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Michael Ratner and Phil Donohue: At the Goodman Symposium

Michael Ratner joined former talk show host Phil Donohue this week at Stony Brook University’s seventh annual Goodman Symposium, to speak on terrorism, war, free speech and civil liberties today. The Goodman Symposium is held at the school each year in memory of George Goodman, a former professor of opthamology at the school, and Amy Goodman’s father.
“Guantanamo and Abu Gharib are iconic symbols of what this administration is doing,” said Ratner. “…We are now living in an outlaw state.” Ratner attributed the success of many of the ongoing policies of the Bush administration to the lack of a progressive movement to oppose those policies, closing off his speech by saying: “This is not a time to sit on our hands. It is not a time to be summer soldiers, it’s a time to be winter soldiers, and to really get out there and end torture at Guantanamo and really bring this administration down.”
Phil Donohue compared the democratic response to a deer in the headlights.


Why Title a Book “Parachuting Cats into Borneo”?

Looking for crisp, concise, and targeted advice for success? Change-management experts Axel Klimek and Alan AtKisson offer that, and more, in their new book Parachuting Cats into Borneo.The authors expose the most significant impediments—helping readers recognize their habitual patterns of thinking and perceiving a situation, critique their own beliefs regarding change, and then move beyond these […] Read More

Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More
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