Energy
Santiago Train Crash: What, No Speed Governor?

Santiago Train Crash: What, No Speed Governor?

Only China has a more extensive high-speed train network than Spain. On Wednesday night at least 80 people were killed when a high-speed train, rounding a curve, flew off the rails in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Reuters reports: El Pais newspaper said the driver...

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GM Seeds and the Militarization of Food (And Everything Else)

GM Seeds and the Militarization of Food (And Everything Else)

Jon Letman of Truthout interviews Dr. Vandana Shiva—a globally respected Indian physicist, philosopher, and activist—on Hawaii’s role as a testing site for both GMO crops and the military, Hawaii’s relationship with Asia, and on the largely unspoken connection between GE crops, climate change, militarism, and what Shiva calls “a war against the earth.”

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Climate Change as History’s Deal-Breaker

Even in its relatively early but visibly intensifying stages, climate change threatens to be the singular event in human history, because unlike every other disaster we can imagine (except a full-scale nuclear war or, as has happened in the planet’s past, a large meteorite or asteroid impact), it alone will alter the basis for life on this planet.

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The Great Oil Swindle

The Great Oil Swindle

A slew of widely hyped reports last year promised a new oil boom for the United States. But while there’s plenty of oil left in the ground, actual peer-reviewed studies make it clear that peak oil is already upon us.

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Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

In the interest of keeping vital global issues in the discussion, Foreign Policy in Focus reached out to scholars at the Institute for Policy Studies—our institutional home—to sketch out progressive perspectives on the world issues we don’t expect to get fair treatment in the debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Without an informed citizenry, these crucial topics will always fall by the wayside. So read up, and share widely!

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Destroying the Commons

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive.  Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.

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