The latest book by Eduardo Galeano is as insightful as we’ve come to expect. Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone contains more history and analysis than a year of ‘history of civilization’ classes, with much more beauty and grace. In the battle of memory against forgetting, Galeano offers an arsenal. A tidbit below the fold, on the origin of the World Trade Organization.
Airports. Bad for me. Bad for environment. Good for blogging in departure lounge. Two top resources from the Copenhagen climate change. The first from Henry Saragih of Via Campesina on Why We Left our Farms for Copenhagen below. Disappointingly, women don’t get a mention at all, but there are many resources, most accessibly here and most comprehensively at Gender cc. More below the fold. Keep Reading »
The Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the day when US consumers rush to the shops, and spend until their eyes bleed. But tomorrow doesn’t inevitably have to involve running around with a credit card and bags of crap we don’t need.
The parental commandment to ‘eat up because people are going hungry’ is, from a strictly economic point of view, nonsense. Eating less of the food on your plate for which, presumably, you have already paid will not increase the incomes of the hungry nor will leaving your greens and mash potatoes reduce the price of food for the poor.