Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

Coffee Crisis

“Less well-known are the damaging effects of these unequal power relations embedded in global coffee networks: threatened livelihoods, greater poverty, malnutrition, deforestation, and out-migration. A “bigger, faster, cheaper” mentality has created a dynamic that exploits the most vulnerable at the bottom of the supply chain.”-John Thackara, Worldchanging.com-Read the rest of Thackara’s “Alternative Trade Networks and […]

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Geopolitics of Food

“In the Middle East, water-poor nations are using petrol profits to buy farmland in economically depressed countries like Pakistan and Sudan. China, with its own farmland under pressure from development and pollution, is using some of its vast export income to snap up land in Africa and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Brazil — the globe’s emerging […]

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Laying Bricks to Build Social Change: An Interview with Favianna Rodriguez and Josh MacPhee

Favianna Rodriguez and Josh MacPhee’s Reproduce & Revolt highlights how artists worldwide are responding to the critical issues of our time.

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Building Libraries Around the World

“We do three things: We build schools. We establish multilingual libraries and fill them with thousands of books. And we provide long term scholarships for girls because girls are often left out of the education system. Basically, we’re a group that is committed to reaching 10 million kids across the world with the life-long gift […]

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The Right to Blog

“Many of the bloggers who gathered on 27-28 June 2008 in Budapest, Hungary for a Citizen Media Summit organised by Global Voices Online had at first glance an unlikely appearance. These representatives of a growing worldwide network of citizen journalists and digital activists looked rather studious, a touch morose, even – to many bloggers themselves […]

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Perspectives on World Refugee Day

“Over the past five years, the US has resettled just 5,000 Iraqis. Compare that to Sweden, a country of only nine million people, which resettled 18,000 Iraqis last year alone. And among the most desperate seeking asylum are those Iraqis who have been forced from their homes because they helped the US government in Iraq, […]

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Reporting from Zimbabwe

“The announcement by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that he will not contest the second round of the presidential election scheduled for 27 June 2008 comes amid increasing violence in urban areas of Zimbabwe – and signals of concern among Robert Mugabe’s erstwhile African allies at events in the country.”Jabu Shoko reports from Harare on the […]

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American Radical

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”-George Carlin-Read “George Carlin: American Radical” here.A quote from Carlin:“Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass […]

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The Weapon of Rape

“World leaders fight terrorism all the time, with summit meetings and sound bites and security initiatives. But they have studiously ignored one of the most common and brutal varieties of terrorism in the world today.”-Nicholas Kristof, Common Dreams-Read the rest of Kristof’s article “The Weapon of Rape,” which explores how rape has been used as […]

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Broken Laws, Broken Lives

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”-Maj. General Antonio […]

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What Are You Doing June 23rd?

You should check out the 2008 Personal Democracy Forum at Lincoln Center! It starts June 23 and wraps up on June 24.As PDF says:“Technology and the Internet are changing politics – now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of […]

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The Problem with Infotainment Media

“Ater airing a five-minute segment on the recent controversy surrounding racy photos of a teenage Disney star, longtime Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden left the viewing audience with these words to ponder: ‘Just another distraction to keep our minds away from the things that really matter.’ With grim resignation, McFadden did her best to project the […]

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Media That Matters

“We no longer have to rely on major corporations for things to be seen — we have Media that Matters to distribute new material and new voices and new points of view.”-Tim Robbins, Actor-Sick of mainstream media? Check out Media That Matters, a premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the […]

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"The Good Life" At Design 21

On a recent trip to New York City, I serendipitously stumbled upon the Design 21 gallery space (I’ll admit I was on my way to Fifth Avenue to check my email at the Apple store!), an organization I recently posted about. To escape the pouring rain, I entered the gallery and walked through the current […]

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We Need Spirit of ’68 Today

“There sure is a lot to protest these days: college costs too much, the dollar buys too little, we’re stuck in two wars we can’t seem to win, and the Baby Boomer Generation is also leaving it to younger generations to figure out how to fix our energy policy, Social Security, and America’s image problem […]

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