May

Earths last best hope

Deepening poverty in most capitalist countries, an inherent inability to plan and organize on the necessary scale, and a refusal to fund or insure unprofitable remediation projects (many essential projects will not be profitable) are among the factors behind capitalism’s inability to solve the problem of environmental destruction.

Wolfowitz ouster reflects bigger problems

The scandal that led to the forced resignation of Iraq war guru Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank “is just the tip of the iceberg,” Nadia Martinez, who co-directs the Institute for Policy Studies’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, wrote earlier this month.

Michael Moore draws govt wrath re Cuba trip

Michael Moore has joined the ranks of victims of U.S. trade and travel restrictions against Cuba. His organization reported that the filmmaker received an inquiry from the U.S. Treasury Department about a trip Moore took to Cuba in March to film segments for his upcoming release “Sicko.”

Capitalism incapable of reversing environmental crisis

After decades of international conferences like Rio and Kyoto, despite local victories and major protests, the destruction of humanity’s environment continues. Don’t the capitalists who control most world production care about human survival — even their own? Or are they incapable of stopping it?

Marx hoy

Cada vez que en alguna parte del mundo brota un movimiento orientado por ideas socialistas, como el que estamos viviendo ahora en Venezuela y que hemos convenido en denominar revolución bolivariana, surge casi de modo inevitable la interrogante sobre el tipo de socialismo al cual se refiere en concreto ese movimiento.

Talking about a revolution: Calls for action on global warming, inequality

The latest report of a world scientific panel on global warming has called for what amounts to a social revolution, one of the report’s authors said.

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Boris Yeltsin and Jenny Lopez

A few days ago, according to Pravda (the former paper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union now specializing in National Inquirer-like gossip), a newly rich 35-year-old Russian billionaire banker, Andrei Melnichenko, paid Jennifer Lopez $3 million to perform at a birthday party for his wife.

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Forget the meat! Why an animal-based diet is hazardous to your health

Slowly the truth is emerging that diet is decisive to health. Out of a fog of deliberate confusion and fierce resistance put up by the food and pharmaceutical industries and their allies in government, academia and big medicine, the idea is winning support in the public mind, and a fundamentally new picture is becoming clear.

Mississippi on the mind and Cuba

Infant mortality rates (IMR) in Mississippi and other Southern states are rising. The IMR measures the number of first-year infant deaths per thousand births. It reflects social indicators such as access to care, food availability, family income and education levels.

Faulty economics and the French elections

The elections in France demonstrate the power of faulty economic analysis, and more generalized problems with arithmetic, to shape ideas and possibly the future of not only a nation but a continent.

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