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What's Your Consumption Factor?
To mathematicians, 32 is an interesting number: it's 2 raised to the fifth power, 2 times 2 times 2 times 2 times 2. To economists, 32 is even more special, because it measures the difference in lifestyles between the first world and the developing world. The average rates at which people consume...
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Welcome to Third World, USA
"What we're seeing (in the U.S.) isn't the rise of a fairly broad class of knowledge workers. Instead, we're seeing the rise of a narrow oligarchy: Income and wealth are becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small, privileged elite ... It's time to face up to the fact that rising...
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Let's Toast to Ten Good Things About 2007
As we close this year on the low of Congress giving Bush more billions for war, and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, let's remember some of the year's gains that can revive our spirits for the New Year. Here are just ten. 1. With the exception of the White House, this has been a...
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Japan Postpones Humpback Whale Hunt; Still Intends 1,000 Kills For Other Species
Japan today agreed to abandon plans to slaughter endangered humpback whales for the next one to two years amid calls from Australia to spare the species during a research hunt in the Antarctic. Nobutaka Machimura, Japan's top government spokesman, confirmed that the Japanese fleet, now en route to...
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On Global Warming
What the UN can learn from Google
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Guantánamo: No Closure Yet
As long as the US continues to deny legal redress to Guantánamo inmates, we cannot celebrate the release of a few prisoners
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World Food Stocks Dwindling Rapidly, UN Warns
ROME - In an "unforeseen and unprecedented" shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the top food and agriculture official of the United Nations warned Monday. The changes created "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get...
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Our Decrepit Food Factories
The word "sustainability" has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness. Everybody, it seems, is for it whatever "it" means. On a recent visit to a land-grant university's spanking-new sustainability institute, I asked my host how...
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Strangling Gaza
It could, rightfully, be a cause of shame to the world. But the world, besieged by violence and injustice, hardly notices it. The people of Gaza, 1.4 million of them, are slowly and purposely being deprived of basic foods and medicines by the so called civilized countries in the West and there is...
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Under Siege, Unions Seek Int'l Support
WASHINGTON - In the face of globalisation, the U.S. labour movement is striving to reinvent -- and reinvigorate -- itself by establishing closer ties with the world's network of international unions. The AFL-CIO, the U.S.'s largest federation of unions, embraced a new level of internationalism this...
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