Origin of the World Trade Organization

Cover of Mirrors

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.

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Two from Copenhagen

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. Continue reading “Two from Copenhagen”


I should have been posting a little more than I have over the past week or so, but I’ve been murderously busy with the UK publicity tour for The Value of Nothing which ended gloriously this morning with a five minute crossing of swords on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. I’m heading to Malawi today, which means being offline for a week or two, but when I come back, expect thoughts on Copenhagen, economic recovery, and how much you can eat for $1 a day.

Buy Nothing Day

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.

One man who takes shopping’s stigmata very seriously is the Reverend Billy, preacher at the Church of Stop Shopping.
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