Not the time to sabotage relations with Iran

The recent agreement between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program is the most significant breakthrough in diplomatic relations between Iran and the West for several decades. Both the Obama administration and President Rouhani deserve credit for turning their backs on historical antagonism and bringing a pragmatic approach to… Continue Reading ➤

Our Modern Waste Land: Food, Facts and the Future

Source: David Fedele

When doomsayers warn of the various ways that humanity is expediting its own demise, they tend to focus on the twenty-first century trinity of overpopulation, food and water shortages, and climate change. And to some extent, they’re right. There’s no denying that these looming issues are desperate for attention from researchers and the public, both… Continue Reading ➤

Old Front, New Façade


The magazine Minute is not in the business of playing devil’s advocate. As the unadulterated mouthpiece of the French extreme-right, it is regularly and deliberately embroiled in controversy. Its most famous debacle came in the run up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when it ran an article by politician Georges Frêche posing the question, ‘are there… Continue Reading ➤

Uruguay’s Clasificadores

Source: GlobalRec, Comunicado de Prensa: Una nueva Marcha de Carros de la UCRUS, September 5 2012

It’s a typically chilly July afternoon. Traffic on one of Montevideo’s busiest streets is gridlocked by dozens of horse-drawn rubbish carts. Pulling up outside the Palacio Municipal, home to Montevideo’s regional government or Intendencia, the rickety carros and their drivers cause quite a stir. These clasificadores steer their carts through the streets of Montevideo, collecting rubbish from households and more often… Continue Reading ➤

Bon Appétit: Capitalism, with a Side of Fair Trade


Recognizing the “fair trade” certification symbol on a favourite supermarket food item is often cause for a mental pat-on-the-back for more ethically-minded consumers. This is because this symbol often comes along with a Fairtrade Association promise that the item in your basket has been produced with “better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair… Continue Reading ➤

Uneconomical Nomads in the Negev

Wadi al Na'am, a Bedouin Village [Source: Eliyahu Hershkovitz]

In September 2011 the Israeli government embarked on a five-year economic development programme aimed at the Bedouin: a traditionally nomadic Middle Eastern people with a significant population in the country’s Negev Desert. It claims that the Prawer-Begin Plan will raise living conditions, improve access to services, and help the long-term prospects of what has long… Continue Reading ➤