GST Original Articles

By Brian Tokar / 12 September 2016
All of us on the Green Social Thought editorial board were terribly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our friend, comrade and former editorial board member Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero during the afternoon of Tuesday, September 6th.  Carmelo apparently had a sudden, fatal heart attack while at work in his home city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I first got to know Carmelo when he enrolled in the Institute for Social Ecology's Masters program, then hosted at Goddard College in Vermont. I had the... Read more
By Elliot Sperber / 05 September 2016
Across the USA, people from all types of backgrounds marinate for hours each day in the glow of nationalistic and militaristic news reports and entertainment. From the reverence directed toward its historical wars, to the imaginary wars featured in the entertainment industry, to the virtual wars of drone strikes (which blend politics and entertainment into ideological indistinction), glorification of war is ubiquitous. But though it may be amplified by the pervasiveness and invasiveness of... Read more
By Pete Dolack / 12 August 2016
     The ongoing environmental disaster at Fukushima is a grim enough reminder of the dangers of nuclear power, but nuclear does not make sense economically, either. The entire industry would not exist without massive government subsidies.     Quite an insult: Subsidies prop up an industry that points a dagger at the heart of the communities where ever it operates. The building of nuclear power plants drastically slowed after the disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, so it is at a... Read more
By Carmelo Ruiz / 07 August 2016
1959- Founding of the pro-independence organization Movimiento Pro Independencia (MPI) and its newspaper Claridad. 1964-66- The local press informs that the government plans to approve strip mining projects. The MPI and the autonomist group Vanguardia Popular present environmental objections. The debate around mining marks the birth of the modern ecology movement in Puerto Rico. 1969-79- A period of generalized violence against the independence movement, which included police brutality, mob... Read more

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By Jake Ling / 15 March 2017
Before dawn on the Dec. 21, 2016, dozens of police raided the headquarters of the Shuar Federation (FISCH) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and arbitrarily detained its president, Agustin Wachapá. The indigenous leader was thrown to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and ridiculed beneath the boots of police in front of his wife. The police then razed the Shuar Federation’s office—turning over... Read more
By Eleanor Finley / 14 March 2017
A reflection on the unique current relevance of social ecology’s communalist politics in our time.  The article's broad historical scope addresses everything from ancient Greek democracy to the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee confederacy, the Paris Commune, the Zapatistas and the current Kurdish revolution in northern Syria.
By Nicholas Powers / 14 March 2017
From Nick Powers of the NYC Indypendent, arguing that, with rising inequality, white-identified folks are choosing to abandon the politics of ‘respectability,’ in a rather twisted mirror image of what happened during the rise of an increasingly mainstreamed and commercialized Black Power politics in the late ‘60s. An insightful contribution to the ongoing debate over 'white identity politics' and... Read more
By Pamela Boyce Simms / 12 March 2017
Prior to the 2016 US Presidential election, a New York-based Earthcare Coalition of organizations drawn from African Diaspora nations asked, “What would it take to mount a concerted move toward relocalization of food production and sovereignty among marginalized people of African descent as climate disruptions become the norm?” 
By Ellen Brown / 12 March 2017
President Donald Trump has promised to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels, roads and other infrastructure, something both Democrats and Republicans agree should be done. The country needs a full $3 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade. The $1 trillion plan revealed by Trump’s economic advisers relies heavily on public-private partnerships, and private equity firms are lining... Read more
By Liam Barrington-Bush / 11 March 2017
At first glance it is a factory: heavy machinery, crates, palettes, industrial barrels and men doing manual labor. Little catches the eye, except maybe the homemade banners hanging up around the warehouse. They’re in Greek, so you might not be able to read them, but you can tell these are not the stock decorations from the ‘IKEA industrial chic’ catalog.Over a couple of days, you might also... Read more
By Hawzhin Azeez / 11 March 2017
Zahra Shexo bends over her sewing machine and meticulously, but expertly allows the course material to run through her fingers and under the pointed needle of the machine. The sound of over a dozen women’s laughter and conversation intermixes with the repetitive mechanical sounds of the sewing machines in the large room. The sewing room is a Kaleidoscope of different coloured materials, samples,... Read more

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