Globalism

As Treaties Collapse, Can We Still Prevent a Nuclear Arms Race?

The United States just announced it is walking away from a 1987 agreement made between the USA and the Soviet Union to eliminate a whole class of nuclear weapons that had been deployed in Europe and had put the continent on a trip-wire to nuclear war. The move points to the need for direct actions parliaments, cities, and citizens can take to stop the assault on arms control treaties and prevent a new nuclear arms race.

Globalism

Creating a Global Lost Generation

When it comes to creating bitter futures, the Trump administration’s treatment of children at the border is of a piece with the larger global attack on them. While on a smaller scale than in the Greater Middle East and beyond, acts against the young at our southern border certainly should evoke their counterparts elsewhere. In December and January, for example, the first deaths of children were recorded at American border detention centers.

Globalism

“The Great Tide of Junk”: Garbage Politics in a Throwaway World

Two million plastic bags are distributed per minute worldwide. The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the entire weight of the human beings living upon it. The oceanic Great Pacific Garbage Patch of floating plastic is three times the size of France. Coca-Cola alone sends out 120 billion plastic bottles each year – enough to circle our planet 700 times. We must recognize excessive waste for what it is: a shocking loss of resources at the cost of our environment, engineered by the very system we are living under.