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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Fred Pearce
Greenwash: Shell Betrays 'New Energy Future' Promises
Shell, I have to report, is the new Exxon. The company that back in December was filling this and other newspapers with double-page adverts promoting its conversion to a "new energy future" of wind...
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Dean Baker
Budget Deficits & Blow Up Dolls
In the movie Lars and the Real Girl, the main character imagines that a female blow-up doll is his fiancé. To humor Lars, his brother and sister-in-law go along with the charade. Over the course of...
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Robert Costanza
Toward a New Sustainable Economy
The current financial meltdown is the result of under-regulated markets built on an ideology of free market capitalism and unlimited economic growth. The fundamental problem is that the underlying...
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Adrian Hamilton
We Must Get Out of Afghanistan
If you're in a hole stop digging. Denis Healey's admonition to politicians has been so often quoted that it's become almost a cliché. But it's nonetheless true for all that. And nowhere is it more so...
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Jayati Ghosh
Why More of the Same Will Not Work
A visit to Western Europe in early March provided some slightly different -- if unsettling -- insights into global economic arrangements and their socio-cultural co-ordinates. As the crisis unfolds,...
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Medea Benjamin
Rage to Reform
A U.S. Capitol Police officer stopped me as I tried to make my way inside the House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on AIG compensation last week wearing a sign pinned to my butt that read, "...
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Bob Dreyfuss
The Real Economic Crisis
Today I want to highlight an example of remarkably good and important journalism, namely, a story in the Washington Post by Karin Brulliard that opens the door, a crack at least, on the effects of...
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John Hope Franklin
The Lessons of History
Editor's note from The Nation: The great historian John Hope Franklin passed away this mornin g at the age of 94.
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Edward Targett
Pop Science & Propaganda: The GM Debate Revisited
March 25 -- When the British government last week ordered its chief scientist to conduct a review of the merits of genetically modified (GM) crops, those involved in the long running debate over the...
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Frida Berrigan
Progress on Cluster Bombs
Good news is in short supply. The economy remains bleak. The war in Iraq entered its seventh year last week, and violence reaches new pinnacles in Afghanistan. But there is one bright light amid all...
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Bernie Sanders
Enough is Enough: Let's Stop Wall Street Loan-Sharking
The "Masters of the Universe" on Wall Street - through their greed, recklessness and illegal behavior - have plunged this country into a deep recession causing millions of Americans to lose their...
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Fritz Haeg
Why the White House Garden Matters
Has one vegetable garden ever generated so much excitement or debate ? A few details about the new White House vegetable garden caught my attention.
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Mark Weisbrot
The G20 Should End Rich-Country Rule
The G20 summit meeting in London on 2 April will have a lot on its plate and will certainly fall short of expectations. There is a world recession - the worst in more than 60 years - and the...
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Robert C. Koehler
Gold for Humanity
When exactly did it happen - that "blinding flash of the obvious"? It may have been during lunch - outside, in a park in the nation's capital on a beautiful, cherry-blossom afternoon - as public...
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