Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about what would happen if we reach the fiscal cliff (or slope or obstacle course) later this year. Unless Congress acts before January 2, the argument goes, large-scale automatic cuts in government spending will likely trigger a new recession, whether or ...
Last Saturday, Hispanic
Heritage Month officially began. For 25 years, the Library of Congress, the
Smithsonian, and a host of other museums and groups have celebrated Hispanic and
Latino contributions to American history and culture. But this year’s
celebrations are especially bittersweet, ...
Our weekly guide to what you may have missed.It’s an unfortunate fact
that many Global South countries depend on fossil fuels for economic survival.
has found an innovative
solution, says Audubon. The Quito government knows full well that its Ishpingo,
Tambococha, and Tiputini ...
Our weekly guide to what you may have missed. “A science fiction fantasy from
the sixties with a view to the sea.” We tend to forget about the Olympics once
they’re over, but the games often leave behind quite a lot. In a series of
vignettes in Granta, writers living
in Beijing, Athens, ...
Remember back in 2009 when
Texas Gov. Rick Perry almost-but-not-quite
said his state should secede from the union? The small media blitz that
followed dramatically illustrated that even in the 21st century, the
South retains a good deal of its separateness, and its bad rap among
Our online guide to what you may have missed this
week. The new transpo bill may be disappointing for
cyclists, but that doesn’t stop more and more people from getting interested in
biking. And increasingly, that
means universities and think tanks, says Pacific Standard. Ideas like ...
Utne's Guide to What You May Have Missed This WeekOn Tuesday, four
undocumented immigrants revealed
their status in front of Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix, and were promptly arrested, says In These Times. Inside
the courthouse, county sheriff Joe Arpaio, an infamous supporter of ...
Environmentalism has a very
different meaning for indigenous farmers in Guatemala. Last year, hundreds of
Maya Q’eqchi families were evicted from their farms in Guatemala’s Polochic Valley
to make way for corn fields, says Treehugger’s
Brian Merchant. But instead of hungry people, that ...
Mark Twain to censors: “I wrote
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn for
adults exclusively.” After hearing that his books had been censored by the
Brooklyn Public Library’s Children’s Department in 1905, Twain got his sarcasm
on in this one-of-a-kind letter to a librarian there. “The mind that ...
The Crockpot: Utne’s Weekly Guide to What You May
Have MissedIt turns out that only about
a tenth of Americans believe climate change isn’t real, and more than two
thirds think it should be a bigger political issue. The findings, by Yale and George Mason
University, fly in the
face of ...