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  1. A bold foreign policy platform for the new wave of left lawmakers

    Phyllis Bennis
    15 August 2018
    Article

    Socialists and other progressives are running for U.S. office on strong domestic programs. Here’s how their foreign policy platform can be just as strong.

  2. It takes a hurricane... Puerto Rico’s yearning for energy democracy

    • Antonio Carmona Báez
    30 July 2018
    Paper

    On the evening of 22 January 2018, the Governor of Puerto Rico announced the complete privatisation of the island’s power utility. The public statement came four months after hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated the archipelago leaving thousands of people homeless or dead and over 40 percent of the population without access to electricity and running water. Puerto Rico’s energy system was crumbling long before the tropical weather systems of September 2017 hit the archipelago. The hurricanes only laid bare the unsustainable conditions of the extremely expensive and fossil fuel-generated electrical power regime.

  3. Farmer & non-farmer responsibility to each other: notes on the tensions of US agricultural governance

    • Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    "If farmers expect society to help protect them against the crushing effect of surpluses, they must be prepared to protect society by working out permanent arrangements for storing of reserve food supplies. Both farmers and non-farmers have a responsibility to each other, and any dodging of this responsibility by either group is likely to end in disaster.” Former US secretary of agriculture Henry A. Wallace

  4. Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: Fertile soil for authoritarian populism

    • Marc Edelman
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What is the toll of downward mobility in rural and smalltown America?

  5. Agricultural livelihoods and voting patterns in a rural, southern state

    • Rebecca Shelton
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How can we support cross-cultural empathy and an improved understanding of the unique and diverse contexts from which support for authoritarian populism is gained?
  6. Boomtown poison: Political culture under the shadow of lead poisoning in West Texas

    • Riad Azar
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How is political culture produced and contested in a small working-class community in rural Texas?

  7. Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the Trump vote

    • Adam Jadhav
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How does the sense of collective devastation resulting from changes in upper Midwest farming communities contribute to a political “empathy wall”?
  8. Nostalgia and precarious placemaking in southern poultry worlds: Immigration, labour, and community building in rural northern Alabama

    • Brian Walter
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How do white and Latinx community members in a rural Alabama town manage the tension between national and local, past and present discourses around race, community and belonging?

  9. Revisiting power and powerlessness: Speculating West Virginia’s energy future and the externalities of the socioecologial fix

    • Dylan M. Harris, James McCarthy
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    Is external investment and dispossession in Appalachia a result of China's ‘socioecological fix’ to climatically precarious capitalist development?

  10. People and places left behind: Work, culture and politics in the rural United States

    • Cynthia M. Duncan, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How does looking at the rural U.S. from a "three rural americas" perspective helps provide a more nuanced framework for understanding the role of rural residents in current national politics, and especially in the last election?
  11. How climate change denial threatens national security

    Nick Buxton
    18 July 2017
    In the media

    There's a danger to leaving the military to address the threats from climate change.

  12. Interview: Keynesianism and the great recession

    Walden Bello
    02 March 2017
    Article

    Keynesianism offered important tools for overcoming the economic crisis, but its application by Obama's government was too half-hearted and misdirected (going to banks rather than households) to effectively reduce the recession. Clinton paid the price.

  13. Keynesianism in the Great Recession

    • Walden Bello
    22 February 2017
    Paper

    The derailment of progressive Keynesianism by Obama’s conservative, technocratic Keynesianism resulted in a protracted recovery, continuing high unemployment, millions of foreclosed or bankrupt households fending for themselves, and more scandals in a Wall Street where nothing had changed. Obama did not pay for this tragic outcome in 2012, but Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

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    US National Security Policy for Climate Change Seeks Security for Corporate-Controlled Assets

    Nick Buxton
    06 October 2016
    Article

    Nick Buxton, co-editor of 'The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate Changed World,' says the military's prime concern is the continuation of its global imperial footprint

  15. Securing whose future? Militarism in an age of climate crisis

    Nick Buxton
    11 May 2016
    Article

    How is the US military seeking to address climate change and what are its implications for environmental and social justice?

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    The tyranny of global finance

    • Walden Bello
    19 January 2016
    Report

    Against all expectations, financial capital has emerged even stronger after the financial crisis having staved off regulation and putting the blame on public spending. But its victory is likely a pyrrhic one as a new crisis looms, one in which the global public could learn from victories such as reforms in Iceland and finally reassert its control over money.

  17. The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in the U.S.

    22 November 2015 - Event

    While recent polls have shown global public opinion turning sharply against Israeli policy, public support for Israel in the U.S. has held firm, "The Occupation of the American Mind" looks at the information wars Israel and its supporters have been waging in the U.S. for decades.

  18. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shaking hands with Pinochet in 1976

    TNI and IPS applaud declassification of Letelier-Moffitt assassination case documents

    Transnational Institute
    08 October 2015
    Press release

    The Institute for Policy Studies and Transnational Institute applaud the U.S. Department of State for finally declassifying documents related to the 1976 assassination of two IPS colleagues by agents of the Chilean dictatorship and call for the remaining ones to be declassified.

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    What options are there to respond to ISIS?

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 September 2015
    Multi-media

    The brutality of ISIS has led many to argue that only military action can stop them. Phyllis Bennis, fellow of Transnational Institute and a long-term observer and analyst of US foreign policy in the Middle East, argues that US occupation and military action was the principal cause of ISIS rise and therefore cannot be the solution. She outlines alternative options for constraining the advance of ISIS and bringing peace back to the troubled countries of Iraq and Syria. See also Phyllis' primer, Understanding ISIS and the new global war on terror

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