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Monbiot: Defend Our Ranting Homophobes
Oct 15, 2006
Stephen Green represents everything most readers of the Guardian loathe. As head of the organisation Christian Voice, he sought to have Jerry Springer the Opera banned from theatres and the BBC and prosecuted for blasphemy. When Hurricane Katrina hit New
You have to pinch yourself. Until now, the Sun has denounced environmentalists as "loonies" and "eco beards". Last week it published "photographic proof that climate change is real."(1). In a page that could have come straight from a Greenpeace pamphlet,
Monbiot: Still the Rich World's Viceroy: If the IMF wants to reform itself, why not try democracy?
Sep 20, 2006
The glacier has begun to creak. In the world's most powerful dictatorship, we detect the merest hint of a thaw. I am not talking about China, or Uzbekistan, Burma or North Korea. This state runs no torture chambers or labour camps. No one is executed, tho
Mondragon: From Apartheidland to AUC-Land
Sep 17, 2006
One irreversible (for the moment) of the decades of apartheid in South Africa was the enrichment of the large corporations that benefited to the hilt from the super-exploitation of the black working class, an exploitation imposed by absolute racial discri
Monbiot: Peace Is For Wimps
Aug 31, 2006
It's described by a senior official at the Ministry of Defence as "a dead duck ... expensive and obsolete."(1) The editor of World Defence Systems calls it "10 years out of date."(2) A former defence minister remarked that it is "essentially flawed and ou
Mokhiber: THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY ACADEMY AWARDS
Aug 27, 2006
Everywhere you look, Big Tobacco is proclaiming, "We've changed."
Monbiot: The King of Fairyland
Aug 02, 2006
Of all the curious things which have been written about Israel's assault on Lebanon, surely the oddest is contained in Paddy Ashdown's article for the Guardian on Saturday. "There is only one solution to this crisis, and it is the same solution we have to
Monbiot: Still Drilling
Jun 27, 2006
For a company that claims to have moved "beyond petroleum", BP has managed to spill an awful lot of it onto the tundra in Alaska. Last week, after the news was leaked to journalists, it admitted to investors that it is facing criminal charges for allowing
Mahajan: Haditha Is Arabic for My Lai
Jun 05, 2006
One day in November 2005, Marines in Haditha decided to take revenge for the death of one of their comrades from an IED by deliberately murdering 24 innocent, unarmed men, women, and children. They went into their houses and shot them at close range. Adul
Monbiot: Britain's Most Selfish People
Jun 04, 2006
What greater source of injustice could there be, than while some people have no home, others have two? Yet the vampire trade in second homes keeps growing - by 3% a year - uninhibited by government or by the conscience of the buyers. Every purchase of a s
Monbiot: Feeding Crime
May 14, 2006
Does television cause crime? The idea that people copy the violence they watch is debated endlessly by criminologists. But this column concerns an odder and perhaps more interesting notion: if crime leaps out of the box, it is not the programmes that are
Monbiot: Children of the Machine
Mar 14, 2006
It received just a few column inches in a couple of papers, but the story I read last week looks to me like a glimpse of the future. A company in Ohio called CityWatcher has implanted radio transmitters into the arms of two of its workers. The implants en
Monbiot: Property Paranoia
Feb 20, 2006
A few days ago, after a furious argument, I was thrown out of a wood where I have walked for over 20 years. I must admit that I did not behave very well. As I walked away I did something I haven't done for a long time: I gave the gamekeeper a one-fingered
Mokhiber: Buffalo Creek, Take Two?
Feb 06, 2006
On February 26, 1972, a Pittston Co. coal mine dam broke, releasing 132 million gallons of coal wastes into Buffalo Creek hollow in Logan County, West Virginia. More than 4,000 residents were left homeless, 1,100 were injured, and 125 died.
Monbiot: Buying Complacency
Feb 02, 2006
Sometimes I envy the self-belief of the Daily Mail's columnist Melanie Phillips. When Andrew Wakefield, a researcher at the Royal Free Hospital, suggested that there might be a link between autism and the MMR injection, she decided he was right.
Monbiot: How Much Energy Do We Have?
Dec 28, 2005
In one respect, Simon Jenkins is right. "Nobody", he complained in the Guardian last week, while laying out his case for nuclear power, "agrees about figures"(1). As a result, "energy policy is like Victorian medicine, at the mercy of quack remedies and s
Mokhiber: All Things Bright And Beautiful
Dec 12, 2005
The first lady recently announced the theme for the 2005 holiday season at the White House. It is this: All things bright and beautiful.
Majavu: The Rise of the Shack Dwellers Movement
Dec 06, 2005
In an article entitled "The Third Force", S'bu Zikode - the elected chairman of the abahlali base mjondolo (shack dwellers) movement, wrote that the shack dwellers movement has "given hope to thousand of people in Durban". In Durban, it is estimated that
Mokhiber: Economic Apartheid In America
Nov 30, 2005
Top executives now make more in a day than the average worker makes in a year.
Nov 18, 2005
We've just returned from the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) conference being held here in Washington, D.C.