1

Global sea levels are rising fast, so where does that leave the cities most at risk?

Current projections of global average sea level rise are now expected to double by 2100, which would be severely damaging – if not disastrous – for many of theworld’s coastal cities, from Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai to New Orleans and Miami. Yet the upcoming United Nations conference on sustainable urban development,Habitat III, is unlikely to create the international …

A story from the past shows why neocons are dangerous for the global peace and security

Recent documents show that the hardcore branch of the US policy during the Vietnam war, was playing dangerous games with North Vietnam and the Soviets, in order to drag the other side to negotiations. We see today a similar game played by the neocons in Ukraine and Asia-Pacific. In the new Cold War, neocons are playing more dangerous games with …

Vietnam’s Horrific Legacy: The Children of Agent Orange

FORTY years after the end of the Vietnam War this is a country which should be rising back to its feet. Instead it is crippled by the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed during combat, stripping leaves off trees to remove enemy cover. Its contaminant, dioxin — now regarded as one of the most toxic chemicals known to man …

Kali Hays – Reform or Repression: What’s Behind Russia’s Mysterious College Shutdown?

Russia’s economy has taken a beating lately; the ruble is shaky, Western sanctions are taking a toll, and Putin is, well, he’s Putin. In spite of, or perhaps due to, all this, the country’s Ministry of Education is carrying out a federal plan to close hundreds of universities by the end of next year. Schools facing the axe are mostly private institutions that the …

Drone

Who Counts? Body Counts, Drones, and “Collateral Damage” (aka “Bug Splat”) – Tom Engelhardt

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count. The Obama administration has adamantly refused to count. Not a body. In fact, for a long time, American officials associated with Washington’s drone assassination campaigns and “signature strikes” in the backlands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, …

earth-crying-oil-tears-14824655

Mother Earth Is Weeping For Her Children: The US Military Must Stop Environmental Ecocide – Joy First

As I traveled to DC to risk arrest in an action organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) I was feeling nervous, but also knowing this is what I needed to be doing. This would be my first arrest since I was arrested at the CIA in June 2013, and served a one-year probation sentence after an October …

yemen-war

How to Turn a Nightmare into a Fairy Tale – Christian Appy

If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly — and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal …