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, by Truthout

WikiLeaks: Time to Celebrate, Time to Mourn

It’s a big win for Internet-based, indie media that WikiLeaks.org posted its "Afghan War Diary," based on 90,000 leaked US military records detailing a failing war in which US and allied forces have repeatedly killed innocent civilians. This on-the-ground material is vaster than the Daniel (...)

, by Foreign Policy in Focus

Latin America: Climate Change Swing States

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern traveled with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela to Chile, Peru, and Ecuador last week, to discuss climate change with his government counterparts and civil society. Deepening bilateral and multilateral (...)

, by OpenDemocracy

The Tea Party and the new right-wing Christian feminism

Ruth ROSEN

Why have American women become so active in the right wing Tea Party movement? Could it be that they are drawn to the new conservative Christian feminism publicized by Sarah Palin? Without its grassroots female supporters, the Tea Party would have far less appeal to voters who are frightened by (...)

, by AlterNet

Big Food’s expansion into the developing world

Has Big Food already run out of customers in cities and other locales that are more readily accessible by land? Nestle Stoops to New Low, Launches Barge to Peddle Junk Food on the Amazon River to Brazil’s Poor. Read more

, by Outlook India

The Bomber Among Us

Hindus are docile, peace-loving, non-violent people. India is a land of unity in diversity. This is, after all, the country that produced Mahatma Gandhi. Terrorists are always Muslims. What of the so-called Maoist terrorists? Oh, they are tribals and their leaders are communists. They are not (...)

On the Road to a Jobless Recovery

Unemployment in the United States currently hovers at 10 percent, and more than 17 percent if involuntary part-time and discouraged job-seekers are included. And according to most forecasts, it is likely to remain above pre-crisis levels for at least three years. In good times, the economy (...)

, by Common Dreams

Worse Than Imagined: Consequences of the Iraq War

César Chelala

In 2003, several weeks before the start of the Iraq war, I wrote an article on the impending war in which I warned against the terrible humanitarian consequences that a war against that country would unleash. I never imagined that they would be much worse than the nightmarish scenario that I (...)

The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s

Tom Engelhardt, Haymarket Books, 269 pages

Since 2001, Tom Englehardt has written regular reports for his popular site TomDispatch that have provided badly needed insight into US militarism and its effects, both at home and abroad. When others were celebrating the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he warned of the enormous dangers of (...)

Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction

François Houtart, Pluto Press, 172 p.

François Houtart argues that the green potential of agrofuels has been wasted by businesses that put profits above environmental protection. This has led to an absurd situation where an energy source that should be sustainable actually increases human and ecological damage, simply due to the (...)

Taking Back Homes from the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing

Bill Quigley

May has seen an upsurge in local organizations exercising their human rights to housing. Most people recognize that international human rights guarantee all humans a right to housing. With the millions of homeless living in our communities and the millions of empty foreclosed houses all (...)

, by AfricaFocus

Western Sahara: Forgotten Conflict

The Western Sahara conflict, notes analyst Yahia Zoubir, is now in the 35th year, with no sign of resolution. While the United Nations is ostensibly responsible for its resolution, France and the United States provide implicit support for Moroccan occupation of the territory, failing to support (...)

, by Pew Research Center

Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage

The institution of marriage has undergone significant changes in recent decades as women have outpaced men in education and earnings growth. These unequal gains have been accompanied by gender role reversals in both the spousal characteristics and the economic benefits of marriage.
A larger (...)