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Gene Traders: Biotechnology, World Trade, and the Globalization of Hunger

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Toward Freedom presents a new and comprehensive collection of research and essays on biotechnology. Edited by safe food pioneer Brian Tokar, Gene Traders features analysis of biotechnology and its’ effects on food safety, poverty, starvation, and globalization.

Genetically engineered agriculture is spreading around the world due to global trade agreements and the aggressive tactics of international financial institutions, governments, and agribusiness corporations. In this broad and comprehensive survey, seven authors show how the interplay of trade policy, “development” politics and biotechnology increases dependency and hunger, while compromising the survival of traditional farmers and their communities. read more

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The Final Frontier: Washington Prepares for Arms Race in Space

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Off the Page and Into the Streets: A Graphic History of SDS

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Chad: Crossing the Chari

Refugee Camp in Chad, Photo by Mark Knobil
The recent fighting in Ndjamena, Chad on February 2-6 between an alliance of insurgencies and the army of President Idriss D├ęby Itno has highlighted the transnational politics of Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic. Europeans and Americans living in Ndjamena were flown out by French Army planes, mostly to Libreville, Gabon where France has a military airbase. Many ordinary Chadians, an estimated 20,000, walked or drove across the two bridges which span the river Chari into northern Cameroon.

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Undermining Bolivia: A Landscape of Washington Intervention

US Embassy in La Paz
A thick fence, surveillance cameras, and armed guards protect the U.S. Embassy in La Paz. The embassy is a tall, white building with narrow slits of windows that make it look like a military bunker. After passing through a security checkpoint, I sit down with U.S. Embassy spokesman Eric Watnik and ask if the embassy is working against the socialist government of Evo Morales. "Our cooperation in Bolivia is apolitical, transparent, and given directly to assist in the development of the country," Watnik tells me. "It is given to benefit those who need it most." From the Bush Administration's perspective, that turns out to mean Morales's opponents.