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Famine Devastates Somalia in the Shadow of U.S. Domination

Famine Devastates Somalia in the Shadow of U.S. Domination

by Michelle Chen on August 10 2011, 9:45AM

The now-famished nation has long lived with well-fed wars and an overbearing U.S. presence that has eroded the institutional foundations it purports to rescue.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Who's Grabbing Africa's Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities

Who’s Grabbing Africa’s Land? U.S. Speculators, Including Universities

by Michelle Chen on July 29 2011, 9:22AM

The financial industry has identified rich soil in poor countries. But watchdogs warn that turning Africa’s land over to the global financial marketplace will deepen an already growing food crisis.

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Why We, as Women of Color, Join the Call for Divestment From Israel

Why We, as Women of Color, Join the Call for Divestment From Israel

by Barbara Ransby on July 13 2011, 9:53AM

On the heels of a controversial new Israeli law challenging boycotts, a group of feminist women of color describe their visit to Palestine and explain their call for divestment.

Topics: Global Affairs

Violence Against Migrant Women Won't End After DSK Case

Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case

by Michelle Chen on July 12 2011, 10:06AM

From Indonesia to the Congo—and back to the U.S.—migrant laboring women are attacked systematically and with impunity.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Globe's Not Only Getting Hotter. It's More Unjust and Unstable, Too

The Globe’s Not Only Getting Hotter. It’s More Unjust and Unstable, Too

by Michelle Chen on July 6 2011, 9:32AM

Climate change is wreaking havoc on more than the environment. All over the Global South, it’s creating refugees, sparking conflict over resources and justifying repression.

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Conservatives' Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World's

Conservatives’ Seductive, Twisted Logic on the World’s “Missing” Girls

by Michelle Chen on June 30 2011, 10:47AM

Rightwing columnists say sex-selection trends prove feminism kills. The reality, of course, is that patriarchy kills women at all stages of life.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Alice Walker Doesn't Mince Words in Challenging Israeli Blockade of Gaza

Alice Walker Doesn’t Mince Words in Challenging Israeli Blockade of Gaza

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 10:35AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is set to sail to Gaza, and compares the treatment of Palestinians to her own childhood in the American South.

Topics: Global Affairs

Reviving Resistance in Palestine

Reviving Resistance in Palestine

by Michelle Chen on June 23 2011, 10:57AM

“We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?” It depends on who you ask.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices

Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices

by Isabel Macdonald on June 20 2011, 10:38AM

Bill Clinton’s marque housing initiative is illustrative of so much that’s gone wrong thus far in Haiti’s painfully slow reconstruction.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media

Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media

by Michelle Chen on June 17 2011, 10:33AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen explores the future of resistance, on and offline, with her students in the occupied territories.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice, Technology

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

by Akiba Solomon on June 16 2011, 10:00AM

There’s a historical precedent for Internet hoaxers Tom MacMaster and Bill Graber. And trust that there will be more to come.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

Javier Sicilia's Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars Photo

Javier Sicilia’s Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars

by Debbie Nathan on June 14 2011, 8:56AM

After losing his son to drug violence, a renowned Mexican artist set out on a cross-country trek to dramatize the death that our failed, militaristic response to narcotics has spawned.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

by Michelle Chen on June 2 2011, 9:25AM

The war-torn nation will allow victims of violence to petition for compensation. If the project works, it just may rewrite the rules of justice for human rights atrocities.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

North African Refugees Stuck at Intersection of Europe's Hope and Fear

North African Refugees Stuck at Intersection of Europe’s Hope and Fear

by Michelle Chen on May 16 2011, 9:43AM

Europeans cheered the prospect of democracy in the Maghreb. But the revolutions have challenged Europe’s once promising border politics.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice, Immigration

Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2011, 3:06PM

After international outcry, parliamentary session ends without a vote on the bill.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

Walkout by Female MPs Delays Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Until Friday

Walkout by Female MPs Delays Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Until Friday

by Channing Kennedy on May 11 2011, 5:32PM

LGBTQ advocates in Uganda say that hate crimes and violence against their community have increased following the bill’s introduction in 2009.

Topics: Global Affairs

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

by Michelle Chen on May 3 2011, 9:04AM

From the food industry to tea party benefactor David Koch, corporatists are hammering lawmakers to move pacts that have been stalled since the Bush era.

Topics: ALEC, Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren't Doing About It

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren’t Doing About It

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2011, 9:00AM

Rising food prices have plunged more than 44 million people in to poverty in the past year. That’s just the beginning.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

by Michelle Chen on April 18 2011, 9:27AM

On the same day this month, the president backed a Colombia pact he campaigned against, and new memos revealed how complicit Chiquita has been in anti-union violence.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

France's Anti-Muslim Burqa Ban Goes Into Effect

France’s Anti-Muslim Burqa Ban Goes Into Effect

by Asraa Mustufa on April 12 2011, 1:11PM

The move comes as several European countries and the United States use so-called “secular” traditions to scapegoat religious minorities.

Topics: Global Affairs