GST Original Articles

By Henry Robertson / 30 July 2019
Venice. Photo by Wolfgang Moroder via Wikimedia commons. Travel is a wonderful thing. Climate breakdown is not. As in so many other areas of life, we have to reconcile that latter harsh reality with the strange normality that has briefly existed in the time of cheap and abundant oil. In a matter of hours we can fly over an ocean that it used to take perilous months to cross. That’s a trivial statement, but not for much longer. You might say I’m here to, almost literally, bring you down.... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 28 July 2019
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a July 4 article in The Guardian, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science. The author explains: As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 15 July 2019
Better Fruit
Book Review: Food or War “The most destructive object on the planet… is the human jawbone.” (Food or War, Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 177) Whether by sight, taste, touch, feel, or smell, it’s only too obvious that “food” affects every aspect of life and is key to crucial life-supporting ecosystems. Day in, day out, every living thing needs food. Perchance ecosystems cease to function, the human jawbone would plop open and remain plopped open, gaping and over time morph into a... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 01 July 2019
Payments can happen cheaply and easily without banks or credit card companies. This has now been demonstrated – not in the United States but in China. Unlike in the US, where numerous firms feast on fees from handling and processing payments, in China most money flows through mobile phones nearly for free. In 2018 these cashless payments totaleda whopping $41.5 trillion; and 90% were through Alipay and WeChat Pay, a pair of digital ecosystems that blend social media, commerce and banking.... Read more

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By Eoin Higgins / 07 August 2019
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By Promise Li / 06 August 2019
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By Rachel Smolker and Anne Petermann / 06 August 2019
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By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume / 05 August 2019
Throughout history, human civilization has been cursed by tyranny. Time and again, power is concentrated in institutions that rule by coercion and force. Humans have suffered through totalitarianism, dictatorships, and fascism repeatedly. Untold suffering and death have occurred. But such times have always been marked by resistance. Courageous individuals and movements have fought back with a... Read more
By Joshua Specht / 04 August 2019
Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness. Meatpacking lines, pioneered in the 1860s in Cincinnati’s pork packinghouses, were the first modern production lines. The meatpacking mogul Jonathan Ogden Armour could not abide socialist agitators. It was 1906, and Upton Sinclair had just published The Jungle, an... Read more
By Umair Irfan / 02 August 2019
For regular flyers, air travel is often the dominant contributor to their greenhouse gas footprints. With the window rapidly closing to limit global warming to a bearable level — scientists warn that the planet has as little as 12 years to halve global emissions to restrict warming to 1.5 degrees this century — it is more critical than ever to find a way to shrink aviation’s carbon footprint.... Read more
By Doug Enaa Greene / 01 August 2019
Michael Harrington (1928-1989) was the most important advocate for democratic socialism in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century. He is widely, and deservedly, recognized for writing The Other America, a seminal exposé of poverty in the United States. However, Michael Harrington was not simply a public intellectual but a political activist who developed a vision to... Read more

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