Human trafficking: Howard Dean

As you read this, I am in rural Thailand near the border with Burma with 20 mostly young people from all over the world who have walked over 200 miles so far to raise money for five organizations on five continents which fight human trafficking. The whole 15-day walk was organized by a 23-year-old American […]

Lara’s blog 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

“It’s your life” Eleanor Roosevelt

  Eleanor Roosevelt votes in Hyde Park, New York, November 3, 1936 Public domain image courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Library via Flickr Commons In the following chapter, titled “The Right to Be an Individual,” Roosevelt considers the moral responsibility of living what you believe and fully inhabiting your inner life as the foundation of integrity […]

Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, “Little Revolution,” Big Fracking Consequences

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Back in May 2005, this site posted “Against Discouragement,” a graduation speech by the late, great Howard Zinn.  Though it hardly needs be said, it was, of course, inspiring.  I also interviewed him for TomDispatch and he wrote for the site.  A last book of his has just been published, Howard […]


Post By  J. Glenn Evans FEATURED AUTHOR VANCE TRIMBLE For an adventure in reading I highly recommend that you get acquainted with Vance Trimble.  Google Vance H. Trimble: Books, Biography, Blog … What does a Pulitzer Prize winning author do at the age of 99 to top off an incredible career? Does he sit back […]

Joe Queenan’s List Of Must-Read Books

Darwin – Marx – Wagner: Critique of a Heritage, by Jacques Barzun A History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway Père Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë […]

Contaminated Culture: Native people struggle with tainted resources, lost identity

This story is becoming more and more relevant in Indian Country – contaminated resources destroy ancestral ways… …For the Anishinaabe people at the southernmost tip of Lake Huron, cedar is not just a tree – it is sacred. Used in medicines and teas, the tree’s roots, bark and sap have been central to their physical, […]

Suzuki: We can learn from nature’s genius

By David Suzuki Photo Credit: Farlane I’ve always been more interested in organisms that can move on their own than in stationary plants. But when I canoe or hike along the edge of lakes or oceans and see trees that seem to be growing out of rock faces, I am blown away. How do they […]

Activists for a Better World

LET’S GET ABOARD By J. Glenn Evans  Now that most of us have voted or will have done so shortly, what comes next? You may not have gotten aboard for this election, but let’s grab the future.  Most likely, unless we do something ourselves, there won’t be any change but more of the same downhill […]

10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America

The Fix the Debt coalition is using the so-called “fiscal cliff” to push the same old corporate agenda of more tax breaks while shifting the burden on to the rest of us.   by  Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger Brace yourself for one of the most aggressive corporate lobbying campaigns of all time. And one […]

Class Dismissed

The Conversation Both Romney and Obama Don’t Want to Have By James Ledbetter Wednesday, Oct 31 2012, Village Voice It’s sometimes said that a national election holds up a mirror to our society. In too many years, though, it’s a funhouse mirror. It’s bent to make the tall look short and the skinny bulge. Regardless […]

Bhutan Aims to be First Organic Nation

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic. The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centered on protecting […]

NCAI: ‘Historic’ Unity Vote Keeps Non-Federally Recognized Tribes as Full Members

By Gale Courey -Toensing November 1,  2012, Indian Country Today Non-Federally Recognized  Tribes SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The National Congress of American Indians  overwhelmingly voted to keep non-federally recognized tribes as full voting  members of the 68-year-old organization. The vote took place at a Constitution Convention during NCAI’s  69th Annual Convention October 22-26 held this year in […]

Native American Heritage Month a century old – really!

The first of November is the beginning of Native American Heritage Month in the United States. Its celebration varies considerably across the continent. In communities where indigenous peoples are numerous and politically influential, government agencies, schools and historic commissions sponsor exhibits, student projects and lectures.  In many other communities, citizens are not even aware that […]