Christian Parenti, a Nation contributing editor and visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center, is the author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, June 2011).
Ahmed Rashid’s gloomy, essential account of the divisive US-Pakistan alliance.
This mega-bestseller has been attacked repeatedly since its publication forty years ago, but its warnings about the climate were alarmingly prescient.
Rodric Braithwaite, Jonathan Steele and Artemy Kalinovsky analyze the forgotten history of Afghan communism and the Soviet occupation.
The coming big storms facing our planet can only be tackled by strong governments.
From Kyrgyzstan to Kenya, from Libya to Yemen, Syria and even Egypt, violence and upheaval can be traced back to the price of a loaf of bread.
When extreme weather hits amid extreme poverty, escape becomes nearly impossible.
Some Greens have embraced nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels, but the economics just aren't there.
The 1979 partial meltdown prompted more regulations and greater enforcement. Then in the 1990s, a Republican Congress took aim.
The message out of Fukushima is clear: our own fleet of leaky old nuclear plants should be decommissioned now.
Even if reactor containment vessels hold, pools of spent fuel rods could combust and release clouds of radioactive cesium into the air—a calamity that could happen at US nuclear plants as well.