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 Dick Nichols / 30 June 2017
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By Ricardo Navarro and Sam Cossar / 26 June 2017
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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
By Ira Chernus / 19 June 2017
Ira Chernus looks back at the '60's counterculture and the New Left, finding that each held values and visions whose fusion could provide the basis for a new society.

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