Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee is a photographer, writer, and activist. Over the past decade he has worked tirelessly for the conservation of ecoculturally significant areas of the Arctic, and to raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He founded ClimateStoryTellers.org, and is editor of the anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point which will be published in paperback on August 20, 2013 (Seven Stories Press). He was recently Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University in New York, received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the New Mexico State University, and Cultural Freedom Award from Lannan Foundation.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 8:01am
What Have Snowden and Greenwald Got to Do With Gandhi?
There is a linguistic gobbledegoo going on about what it is that Edward Snowden has committed that was made possible by the “advocacy journalism” of Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian . While many, in the US and around the world, seem to believe that Snowden committed a “heroic act” by blowing a loud whistle on the global spying by the US, the established order keeps insisting—noop, it’s “treason.”
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:03am
Edward Snowden Isn't on the Run... We Are
First came the “shock and awe”: the revelations of massive spying by the US and British governments—on the people of the world. Then came the enlightened debate: Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Then arrived the Hollywood-style entertainment: Where is Edward Snowden going?
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 6:32am
Remembering Satyajit Ray’s Hirok Rajar Deshe: On Edward Snowden, Resistance and Inverted Totalitarianism
“[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man’s moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.” —Rabindranath Tagore, 1917
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Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:14am
Keep the Arctic Cold
I wrote a letter to the editor as a follow up to the generous review “ In the Beautiful,Threatened North ” by Ian Frazier in The New York Review of Books of the anthology, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point that I edited.
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Friday, September 14, 2012 - 8:20am
Revisiting An Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell
Last week as Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska—the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on 9/8, and one at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks on 9/11 as part of the Northern Voices Speaker Series hosted by
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:40pm
Resource Wars Connect Yanomami Massacre and Shell’s Arctic Drilling
Last week was a painful one for me as two pieces of news came across the wires: one about the massacre of an Yanomami settlement in the Amazon, and the other about Obama green lighting Shell’s drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:13am
Shell Game in the Arctic
When you go to the mountains, you go to the mountains. When it’s the desert, it’s the desert. When it’s the ocean, though, we generally say that we’re going “to the beach.” Land is our element, not the waters of our world, and that is an unmistakable advantage for any oil company that wants to drill in pristine waters.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 8:05am
Let US Conjoin Arctic and Niger When We Talk About Shell’s Drilling
What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate. Also oil is a common ground—drilling will produce it and drones will burn it—to kill people, animals, and habitats. Both issues must be debated publicly.
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Monday, March 5, 2012 - 11:08am
Shell Wants To Sail With A Record That Is Totally Stale
I’m an artist. I love art. I create art. I get upset when someone tries to denigrate the very meaning of art. So I was outraged when I learned that on February 21 a group of Greenpeace pranksters installed a 131–feet long banner outside the National Gallery in London with text that reads “It’s No Oil Painting: Save the Arctic,” and backdrop that shows an oil rig and a marred Shell logo. I got nightmares thinking, did they drill into the hallowed walls of the National Gallery with metal tools to install that banner?
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Friday, March 2, 2012 - 8:28am
How “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Yes We Can” Got Married
American military prefers to make preemptive strikes. We know this. In America, corporations have enormous influence over the government—these days they essentially run the government. We know this too. And now a giant corporation has made a preemptive strike against nonprofit organizations. “Arctic Ocean drilling: Shell launches preemptive legal strike” is the title of a recent Los Angeles Times article .
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