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Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines
by Fabien Tepper
Thousands of people are sleeping in a public park to protest the actions of the Turkish government. Check out this photo essay for a view of daily life, music, and politics inside Turkey’s homegrown occupation.
Pro-Fracking Greens Called Out in Ecologist’s New Manifesto Pro-Fracking Greens Called Out in Ecologist’s New Manifesto
by Jeff Biggers
In a statement, ecologist Sandra Steingraber denounced Illinois’ new fracking regulations and described the need for a movement dedicated to abolishing fracking nationwide.
YES! Magazine Wins Top Award in Independent Media YES! Magazine Wins Top Award in Independent Media
2013 Utne Media Award is a win for solutions journalism.
Why the Future of Journalism Is in the Story of Solutions Why the Future of Journalism Is in the Story of Solutions
by Fran Korten
Taken all together, the practical actions YES! Magazine features reveal large societal shifts that hold the potential for a better world.
Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy
by Neal Gorenflo
Back in the ’90s, people thought the Internet was going to open up a zone of perfect cyber-freedom. It didn’t work out that way. But the Internet’s real significance may be found elsewhere: in a growing sector of the economy based around peer-to-peer sharing networks.
Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
by Christa Hillstrom
What we still have to learn from the world’s favorite riot grrrls.
Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
by Robert Jensen
Feeling anxious about life in a broken economy on a strained planet? Turn despair into action.
March Against Monsanto: Saturday’s Fight for Food Freedom Spreads to 36 Countries March Against Monsanto: Saturday’s Fight for Food Freedom Spreads to 36 Countries
by Ken Butigan
This weekend, people in 250 cities on 6 continents will march against meddling in the global food supply by Monsanto—the company that brought us Agent Orange, Dioxin, PCBs, and the bovine growth hormone.
For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More is the latest incarnation of an age-old movement for life that doesn't depend on infinite extraction and growth. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated groups from Canada to South America are exchanging resources and support like never before.
How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World
by Valerie Schloredt
“Band of Sisters” shows why a humble group of women fell under Vatican investigation for seeing the causes—not just the symptoms—of injustice.
Georgia Professors Teach Undocumented Students—for Free Georgia Professors Teach Undocumented Students—for Free
by Chris Francis
Georgia is one of three states that exclude undocumented students from full access to higher education. "Freedom University" operates on the principle that “you can stop me from going to a UGA classroom, but you can’t stop a UGA professor from teaching me.”
Will the 99% Outbid the Billionaires Trying to Buy the LA Times? Will the 99% Outbid the Billionaires Trying to Buy the LA Times?
by YES! online staff
A new player has joined the high-stakes bidding war over the Tribune Company, which owns some of America’s largest newspapers: the people of the United States.
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination? Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination?
by Peter Pearsall
As oil and gas get harder to find, the industry is drilling in suburbia—and the neighbors aren’t pleased.
The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits? The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayes
There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
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