Members of the Republican Guards stand in line at a barricade blocking protesters supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near a Republican Guards headquarters in Cairo on July 9, 2013. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
This week: Malaysia’s resource curse, racial indicators for breast cancer survival, and the destructive constellaton of defense contractors and diplomats in post-revolutionary Egypt.
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“Climate change slowdown is due to warming of deep oceans, say scientists,” by Fiona Harvey. The Guardian, July 22, 2013.
Few climate change-denying arguments are more frustrating than the simplified narrative of “It’s colder, therefore it’s not happening.” This article notes that although warming has slowed of late, it’s likely because deep oceans are absorbing heat, not because climate change has suddenly stopped. A warming ocean brings up a whole host of environmental problems—thermal expansion and decimated marine life habitats, to name a few—and the point that temporarily slowed warming is expected by climate scientists, and in fact built into many models, is an important one.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the “War on Terror” and the Middle East.
“Transforming Pornography: Black Porn for Black Women,” by Sinnamon Love. Guernica, February 15, 2013.
African-American porn star and adult film director Sinnamon Love strives to be a voice of sex-positive black feminism. Through her work she hopes to help transform the porn industry into a space where black women can take charge of their own sexuality. Love is not alone. Other female directors and performers are also challenging traditional portrayals and stereotypes of women of color in porn, carving out a space at the unlikely crossroads of feminism, pornography and race.
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“‘Sometimes We Had A Brick’ An Interview With Former SHAC 7 Prisoners Jake Conroy And Josh Harper,” by Mike Klepfer. The Portland Radicle, July 22, 2013.
Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty was an animal rights activism group that ran a divestment campaign against Huntington Life Sciences, which tested products on animals for corporations like Procter & Gamble. They would attempt to get businesses with financial ties to HLS to quit working with them, which was often easy to do when a company had no large needs or interests directly related to animal testing. But as part of the ongoing Green Scare, the SHAC 7 ended up in prison via the Animal Enterprise Protection Act—a precursor to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The SHAC 7 did not engage in terrorist activity or property damage, but ran a website that appeared to encourage it. The website posted personal information of HLS executives and employees. Activists—who were not directly connected to SHAC—would utilize this information and engage in acts of like mass phone calls, hacking computers, gluing ATMs, breaking windows and more. This is an interview with two of the members of the SHAC 7 reflecting on their time in prison.