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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UK governments lied about the need for nuclear

Report endorsed by MPs from four parties says that governments misled Parliament to win support for new nuclear power stations  +++++++++++++ by Fiona Harvey Guardian, January 31, 2012  Ministers misled parliament over the need to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations, distorting evidence and presenting to MPs a false summary of the analysis […]

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ExxonMobil pays no federal tax on $41 billion profit; still refuses to pay for Alaska cleanup

Every hour, the world’s largest oil company makes $5 million in profits ++++++++++++++ by Rebecca Leber Climate Progress, January 31, 2012 ExxonMobil had the largest profits of the Big Five oil companies in 2011, raking in $41.1 billion for the year. This 35 percent jump from last year is driven in large part by record-high oil […]

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How can the climate change movement move ahead in 2012?

It is important not to underestimate the harm caused by the failure of negotiations in Copenhagen and Durban — but it is equally important not to succumb to pessimism.  +++++++++++++ by Elaine Graham-Leigh Counterfire (UK), January 24, 2012 In the planning stages, the demonstration at the climate talks in Copenhagen in December 2009, and the associated […]

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NZ socialist group dissolves to build ecosocialist movement

Resolution adopted by the 2012 convention of the New Zealand group Socialist Workers Organization ++++++++++ The defining event of our times is world capitalism’s historic slide towards collapse under the chaotic, intersecting and escalating pressures of five terminal crises: profitability, ecology, resources, imperial leadership, legitimacy. This is the context for this resolution of Socialist Worker’s […]

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