Daily Archives: March 21, 2021

This week’s LIVE roundup of climate and XR news will focus on the PCSC Bill with Natalie Bennett


Extinction Rebellion

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Hosted by Fergal & Nathaniel, we’re joined by the former leader of the Green Party and now a member of the House of Lords, Natalie Bennett, to discuss the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

As ever, we’ll be talking the latest climate news; this week’s XR actions and announcements of upcoming actions; plus much more – please tune in Sunday at 7pm to watch and share…

NAFTA: US-grown corn threatens Mexican crop heritage

Al Jazeera English

Nov 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump has vowed to make the North American Free Trade Agreement better serve US interests, but Mexicans are concerned that cheap US imports are destroying Mexico’s cultural relationship with its traditional maize varieties. Negotiators from the US, Mexico and Canada are in Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. In this fifth round of talks, one of the big issues on the table is corn. It is Mexico’s top agricultural import from the US. But some say cheap American varieties are damaging Mexico’s rich and various maize heritage. Al Jazeera’s Julia Galiano reports from Mexico City.

Mexican Farmers Protest The Entrance of GMO Corn

The Real News Network

Feb 24, 2013

Thousands across Mexico demand their government reject permits for GMO Corn while Monsanto defends their patent on life in U.S. Supreme Court

Monty Python – Constitutional Peasants Scene

Browningate

Dec 6, 2013

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Who Really Feeds the World?: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology: Vandana Shiva

Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place.

Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. Instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, she proposes that we look to agroecology—the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food—as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm.

Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

Reviews

Praise for Who Really Feeds the World?

​”[Shiva] makes many points that refute reflexive anger and demand immediate discussion. [She] brings new urgency to her explanations of the problems caused by monoculture agriculture, anchored by corn and soybeans in America… A book to jump-start conversations about a crucial subject.”—Booklist

Praise for Vandana Shiva

“Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.”—Ms. magazine

“A rock star in the worldwide battle against genetically modified seeds.”—Bill Moyers

“Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.”—The Progressive

“One of the world’s most prominent radical scientists.”—The Guardian

About the Author

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, and a tireless crusader for economic, food, and gender justice. She is the author and editor of many influential books, including Making Peace with the Earth, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, Staying Alive, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars, and Globalization’s New Wars. Dr. Shiva is the recipient of more than twenty international awards, among them the Right Livelihood Award (1993); the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008); The Sydney Peace Prize (2010); and the Calgary Peace Prize (Canada, 2011). In addition, she is a board member of the World Future Council and one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (whose other members include Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin). She travels frequently to speak at conferences around the world.

  • ASIN : 1623170621
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books (June 28, 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781623170622
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1623170622
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

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Who Rules the World? (American Empire Project): Noam Chomsky

With a New Afterword

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky examines the way that the United States, despite the rise of Europe and Asia, still largely sets the terms of global discourse. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the sordid history of U.S. involvement with Cuba to the sanctions on Iran, he details how America’s rhetoric of freedom and human rights so often diverges from its actions. He delves deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel-Palestine, providing unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. And, in a new afterword, he addresses the election of Donald Trump and what it shows about American society.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central issues of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.

Review

“Chomsky’s book is . . . a polemic designed to awaken Americans from complacency. America, in his view, must be reined in, and he makes the case with verve. . . . We should understand it as a plea to end American hypocrisy, to introduce a more consistently principled dimension to American relations with the world, and, instead of assuming American benevolence, to scrutinize critically how the US government actually exercises its still-unmatched power.”―The New York Review of Books

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon. . . . He may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet.”―The New York Times Book Review

“With relentless logic, Chomsky bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us―and to discern what they are leaving out. . . . Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening.”―BusinessWeek

“How did we ever get to be an empire? The writings of Noam Chomsky―America’s most useful citizen―are the best answer to that question.”―The Boston Globe

“It is possible that, if the United States goes the way of nineteenth-century Britain, Chomsky’s interpretation will be the standard among historians a hundred years from now.”―The New Yorker

“For anyone wanting to find out more about the world we live in . . . there is one simple answer: read Noam Chomsky.”―New Statesman

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

  • Publisher : Picador; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250131081
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250131089
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.53 x 0.91 x 8.29 inches

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet: Noam Chomsky, Robert Pollin, C. J. Polychronion

Climate change: watershed or endgame?

In this compelling new book, Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual, and Robert Pollin, a renowned progressive economist, map out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change—and present a realistic blueprint for change: the Green New Deal.

Together, Chomsky and Pollin show how the forecasts for a hotter planet strain the imagination: vast stretches of the Earth will become uninhabitable, plagued by extreme weather, drought, rising seas, and crop failure. Arguing against the misplaced fear of economic disaster and unemployment arising from the transition to a green economy, they show how this bogus concern encourages climate denialism.

Humanity must stop burning fossil fuels within the next thirty years and do so in a way that improves living standards and opportunities for working people. This is the goal of the Green New Deal and, as the authors make clear, it is entirely feasible. Climate change is an emergency that cannot be ignored. This book shows how it can be overcome both politically and economically.

