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Superbugs

Superbugs

Donald Trump cited a frightful list of anti-American threats in his 4300-word nomination acceptance speech: terrorism, immigrants, crime, violence, gangs, drugs, lawlessness, government regulation, media elites. He had nothing to say about multidrug-resistant superbugs.

Room for the River

Room for the River

Rising seas linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Dutch engineers are designing nature-based flood control systems that are cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe

We use lots of items in our daily lives. We use them and then throw them away, or perhaps recycle them when they wear out or get damaged. Then again, some of us prefer to repair for re-use — at a Repair Cafe.

Toxic Load

Toxic Load

Bacteria and fungi, Earth’s quintessential biochemists, are famous for the odd molecules they produce. But human beings are no slouches. According to one estimate, global commerce swells with thousands of industrial chemicals, many completely novel, some very toxic

Belize in the Balance

Belize in the Balance

Thirty-five years after gaining independence, Belize, Central America’s youngest nation, stands on a cusp of development that will either protect crucial wildlife habitat or gradually lose it to wide-scale agriculture.

Corporate Food Chains

Corporate Food Chains

For those who thought that corporate concentration in the food industry couldn’t get tighter, wake up and smell the coffee. The Big Six seed and farm chemical producers are now on the verge of coalescing into three. Amazon may soon be the world’s biggest supermarket.

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Two-State Delusion

Two-State Delusion

In seven days Donald Trump will be President of the United States. Among the most tantalizing prospects for this new epoch: the radical transformation of US policy on Israel and Palestine.

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

In international relations, it’s the law of the jungle. The five most powerful countries on Earth get to pick and choose which international laws they’ll abide by, doling out slices of impunity to allies and clients.

Global Palestine

Global Palestine

Israel plays a host of key roles in today’s troubled world: Jewish homeland. Bastion of peace and democracy in the troubled Middle East. Clever “start-up nation” the world can turn to for smart solutions. Israeli-American activist Jeff Halper pinpoints a darker niche.

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Physical abuse, assassination, bribery, the use of human shields, looting … These are among the acts former Israeli soldiers describe to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence in the course of interviews about their service in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Cole Gately

Cole Gately

I’ve always hung out on the margins, with all the other misfits, freaks and queers; on the edge, the border between femininity and masculinity, between brownness and whiteness, a standpoint that offers me a unique worldview.

Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street

Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder.

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Kufr Qaddum

Kufr Qaddum

Kufr Qaddum is a village of 5000, halfway between the northern West Bank cities of Nablus and Qalqilya. Its agricultural lands encompass about 19,000 dunams (acres), 11,000 of which fall within Oslo ‘Area C’ and are therefore under complete Israeli military control. I travelled to to Kufr Qaddum to observe one of their weekly protests, against the closure of their ancient road.

Drug Resistant Microbes Under Siege

Drug Resistant Microbes Under Siege

It’s a perfect storm: horrific bone and tissue-pulverizing wounds from high velocity sniper rounds, a health care system crushed by twelve years of military siege, and traumatic wound infections resistant to all but the most powerful and costly antibiotics. Such is the tempest sweeping tiny Gaza, fifteen months after the launch of protests along the militarized perimeter of what gets called, alternatively, an open-air prison or ghetto.

Hebron

Hebron

One day feels like a week in Hebron.The quickest way to get to this beautiful but conflicted West Bank town, from Jerusalem, is from West Jerusalem’s cavernous downtown bus station. Read and listen to the story here.

Activist Rabbi Arrested By Israelis

Activist Rabbi Arrested By Israelis

Canadian Rabbi David Mivasair was arrested yesterday (May 3, 2019), along with other Jewish-American, Israeli and Palestinian activists, while helping to repair a road used by Bedouin pastoralists in the hills south of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 40

The Green Blues Show – Edition 40

‘Unwilling or Unable’ – a radical new theory for justifying military interventions. As Earth warms, a billion people may soon be exposed to mosquito-borne viral diseases. And, trawling the oceans for plastic.

Sorry Not Sorry

Sorry Not Sorry

Local Zionists tried their darndest to block Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour from speaking at an event, yesterday evening, in Canada’s prairie capital, Winnipeg. Sarsour is an antisemite, they screamed, and denies Israel’s “right to exist”! Winnipeg social justice activists pushed back. On the evening of Friday, April 26, Sorry Not Sorry: Unapologetically Working for Social Justice unfolded without a hitch, exceeding expectations.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 39

The Green Blues Show – Edition 39

Farmers, dyers and fabric producers from a single watershed, woven together into a fibreshed. Is ethnic cleansing a charitable enterprise? The Canada Revenue Agency will soon pronounce on this matter. And, on the 25th anniversary of little Rwanda’s hundred-day genocide, there are whispers in the hall.

Green Energy Dreams

Green Energy Dreams

It’s the ultimate green dream: some device or substance that can capture the sun’s infinite flood of energy, store that energy, release it as heat and electricity — in controlled fashion — then absorb it all over again in a continuous closed loop. A little organic molecule called norbornadiene promises to make dreams come true, in the crucial realm of home heating and cooling.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 38

The Green Blues Show – Edition 38

Formerly abundant insects have vanished from a lush Puerto Rican rainforest. In tiny Gaza, under crushing Israeli military siege, antibiotic-resistant microbes infect high-velocity sniper wounds. And a big green dream: Endless clean energy from a tiny compound that soaks up solar rays.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 37

The Green Blues Show – Edition 37

What’s going on in Venezuela? I speak to someone who’s just returned, with an alternative view on the turmoil. Carbon taxes versus regulation. What works best? Both, it turns out. And – as if over a decade of crushing Israeli military siege weren’t enough, now the people of Gaza face multi-drug-resistant microbes.

Perfect Storm in Gaza

Perfect Storm in Gaza

It’s a perfect storm: horrific, bone and tissue-pulverizing wounds from high velocity sniper rounds, a health care system crippled by over a decade-long military siege, and multi-drug resistant infections.

Slow Motion Coup

Slow Motion Coup

Dimitri Lascaris is a Montreal-based lawyer, journalist and human rights activist, recently returned from a week in Venezuela, covering recent events for The Real News Network. I spoke with Dimitri by Skype. Here’s that conversation.