Analysis, Reporting

How Standing Rock Stole My Despair

And what the indigenous resistance in North Dakota means for Texas and a world wrapped in pipelines. At the Oceti Sakowin Camp, just outside the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in North Dakota, the sun seems to rise in the west. Thanks to the north’s low-slung winter sun, there’s never […]

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Johan Galtung: Seeking a Global ‘Arthurian Round Table’

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — From “The Sermon on the Mount” [Interviewer’s Note: A man who has published more than 150 books and 1500 articles on peace and related issues; the founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment.; […]


Trump: Erdogan-Style Purges & the New Deplorables

In the week’s following the unsuccessful summer coup seeking to unseat Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian regime, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an aggressive purge seemingly targeting all those thought to be sympathetic to the liberal cleric Fethullah Gülen. The Alliance for Shared Values, linked to Gülen, has denied any involvement. Whatever […]


House Divided: The Corruption Eating America

This column is too important, too insightful and clearly stated to be allowed to drift behind a pay wall for the benefit of the few. With apologies to Foreign Policy, I offer this critique of America’s corruption culture and how low we can expect it do go under a President […]


Election 2016: Dying Gasps of the Last Global State?

By Richard Falk A cascade of developments should make us afraid of what seems to be emerging politically in the United States at this time. Although politicians keep telling us how great we were or will be or are. Donald Trump has ridden a wave of populist enthusiasm touting his […]

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Avoids Real Culprit of BP Blowout

By Ansu John When it happened, we all knew that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was unprecedented in scale. The whole nation watched the black billowing smoke from that rig with a sense of horror and foreboding. They were justified. The crude oil gushing out from a drill-hole on the […]

Man as Tree
Analysis, Reporting

Man Dressed as Tree Blocks Traffic. This is Deceleration!

I’m a tireless advocate [of] slowness and stillness and quiet in my life and I feel like we could use a lot more of that right now. We’re always on the lookout for real-world manifestation of the Deceleration. With a big embrace for Asher Woodworth… This is undoubtedly one: PORTLAND, […]

Anti-pipeline action in West Texas
Analysis, Reporting

North Dakota: Stop the War on Journalists

[An adapted version of this post has since been published at Indian Country Today.] SEJ joins organizations condemning the intimidation of journalists at Standing Rock It’s the First Amendment: one of the earliest signals of the newly formed United States promising the federal government would not steamroll the interests of […]

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Trump Attack Shames the Mentally Ill

This is not about Donald Trump. It’s about the language we use talking about mental illness. It’s been a long, ugly march out of the “madhouses” of American history. But for those millions who suffer from conditions like depression, obsession-compulsive disorder, or ADHD, the playground taunting, the workplace sneers, and […]

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How to Co-opt an Indigenous Struggle

The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota by a now-estimated 300-odd indigenous nations and tribes and allies can be viewed from many perspectives. Perhaps the least helpful or accurate interpretation is one that seeks to explain the contest through the lens of Western environmentalism. The Washington […]

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Gorillas Object to Trump’s ‘Weaponized Masculinity’

This is more than a teachable moment. This is a recall election on the patriarchy. And the gorillas are on our side. Since Donald Trump was caught bragging about his ability to sexually assault women and get away with it, a growing number of self-described victims of his self-described predation […]

William McDonough

SXSW Eco: Encounters with Visionaries & Techno-Fetishists

AUSTIN, Texas—This week, at SXSW Eco, a prominent conference bringing together sustainable business leaders, planners, and others, there are innumerable sessions devoted to startup businesses, socially conscious consumption, “bio-based economies,” genetic engineering, and synthetic materials. It is, by and large, a tech conference targeting industry- and city-scale innovations intended to […]