GST Original Articles

By Troy Keith Preston / 07 October 2020
The issue of healthcare reform is one that is consistently identified by opinion polls as being among the most important to Americans. The United States continues to be the only fully industrialized nation that lacks a public healthcare system, a feature of modern “democracy” that is taken for granted in most developed countries. Most American proponents of healthcare reform typically cite the models utilized by Canada, Western Europe, or Australia as the most appropriate guides for the... Read more
By Katie Singer / 07 October 2020
Dear Greta, I thought I’d make this letter a quiz. It’s the best format I know for introducing some of the Internet footprint’s invisible issues. --Katie Q: Name three of the Internet’s main energy guzzlers. A: Embodied energy. This is the energy used to design a product, extract and refine its raw materials, prepare and ship every necessary substance through its supply chain, then manufacture and ship every finished device and infrastructure part to its end-user... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 27 September 2020
Exposing Lies of the Empire (PT. Badak Merah Semesta, 2015) first introduced me to André Vltchek’s remarkable journalism, weaving together unforgettable narratives of Western imperialism and capitalistic fundamentalism. He’s widely considered one of the world’s most gifted thinkers, and even though I did not personally know him, I always looked forward to reading his articles. His words came from direct personal experience on the front lines of battlefields or wherever humanity suffered and... Read more
By Katie Singer / 24 September 2020
Dear Greta, After centuries of too many white people not seeing racism, smartphones’ cameras have made it undeniably visible. Without smartphones, we probably would not know about the murder of George Floyd. Without social media, your school strike might not have started an international movement. I write this letter to you—and to everyone committed to reducing climate change and ecological harms. Without the Internet, I doubt that it would reach you. Let me introduce myself. I am a... Read more

Pages

More Reading Recommended by GST

By Richard Heinberg / 24 September 2020
You see, the real downside of the green-profit narrative has been that it created the assumption in many people’s minds that the solution to climate change and other environmental dilemmas is technical, and that policy makers and industrialists will implement it for us, so that the way we live doesn’t need to change in any fundamental way. That’s never been true. The sooner we get that through... Read more
By LOIS WEINER AND JACKSON POTTER / 22 September 2020
Above photo: Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), speaks August 3 prior to the Occupy City Hall Protest and Car Caravan, organized by CTU and others. Kamil Krzacynski/AFP via Getty Images. Demands for stu­dents and edu­ca­tors to return to in-per­son school­ing dur­ing the pan­dem­ic are com­ing from Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans, both claim­ing the return is nec­es­... Read more
By King Downing and Frances Madeson / 20 September 2020
Black trade unionists across the U.S. are calling on the labor movement to defend Black Lives Matter protesters and to fight racism in their own ranks. The attacks by police and increasingly violent armed racist militias evoke the memory of many such violent incidents against Black people in earlier periods, from slavery to segregation to the civil rights era.  Some local unions have started to... Read more
By Yanis Iqbal / 19 September 2020
Thomas Sankara’s revolutionary government regulated the mining sector, limiting multinational companies ability to plunder Burkina Faso’s rich gold resources. Canadian company Tajiri Resources announced on August 20 that it had entered into an agreement with Sahara Natural Resources to begin drilling in Burkina Faso at the company’s exploration program on the Reo Gold project, located 130... Read more
By Shannon Osaka / 13 September 2020
In 1968, a small group of elite academics, industrialists, and government officials gathered at a Roman villa to discuss “the predicament of mankind.”  “We proceed from the belief that problems have ‘solutions,’” they wrote. Their goal was to find them. The result, a 200-page book called The Limits to Growth published in 1972, forever changed the contours of the burgeoning environmental... Read more
By Max Blumenthal / 11 September 2020
It is hard to think of an American film that provoked a greater backlash in 2020 than “Planet of the Humans.” Focused on the theme of planetary extinction and fanciful proposals to ward it off, the documentary was released for free on YouTube on April 21. Even before “Planet of the Humans” was released, however, the producers of the film had fallen under pressure to retract it. Upon the film’s... Read more
By Yanis Iqbal / 10 September 2020
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the long-drawn-out conflict at the Escobal silver mine in Guatemala – thesecond- largestin the world – is intensifying. The Escobal mine is located in southeast Guatemala, outside the town of San Rafael de las Flores, approximately 40 km from Guatemala City. Since the beginning of commercial production in early 2013, the mine has been embroiled in a conflict wherein... Read more

Pages