Ellen Cantarow

Ellen Cantarow, a Boston-based journalist, first wrote from Israel and the West Bank in 1979. Cantarow has written on women in the labor force, social activism, and the Middle East. Her work has been published in the Village Voice, Grand Street, and Mother Jones, among other publications, and was anthologized by the South End Press. More recently, her writing has appeared at Counterpunch, ZNet, TomDispatch and Common Dreams.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:54pm
No Pipe Dream: Why We're All Living on the Frontlines of Fracking
For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” -- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale -- has become my beat.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:46am
The Downwinders: Fracking Ourselves to Death in America
More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water.
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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 7:20am
Frack Fight: A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance
There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement. It’s a secret war being waged in the shadows while you go about your everyday life.
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Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:31pm
How Rural America Got Fracked: The Environmental Nightmare You Know Nothing About
If the world can be seen in a grain of sand, watch out. As Wisconsinites are learning, there’s money (and misery) in sand -- and if you’ve got the right kind, an oil company may soon be at your doorstep.
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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 9:02am
Shale-Shocked: Fracking Gets Its Own Occupy Movement
This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you might call a “water state.” Its rivers and their tributaries only start with the St. Lawrence, the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Susquehanna. The best known of its lakes are Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, Lake George, and the Finger Lakes.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 9:08am
Energy Is Ugly: Tar Sands Make Their Mark
For years, “not in my backyard” has been the battle cry of residents in Cape Cod who stand opposed to an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound . The giant turbines will forever mar the beauty of the landscape, they say.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 10:28am
Big Oil Makes War on the Earth: The Gulf Coast Joins an Oil-Soiled Planet
If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil -- and just know that you're not alone. In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for decades.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 8:24am
Living by the Gate From Hell: A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village
Much is heard of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the story of the determined, long-term nonviolent resistance of many Palestinian villagers to the loss of their lands, striking as it may be, is seldom told. Here’s my report from just one village on the West Bank.
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