The Coalition of Immokalee Workers are pushing forward with their wage demands, targeting two supermarket giants – Publix and Ahold. I’ll be taking aim at Ahold a little later next month, but if you’re on the East Coast of the US, you can join in right now – find out more at the CIW’s Do The Right Thing campaign page.
After Egypt, activists around the world have had the wind at their backs and the state at their throats. In Libya, Bahrain, Jordan , and from Wisconsin to South Africa, the streets have become – more conspicuously than usual – battlefields. Governments have struck back. In Zimbabwe, some of the finest activists have recently been rounded up and detained. Below, a call for solidarity. Here, a facebook page to keep up to date.
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I wrote this yesterday for the NY Times’ Room for Debate series, before today’s momentous news. Watch this space for more on Egypt…
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The World Sugar Committee has criticised ‘parasitic’ traders for the surging price of sugar, which is now at its highest level for thirty years. This is, of course, unfair. A mounting body of evidence suggests that parasites can be beneficial to their hosts. But, as John Cassidy recently put it, Keep Reading »
The Scientific American presents arresting figures on the share of income that Egyptians spend on food (40% since you ask) but, sadly, the data from this Bloomberg report gets mangled in the transcription. Still, worth a look.
Via Campesina sends this message, and invitation, to all at the World Social Forum in Dakar. Keep Reading »
NB RESCHEDULED TO 8th Feb. Sorenson Center for the Arts. More details here.