[The following is taken from the Introduction to the interns’ report.] — Scroll to bottom of page for PDF files — Rethinking the Food System The current food system is one of the largest contribu- tors to global climate change and environmental destruction. Agriculture emits one third of global greenhouse emissions and consumes 70% of our freshwater … [Read more...] about Rethinking the Food System – Keys to a Strong School Wellness Policy
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By Raymond Nat Turner Hey, amigo, this ain’t Gitmo… We won’t waterboard you. We won’t force feed you—Hop on this shiny white bus to a better life! Catch this sleek private plane to food, clothing and shelter! Hey, señora, one plush seat’s left for you and yours! We swear this ain’t Sunshine State slapstick! We swear it ain’t Lone Star State Abbot … [Read more...] about Is cruelty Governor Woke Smoke’s superpower?
By Raymond Nat Turner 2 Pentagon Parties: 0 ‘debt ceiling’ Both war-profiteers, wheeling and dealing— junk medal-chested generals ever concealing what greasy-thumbed accountants are stealing It’s Mike and Ike Kabuki Theater Where Ol’ Schmo is some smooth operator Insurance-Bank bailout activator— Reducing us to: Passive Spectator… 2 Pentagon … [Read more...] about 2 Pentagon Parties: 0% ‘debt ceiling’ / 1% Kabuki Theater
By Vijay Prashad A new mood of defiance in the Global South has generated bewilderment in the capitals of the Triad (the United States, Europe, and Japan), where officials are struggling to answer why governments in the Global South have not accepted the Western view of the conflict in Ukraine or universally supported the North Atlantic Treaty … [Read more...] about The Emergence of a New Non-Alignment
By Don Fitz and Stan Cox Like a third-rate zombie movie on Netflix, delusions of nuclear fusion repeatedly rise from the dead. The cover story in the June 2023 issue of Scientific American by Philip Ball, “Star Power: Does Fusion Have a Future After All?” recycles the corporate line which was broadcast on December 13, 2022. The US Department of … [Read more...] about Nuclear Fusion: Eternal Energy = Eternal Damnation
By Alexander Fischer The Temple University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA 6290), a union that represents more than 750 graduate student workers at Temple struck for over a month from late January to early March 2023. TUGSA, the only graduate student union in Pennsylvania, demanded a living wage, greater parental and bereavement leave, and dependent healthcare. Founded … [Read more...] about Striking Power: How Temple University Graduate Student Workers Won a New Contract
By Gary Olson This year marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s launch of China’s flagship, One Belt One Road (OBOR), later referred to as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Echoing the historic Silk Road, the ancient trade network of Eurasia that connected the East and West, BRI is the most ambitious and expensive infrastructure plan in world history. Writing … [Read more...] about China’s BRI: Toward a Hybrid International Order with Socialist Characteristics?
By Ted Morgan Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sendinag them off to distant lands to die…. Justice Hugo Black, in the Pentagon Papers case. In their 1988/2002 classic, Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of Mass Media, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky presented a … [Read more...] about Ukrainians vs. Iraqis: Worthy and Unworthy Victims
By Elaheh Farmand I came to America, 25 years ago with rose-colored glasses, a suitcase of memories, and my mother’s dreams unfolded. I came to America with little English and a lot of bitterness because our struggles as new immigrants embarrassed me. But I came to America with my mother’s hopes and from her, I learned … [Read more...] about This Freedom
By Michael A. Lebowitz Editor’s Note: We mourn the loss of Michael Lebowitz who died at home on April 19. 2023. Mike was a superb Marxist economist, teacher, and author of many valuable works about Marx, the socialist project, and capitalism. Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to say that Mike more than any of his contemporaries contributed to reviving Marx’s ideas about … [Read more...] about The Rich Human Being: Marx and the Concept of Real Human Development