I remember that, nearly a decade ago, the Global Justice movement was under fire for the way it organized. It seemed to be a moveable carnival of activism, known only by its dates (N30 for the WTO on November 30th, 1999 – Seattle, A20 for the Summit of the Americans on April 20th, 2001 – Quebec City, and so on).
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Everyone’s favourite guerilla political artists are back. Their latest hijink involves distributing fake versions of the New York Post. You can tell they’re fake, because everything inside is factually accurate and scientifically informed. But don’t take it from me – take it, at 1:11 in – from a representative of the New York Post.
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When it comes to broadcast media, nothing beats radio. It’s fast, cheap, out of control, and the medium through which I’ve learned more about the world than any other.
So here’s a post about radio. First, a rant. If there’s a hell, the creators of the Chevron radio adverts (which sound like this) will one day finds themselves there, listening to their wretched creation on loop, in perpetuity. From the very first pensive piano note, everything about the ad spits disingenuity, deceit and greenwash. There hasn’t been an occasion where I’ve heard the opening notes and not changed the station. The net effect is to make me want to give money to these people, who have a much firmer grasp of Chevron’s environmental commitments.
Continue reading “Two thousand litres of oil per American”
One of the things I’ve been up to recently is this piece, written with my co-authors of Food Rebellions. It’s a look at the rise of philanthropy capitalism, and some worrying attempts to ‘fix’ Africa. You can read it all at The Nation, but there’s a less elegantly formatted version below the fold. … read more »
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At President Obama’s inauguration, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger thumped out this splendid tune, a rendition of Woodie Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your Land. The most delightful verse appears at around 2:25 –
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Normal service will soon resume here at Stuffed and Starved. After six months of intensive writing, I’ve just handed in the manuscript for my next book, which’ll hit book stores later this year, entitled “The Value of Nothing”. I’ll be sharing a little more about that in the future, so watch this space.
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I’m very much looking forward to seeing the new film by Steve McQueen (no, this Steve McQueen) about hunger-striking IRA prisoners, entitled Hunger. I’ll write about that when I’ve seen it, but in the meantime, here’s another film, La Faim – ‘hunger’ in French – that remixes ideas of hunger, gluttony, desire and fear. It’s an entirely captivating eleven minutes long, and one of first 1970s stabs at computer animation.
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The site’s back! It had been overrun by spammers, and until I’ve patched the site, you’ll not be able to contact me. Hope to fix this soon, though…
My first book, Stuffed And Starved, is now available. It’s a story of the global food system, about why there are one billion overweight people and nearly a billion going hungry, and about the millions of people who are fighting back. The book has an accompanying website here.
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