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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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US Empire: American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill

US Empire: American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill

The concept of American exceptionalism is as old as the United States, and it implies that the country has a qualitative difference from other nations. This notion of being special gives Americans the sense that playing a lead role in world affair is part of their natural historic calling. However there is nothing historically exceptional [...]

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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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I Implore the Wind: Where Do I Belong?

I Implore the Wind: Where Do I Belong?

Between hundreds of years-old trees I’m searching for my past at top of the mountains. Within shades of greens asking the rivers watering the meadows. Speaking with lotus flowers lying on river beds I’m touching rocks trying to understand what is missed. What is it to belong? What determines belonging? I’m hurt inside by the [...]

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Poor, Indigenous, and Rich Ethnic Minorities: A Study in Contrast

Poor, Indigenous, and Rich Ethnic Minorities: A Study in Contrast

Ethnic minorities are almost everywhere in modern societies. They are called minority in contradistinction from the majority. The issue of their human and civil rights is of serious importance because, in a many instances, there is a disparity in the rights that they enjoy, compared to those that the majority enjoy. If this was not [...]

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