Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti is Assistant Clinical Professor in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program. He has published four books, the most recent being, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Previous books include The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (New Press); The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror (Basic Books); and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (Verso). He has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, and various parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America; his articles have appeared in The Nation, Fortune, The London Review of Books, The New York Times and Common Dreams.

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Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 19, 2020, at Wall Street in New York City. Wall Street stocks fell again early Thursday as central banks unveiled new stimulus measures and U.S. jobless claims showed an initial hit from the slowdown generated by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Our Economy Is a Sick Beast: The Corporate Debt Crisis Explained
The coronavirus shutdown is hammering supply and demand across the globe. That has forced the real economy into a sharp recession and triggered a rolling financial crisis . Below is a primer on one key piece of this mess: the crisis in corporate debt markets. This branch of finance is vitally...
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 09, 2020 in New York City watch as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 2,000 points. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Wall Street Is High on Government Supply
On September 17, 2019, as if sucker punched, a rather humdrum, yet huge and vitally important, section of finance — the $1 trillion a day US repo market, the backbone of overnight interbank lending — suddenly failed to clear. Government financial firefighters rushed to the scene and hosed down the...
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Listening to Trump
Leaning into the mic, face flushed, speaking with unhurried and angry deliberation, Donald Trump told a cheering New Hampshire audience: “We’re gonna bring businesses back. We’re gonna have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico, come back to New Hampshire. And,”...
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Monday, December 03, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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