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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The impact of oil spills on shipwreck microbiomes, Canadian peacekeepers head to Mali, and the nexus between the global arms trade and the global flood of refugees.
In Tanzania, bloggers are now government-regulated. Unarmed Gazan protestors wounded by Israeli snipers are being tended to by a team of doctors from the ICRC. And — forget about Donald Trump and his second Supreme Court nominee. Check out the radical conservative judges he’s been appointing to American court benches, coast to coast.
Montreal-based lawyer and activist Dimitri Lascaris was on his way to Gaza on the latest Freedom Flotilla when appendicitis struck. I reached Dimitri by Skype in his Algiers hospital. Listen to our chat.
The State of Israel faces no greater struggle than winning the hearts and minds of young American Jews. Judging from the outcome of a recent trip to Israel by several dozen Jewish college students, it’s no longer a slam-dunk.
That Israel is an apartheid state, commits outrageously illegal acts against the Palestinian people, seems to have become a mainstream idea. Listen to this conversation with Israeli scientist David Harel.
Good food makes good neighbors. Traditional agriculture is also a form of cultural and political resistance. And, digital carbon footprints – all that browsing and clicking generates Earth-warming CO2. Smart computing tips for a low carbon economy.
Earth’s cryosphere, all that ice and snow that reflect solar radiation, keeping Earth cool, is melting. Do Israeli soldiers aim to maim unarmed Palestinian protesters when they gun them down? And on a more mundane topic – carbon taxes!
The toxic legacy of American chemical warfare in Vietnam. A report card from Canadian Auditors General on Canada’s climate change performance (disappointing). And, the information economy isn’t anywhere near as clean as you’d think. But, Web servers are reducing their carbon footprint.
The social costs of burning carbon exceed the value of the Big Five Tar Sands producers, and the province of Alberta’s entire GDP, by a country mile. Reflections on this rock humans live on, and what happens when it melts. And, the plight of children in war-ravaged Yemen.
Palestinian-Canadian physician and human rights worker Tarek Loubani was shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper in Gaza, yesterday, May 14, while tending to protesters calling for an end to Israel’s siege and the right to return to their lands inside Israel. I reached Loubani this afternoon, in Gaza.
A landmark scientific report warns of degraded land and vanishing biodiversity; cars, everywhere to be seen; commemorating Rwanda’s hundred-day genocide; and mapping climate change: where it’s at, where we’re heading, and what Canadians are doing about it.
Voices from the vault about energy and climate; an African friend talks about his new book; light rail transit in Hamilton, Ontario; sounds good – but for whom? And the voice of an unforgotten urban activist, urging urban dwellers to make a difference.