Ecosocialist Notebook

Welcome to the new Climate & Capitalism

Today we launch an upgraded and completely redesigned Climate & Capitalism. I’m very excited about the transformation, which is part of the alliance with Monthly Review that was announced one month ago. (see below)

The most obvious change is the revamped Home page. Instead of an inflexible chronological display of articles – which meant that still relevant articles scrolled quickly out of sight – the new C&C Home is divided into five major sections:

  • New and Recent Feature Articles is what a print newspaper would call “above the fold.” It displays our current top stories and essays.
  • More Articles is exactly what it says. A chronological list of all articles that are not displayed in the feature section.
  • The Center Section displays various groups of articles. The display will change from time to time. For example, this section might display articles about a major event like the Cochabamba conference, or articles on a specific subject like Ecosocialist Perspectives.
  • The Sidebar, on the right, contains a variety of useful (we hope!) links. The top link goes to “Editor’s Notebook,” which is my blog.
  • The Footer, at the bottom of each page, links to our Ecosocialist Bookstore. (Full disclosure: C&C gets a small commission from Amazon when you order books through our Bookstore. All proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the website.)

And we’ve only just begun! We’re now sharing MR’s web servers, which give us more capacity than ever. And our powerful new “back end” will allow us to add new features and options in coming months.

This transformation would not have been possible without MR’s webmaster, Jamil Jonna. With great technical skill and endless patience, he converted our vague design ideas into a website that exceeded our expectations by a huge margin. He also managed the faultless transfer of more than five years of content from the old site to this. We simply could not have made this change without him.

Of course, the real test of our new website will be how useful it is to you. Does it display content effectively? What do you like or dislike? What other changes would you like to see?

Your suggestions and comments will help us to continue to develop Climate & Capitalism as a premier source of information and analysis for the global green left.

Ian Angus
Editor, Climate & Capitalism

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Announcement: Climate & Capitalism and Monthly Review

Originally posted February 12, 2012

Climate & Capitalism is five years old this month. I’m excited to mark this anniversary by launching an alliance with Monthly Review, the world’s foremost independent socialist journal.

The agreement will enable the two publications to share resources and expand the audience for our Marxist perspective on environmental issues.

Since 1949, Monthly Review has made invaluable contributions to the fight against capitalism, imperialism and the commodification of life. In the past decade, it has come to be widely recognized as an authoritative voice of ecological Marxism.

So I was deeply honored when MR editor John Bellamy Foster proposed that we join forces to make C&C’s unique coverage of the global fight against capitalist ecocide available through Monthly Review’s popular and growing website.

We took the first small practical step last week. There is now a link to Monthly Review in our header menu, and a similar link to Climate and Capitalism in Monthly Review’s header menu.

We are now working with MR’s webmaster on a redesign that will make C&C more attractive and readable, and on technical changes that will facilitate searching, indexing and cross-linking between MR and C&C. And there is more to come.

Some things will not change. C&C’s web address is still climateandcapitalism.com. Our Facebook pages, email notifications and RSS feeds remain.

And I will continue as editor, with full responsibility for our editorial mission:

  • to provide news and analysis to inform, educate and develop the green left;
  • to contribute to building an international movement against capitalist destruction of the environment and for ecosocialism; and,
  • to encourage and facilitate collaboration and exchanges of views among socialists and ecology activists.

As always, your comments, suggestions and criticisms are more than welcome.

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Ian

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4 years 6 months ago

Hi Ian – Thanks for adding riseupfilms.com
Some thoughts on the new C&C:

Looks great! – I imagine it’s social networking reach will increase and the new lay-out will encourage people to stay on the site for longer than before, more likely to stumble upon other articles and so on.

It does the archive justice.

It has touches concordant with the monthly review site, same size head banner, rounded edges and so on – so visually the relationship works

Discussions on imagery are prone to becoming ‘those intellectual toadstools that sprout without end’ so whatever – it’s fine!

