GST Original Articles

By Don Fitz / 30 June 2016
In the middle of June 2016 the US House Committee on Natural Resources approved HR 3650, an effort to expand privatization of public lands. The bill would transfer control of “up to 2 million acres of eligible portions of the National Forest System” from the federal to state governments. Since state governments cannot afford firefighting budgets for such huge pieces of land, the law is a slick maneuver to make certain that lands will end up in the hands of private corporations. Endgame:... Read more
By R. Burke / 04 June 2016
When socialism first appeared as a modern political movement, it did so in a form that later came to be termed as ‘utopian.’ Charles Fourier, Robert Owen, Henri de Saint-Simon, and later Pierre Joseph Proudhon all strove to put forward plans and policies that they hoped would lead to a better, more desirable world. Such thinkers attempted to convince their fellow citizens of the wisdom of their plans, and that doing so would lead to the realization of their ideas. Marx and Engels, who would... Read more
By Stan Cox and Paul Cox / 27 May 2016
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 eruption, an area of almost three square miles has been buried in mud up to sixty feet deep. At... Read more
By Don Fitz / 27 May 2016
But Will It Last? Historic Preservation Wins Big in U City by Don Fitz An April 2016 victory in University City MO saw all three progressive councilpersons winning as well as over 69% voting “Yes” on an unusual amendment to the city charter. Proposition H would require the city to obtain voter approval before disposing of historic buildings. The effort started out as an attempt to block a developer. Then it expanded to protect multiple “heritage sites.” It expanded again into... Read more

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By C.J. Polychroniou / 10 July 2017
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By CAROL DANSEREAU / 09 July 2017
The global warming situation is absolutely crazy.  Millions of people are already experiencing drought, famine, floods, wildfires, superstorms and other climate disasters.  As a species, we are teetering on the edge of full-blown catastrophe, with extinction a distinct possibility.  Yet, we can’t seem to put in place obvious solutions that are sitting right there in front of us... Read more
By Justin Mikulka and Steve Horn / 08 July 2017
In 2015, a federal rail agency authorized the Alaska Railroad Corporation to ship its first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail in Alaska, but granted this permission behind closed doors, according to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and provided to DeSmog. The documents, a series of letters and legal memoranda obtained through the Freedom of Information... Read more
By Jay Moore / 06 July 2017
History never really repeats itself, neither as tragedy nor as farce nor as something else entirely.  Donald Trump is both a narcissistic and megalomanical fool and a tragedy for the U.S. and the planet.  Yet, although there are certainly some alarming resemblances with Trump, he is not a reborn Mussolini or Hitler or some other fascistic demagogue from 1920s Europe.   Trump comes out of a very... Read more
By Dick Nichols / 30 June 2017
The struggle to build a Catalan political force inspiring the level of support and activism needed to implement radical social change took a step forward in Barcelona on April 8, when the new “political subject” provisionally called Un País en Comú (“A Country Together”) held its founding congress. Un País en Comú, whose final name will be decided by membership referendum, is the third Catalan... Read more
By Ricardo Navarro and Sam Cossar / 26 June 2017
El Salvador made history last week by becoming the first country ever to ban metal mining.The success of this decades long struggle is proof that people can take on corporate interests and win.This is the story of how the people of El Salvador took on mining giants.Mining has a dark history in El Salvador. Years of unregulated, pro-investor policies coupled with rapid industrialization has led to... Read more
By Talli Nauman / 20 June 2017
When reports surfaced that the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline hd experienced its first crude oil spill in South Dakota even before the private project went into service, tribal chairmen were incensed. “The Dakota Access pipeline has not yet started shipping the proposed half million barrels of oil per day and we are already seeing confirmed reports of oil spills from the pipeline,”... Read more

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