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Americas

Showdown in Honduras: The Rise and Uncertain Future of the Coup

Photo: Miguel Yuste, El Pais
Worldwide condemnation has followed the coup that unseated President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras on Sunday, June 28. Nation-wide mobilizations and a general strike demanding that Zelaya be returned to power are growing in spite of increased military repression. One protester outside the government palace in Honduras told reporters that if Roberto Micheletti, the leader installed by the coup, wants to enter the palace, "he had better do so by air" because if he goes by land "we will stop him."

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Special Reports

Beyond Politics: People for Sale in Hungry World

Carpet weavers in India
One might be tempted to dismiss the recent findings of the US State Department on human trafficking as largely political. But do not be too hasty. Criticism of the State Department's report on trafficked persons, issued on June 16, should be rife. The language describing US allies' efforts to combat the problem seems undeserved, especially when one examines the nearly 320- page report and observes the minuscule efforts of these governments.

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Environment

Genetic Eucalyptus Trees Threaten Southern U.S.

Photo: Orin Langelle
The U.S. government is set to approve a request from ArborGen, the genetically engineered (GE) tree research and development giant, for permission to plant 260,000 GE cold tolerant eucalyptus trees in 29 "field trials" across seven southern U.S. states.   Approval of such a large-scale planting of these dangerous flowering GE forest trees in the U.S. is completely unprecedented.

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Labor

Touring Empire’s Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon

Ford Car Stuck in Amazon Mud
The empire ends with a pull out. Not, as many supposed a few years ago, from Iraq. There, as well as in Afghanistan, we are mulishly staying the course, come what may, trapped in the biggest of all the "too-big-to-fail" boondoggles. But from Detroit. Of course, the real evacuation of the Motor City began decades ago, when Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler started to move more and more of their operations out of the downtown area to harder to unionize rural areas and suburbs, and, finally, overseas.

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Activism

All-American Squatters Fight Homelessness

Family Takes Back Foreclosed Home
Max Rameau stood at a lectern in one of Portland State University's student centers on an April afternoon. "Being against oppression and exploitation in your mind is not enough," he told a group of 70 activists. Rameau had been invited to Portland, Ore., to talk about Take Back the Land, his audacious-and illegal-campaign to fight homelessness caused by the economic crisis.