Perhaps a consequence of using small screens; my tablet or netbook, emphasizes what could be regarded as a negative – Partly to do with placement and partly to do with color contrasts elsewhere – I feel the ‘Comments Policy’ & ‘About’ occupy too demanding a position – I’m drawn here before being drawn to your most recently added articles for example – To that end – I guess I kinda like a landing page that is a conventional blog, full articles with most recent at the top – As opposed searching for article fragments and then selecting – However a great strength of C&C is it’s rich archive so this has to be given appropriate weight, and it is…This is a website not a blog..

But hey – i’m trying hard to think of some constructive criticism – It is very, very good.

Cheers from UK

Best
Martin

Chris Rodgers
4 years 6 months ago

I’m with Jeff!

Really though, I find it appropriate after this last year. I believe people are beginning to understand and agree with the urge to join together with signs and chants when we, the common people have no other voice, when those who have stolen power/money feel they no longer have to take the majority of us into consideration.

Terry Moore
4 years 6 months ago

My two favorites sources of in-depth analysis, C&C and Monthly Review working in partnership with each other – what’s not to like about that? Changes to the C&C website have increased its readability and the ability of readers to find past postings. Really looking forward to what the future holds. All the best.

In Solidarity,

Terry Moore

Jeff White
4 years 6 months ago

I like the fists, but I think the placards should be replaced with hammers and sickles. 😉

4 years 6 months ago

Hi Ian.

Congratulations on the new website, it’s great.

I tend to agree with Ellie on the banner though. The fist is overused by the left. I think it should be used more sparingly. Why can’t we develop images that reflect resistance but also solidarity and the humanity that drives us. I try to incorporate images of real people as much as possible in my own blog. No concrete suggestion though.

Jeff White
4 years 6 months ago

Congratulations on the new design, Ian!

I’m hoping we’ll eventually see a Preview function on the Comments box, but other than that I’m happy with the site.

This is a test to see if the Comment box will accept HTML code.

Tim Heffernan
4 years 6 months ago

I’m a newcomer to the site so I can’t really compare old with new. Generally, I like the material but here are a couple of qualifiers:

1. The banner “Climate and Capitalism” is sufficient as a stand alone. “Socialism/ecosocialism or barbarism”, while objectively accurate, comes across as apocalyptic, dramatic and off putting. Let the readers come to the conclusion that socialism is the only alternative.

2. Why is there a top page link to “Reflections of Fidel”? I am a supporter of the Cuban revolution but I don’t think Castro should be held up to be either a model socialist or environmentalist. Hasn’t the left got over the “cult of personality” from the Mao/Stalin era? It’s even more ironic when the first of Fidel’s reflections is a paean to “the Genius of Chavez.”

4 years 6 months ago

Ian,

I ‘ve been reading your Web page for a while as you know. I am more than sympathetic to the perspectives of Climate and Capitalism, except for the population issue, in which case I lean more toward the viewpoint expressed by Saral Sakar.

I really like the new design for the site. Except the banner illustration. I have been and editor, writer, and publisher for 42 years. Your other site might have been plain, but it was inviting. This banner illustration is decidedly off-putting. And difficult to “read” as we say in publishing. The posters in the fists look like weapons, perhaps this was the intent, and if so, you might consider some focus groups or surveys of regular readers to see what others think of this approach.

The desire to play off “barbarism” in the subtitle might not be the best choice. I’ll keep reading, but if I send people to your site, they may get the wrong impression initially and not investigate further.

-Ellie

Carlo Canteri
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for you comments Rory, and your TG Mozzie link!

I would really like to get reader feedback on the 3 articles I linked to regarding the ‘mendacious machinations’ of Global Energy and Banking – and the likely shocking consequences for both human rights and Earth’s climate.

What were your reactions when you read them?

How can we develop an efficient way of integrating this geopolitical and geostrategic information into the ‘context’ of our discussions and information gathering on Climate & Capitalism?

