Behind the 'Green Economy' – A new drive to commodify nature

Faced with an even more complex and deeper crisis, capitalism is launching a fresh attack that combines the old austerity measures with an offensive to create new sources of profit and growth through the “Green Economy” agenda.  ++++++++++++++++++ by Christophe No to the Green Economy,  February 8,  2012 A New Phase of Capitalist Expansion and […]

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Why the fossil fuel industry fights so hard to block action on climate change

The business models at the center of our economy are in the deepest possible conflict with physics and chemistry ++++++++++++++ By Bill McKibben TomDispatch, February 7, 2012  If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose […]

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The agribusiness takeover of pale green NGOs

Many of the biggest conservation NGOs  have done deals with international agribusiness. They  greenwash industrial commodity agriculture in exchange for vague promises of sustainability and social justice. ++++++++++++++++ by Jonathan Latham Independent Science News,  February 7, 2012 Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much […]

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A multimedia introduction to The Communist Manifesto

“All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority.” This video is meant to be used in group discussion of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. It has […]

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Indigenous and climate activists tell EU embassies the truth about Canada's tar sands

“Our government is putting more energy into trying to kill climate change policies in other countries than doing its fair share to fight climate change in Canada.”   The  Indigenous Environmental Network, the Council of Canadians,  and Climate Action Network Canada have been meeting with Ottawa-based European Union Embassies to counteract Canadian lobbying against an important […]

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Enough is enough! It's time for a maximum wage

US radicals came up with sound proposals for a maximum income a century ago. Isn’t it time to put that idea back on the table? ++++++++++++++++++ by Sam Pizzigati  Le Monde Diplomatique  The Occupy Wall Street movement hasn’t yet demanded a cap on individual income but it probably will. Ever since the “golden age” after […]

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The paradox of Cuban agriculture

Cuban agricultural production expanded 4.2% per year from 1996 to 2005, at a time when the average growth in the region was 0% +++++++++++ by Miguel A. Altieri and Fernando R. Funes-Monzote Monthly Review, January 2012 When Cuba faced the shock of lost trade relations with the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, food production initially […]

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Barry Commoner: Pollution, affluence and class

[Quotes and Insights #23] Pioneer socialist ecologist Barry Commoner, author of The Closing Circle, speaking at Harvard University, during the first Earth Day, April 1970…. “The favorite statistic is that the U.S. contains 6 to 7% of the world population but consumes more than half the world’s resources and is responsible for that fraction of […]

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