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The Market Colonization of Intellectuals

Source: Truthout

In many forums over the past decade, public intellectuals seem unable to talk about pressing social issues without performing the equivalent of an academic literature review. Although reasons range from trying to inform their audiences of relevant debates to efforts to demonstrate erudition, that many public intellectuals present their work as the basis for rewards in academe and the entertainment industry suggests influences tantamount to the colonization of intellectuals by the ever-expanding market. read more


Quiet Corruption?: The World Bank on Africa

The 'Africa Development Indicators 2010' report on 'quiet corruption' is one more example of the World Bank's distractive politics. Distractive because it seeks, wittingly or unwittingly, to sidetrack issues that are fundamental to understanding the continuing poverty and underdevelopment of Africa. Distractive also because it seeks, probably consciously and purposely, to exonerate the World Bank from its own role in perpetuating Africa's mal-development.

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Tuvalu v. ExxonMobil? The Coming Tide of Transnational Climate Lawsuits

Source: Mother Jones

Also from the Climate Desk: A look at domestic legal strategies to address global warming [1].

The Prunéřov power station [2] is the Czech Republic’s biggest polluter: Its 300-feet-high cooling towers push plumes of white smoke high above the flat, featureless fields of northern Bohemia. Prunéřov reliably wins a place on lists of Europe’s dirtiest power plants, emitting 11.1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. So when CEZ Group, the state-controlled utility, proposed an overhaul to extend the facility’s life for another quarter of a century, protests flared-including one from a place about as far from the sooty industrial region as you can get, a place of tropical temperatures and turquoise seas with not a smokestack in sight. This January, the Federated States of Micronesia, some 8,000 miles away in the Pacific Ocean, lodged a legal challenge to the Prunéřov plant on the grounds that its chronic pollution threatens the island nation’s existence. read more


The Shock Doctrine in Haiti: An Interview with Patrick Elie

Patrick Elie
The Shock Doctrinethe book by Naomi Klein, shows that often imperialist countries shock another country, and then while it's on its knees, they impose their own political will on that country while making economic profits from it. We're facing an instance of the shock doctrine at work, even though Haiti's earthquake wasn't caused by men.  There are governments and sectors who want to exploit this shock to impose their own political and economic order, which obviously will be to their advantage. 

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Climate Change Conference in Bolivia: In Defense of Pachamama

Source: IPS News

Through their ancestral knowledge and traditions, indigenous peoples will make a unique and invaluable contribution to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which begins Monday, Apr. 19 in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

Julio Quette of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Eastern Bolivia (CIDOB) told IPS that the 74 different indigenous groups who inhabit South America’s Amazon region "have traditionally coexisted with nature and the forests," and that it is up to the industrialised countries to halt the pollution and destruction of the planet. read more


A Hunger for Justice in Western Sahara

Anyone who saw the episode of the BBC documentary Tropic of Cancer last month in which journalist Simon Reeve traveled across Western Sahara would have seen Rachid Sghair. He was the human rights campaigner who bravely appeared before the camera to denounce the 35 year Moroccan occupation of his country and the resulting human rights abuses suffered by Saharawi people.