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Hiroshima: the Crime That Keeps on Paying, But Beware the Reckoning

By: 
Diana Johnstone

As we approach the anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Diana Johnstone reminds us that the decision to use the bomb was purely political, not military, and that it signified the start of the Cold War.

Energy Transitions Some Questions from the Netherworld

By: 
Nicholas Hildyard

The term “energy transition” usually signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that then follows is: how is this shift to be paid for?

But there are pitfalls in looking at climate and energy like this. This public lecture given in Vienna and organised by Attac Austria and others, explores different ways of organizing nature, economy and society. It raises questions about the orientation of many mainstream discussions; the fetishising of technology; finance; accumulation; and organising.

Some Little Known Reasons Why France Is on the Frontline of the War With the Islamic State

By: 
Nafeez Ahmed

Explores numerous factors, especially continuing French interventions in north Africa, and the threat to what Ahmed calls the 'greyzone,' the increasingly rare "arenas of multi-ethnic, multi-faith solidarity, within both the Muslim and Western worlds."

The First Demand for Slave Reparations

By: 
Herb Dyer

  This is written for those who argue against reparations for slavery on the grounds that slavery happened oh so very – too – long ago to be a rational idea; for those who contend that no living black people were slaves; who argue that no living white people were slave owners; for people who insist, therefore, that the time to ask for slavery reparations has long since passed. And, anyway, why didn’t the ex-slaves themselves demand reparations/compensation?

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