Reviews

“This book is a survival manual for civilization. I want everyone—yes, every person on the planet—to learn its message and to face the challenge it poses: ‘What am I doing to help bring about a global Green New Deal in the early years of this decade?’ For Americans, the first steps are clear: consign all climate deniers to permanent political oblivion and force all other policymakers to match fine words with deeds—i.e. commit to the Pollin–Chomsky global program for climate stabilization, a massive expansion of good jobs, and just transition.”
—Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine

“The project that is the Green New Deal is enriched by the insights of two great minds: those of Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. Both understand that the GND will fail if it does not protect the jobs and livelihoods of the working class. They explain how a transformation needed to restore the ecosystem can, and will transform the organisations and lives of working people worldwide—for the better.”
—Ann Pettifor, author of The Case for The Green New Deal

“This little book contains a big idea: climate stabilisation that avoids the collapse of organised social life can be achieved, along with more decent jobs, improved living standards and reduced poverty everywhere in the world. Two eminent thinkers present a convincing case for a realistic, feasible Global Green New Deal.”
—Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

“In this compelling read, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky and progressive economist Robert Pollin present a convincing case for a realistic, feasible Global Green New Deal.”
Dazed

“[Chomsky and Pollin] argue it is possible to tackle climate collapse over the next 30 years … A capitalist system that fails to respond does not deserve to survive.”
Irish Times

“Emphasises the crisis our planet faces but also says ‘there is a solution at hand.’”
Irish Examiner

“Brisk and lucid.”
—John Freeman, Lit Hub (“Most Anticipated Books of 2020”)

“A thought-provoking and succinct manifesto.”
—Russell Whitehouse, International Policy Digest

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona. Author of American Power and the New Mandarins and Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), among many other books, he is a linguist, historian, philosopher, and cognitive scientist who has risen to prominence in the American consciousness as a political activist and the nation’s foremost public intellectual.

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Among his many books are The Living Wage (with Stephanie Luce) and the edited volume Transforming the US Financial System (with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein). He has worked with the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress and the United Nations Development Program.

  • Publisher : Verso (September 22, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 178873985X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1788739856
  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.52 x 0.5 x 8.31 inches

Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance: Noam Chomsky, Marv Waterstone

Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents both a crisis and an opportunity. Everything depends on the actions that people take into their own hands.’

How does politics shape our world, our lives and our perceptions? How much of ‘common sense’ is actually driven by the ruling classes’ needs and interests? And how are we to challenge the capitalist structures that now threaten all life on the planet?

Consequences of Capitalism exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal ‘common sense’ and structural power. In making these linkages, we see how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1928. He studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Chomsky is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. His work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Who Rules the World?, Requiem for the American Dream, and What Kind of Creatures Are We?

Marv Waterstone is Professor Emeritus in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where he has been a faculty member for over 30 years. He is also the former director of the University of Arizona Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies. His research and teaching focus on the Gramscian notions of hegemony and common sense, and their connections to social justice and progressive social change. His most recent books are Wageless Life: A Manifesto for a Future beyond Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press; co-authored with Ian Shaw) and Geographic Thought: A Praxis Perspective (Routledge; co-edited with George Henderson).

Publisher : Haymarket Books (January 5, 2021)

  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1642592633
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1642592634
  • Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches

Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom: Vandana Shiva, Kartikey Shiva

With a new epilogue about Bill Gates’s global agenda and how we can resist the billionaires’ war on life

“This is what globalization looks like: Opportunism. Exploitation. Further centralization of power. Further disempowerment of ordinary people. . . . Vandana Shiva is an expert whose analysis has helped us understand this situation much more deeply.”―Russell Brand

Widespread poverty, social unrest, and economic polarization have become our lived reality as the top 1% of the world’s seven-billion-plus population pushes the planet―and all its people―to the social and ecological brink.

In Oneness vs. the 1%, Vandana Shiva takes on the billionaire dictators of Gates, Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg, as well as other modern empires like Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Ag, whose blindness to the rights of people, and to the destructive impact of their construct of linear progress, have wrought havoc across the world. Their single-minded pursuit of profit has undemocratically enforced uniformity and monocultures, division and separation, monopolies and external control―over finance, food, energy, information, healthcare, and even relationships.

Basing her analysis on explosive facts, Shiva exposes the 1%’s model of philanthrocapitalism, which is about deploying unaccountable money to bypass democratic structures, derail diversity, and impose totalitarian ideas based on One Science, One Agriculture, and One History. Instead, Shiva calls for the resurgence of:

  • Real knowledge
  • Real intelligence
  • Real wealth
  • Real work
  • Real well-being

With these core goals, people can reclaim their right to: Live Free. Think Free. Breathe Free. Eat Free.

Reviews

“All of us who care about the future of Planet Earth must be grateful to Vandana Shiva. Her voice is powerful, and she is not afraid to tackle those corporate giants that are polluting, degrading and ultimately destroying the natural world.”―Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace

“Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.”―Ms. magazine

“A rock star in the worldwide battle against genetically modified seeds.”―Bill Moyers

“Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.”―The Progressive

“One of the world’s most prominent radical scientists.”―The Guardian

About the Author

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, a leader in the International Forum on Globalisation, and of the Slow Food Movement. Director of Navdanya and of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, and a tireless crusader for farmers’, peasants’, and women’s rights, she is the author and editor of a score of influential books, among them Making Peace with the Earth; Soil Not Oil; Globalization’s New Wars; Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard; and Who Really Feeds the World?

Shiva is the recipient of over twenty international awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (1993); the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic (1998); the Horizon 3000 Award (Austria, 2001); the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008); the Save the World Award (2009); the Sydney Peace Prize (2010); the Calgary Peace Prize (2011); and the Thomas Merton Award (2011). She was the Fukuoka Grand Prize Laureate in 2012.

Kartikey Shiva is a shatterer of illusions, grower of freedom, and agent of light.

  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing (August 31, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1645020398
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1645020394
  • Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.25 x 8.5 inches

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The New Eugenics? The Brave New World of Designer Children, Bionic Athletes, and Genetic Engineering


Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

Published on Mar 21, 2021

The New Eugenics? The Brave New World of Designer Children, Bionic Athletes, and Genetic Engineering Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 – 08:00PM More video info at https://iop.harvard.edu/node/2147