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Tues 1.13.15 | Profiting from Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming Penguin, 2014

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Getting rich off of global warming may seem like the ultimate cynical business plan. But corporations are hedging their bets on unchecked climate change and the opportunities it affords. Journalist McKenzie Funk reports about the very lucrative business to be made from the deleterious effects of climate change, from opened shipping lanes in the melting Arctic to newly exposed mineral deposits, from food production on previously inhospitable land to the sale of artificial snow to the Alps.

Mon 12.30.13 | Sustaining Activism

Jeffrey Rubin & Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration Duke U. Press, 2013

Rubin & Sokoloff-Rubin, “International Women’s Day and Gender Equality in Brazil” Americas Quarterly

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What happens when an historian brings his teenage daughter along to study a women's movement begun by teenagers? And what can a social movement in rural Brazil tell us about activism, social change, and possibilities for greater democracy? Jeffrey Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin tell the story of women who fought for social justice and for equality at home.

Mon 3.18.13 | Sustaining Activism

Jeffrey Rubin & Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration Duke U. Press, 2013

Rubin & Sokoloff-Rubin, “International Women’s Day and Gender Equality in Brazil” Americas Quarterly

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What happens when an historian brings his teenage daughter along to study a women's movement begun by teenagers? And what can a social movement in rural Brazil tell us about activism, social change, and possibilities for greater democracy? Jeffrey Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin tell the story of women who fought for social justice and for equality at home.

Mon 3.11.13 | Venezuela Under Chavez

Michael McCaughan, The Battle of Venezuela Seven Stories Press, 2005

Christina Schiavoni & William Camacaro, “The Venezuelan Effort to Build a New Food and Agriculture System” Monthly Review

Michael Lebowitz, Build It Now: Socialism for the 21st Century Monthly Review Press, 2006

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President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela passed away last Tuesday. How radical were the principles he articulated and the programs he and his allies introduced? And what impact did the Bolivarian Revolution have on the ground? Michael McCaughan, Christina Schiavoni, and Michael Lebowitz describe and interpret what they found and observed.

Wed 6.22.11| The Great African Land-Grab

Oakland Institute

OI reports by Joan Baxter on Mali and Sierra Leone

 

 

 

Huge tracts of fertile land in Africa are being gobbled up, not by Africans but by foreign investors with deep pockets. Many African governments, in cahoots with the World Bank, are doing all they can to encourage these land deals, but the consequences for ordinary Africans and the environment are staggering. Joan Baxter has done extensive on-the-ground investigation in Mali and Sierra Leone.

Mon 11.22.10| Fair Trade's Impact

Fair trade coffee, fair trade products -- we're told to buy these items because the extra amount we pay at the register goes to improving the lives of agricultural laborers abroad. But does it? Sarah Besky has done extensive fieldwork on fair trade-certified tea plantations in Darjeeling, India. And Mark Moberg co-edits a volume that features Besky's case study and many others.
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