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PLANET  

Photo by Sarah Gilbert. Food or Ethanol? Why Farmers Shouldn’t Give in to Monocrops

Shannon Hayes   |   Jan 25, 2013

It’s a good time to be in farming if you like to grow corn. It’s a tough time if you see yourself as a steward of the land. Shannon Hayes on why growers pressured by corn-heavy markets should hold out for crops that nourish the Earth.   MORE »



Photo by Tilman Cornelius Dette. What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger

Frances Moore Lappé   |   Jan 25, 2013

Back in the ’60s, Frances Moore Lappé realized that hunger is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. Then, a collective of courageous women farmers showed her how to change that.   MORE »



Photo by NASA Goddard Center. How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action

Sarah van Gelder   |   Jan 21, 2013

Many were surprised to hear President Barack Obama take up climate change at today’s inaugural address. Here are a few ways the president can seize the moment and transform our approach to climate action.   MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE  

Photo by Ashlee Rezin. Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence

Rev. Jacqui Lewis   |   Jan 25, 2013

Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.   MORE »



Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt

Peter Dreier   |   Jan 24, 2013

Hollywood just can’t seem to tell the truth about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a fierce defender of human rights. Historian Peter Dreier steps in to set the record straight.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

Photo by Oxfam International. Europe Authorizes “Robin Hood Tax” on Financial Transactions

Sarah Anderson   |   Jan 25, 2013

Support for the tax on stocks, bonds, and derivatives was so strong among EU finance ministers that it wasn’t even necessary to take a formal vote.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

The Last of the Big Money Elections?

Peter Schurman   |   Jan 23, 2013

The movement to overturn Citizens United might just make 2012’s record election spending into the end of an era.   MORE »



Photo by Jill / Blue Moonbeam Studio. To Follow in MLK’s Footsteps, Join the Fight against Foreclosure

Lester Spence   |   Jan 21, 2013

How can today’s Civil Rights leaders follow in the tradition of MLK? Lester Spence argues that foreclosures are the issue and the church may just be the solution.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

The Recycled Orchestra: How Kids Make Music from Trash

Jan 25, 2013

Video: Living on top of a landfill, the people of Cateura, Paraguay have learned to make do with the discards of others—including the garbage they “upcycle” into musical instruments.   MORE »


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