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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.
Monbiot: Better Off Without Him
Oct 23, 2005
Are religious societies better than secular ones? It should be an easy question for athiests to answer. Most of those now seeking to blow people up - whether with tanks and missiles or rucksacks and passenger planes - do so in the name of God. In India, w
Monbiot: The Man Who Betrayed the Poor
Sep 27, 2005
Two months have not elapsed since the G8 summit, and already almost everything has turned to ashes. Even the crustiest sceptics have been shocked by the speed with which its promises have been broken.
Mokhiber: Are You A Speed Freak?
Sep 22, 2005
Are you a speed freak?
Monbiot: A Life With No Purpose
Sep 13, 2005
All is not lost in America. When George Bush came out a couple of weeks ago in favour of teaching "intelligent design" - the new manifestation of creationism - the press gave him a tremendous kicking. The Christian Taliban have not yet won.
Mokhiber: An Unreasonable Woman
Aug 09, 2005
Diane Wilson is a shrimper.
Monbiot: The Treaty Wreckers
Aug 04, 2005
Saturday is the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The nuclear powers are commemorating it in their own special way: by seeking to ensure that the experiment is repeated.
This month the Colombian stock exchange exceeded 5700 points. A historical record, yes, but also an unthinkable statistic representing an 8-fold increase over the past 6 years, a 6-fold increase in 5 years, and a 100% increase in just one year.
Mokhiber: What to Say to Jack and Jim?
Jul 19, 2005
We were in an empty West Virginia courtroom last night with two young boys -- let's call them Jack and Jim -- ages 10 and 8.
Monbiot: A Game of Double Bluff
Jun 29, 2005
Rejoice! The world is saved! The governments of Europe have agreed that by 2015 they will give 0.7% of their national income in foreign aid. Admittedly that's 35 years after the target date they first set for themselves, and it's still less than they extr
Monbiot: Spin, Lies and Corruption
Jun 17, 2005
The G8's debt reduction plan is little better than an extortion racket