The Political Economy of Ebola

Via: Retort, this Leigh Phillips piece from the Jacobin of 13 August 2014 is very clear on why the Ebola situation is stuck where it is today. Phillips is a science writer and EU affairs journalist whose writing has appeared in Nature, the Guardian, Scientific American, the EUobserver and the Daily Telegraph. The Political Economy of Ebola The Onion, as ever, is on point with its ‘coverage’ of the worst recorded … Read more The Political Economy of Ebola

Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 10/14/2014 New forecasting method: Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains Predicting floods following extreme rainfall in the central Andes is enabled by a new method. Climate change has made these events more frequent and more severe in recent decades. Now complex networks analysis of satellite weather data makes it possible to produce a robust warning system for the … Read more Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains

Remembering a Pigeon

via Retort & Iain Boal: To: Retort From: GS [Geoffrey Sea sends us this dispatch from Ohio on the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Martha was reputedly the ‘endling’, the last of her species, as most certainly Benjamin was the relict Tasmanian tiger, dying in Hobart Zoo on September 7th, 1936. John James Audubon, in 1813, describes his encounter with a flock of passenger pigeons, whose … Read more Remembering a Pigeon

Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The following comes via Tom Clarks’ blog — which you all should check out: he has been posting regularly on Gaza. Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture  Harriet Sherwood in Burij, The Guardian, 7 August 2014   When Ahmed Owedat returned to his home 18 days after Israeli soldiers … Read more Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The Many Lives of a Political Poem: From Hebrew, to Arabic, to Another Life in Hebrew

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 2, 2014 • ( 0 ) Over at The Paris Review, poet and translator Peter Cole writes about the ironic new life that Benjamin Netanyahu has given to Hayim Nahman Bialik’s poem “On the Slaughter”: In the days after the three Israeli teens were murdered, most likely hours after their kidnapping, Netanyahu publicly expressed condolences to the families while quoting from Bialik: “Vengeance … for … Read more The Many Lives of a Political Poem: From Hebrew, to Arabic, to Another Life in Hebrew

The World in a Wheelchair

An interesting, scary &, I believe, accurate article by Eric Holthaus on where we are at concerning global warming was just published by Quartz. Below, the opening paragraphs & the graph: So it’s come to this. Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate change at the American Geophysical Union’s meeting entitled ”Is Earth F**ked?” which advocated “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage … Read more The World in a Wheelchair

Gaza, Darwish, Memory, Repetition:

Gaza repeats & repeats. Déjà vu all over again but not funny: murderous hellish inferno. I could scream when I hear American liberals, proud to have voted for Obama & with impeccable anti-war credentials, idiotically repeating the Israeli government’s fascizoid Benjamin Netanyahu’s line that the assaults & bombings are justified because “they fired rockets into Israel.” Even if later today a ceasefire were to come into effect, more than a … Read more Gaza, Darwish, Memory, Repetition:

A Future Without Climate Policy

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 11/19/2012 4-degrees briefing for the World Bank: The risks of a future without climate policy Humankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. Hence we’re on a path towards 4-degree global warming probably as soon as by the end of this century. This would mean a world of risks beyond the experience of our civilization – … Read more A Future Without Climate Policy