its home, or to stop and redefine itself. This is about much more than climate change. This is about us.
In 2002, Mamdani wrote an essay entitled 'Making sense of political violence in Africa', in which he argued that to distinguish between cultural and political identities is to differentiate between self-identification and state-identification. He further pointed out that to historicise political identity through linking it to political power, is to acknowledge that all political identities are historically transitory and all require a form of the state to be reproduced.
Meister: Joe Hill
Nov 19, 2009
It's Nov. 19, 1915, in a courtyard of the Utah State Penitentiary in Salt Lake City. Five riflemen take careful aim at a condemned organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill, who stands before them straight and stiff and proud.
Meister: A Czech Miracle
Nov 15, 2009
It's a time of celebration in Prague this month. A time to mark the November day 20 years ago when the "Velvet Revolution" erupted. A time to mark the beginning of the end of the Soviet rule that had crushed democratic reform movements in Czechoslovakia and its eastern and central European neighbors.
Monbiot: Climate & Consumerism
Nov 09, 2009
The 'licensing effect': Researchers have found that buying green can establish the moral credentials that license subsequent bad behaviour.