GST Original Articles

By Brian Tokar / 29 April 2020
With nearly everyone trapped at home for the fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day, Michael Moore released a film that picks apart the US environmental movement as it may have looked ten years ago, and then misleadingly presents it as breaking news. That may be the most generous possible description of what “Planet of the Humans” offers. The award-winning environmental filmmaker Josh Fox called it irresponsible, “amateurish and puerile,” climatologist Michael Mann said it was filled with... Read more
By Stan Cox and Ezra Silk / 18 April 2020
For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at all. Now, with COVID-19 outbreaks having shut down meatpacking plants across the country, concern is growing that the coronavirus could... Read more
By Don Fitz / 05 April 2020
Preparing for a pandemic requires understanding that a change in the relationship between people is primary and the production of things is secondary and flows from social factors. Investors in profit-based medicine cannot comprehend this concept. Nothing could exemplify it more clearly than Cuba’s response to the corona virus (COVID-19). The US dawdled for months before reacting. Cuba’s preparation for COVID-19 began on January 1, 1959. On that day, over sixty years before the pandemic,... Read more
By Henry Robertson / 31 March 2020
By Strmsrg - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=88561792 None of us saw this coming and all of us want it to end. In late March 2020 most of us (I hope) are stuck at home while grocery store checkers and stockers put their lives on the line when they go to work. Silver linings are hard to find, but amid the myriad consequences emerging from this viral upheaval may be glimpses of better things that could be. Pollution levels are down, and in retrospect we... Read more

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By Ariela Ruiz Caro / 24 February 2020
After the outbreak of the most intense and massive social protests ever recorded in the history of Chile, on November 16 the government and most political parties signed an agreement to restore peace and public order and initiate a process to draft a new constitution. The protests, triggered by the rise in subway fares on Oct. 18, called into question the supposed Chilean success story of the... Read more
By Juan Manuel Boccacci / 23 February 2020
If a Chilean was told a year ago that in a few months he would find popular assemblies in his neighborhood to give his opinion and decide on the future of his country, he surely would not have believed it. But it’s happening. October 18, 2019, marked a before and after in Chile. The social uprising that began with high school students jumping the turnstiles of the subway is now requiring new... Read more
By Joshua Frank / 22 February 2020
In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Bloomberg pompously claimed, “We’re closing the coal-fired power plants. If we could enforce some of the rules on fracking so that they don’t release methane into the air and into the water, you’ll make a big difference. But we’re not going to get rid of fracking for a while. And we, incidentally not just natural gas. You frack oil, as well. It is a... Read more
By Vijay Prashad / 22 February 2020
In November 2019, the Bolivian army – with a nudge from the shadows – told its President Evo Morales Ayma to resign. Morales would eventually go to Mexico and then seek asylum in Argentina. Jeanine Áñez, a far-right politician who was not in the line of succession, seized power; the military, the fascistic civil society groups, and sections of the evangelical church backed her. Áñez said that she... Read more
By Kate Yoder / 21 February 2020
It was the late 1980s, and the headlines warned of acid rain, air pollution, and contaminated water. So John Javna, then a writer best known for books found on the back of toilets, traveled from drought-stricken California to Washington, D.C., with his backpack, looking for practical advice on how to save the world. Javna self-published the book he’d written in his attic in California: 50... Read more
By Thomas Hanna and Mathew Lawrence / 19 February 2020
As we enter the second decade of the new century, signs of crisis are all around us. Climate change, rising economic inequality, assaults on workers’ rights and wages, unchecked corporate power, financialization, entrenched racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, and emboldened neo-fascism and right-wing populism, to name a few.  The entwined crises we face share a deep-rooted common cause: the... Read more
By Jacob Levich / 15 February 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the celebrity who moonlights as my Congressional representative, has repeatedly claimed to speak for “ordinary people,” but she refuses listen to them,  even if they are constituents. In late November, shortly after the US-backed military coup that unseated the legitimate president of Bolivia, I together with my life companion requested a meeting with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez... Read more

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