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Nadia Prupis – Despite ‘Cloak of Moral Necessity,’ Report Shows Big Ag Can’t Feed the World

Defenders of industrial farming often point to its capacity to produce food on a global scale as the trade-off for its environmentally destructive methods—but a new report finds that, even in its ostensible strengths, Big Ag falls all too short. The green research and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) on Wednesday released a report titled Feeding The World: Think U.S. …

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Leid Stories—Not Enough Said About This Calamitous Week. Say Your Piece on “Free Your Mind Friday!—09.23.16

It’s been a week from hell–a concatenation of catastrophies, it seemed. With your help, we can wade through the thick fog of misinformation, disinformation and no information about what really matters. Free your mind—and ours, too—by sharing your thoughts about the week’s major issues and news events. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and your turn at the …

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Ian Welsh – The Wells Fargo Scandal Was By Design

Some years ago I worked for a mid-sized financial multinational.  Towards the end of my tenure my employer merged with another company, and the senior executives in my department were replaced with Americans.  (It was the smallest department in the division, and they felt they should give the Americans something.) There had been some… dubious… practices before, stuff that skirted …

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John Feffer – Splinterlands

Let me start with a confession. I’m old-fashioned and I have an old-fashioned profession. I’m a geo-paleontologist. That means I dig around in archives to exhume the extinct: all the empires and federations and territorial unions that have passed into history. I practically created the profession of geo-paleontology as a young scholar in 2020. (We used to joke that we …

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Deirdre Fulton – Will TTIP Get Terminated? Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks

While public opposition to the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—the massive proposed “trade” deal between the European Union and the United States—has grown steadily since negotiations started two years ago, new signs suggest that official government backing is also faltering across Europe. In an interview with French regional newspaper Sud Ouest published Monday, Junior Trade Minister Matthias Fekl said TTIP negotiations were favoring American …