Archive for May, 2011

#Food prices to x2 in next 20 …

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#Food prices to x2 in next 20 years mainly cos of climate change – small farmers cool the Earth

RIP Gil Scott Heron http://gu….

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RIP Gil Scott Heron

RT @civileater: Park Wilde ta…

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RT @civileater: Park Wilde takes a hard look at a poverty study about @cocacola by @oxfam funded by #cocacola

The Spanish Revolt

By on 05/26/2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

The series of posts that used to be prefaced with “FYI” is now up on my Twitter stream (apologies to the one respondent who didn’t think I should tweet, but I’ll make it up to you, Phil, promise). In following the thread around the revolts in Spain, though, I came across Not Yet Dead NYC, a feminist reading group in New York City. No idea who runs it, but they’ve a great report from the joyful streets in Spain, and also a fine caution about the prospects and possibilities of the Spanish Revolution…

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Geoffrey Sea’s Nuclear Bulletin #23 -Nuclear Renaissance Meets Age of Discovery

By on 05/23/2011 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Nuclear Bulletin #23
18 v 2011

Nuclear Renaissance Meets Age of Discovery

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Yo, Tweeps

By on 05/18/2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

I’ve been persuaded by @NaomiStarkman @civileater @HavenBourque and @TomPhilpott that I ought really to spend more time on Twitter. It’s an experiment that I’ll start soon, in earnest, if there’s demand. But in the meantime, if you’re on Twitter and want to hear me tweet, let me know. I’m @_RajPatel.

Academic update

By on 05/17/2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Last week, I had the great pleasure of meeting and throwing ideas around with Michael Hardt, the author of, among other things, Empire, Multitude and Commonwealth all written with Antonio Negri. I once had some unkind things to say about Empire, which I wince to read now – being a graduate student brought out the worst point-scoring debater in me. But the reason that Empire kicked off a trilogy of books is because Hardt and Negri were also unsatisfied. To my mind, the trilogy has worked. Their thoughts have been honed over their collaboration and certainly have shrugged off the criticisms I lobbed a decade ago. You can watch our conversation at the Taft Center at the University of Cincinnati when it’s uploaded, likely in the next few weeks. It has been a long time since I had a discussion in which ideas whizzed around so freely, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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FYI: The Reflex Response to Protesters in the UAE

By on 05/16/2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

The mercenaries who brought you Blackwater are now bringing their particular brand of executive solutions to protests in the Middle East. More in this New York Times story, which contains lines like this: “Muslim soldiers, Mr. Prince warned, could not be counted on to kill fellow Muslims. “

Peterborough, ON – Canada

By on 05/13/2011 in Events with No Comments

2011 Morrison Lecture, Trent University. 7:30 pm, Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, 3rd Floor, Peterborough
More details here.

FYI: Climate Change driving food prices higher

By on 05/13/2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Finally, some robust data on the link between climate change and food prices. Abstract below, full article in Science. Keep Reading »