This week: Tariq Ramadan calls a coup a coup, California prisoners begin a hunger strike for basic human rights, and Dinyar Godrej unpacks the exploitation of debt.
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study,” by Andrew Freedman.
Climate Central, July 8, 2013.
While it is generally agreed that climate change causes stronger cyclones, a recently released study by an MIT-based hurricane researcher predicts the storms will not only get worse, but will occur more often, too. His chilling results forecast a 40 percent rise in major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher, a bold leap against the scientific grain. The one-two-punch of more and deadlier storms could be a knockout blow for low-lying, coastal areas.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the War on Terror and the Middle East.
“Woman’s work,” by Francesca Borri. Columbia Journalism Review, July 1, 2013.
As an aspiring war reporter, I was particularly stirred by this freelancer's brutally honest account of reporting from Syria. Journalism is ruthless enough as it is; war makes it even more so. Borri gives penetrating insight into the frustration, the fear and the flimsy financial prospects that freelancers face.
…wish me luck?
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“What I learned from the Tar Sands Healing Walk,” by Emma Pullman. Rabble.ca, July 10, 2013.
The author traveled with First Nations members during the fourth annual Healing Walk last week (during the same time as an oil spill in the Athabasca River and the train disaster in Quebec). The author recites old prophecies (related to a boy who was born last Thursday) that apparently came true last week, which "signal the time to act." She relates the story of one group of Cree peoples who wanted to fight against settlers who couldn't be reasoned with. The tribal elder told them it would be futile and a losing battle, but that one day "there will be a generation of their children that will be our friends. So that's the time to stand." Amid a variety of near-constant extraction-related disasters, continued conversion of diverse cultures to consumer capitalism and looming ecological catastrophe, it is clear that day has arrived.
— Keenan Duffey focuses on Middle East national politics.
“Egypt: Coup d’État, Act II,” by Tariq Ramadan. TariqRamadan.com, July 9, 2013.