Articles written by: Mickey 5

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

To defuse a public perception problem, you can go in two directions. Either say the situation is so complicated that there’s no clear right and wrong, or simplify it by using one aspect of the situation that you can spin […]

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Workers of the World Free Market

Workers of the World Free Market

Today is the anniversary of the greatest tragedy ever to hit the garment industry anywhere in the world. On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 workers at a large garment-factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, perished after the structure collapsed. Many […]

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Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington enjoy seeing street rallies against Venezuela’s government – in much the same way donkey and elephant party supporters enjoyed seeing Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych driven from office. It is notable, however, that in both […]

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They’re Watching, No Matter Where You Are

They’re Watching, No Matter Where You Are

Some people say it’s no big thing that the state is spying on its own citizens. If you’re not doing anything wrong, who cares? Riiiiight? Wrong. Because that watching, monitoring, surveillance, spying or whatever you wanna call it can be […]

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Spot the Oppressor, Side with the Oppressed

Spot the Oppressor, Side with the Oppressed

A departed acquaintance had a great way of cutting through the BS when discussing matters of social justice and inequality. Doug (that was his name) would stop, look the equivocating dude in the eye, and say: “Who is the oppressor […]

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In His Own Words: Neil Young on Oil, Integrity, Indigenous Peoples and Future

In His Own Words: Neil Young on Oil, Integrity, Indigenous Peoples and Future

You could say the situation in northeast Alberta, where oil companies are at odds with indigenous peoples and environmentalists, is complex. You wouldn’t be wrong. But there’s more. Shell, Syncrude, Chevron and many other corporations are extracting enormous volumes of […]

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Climate Change is a Moving Issue

Climate Change is a Moving Issue

A man from the Pacific nation of Kiribati made the news worldwide this year with his application for refugee status in New Zealand. He got more attention than your average refugee applicant because he claimed to be a climate refugee. […]

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Outrageous! Gold Mining Company Sues Costa Rica for $1B

Outrageous! Gold Mining Company Sues Costa Rica for $1B

For the last few decades, governments have willingly transferred increasing portions of the state’s power to transnational corporations. This has been done via “trade deals” and “investors’ rights,” and the process has been so gradual and artful that (in the […]

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“Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

“Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

Most of us won’t live years past 90 as Nelson Mandela did, and few of us will die having accomplished as much as the great South African leader. Still, his death at age 95 comes as very sad news. A speech […]

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Make the Eco-Jerks Pay, Then Make ‘Em Pay Some More

Make the Eco-Jerks Pay, Then Make ‘Em Pay Some More

The loathsome arrogance of Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, displays itself in many ways: his refusal to resign, his bullying, his duplicity, etc. But for my money the most loathsome thing about Ford may well be his means of getting […]

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