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Idle No More: A Gift to Canadians

(74) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 10:42 AM

I woke up just past midnight with a bolt. My six-month-old son was crying. He has a cold -- the second of his short life -- and his blocked nose frightens him. I was about to get up when he started snoring again. I, on the other hand, was wide...

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Best of TEDTalks 2011, #13: Addicted to Risk

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 10:00 AM

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Our Lives Are Threatened by Rich and Powerful Entities -- Here's How We Can Fight Back

(405) Comments | Posted April 9, 2011 | 12:41 PM

Not for forty years has there been such a stretch of bad news for environmentalists in Washington.

Last month in the House, the newly empowered GOP majority voted down a resolution stating simply that global warming was real: they’ve apparently decided to go with their own versions...

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Joining 350.Org: The Next Phase

(19) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Today I joined the newly formed Board of Directors of 350.org, coinciding with a range of exciting new changes at the organization. I have been a supporter of 350.org since I first heard about the wacky plan to turn a wonky scientific target into a global people's movement,...

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Sticking the Public With the Bill for the Bankers' Crisis

(538) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 11:58 AM

My city feels like a crime scene, and the criminals are all melting into the night, fleeing the scene. No, I'm not talking about the kids in black who smashed windows and burned cop cars on Saturday.

I'm talking about the heads of state who, on Sunday night, smashed social...

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Gulf Oil Spill: A Hole in the World

(105) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 4:22 PM

Everyone gathered for the town hall meeting had been repeatedly instructed to show civility to the gentlemen from BP and the federal government. These fine folks had made time in their busy schedules to come to a high school gymnasium on a Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, one of...

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Blinding the Witnesses

(1146) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 11:56 AM

There is something way too literal about Israel shooting out the eye of a witness to its crimes.

This photograph of Emily Henochowicz's bandaged face needs to be seen by the world.

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Like many of us around the world, Henochowicz,...

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Open Letter to Berkeley Students on Their Historic Israeli Divestment Bill

(964) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 1:02 PM

On March 18, continuing a long tradition of pioneering human rights campaigns, the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC) passed "A Bill In Support of UC Divestment from War Crimes." The historic bill resolves to divest ASUC's assets from two American companies, General...

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Chile's Socialist Rebar

(231) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 12:00 PM

Ever since deregulation caused a worldwide economic meltdown in September '08 and everyone became a Keynesian again, it hasn't been easy to be a fanatical fan of the late economist Milton Friedman. So widely discredited is his brand of free-market fundamentalism that his followers have become increasingly desperate to claim...

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We Must Stand with Tim DeChristopher

(52) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 6:45 PM

The climate movement is at a turning point. Copenhagen failed to produce a meaningful binding agreement. The Senate's proposed climate legislation doesn't come close to solving the crisis and even that weak measure appears stalled. Climate change denialists, meanwhile, are in a celebratory mood, with far too many ill-informed citizens...

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Haiti: Small Victory for Shock Resistance

(17) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 5:27 PM

In response to the wave of criticism, the IMF has just issued a statement saying that they will try to turn the $100-million loan to Haiti into a grant. This is unprecedented in my experience and shows that public pressure in moments of disaster can...

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How Corporate Branding Is Taking Over America

(67) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 5:26 PM

Excerpted from No Logo (10th Anniversary Edition) by Naomi Klein, reprinted by The Guardian.

In May 2009, Absolut Vodka launched a limited edition line called "Absolut No ­Label." The company's global public relations manager, Kristina Hagbard, explained that "For the first time we dare to face the world...

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Remembering Lhasa's Gifts

(7) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 10:41 AM

The year began with a blast of sadness: news that Lhasa de Sela, one of Canada's finest musicians and a friend of ours, had died of breast cancer at 37.

Lhasa's songs -- performed in Spanish, French and English -- have an utterly unique sound, like lullabies for...

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For Obama, No Opportunity Too Big to Blow

(888) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 11:18 AM

Cross-posted with EnviroNation.

Contrary to countless reports, the debacle in Copenhagen was not everyone's fault. It did not happen because human beings are incapable of agreeing, or are inherently self-destructive. Nor was it all was China's fault, or the fault of the hapless UN.

There's plenty...

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Memo to Danes: Even You Cannot Control This Summit

(18) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 9:20 AM

Cross-posted with The Nation's EnvironNation blog.

On Saturday night, after a week of living off of conference center snack bars, a group of us were invited to a delicious home-cooked meal with a real live Danish family. After spending the evening gawking at their stylish furnishings, a...

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Revisiting No Logo, Ten Years Later

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 12:09 PM

Almost ten years ago, on November 30, 1999, tens of thousands of protestors shut down a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. The activists were not against trade or globalization, despite the many misleading claims in the mainstream media. They were against a system of deregulated capitalism that...

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Copenhagen: Obama Better Go Back

(140) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 3:04 PM

When Obama arrives in Copenhagen tomorrow to support Chicago's Olympic bid, he will be showing the world that he is willing to schlep to Scandinavia for an event he considers important. The big question now is: will he do it again on December 7, when Copenhagen plays host to the...

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We Don't Feel Like Celebrating with Israel This Year

(97) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 1:57 PM

When I heard the Toronto International Film Festival was holding a celebratory "spotlight" on Tel Aviv I felt ashamed of my city. I thought immediately of Mona Al Shawa, a Palestinian women's-rights activist I met on a recent trip to Gaza. "We had more hope during the attacks," she told...

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The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!

(264) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 3:53 PM

In 2004, we made a documentary called The Take about Argentina's movement of worker-run businesses. In the wake of the country's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, thousands of workers walked into their shuttered factories and put them back into production as worker cooperatives. Abandoned by bosses and politicians, they...

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Lexicon of Disappointment: The Readers' Edition

(39) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 8:43 PM

A few days ago I posted my column "Hopeover, Hopelash, Hopebreak: A Lexicon of Disappointment" and asked readers to send suggestions and modifications. The goal was to come up with a more complete lexicon as we near the 100-day mark.

700 or so comments later, here are the best...

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