Politics


The Secret History of G.I. Joe (Part 1)

by Tom Engelhardt

Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and making war in children's culture.


Undercover Agents Infiltrated Tar Sands Resistance Camp to Break up Planned Protest

by Adam Federman

As activists and TransCanada face off, the Department of Homeland Security and local police make clear which side they're on: the oil industry's.


The Backyard Shock Doctrine

by Laura Gottesdiener

The landscape of Wall Street's creative destruction.


Investing in a Resilient Future

By Suzanne Lindgren

Slow Money founder Woody Tasch talks about investing in the future and Slow Money’s new offshoot, Gatheround.


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Art Created From Undocumented Immigrants’ Discarded Objects

By Robert Neustadt, special to Utne Reader

Artist Valarie James repurposes the discarded objects of Latino undocumented immigrants in order to expose the humanitarian disaster in the U.S.-Mexico Border.  


Climate Activists, Eco-Terrorism, and the Green Scare

By Adam Federman, from Earth Island Journal

Working directly with energy industry groups and private security firms, the government has broadened the legal definition of terrorism and now targets climate activists.


Armed Lifeboat: Government’s Response to Natural Disaster

By Sam Ross-Brown, Utne Reader

Whether Washington’s response to natural disaster caused by climate change will rely on social solidarity, or on militarized borders and government surveillance, depends on what happens now, says Christian Parenti.


Haiti After the Earthquake: Life in the Ruins

By Amy Wilentz, from The Nation

Sometimes you can’t help but be hit by the behavior of certain international organizations helping Haiti recover from the devastating January 2010 earthquake—hit, that is, by a wave of real physical nausea.