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WikiLeaks, Cuba and More U.S. Cynicism on Climate Change

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

As more and more WikiLeaks cables become available, a portrait of the U.S. attitude toward climate change is emerging -- and it is not flattering.

Wikileaks: The Dalai Lama's Misplaced Climate Change Strategy

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

Message to Dalai Lama: maybe it is time to stop the unproductive, backroom parlor games with the U.S. and get out in front on the climate change issue.

A Tale of Microfinance in Two Cities

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Microfinance in India is undergoing a crisis caused by a toxic mix of mushrooming growth and political volatility. As they ponder their next steps, p...

Poor Countries Make Final Appeal: For an Ambitious Agreement in Cancun

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancun, Mexico - On Friday, as the final hours of the COP 16 conference approached, representatives of countries most affected by climate change came ...

Interview with Bolivian Lead Climate Negotiator Pablo Solón

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancun, Mexico - On the antepenultimate (scheduled) day of the COP 16, I sat down with Bolivia's climate negotiator Pablo Solón to discuss how the CO...

Backroom Deal? Again? Bolivia Takes a Stance

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It's crunch time. There are two days left for government leaders and their representatives to come to an agreement. Can they make progress? Can they find solutions?

High Level Negotiations Kick Off

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It remains to be seen what emerges from the negotiations in the days to come.

WikiLeaks: The U.S. Must "Neutralize, Co-opt or Marginalize" Radical Latin American Bloc in Climate Negotiations

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

The WikiLeaks scandal could well turn into the Climate Gate scandal. There's got to be a concerted campaign on Brazil so that we can see some movement at Cancún.

Development Work Includes Literary Translation? You Sure?

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ming Holden

In order to explain the importance of literary work to the broader project of social justice, international exchange, and democracy, I might need to s...

Suez's Attempts to Silence Critics on Par with its Water Management: A Failure

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wenonah Hauter

Water justice advocates around the world cheered recently when a French court rejected a defamation lawsuit brought by Suez Water against the makers of the documentary film Flow.

Why Do Hugo Chavez and the ALBA Overreact?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

In styles more reminiscent of soap operas than official statements, ALBA nations lashed out at conference participants of one of literally thousands of conferences in Washington every year.

9 'Tips' for Avoiding the Thanksgiving Traffic [PHOTOS]

Black Tomato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Black Tomato

We're approaching one of the busiest travel weekends of the year across the world. Which is why here at Black Tomato, we've been scouring the world fo...

Weekly Mulch: For Cancun Climate Summit, Activists Consider the Long View

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger A year ago, it seemed possible--likely, even--that President Barack Obama would sweep into the internation...

Swiebodzin Jesus To Top Rio's Redeemer Statue

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The small town of Swiebodzin, Poland has set their eyes heavenward, looking to build one of the world's highest statues of Jesus. The body of the s...

WATCH: Ahmadinejad And Bolivian President In Soccer Match

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played a more friendly political game than usual, suiting up for a genial game of futsal (indoor soccer) with Boliv...

Optical Illusions of the World (PHOTOS)

Black Tomato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Black Tomato

In nature things aren't always quite as they seem. Here at Black Tomato, we've experienced an elemental sleight of hand. These are our Top Six place...

Bolivia: Control Racism or Control Speech?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

The Obama administration should emphasize that the Bolivian government must stamp out all forms of racism and discrimination in ways that respect fundamental tenets of liberal democracy such as free speech.

Iran: The Anti-Imperialist Ruse

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

By Tala Dowlatshahi The recent call by Secretary of State Clinton to sanction eight of the highest ranking Iranian officials ranging from the Interio...

WATCH: Bolivia's President Kicks Player In Groin During 'Friendly' Soccer Game

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- President Evo Morales kneed an opposing player in the groin during a soccer match against a team of political rivals after an ...

The Future of Electric Cars Could Lie in...Afghanistan?

The Car Connection | CarConnection | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf require lots of lithium and other precious heavy metals to make them go. Today's sources of lithium are far a...

Thirsty Cows, Poor Nations and Other Ironies of Climate Change

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Loewentheil

Today, every office in the small South American nation of Bolivia is closed as the country celebrates its 185th Independence Day. Every office, that is, but the tiny, sparsely equipped mayoral office of Pasorapa.

Citizens, Resist the Squeeze Play on Your Minds

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Sharpen your eyes and ears to the noun the corporate media uses to reference you. Every time you are referred to as a consumer (which is virtually every time), say resolutely to yourself, "Citizen."

Suggested Revisions to Bolivian Travel Guides, Part 2: Bolivian Bullfighting

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Nathaniel Loewentheil

When the local men explain over their 10th bucket of chicha the night before the festival begins that the bullfights are no big deal and are actually pretty safe, they are lying.

Does Rule of Law Really Matter for Development?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Countries and economies have prospered without the effective rule of law; ones haven't even though they may have it; and plenty of companies are willing to invest even in abysmal or deteriorating conditions.

My Trip to Bolivia, Part 2

Dayle Haddon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dayle Haddon

The problems I witnessed -- abandonment of children and the brutal view on HIV/AIDS -- are the outgrowth of extreme poverty. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America -- we don't have the luxury to turn our backs.