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  • Winning through Solidarity

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    Greed has become the highest organizing principle of human life. Howsoever disastrous the effects of individual greed may be, corporate greed wipes out whole societies. Grassroots activist Vandana Shiva who received the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1993, explains the current situation in India during an international conference in Frankfurt on Main, Germany taking place this… more

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  • Cheap Sensationalism

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    This is not their story. Nor is it good news to the people the media reports concern. The coverage of a recent fly-over of a remote part of the Amazon rainforest during which members of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes were spotted is all about chasing ratings by European media. What about the… more

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  • A Reckless Luxury

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    In the early years of post-communist totalitarianism in Central and Eastern Europe, brutal violence against ethnic minorities like the Roma (Gypsies) was almost commonplace. In Romania, for instance, police assisted murderous mobs — numbering in the hundreds — while they committed calculated attacks and arsons all over the country. The desire for ethnic cleansing was… more

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  • World of Denial

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    What is it about Spring that makes one ponder nuclear waste? Perhaps the warming weather and thoughts of sunny beaches on the Oregon Coast or the Irish Sea. Since 2005, when Juli Kearns published her exquisite essay Growing Up in the Shadow of Mt. Fuji, the illustrious editor of Idyll Opus Press and I have… more

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  • Stopping Progress

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    I once read about an Amazon tribe that first encountered men in orange vests tying ribbons on trees and pounding stakes in the ground. The next thing they knew, bulldozers came and destroyed their village and forest-based livelihood. A few years later, after retreating further into the forest, the tribe saw men in orange vests… more

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