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Report: Beyond Growth, or Beyond Capitalism?
February 15, 2011 One Comment
Report: Beyond Growth, or Beyond Capitalism?

Recent publications have revived interest in Herman Daly’s proposal for a Steady-State Economy. This report by IPRD Research Associate, ecological historian Dr. Richard Smith, argues, that the idea of a steady-state capitalism is based on …

Pakistan’s Dignity Deficit: The Lessons of the Arab Revolts
February 4, 2011 No Comment
Pakistan’s Dignity Deficit: The Lessons of the Arab Revolts

By M. Shahid Alam
Pakistan’s rulers and ruling elites may well be thinking that the wave of people’s indignation that started in Tunisia and is now working its way through Egypt, Jordan and Yemen will never …

The Crisis of Civilization – Movie Trailer
January 26, 2011 No Comment
The Crisis of Civilization – Movie Trailer

The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
Weaving together …

This is what victory looks like
January 18, 2011 No Comment
This is what victory looks like

By Robin Yassin-Kassab
Written on the night of January 14th 2011

The dictator, thief and Western client Zein al-Abdine Ben Ali, beloved until a few hours ago in Paris and Washington, has been driven from Tunisia. His …

Book Review – Israeli Exceptionalism, by M Shahid Alam
December 21, 2010 No Comment
Book Review – Israeli Exceptionalism, by M Shahid Alam

By Robin Yassin-Kassab
M. Shahid Alam’s latest book “Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilising Logic of Zionism” is a fascinating historical analysis, densely detailed and referenced, of the nature and trajectory of Jewish nationalism. It is bracingly honest, …

Zionism in Gaza’s Shattered Mirror
January 15, 2009 No Comment
Zionism in Gaza’s Shattered Mirror

By M. Shahid Alam, Professor of Economics, Northeastern University
At a time when Palestinian men, women and children, corralled in the ghetto of Gaza since 1948, are daily, hourly, relentlessly, being bombed from the air, …

Has Israel Forfeited its Right to Exist as a Separate State?
January 14, 2009 No Comment
Has Israel Forfeited its Right to Exist as a Separate State?

Kees van der Pijl, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex
The relentless military violence applied by Israel to the population of Gaza is no longer a matter of indignation about the killing of people who have nowhere …

Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe
January 6, 2009 No Comment
Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe

By Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories
For eighteen months the entire 1.5 million people of Gaza experienced a punishing blockade imposed by Israel, and a variety of traumatizing …

Global Human Rights Groups Protest Slaughter in Gaza
January 5, 2009 No Comment
Global Human Rights Groups Protest Slaughter in Gaza

By Stephen Lendman
On June 16, 2008, noted Israeli historian Ilan Pappe explained “The Israeli Recipe for 2008: Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleaning in the West Bank.” He wrote: “Not long ago, I claimed that Israel …

The Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler-Colonialism, Apartheid and Political Zionism
January 5, 2009 No Comment
The Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler-Colonialism, Apartheid and Political Zionism

By Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
The Israel-Palestine conflict cannot be understood without understanding its historical and ideological origins. Whereas conventional opinion focuses on the idea of Palestinian rejectionism of Israel’s right to exist – allegedly rooted …

The Media Narrative on Palestine and Israel
January 1, 2009 No Comment
The Media Narrative on Palestine and Israel

By Ahmed Bouzid, Published in association with Palestine Media Watch
The outbreak of violence in Gaza has been the top story in the mainstream media here in the United States for three days in a row now, …

Unwarranted Influence
September 1, 2007 No Comment
Unwarranted Influence

By Brian Bogart
You know your country’s “democratic” leadership and rationale for war are in trouble when the anointed most evil enemy makes more sense than they do. Although for all we know Bin Laden’s “annual …

Global Conflict. Global Warming: A Human Race Against Time
May 23, 2007 No Comment
Global Conflict. Global Warming: A Human Race Against Time

By Brian Bogart
If one piece of knowledge could explain the stubborn warrior mindset of the Bush administration, it is this; if one piece of knowledge could explain what we perceive as persistent bipartisan political incompetence, …

Pentagon FY2005 Foreign Country Contracts (“ST26”)
May 1, 2007 No Comment
Pentagon FY2005 Foreign Country Contracts (“ST26”)

By Brian Bogart, Statistical Information Analysis Division
The strange notion that countries intentionally and routinely exaggerate tensions through rhetoric to profit economically from perpetual conflict preparation and a more-than-occasional confrontation is born out by the statistics …

Hysteria Over Iran and a New Cold War with Russia: Peak Oil, Petrocurrencies and the Emerging Multi-Polar World
January 15, 2007 No Comment
Hysteria Over Iran and a New Cold War with Russia: Peak Oil, Petrocurrencies and the Emerging Multi-Polar World

By William Clark
The 21st century will likely be defined by three overarching forces: climate change, Peak Oil, and macroeconomics. The twin issues of climate change and Peak Oil are intertwined variables, and each represent extremely …

Global Disparities Since 1800: Trends and Regional Patterns
December 31, 2006 No Comment
Global Disparities Since 1800: Trends and Regional Patterns

By M. Shahid Alam
This paper reviews the growing body of evidence on the relative economic standing of different regions of the world in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In general, it does not …

Some Economic Results of the Civilizing Mission
December 30, 2006 No Comment
Some Economic Results of the Civilizing Mission

By M. Shahid Alam, Northeastern University, Boston
There exists no general history – at least one that is available in the English language – explaining the origins, sources, language, uses, and variations on the theme of …

It’s the Energy and the Economy, Stupid: An open letter to US policymakers
December 28, 2006 No Comment
It’s the Energy and the Economy, Stupid: An open letter to US policymakers

By William Clark
The 21st century will likely be defined by three overarching forces: climate change, Peak Oil, and macroeconomics. The twin issues of climate change and Peak Oil are intertwined variables, and each represent extremely …