Issue No. 341/342 (2019)

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COVER: Averting a global catastrophe: Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems

Building resilience in a time of climate change
Meena Raman warns that the days of ‘business as usual’ are over and that we will have to confront the problem of climate change squarely by building up climate resilience.

Earth nears irreversible tipping points
Seven distinguished climate scientists have sounded the alarm that the risks of irreversible climate change are so great that they warrant the declaration of a state of planetary emergency.
By Tim Radford

Climate crisis rages as UN talks open
The UN climate talks open against a backdrop of alarming reports that millions of people, largely from the Third World, stand to lose their homes and wherewithal due to climate change impacts.
By Meena Raman

New IPCC report on climate change and land adopted by governments
A new report by the UN’s IPCC warns that extreme weather and climate events may lead to increased displacement of peoples, disrupted food chains, threatened livelihoods and exacerbated stresses for conflict.
By Indrajit Bose

IPCC land report: Contentious issues raised and resolved
Several contentious issues arose prior to the adoption of the IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land.
By Indrajit Bose

IPCC report warns of ocean warming and dire impacts
A separate IPCC report examines how oceans are affected by climate change, pointing, among others, to increased warming, sea level rise and the risks confronting coastal communities.
By Indrajit Bose

What does Greta Thunberg mean when she says ‘equity’?
The insistence on fairness in the determination of how much sacrifice the rich and poor countries must make, given the historical responsibility of the rich countries for the current climate crisis, has never been fully accepted by the West.
By Nathan Thanki

War on the world
Industrialised militaries are a bigger part of the climate emergency than you know.
By Murtaza Hussain

The US military’s massive hidden impact on the climate
The US military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect on battling global warming.

From California to El Salvador, climate-driven displacement is on the rise
Unless powerful countries take meaningful action on climate change, more than 143 million people could be displaced from their homes by 2050, according to the World Bank.
By Mike Ludwig

Why protecting the Amazon is critical to solving the climate crisis
The Amazon fires are pushing the rainforest towards a dangerous climate change feedback loop that human intervention could no longer reverse.


Rome summit takes bold step towards agroecology
Leaders endorse agroecology as one of the cutting-edge innovations we need to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.
By Timothy A Wise

Money to burn
As fires rage and consume some of the biggest forests in the world, the writer draws attention to the role of financial institutions in this inferno.
By Marianne Brooker

HEALTH AND SAFETY                               

Mental health care in Indonesia: short on supply, short on demand
The treatment of mental disorders in Indonesia has long suffered grievously as a result of the stigma attached to them. Hopes are on the recently elected administration to rectify the shortcomings.
By Ade Prastyani


The world economy in decline
The global economy is in decline despite the desperate efforts of central bankers to revive it by means of low-interest loans.
By Prabhat Patnaik

Both US and China losers in ongoing trade war, says study
In the US-China trade war, while both sides have sustained losses, a number of other countries have profitted from the resulting trade diversion effects.
By Kanaga Raja

Ecuador: IMF austerity programme sparks off protests and strikes
The IMF’s Extended Fund Facility financial assistance to Ecuador has benefitted banks and powerful economic groups at the expense of the middle and working classes.
By Wilma Salgado

Corporate power: A David and Goliath struggle for the 21st century
This article focusses on transnational corporations as global actors, the structures and mechanisms that grant them impunity for wrongdoing, and the deepening and widespread popular resistance to TNC extractivism and destruction of the planet.
By Brid Brennan and Gonzalo Berron


Chile: A revolt against neoliberalism the media refuses to acknowledge
Few in the West are aware of Chile’s tumultuous history as an experimental laboratory for free-market economics imposed by the United States.
By Alan MacLeod

Military Keynesianism marches on
The term ‘military Keynesianism’ refers to economic policies in which the government devotes large amounts of spending to the military in order to foster economic growth.
By Joan Roelofs

Billionaires and American politics
Although big money has always played an important role in US politics, its influence has been growing over the last decade.
By Lawrence Wittner


The ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Christians that nobody is talking about
For Israel, the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the birthplace of Christianity is a boon as a Palestine without Christians will enable it to portray its conflict with Palestine as a religious war.
By Ramzy Baroud

Bringing Israeli apartheid to the US-Mexico border
Human rights activists must prevent Elbit Systems, an Israel-based technologies conglomerate, from becoming the handmaiden of repressive regimes.
By Stephen Welty


‘They are only interested in soy’
Peasant and indigenous women in Paraguay are organising to survive the twin threats of industrial agriculture and climate change.
By Global Forest Coalition


They receive instructions against Chile
Nobel laureate Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was a fierce opponent of the 1973 military coup which toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Neruda’s death in mysterious circumstances in the aftermath of the coup has sparked suspicions that he was murdered.
By Pablo Neruda

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