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Nuclear Warning: A Scientist in Distress

Nuclear Warning: A Scientist in Distress

Underground tank farm with 12 of the site's 177 waste storage tanks, photo United States Department of Energy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, two US teams visited Russia to study Mayak, focusing on the Soviet's 1957 nuclear accident as well as on waste impacts on...

Plantation

This story is an excerpt from Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope (2020) by James Henry Harris, a reverend and Distinguished Professor and Chair of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Virginia Union University. His latest book is N: My Encounter with Racism and...

Not-so “Semi-” Fascism and its Bourgeois-Democratic Enablers

There’s Nothing “Semi-” About It The term “semi-fascism” has entered US American political discourse courtesy of Joe Biden two Thursdays ago. “What we’re seeing now,” Biden told Democratic donors in Maryland on the evening of August 25th, “is either the beginning or...

How Bad Can It Get?

How bad can it (climate change) get? The sky’s the limit! No pun intended. Still, the general public is tired of negative articles about climate change. It turns them off. Climate change is impossible to deal with. It’s too much; it’s too negative! As a result,...

Maybe Civilization Was a Mistake, After All

Civilization was possibly a mistake. It led to capitalism five hundred years ago, and that was unquestionably, absolutely a mistake. Capitalism now consumes the planet. It expands like a metastasizing cancer over the face of the earth, heating the atmosphere to...

Under Attack: Tenure and Academic Freedom

Ten months before Pamela Whitten arrived in Bloomington, the University System of Georgia (USG), which includes Kennesaw State, launched a controversial process that ultimately made the state system the first in the nation to gut the tenure process. Kathy Schwaig, who...

America’s Exploitation of Gorbachev

There was no leader in the twentieth century who did more to end the Cold War, the over-militarization of his country, and the reliance on nuclear weaponry than Mikhail S. Gorbachev.  At home, there was no leader in a thousand years of Russian history who did more to...

Roaming Charges: Losing It

The scale of the destruction defies the imagination. There are images and maps. But still you can’t quite wrap your mind around it. With reason. We’ve never seen anything like this. Never experienced it. Heard stories about it. There’s nothing to compare it to, not...

Remembering the Sabra Shatila Massacre, Forty Years Later

Forty years ago, during the week of September 12, we were working in a Palestine Red Crescent Society facility, Gaza Hospital, in Sabra Shatila camp in West Beirut. As health care workers, we were trying to heal the wounds and repair the mutilated and destroyed bodies...