Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization

When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?

Featured image:  majka czapski/flickr/cc      by Robert Jensen / Common Dreams Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced “white supremacy” into our political vocabulary, let’s ask an uncomfortable question: “When will the United States transcend white supremacy?” My question isn’t, “What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism’s success, … Continue reading When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?

Globalization’s Blowback

Featured image: Public Health Watch      by Alex Jensen / Local Futures A recent study of air pollution in the western United States made a startling finding: despite a 50 percent drop over the past 25 years in US emissions of smog-producing chemicals like nitrogen oxides (NOx), smog actually increased during that period in the rural US … Continue reading Globalization’s Blowback

Historic Ruling Set to Decide Future of Brazilian Tribes

Featured image: Brazil has seen frequent indigenous protests this year, against the anti-Indian policies of President Temer.  © Rogerio Assis      by Survival International Brazil’s Supreme Court will next week deliver a historic judgement on tribal territories which could strike the greatest blow to indigenous land rights since the country’s military dictatorship. The judgement will be … Continue reading Historic Ruling Set to Decide Future of Brazilian Tribes

Book Excerpt: Part 1: Resistance—The Problem

Editor’s note: The following is from the chapter “The Problem” of the book Deep Green Resistance: A Strategy to Save the Planet.  This book is now available for free online.     by Lierre Keith / Deep Green Resistance Most people, or at least most people with a beating heart, have already done the math, added … Continue reading Book Excerpt: Part 1: Resistance—The Problem

The Sápara Nation vs. The Slimy Oil Mungia

Featured image: Sápara leader Gloria Ushigua. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown      by Sarah Belle Lin / Intercontinental Cry For the Sápara Peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon, “Sinchi”, or “sacred” is the term that best describes their ancestral language and forests. Though abundant with meaning, the Sápara never had a word for “sacred”. There was … Continue reading The Sápara Nation vs. The Slimy Oil Mungia

News Roundup – August 2017

Local Global Mass Extinction According to an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July, the planet is in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event. Strikingly, the scientists who wrote the article call this a “biological annihilation.” The destruction of the planet happens bit-by-bit. A new big-box store, a … Continue reading News Roundup – August 2017

If ‘White Feminism’ is a Thing, Gender Identity Ideology Epitomizes It

Featured image: United Nations Population Fund. Opting in and out of sex-based oppression is something only the most privileged believe they can do.      by Raquel Rosario Sanchez / Feminist Current When I was in grad school, I got into a heated debate with a classmate who insisted that “white feminism” was a serious … Continue reading If ‘White Feminism’ is a Thing, Gender Identity Ideology Epitomizes It

Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

Featured image: Aymara people outside the courthouse in Puno on June 28, 2017, during final hearings of the trial.  Walter Aduviri was sentenced to seven years for protesting against a Canadian mining project.      by  Sian Cowman and Aldo Orellana López / Intercontinental Cry This past month, eighteen Aymara community leaders endured the final stages of a trial … Continue reading Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

Canada: Drilling Permits Issued on Tsilhqot’in Lands as Wildfires Rage

Featured image: Tsilhqot’in Nation community highway signs unveiled in 2015 as Supreme Court decision was being implemented. “Members of the public traveling into Nemiah Valley or Tatlayoko Valley can expect to see signs in the vicinity advising them when they are approaching declared Tsilhqot’in Title Lands,” shared the Government of the Province of British Colombia, … Continue reading Canada: Drilling Permits Issued on Tsilhqot’in Lands as Wildfires Rage

Trump Administration Pushes Coal Mining in Roadless Forest in Colorado

Forest Service Pushes to Mine Next to West Elk Wilderness, Giving Arch Coal Access to More Than 17 Million Tons of Coal      by Center for Biological Diversity DENVER— Just days after announcing the U.S. will exit the Paris climate agreement, the Trump administration today pushed ahead with plans for another damaging action: a … Continue reading Trump Administration Pushes Coal Mining in Roadless Forest in Colorado