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, by OpenDemocracy

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 (...)

, by Common Dreams

San Francisco Bay Area’s BART pulls a Mubarak

By Amy Goodman

What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria? The attempt to suppress the protests that followed. In our digitally networked world, the ability to communicate is increasingly viewed as a basic right. Open (...)

, by Open Society Foundations

When patent law stands in the way of saving lives

By Brett Davidson and Els Torreele

A New York Times column from early July provided an unusual if cynical insight into the “a la carte” corporate lobby influence on American legislation. While the United States is among the world’s strongest proponents of ever-increasing intellectual property protections and their worldwide (...)

, by SACSIS

The turn of the Fascist

By Jane Duncan

Jacob Zuma’s rise to power has unleashed a torrent of rash, boorish, misogynistic and inciteful speech from politicians and commentators. In this regard, the utterances of ANC Youth League’s Julius Malema and ex-columnist Eric Miyeni come to mind. Why has public discourse plumbed to such depths (...)

, by AlterNet

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 (...)

, by SACSIS

The return of the English riot

By Richard Pithouse

The riot has been a feature of English life for a lot longer than William Shakespeare, village cricket matches or, for that matter, The Clash. The English have rioted against the enclosure of common land, fences, press gangs, factories, prisons, bread prices, tolls and banks. Arson, tearing (...)

, by Chinadialogue

Kenya’s biofuel evictions

By Tracy McVeigh

In the Tana Delta’s unique wetlands, villagers fight for their plots of land as the government forces them out — to make way for water-thirsty sugar-cane and jatropha plantations.
Gamba Manyatta village is empty now, weeds already roping around the few skeletal hut frames still standing. The (...)

, by Corporate Accountability International

Our food system is making people sick

By K. I. Hope

Corporate America & obesity: why Americans can’t Live on food stamps
America is gaining weight and the most vulnerable populations are those with low levels of education and income, as well as those with black or Hispanic heritage. The most obese state in the country, Mississippi, also (...)

, by Social Watch

Women living in a globalized world

Globalization has contributed to the destabilization and marginalization of women, but has also meant enhanced communications and organization and atransnational connectivity that must be united asorganizations and networks struggle to sustain themselves and maintain resilience in the face of (...)

, by Truthout

$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 (...)

, by OpenDemocracy

When are International Criminal Tribunals effective?

By Daniele Archibugi

International courts and tribunals need to become real instruments of justice – and not simply tools for the strong – if the promise of Immanuel Kant’s universal community is to become a reality
A new institutional actor has started to be a recurrent character in world politics: the International (...)