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05/27/2016 - 7:41pm
By Stan Cox and Paul Cox

Ten years ago this Sunday, May 29, one of the weirdest and most controversial disasters of the 2000s struck a densely populated area just outside the city of Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia. At 5:00 that morning, a slurry of dark gray mud burst from the soil and began oozing slowly across the landscape. Since that day, the flow of mud has never stopped or even paused.
 

Now, a decade into the...

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05/27/2016 - 12:39pm
By Don Fitz

But Will It Last?

Historic Preservation Wins Big in U City

by Don Fitz

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05/11/2016 - 6:57pm
By Stan Cox

Richard Nixon's agriculture secretary in the early to mid-1970s was Earl Butz, a man best known for advising the nation's farmers to “get big or get out.” And rural America has been following that advice ever since. Across most of the country, farms continue to grow in acreage and dwindle in number. Every state in the vast agricultural region stretching from Michigan to Kansas and Ohio to North Dakota has seen more than a doubling of average farm size since 1982.

Meanwhile, U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show that growing crops and raising animals has become more and more...

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04/12/2016 - 1:22pm
By Don Fitz

A review of John M. Kirk's Health Care without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism.

When the Ebola virus began to spread through western Africa in fall 2014, much of the world panicked. Soon, over 20,000 people were infected, more than 8,000 had...

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04/10/2016 - 7:47am
By Stan Cox

Five-plus years after the publication of Dickson Despommier's book The Vertical Farm: Feeding Ourselves and The World in the 21st Century, his dream—originally conceived as the production of food in the interior of tall urban buildings—is gaining momentum despite many unanswered questions about its feasibility.

Although the fanciful skyscrapers depicted in countless architectural renderings of vertical farms have never materialized in the...

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04/05/2016 - 4:20pm
By R. Burke

A review by R. Burke of Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams' Inventing the Future; Postcapitalism and a World Without Work.

A necessary ingredient for the success of the world-left is a cultural climate of modernism. We may debate exactly when the period of modernism...

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03/27/2016 - 11:21am
By Stan Cox

A Review of Brian Tokar's book Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Justice (Porsgrunn, Norway: New Compass Press, 2014).

This expanded edition of Brian Tokar's book is a concise, valuable summing-up of the most important...

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03/16/2016 - 11:13am
By R. Burke

A review by R. Burke of Douglas Murphy's Last Futures; Nature, Technology and the End of Architecture.

Those of us who lived during the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s can remember a time when it was taken for granted that technological progress would lead to some kind of...

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02/14/2016 - 8:41pm
By Kim Scipes

“Where to Invade Next” by Michael Moore, reviewed by Kim Scipes

Michael Moore’s new movie, “Where to Invade Next” is not what you’d expect from Moore.  It is not some jeremiad against US nefariousness somewhere around the world, nor is it an enraged assault on...

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02/04/2016 - 6:08pm
By Brian Tokar

It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by diplomats,...

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01/18/2016 - 4:52pm
By Jenny McBride

The photo of brown bears feeding on a fin whale carcass near Kodiak is stunning: two species of Alaskan charasmatic megafauna we rarely if ever see together. What's more, there are several bears – a group of mother and cubs at each end of the carcass – because the...

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11/15/2015 - 12:00am
By Staughton Lynd and Andy Piascik

A review of Leilah Danielson's American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century.

A Question

American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century is the most comprehensive and...

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11/14/2015 - 12:00am
By Richard Burke

A review by R. Burke of Kate Evans' Red Rosa; A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg.

When the Cold War ended many shortsighted, and ill-informed people thought we had reached the end of history, and that Capitalism had triumphed, Socialism had failed. Today, after the...

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11/13/2015 - 12:00am
By Richard Burke

A review by R. Burke of Tariq Ali's The Extreme Centre: A Warning.

Debates about "reform versus revolution" on the Socialist Left are by now more than a century old. Yet it seems that the political climate at this time is one in which even the revisionists of the...

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