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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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Imperial Monroe Doctrine in Force: Quiet Coups in Latin America, the Case of Ecuador

Imperial Monroe Doctrine in Force: Quiet Coups in Latin America, the Case of Ecuador

The appearance of stability in Latin America is preferable to any kind of political upheaval. The Monroe Doctrine is very much in force, but from a superficial look at elections and the constitutional order, one might surmise that the simultaneous United States-sponsored military regimes in Argentina, Brazil and Chile during the 1970s could not happen [...]

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Et Tu, Brute? Haiti’s Betrayal By Latin America

Et Tu, Brute? Haiti’s Betrayal By Latin America

For the 10th year since the forcible removal of elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti, the United Nations has renewed the mandate of an occupying “peacekeeping force” in the country. The unanimous vote about Haiti happened in an October 14, 2014 meeting of the Security Council that took less than 25 minutes. The UN’s [...]

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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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