Do we need a section on the site called ‘CUI BONO’ ??
Do we have a techno-geek out there who could create a ‘Command f u’ keystroke which would insert a flashing colour-changing ‘CUI BONO’ link into what we write?! This could take us to connected network information around the issue of WHO BENEFITS …

4 years 6 months ago

Looks fresh & well organised. And congratulations on the alliance with MR. Two of my favourite publications brought together – good news!!

4 years 6 months ago

Very attractive website, Ian. A real improvement. Just one request at this point. I am one of those old-timers who likes to print out long and detailed articles so as to give them the careful consideration they merit. But when I hit “print” on this new website I find that the article runs over the right-hand page limit — which means I have to select the content, copy and paste it into a word-processer program for printing.

I hope you can remedy this before long.

Rory Short
4 years 6 months ago

Carlo is right about, basically ‘the rape of the earth’. The problem is it is not new, an element of humankind has been on this trajectory for millennia. It is just that now it looks like this element is surely going to destroy all of us including the element themselves. If only they knew it.

As I see it we need to open up a totally different mind space for humankind to move into. A mind space which places top priority on consciously cooperating with the natural world and abandons completely any notion of, exploiting it wherever possible. This is a tall order for many people alive today who are blindly committed to the road of exploitation as they see non-exploitation as a way of life as being a capitulation from life rather than an affirmation of humankind’s proper and glorious role in life.

We can work together with Nature if we put our minds to it. This article @ http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Transgenic_Mosquitoes_Not_a_Solution.php is about just such working together with Nature to solve a problem.

Carlo Canteri
4 years 6 months ago

Hi Ian, et al.,

It’s wonderful that the site is so much more user friendly, and I look forward to using it more.

The one concern I have is that it still feels apolitical and out of context – despite all the socialist political analysis.

How do we explain this?

The articles and research on this site do not really relate to the geostrategic and geopolitical activities which go on in the great games of securing and controlling the Earth’s energy and mineral resources – they want to clean out the cupboard: forget sustainability until it’s bare and the globe is barren.

Could we have a section which details these [often covert] under-publicised activities so that contextuality of information becomes paramount?

For example:

1. The Roving Eye
PLAYING CHESS IN EURASIA By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times Online December 22, 2011
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/ML22Ag02.html
Bets are off on which is the great story of 2011.  Is it the Arab Spring(s)?  Is it the Arab counter-revolution, unleashed by the House of Saud? Is it the “birth pangs” of the Greater Middle East remixed as serial regime changes?  Is it R2P (“responsibility to protect”) legitimizing “humanitarian” bombing?  Is it the freeze out of the “reset” between the U.S. and Russia?  Is it the death of al-Qaeda?  Is it the euro disaster?  Is it the U.S. announcing a Pacific century cum New Cold War against China?  Is it the build up towards an attack on Iran?  (well, this one started with Dubya, Dick, and Rummy ages ago …)
Underneath all these interlinked plots — and the accompanying hysteria of Cold War-style headlines — there’s a never-ending thriller floating downstream:  Pipelineistan.  That’s the chessboard where the half-hidden twin of the Pentagon’s “long war” is played out. Virtually all current geopolitical developments are energy-related. So fasten your seat belts, it’s time to revisit Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “grand chessboard” in Eurasia to find out who’s winning the Pipelineistan wars. …

2. New Mediterranean oil and gas bonanza
Published: 26 February, 2012, 17:52 Edited: 26 February, 2012, 17:52
http://rt.com/news/reserves-offshore-middle-east-engdahl-855/print/

3. The New Mediterranean Oil and Gas Bonanza: Part II: Rising energy tensions in the Aegean—Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria by F. William Engdahl
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29609

{{CC: this helps explain why Greece has been bankrupted and taken over
by the Banksters when in actual fact the country is incredibly rich sitting on
TRILLIONS of dollars worth of Gas and Oil in its territorial waters…}}

best regards,

Carlo

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