Amitabh Pal

Amitabh Pal

Amitabh Pal is managing editor of The Progressive. He has interviewed the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter and John Kenneth Galbraith for the magazine.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
New Report Shows Extent of Global Arms Complex
There are few things as infuriating as the annual report by one of my favorite research organizations. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released on March 19 its yearly global arms report, with data showing that arms transfers for the past four years have increased by a quarter over the 2002-2006 period. Asia is leading the world in the wrong direction.
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Friday, March 09, 2012
Fukushima Should Compel All Countries to Discard Nuclear Energy
In the year since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, a number of countries—but not enough—have sworn off nuclear energy.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Renewables Now Surpass Nuclear Power in the US
This is a good way to get 2012 rolling: A recent report reveals that for the first time renewable sources have outdone nuclear power in the United States.
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Sunday, September 04, 2011
Iraq Still in a Terrible Mess
Just because U.S. soldiers aren’t dying in Iraq doesn’t mean all is well there.
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Friday, July 01, 2011
Obama’s Latin America Policy Not Too Different from Bush’s
This week is the second anniversary of the military coup in Honduras, an occasion to review the Obama Administration’s disappointing approach toward Latin America. On June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was forcibly dispatched on a plane to Costa Rica. Over the past two years, the junta and its successor regime (elected in dubious circumstances) have engaged in harsh repression.
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Friday, June 03, 2011
A Change to Believe In: US Support for the Nonviolent Arab Spring
The democratic uprisings in the Middle East are at a crossroads, and a couple of U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region are huge obstacles. In Yemen, the initially nonviolent approach seems to be degenerating into armed insurrection along tribal lines, further complicated by attacks from Islamic fundamentalists. And the Bahraini regime is continuing its crackdown on dissenters in the aftermath of an invasion by U.S. buddy Saudi Arabia.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
New Report Confirms that Switch to Renewables Is Feasible
It’s official: The world can easily make the switch to renewable energy if it wants to.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
We Should Learn from Germans on Nuclear Power
The Germans added a good dose of cheer to my recent vacation by turning out in large numbers to demand a quick end to nuclear power in their country.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Calamity Reveals Folly of Nuclear Power
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima—names that will forever remind us of the folly of nuclear power. Akira Kurosawa, Japan’s greatest filmmaker ever, made a movie called “Dreams” twenty years ago that dealt with a post-nuclear-power apocalypse in Japan. His country is now uncomfortably close to the scenario he depicted in his film. The unfolding nuclear calamity shows us how misguided the domestic and global push for nuclear power has been. Among the culprits is none other than President Obama.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010
French Strike Shows Resistance to Austerity
The French are again leading the resistance to globalization. For this, they deserve our applause, not derision. They’ve been down this road before. Back in 1995, when another rightwing president, Jacques Chirac, tried to convince them of the inevitability of suffering as part of the free-market process, they put their foot down.
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