Issue No. 322/323 (Jun/Jul 2017)

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COVER: Stormy Weather Ahead: Surviving climate change

Stormy days ahead
So long as the power of the fossil fuel industry remains unabated, the prospect of curbing carbon emissions to avert the looming climate crisis is bleak.
By Nnimmo Bassey

After the hurricane(s)
From climate change to dependence on tourism, the Caribbean today faces a variety of existential threats.
By Kevin Edmonds

In the Caribbean, colonialism and inequality mean hurricanes hit harder
Poverty and social inequality drastically magnify the severity of disasters in the Caribbean.
By Levi Gahman and Gabrielle Thongs

Irma and Maria: Shedding light on Puerto Rico's colonial reality
The disastrous impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria has put the spotlight on Puerto Rico’s colonial reality by highlighting all of the current complications rooted in it.
By Ana Portnoy

In Maria's wake, could Puerto Rico go totally green?
A strong case is made for Puerto Rico to go green by moving from the old paradigm of centrally generated and distributed electricity based on fossil fuels to a decentralised network of green-based microgrids.
By Harvey Wasserman

Devastating consequences
According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), unabated climate change will have 'devastating consequences' in Asia and the Pacific.
By Sheila Mysorekar

Asia's high glaciers protect communities from drought
If global warming results in a loss of glaciers in the high mountains of Asia, it could have a perilous impact on countries which are highly dependent on the summer meltwater from these sources.
By Rosette Zarzar

Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game
'Extreme floods' in the Himalayan region underscore the need for institutions with a region-wide perspective rather than country-specific remits to handle the problem.
By Jagannath Adhikari

Saving the soil that feeds us
A UN report warns that one-third of the world's land has been severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year.
By Clare Westwood

Alert: Nature on the verge of bankruptcy
A rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption are placing ever-larger demands on the world's land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.
By Baher Kamal

‘Alarm bells ringing’: Global CO2 levels at highest in three million years
It has been revealed that last year, the average global concentration of carbon dioxide surged at record-breaking pace to the highest level in approximately three million years.
By Jessica Corbett

The great nutrient collapse
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.
By Helena Bottemiller Evich

Before the hurricane
Cuba is a world leader in hurricane preparedness and recovery. There is much other states can learn from this island nation.
By Branko Marcetic

What Nicaragua teaches us about climate disasters
From evacuation and resettlement of low-income flood victims to emergency simulation to low-cost insurance, Nicaragua has many lessons to impart.
By Douglas Haynes

Beyond Harvey and Irma
Militarising homeland security in the climate-change era

Any increase in climate-related extreme events striking US territory will lead to a commensurate rise in American military support for civilian agencies, diverting key assets from elsewhere.
By Michael T Klare


An open letter on industrial animal farming
The following is the full text of an open letter calling on WHO's new leader to recognise industrial animal farming as a challenge for global health.


BRICS: Time to reset priorities
While BRICS’ initiatives in the financial sector are highly commendable, it has little to show with respect to the goal of changing the rules of global governance through collective action.
By Biswajit Dhar

China faces growing debt problems, says central bank governor
The governor of the People's Bank of China has warned that corporate debt has reached disturbingly high levels and household debt is rising rapidly, while asset speculation could pose a 'systemic financial risk'.
By Nick Beams

Tax experts call for concerted efforts against illicit cash flows
African governments should invest more resources in the fight against illicit financial flows as one of the ways to support development efforts in the bloc.
By Peterson Tumwebaze


No end in sight to 50 years of Israeli occupation
The Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is marked by five decades of de-development, suppressed human potential and denial of the basic human right to development, with no end in sight.
By Kanaga Raja

Israeli support for Myanmar is the natural alliance of regimes based on ethnic supremacy
Even while the Burmese military is being condemned internationally for its campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Muslim minority, Israel has continued supplying weaponry to Myanmar.
By David Lloyd


US documents released on 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia
It is incumbent on the US to release all documents pertaining to the 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia targeting the country’s Communist Party so that justice can be done.


'I'll tell you a story': Violence against women in Peru
Domestic violence has a shockingly high incidence in Peru and is particularly prevalent in rural areas.
By Andrea Vale


Why some Western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism
The writer explains why he resigned from the editorial board of Third World Quarterly after it published an apologia for colonialism.
By Vijay Prashad


A nameless woman
This Korean poet, lecturer and journalist (1912-57) was convicted for 'anti-government' activities and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for opposing the Korean War, but released after six months due to public protests.
By No Chonmyong

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