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As COP17 approaches: Dirty Durban’s Manual for Climate Greenwashing

By Patrick Bond

Will the host city for the November-December world climate summit, COP17, clean up its act? The August 23 launch of a major Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) report, Towards a Low Carbon City: Focus on Durban – offers an early chance to test whether new municipal leaders are climate (...)

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Singapore Taps its Water

By Bharat Lal Seth

The Southeast Asian city-state strives to end its dependence on Malaysia for water
How does a city-state that has no natural water body, very little groundwater and even less land to store rainwater quench the thirst of its five million people? Singapore faces this question just as one of its (...)

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COP 17 and Rumours of ’Success’: What Should One Expect?

By Saliem Fakir

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations to be hosted in Durban later this year, with this round of talks commonly referred to as COP 17, must not be seen in isolation of the troubled waters gnawing at the knees of multilateral environmental agreements (...)

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Libya could break up like Somalia

By Samir Amin

The revolution in Libya, led by a motley group of democrats and Islamists and their imperialist allies, is likely to entrench the deep divisions in the country, writes Samir Amin, warning of the possibility of disintegration of the nation.
Libya is neither Tunisia nor Egypt. The ruling group (...)

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Sudan: A new nation

By John Cherian

South Sudan faces severe challenges; although 99 per cent of the south voted for independence, the people there are far from united.
ON July 9, South Sudan officially joined the international community as an independent nation. Its President, Salva Kiir, in his speech to mark the historic (...)

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Are Western sanctions against Syria an option?

By Islam Qasem

In the final analysis, sanctions are unlikely to produce the desired effect in time. Assad’s killing machine will continue to target civilians, but sanctions will suck the economic and political oxygen out of the regime.
Western countries are at loss about how to pressure Bashar al-Assad to end (...)

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Do we need a militant movement to save the planet (and ourselves)?

Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Aric McBay call for new strategy to stave off environmental catastrophe.
Environmental groups are trying to build a critical mass around issues like global warming to inspire public action and encourage legislators to get their heads out of the sand. The Sierra (...)

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$35 billion of oil plus an "uncontacted" tribe equals coverup

By David Hill

What do you do if you want to build a pipeline to move 300 million barrels of oil but an "uncontacted" tribe is in the way? Employing consultants who claim they don’t exist certainly helps.
On July 22, Peru’s Energy Ministry gave the green light to Anglo-French company Perenco to build a (...)

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Hydropower: not as clean as you think

International Rivers, a non-profit organization founded in 1985 and working for the protection of rivers and the life they support, specially in Latin America, Asia and Africa, made a clear slideshow that brings to the light all the negative impacts of hydropower, a source of energy most of the (...)

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When we care for it...preserving cultural and spiritual values of forests

Everywhere in the world people care for and try to preserve the things they value.
What is considered valuable is relative to the socio-cultural context, and often things that are of great significance and deeply precious for some individuals and groups are not for others. There are things and (...)

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How the soaring price of bread will shake the foundations of the global economy

By Christian Parenti

What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world?
The answer is: far more than you might imagine. For one thing, that loaf can be “read” as if it were a core sample extracted from the heart of a grim global economy. Looked at another way, it reveals some of the crucial fault lines of (...)

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ALEC Exposed: Warming Up to Climate Change

By Jill Richardson

As the U.S. suffers through catastrophic tornadoes, heat waves, and other climate extremes - no doubt just a small taste of what the climate crisis will bring in the future - polluting industries and the politicians that serve them want to convince you that excess carbon dioxide in the (...)