Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti, a Nation contributing editor, fellow at The Nation Institute and visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent book is Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Previous books include The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (New Press) and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis.

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Monday, December 3, 2012 - 2:11pm
Problems With the Math: Is 350's Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?
I have much respect for Bill McKibben and 350.org , the organization he started. Future generations will hail the 350 activists of today as heroes. That said I am very worried about the pitfalls of 350's current "Do the Math" campaign, which seeks to pressure universities, churches and other institutions to divest their investment portfolios of all fossil fuel stocks.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:43pm
Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government
Look back on 2011 and you’ll notice a destructive trail of extreme weather slashing through the year.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:31am
Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble
What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world? The answer is: far more than you might imagine. For one thing, that loaf can be “read” as if it were a core sample extracted from the heart of a grim global economy. Looked at another way, it reveals some of the crucial fault lines of world politics, including the origins of the Arab spring that has now become a summer of discontent.
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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:17am
A Nuclear Warning from Japan We Cannot Ignore
At press time, the nuclear crisis in Japan is out of control: three reactors are in partial meltdown, two are leaking radiation, at least one pool full of eighty tons of “spent” uranium fuel rods may be burning, two other such pools are getting very hot.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 4:38pm
Fukushima's Spent Fuel Rods Pose Grave Danger
Four atomic reactors in Fukushima, Japan, seem to be in partial meltdown. One of them, reactor No. 2, seems to have ruptured. The situation is spinning out of control as radiation levels spike.
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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:39pm
Nuclear Hubris: Could Japan's Disaster Happen Here?
The “impossible” is underway in Japan. An 9.0 magnitude earthquake has badly shaken up several "indestructible" nuclear plants. Reactor No. 1 at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is in partial meltdown, and reactor No. 3 may soon join it. In an act of naked desperation, plant officials are blindly pumping seawater into reactor No. 1 in an effort to cool its fuel rods.
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Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:27am
The Big Green Buy
In the wake of the BP oil spill, some captains of industry have begun calling for government leadership to spur a clean-energy revolution. In June billionaire software mogul Bill Gates visited Washington and encouraged lawmakers to pony up public subsidies to triple clean-tech R&D funding from $5 billion to $16 billion annually.
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