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Humanitarian Imperialism: Aid as a Trojan Horse

Humanitarian Imperialism: Aid as a Trojan Horse

We lived sustainably, with color and panache Long before the word sustainable became fashionable, before Scott and Helen Nearing experimented with non-establishment living in the 1930s and concluded that their project had failed because it lacked community, before even Henry David Thoreau noted that “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things [...]

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Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

It is a sad fact of a heritage of colonialism that, well after the independence wars are fought and won, the old economic systems persist. Thus Haitians, who previously sold their kin as outright slaves and sugar-cane cutters, continue to sell them into sweatshops and other horrific work environments at home and abroad. Consider the [...]

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What Is Consciousness and Do Humans Have a Monopoly on It?

What Is Consciousness and Do Humans Have a Monopoly on It?

There has not been so much excitement about the effect of electricity on the human body since Luigi Galvani discovered that an electrical stimulation of the nerves in the leg muscles of a dead frog caused it to kick. These early experiments inspired Mary Shelley in 1818 to write Frankenstein, a brilliant allegory about the [...]

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Ebola: Zombie Apocalypse, Biological Warfare or Marketing Hype?

Ebola: Zombie Apocalypse, Biological Warfare or Marketing Hype?

Ask anyone what is Ebola, and the only reasonable answer you might get to this question is that it is a virus. The rest is fantasy, and these flights of fancy are not limited to the general public. At least one scientific editor has described the disease caused by the viral infection as a “Zombie [...]

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GDP, Money and the World Cup

GDP, Money and the World Cup

By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery  No. It’s not only a game. The World Cup is about money. Lots of it. Quite apart from the $15 billion that Brazil spent “pacifying” the favelas and building stadiums in preparation for the World Cup, or the $4.5 billion of profit that FIFA will make from this sports [...]

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