Covid-19: How the meat industry became a global health liability

France 24, May 24, 2020 From South Dakota to Brazil to Germany, meat processing workers around the world have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19. Will the pandemic force us to rethink our food system? It started in South Dakota. On March 25, even as some of the biggest US cities were just going … Continue reading Covid-19: How the meat industry became a global health liability

Paris’s new public housing push aims to offset soaring rents

France 24, March 11, 2020 While cities like New York and London have let their public housing fall into disrepair, Paris is building and renovating more than ever – including in the most upscale neighbourhoods. But despite the city’s best efforts, many Paris residents are being priced out. A medieval monastery in the heart of … Continue reading Paris’s new public housing push aims to offset soaring rents

Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?

Dissent, Winter 2020 XR promised to transcend politics as we know it. Yet politics has a stubborn way of catching up with those who disavow it. Ten years ago, as world leaders headed to Copenhagen for the fifteenth annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, dignitaries hailed the event as the last chance to avert catastrophe. … Continue reading Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?

Don’t Mess With French Pensions

The Nation, December 6, 2019 Emmanuel Macron’s latest bugbear: a million angry French citizens striking against his proposed pension reforms.  After a year of protests that dragged his popularity to record lows and forced significant concessions from his government, French President Emmanuel Macron might have thought twice before staking “Act Two” of his presidency on … Continue reading Don’t Mess With French Pensions

French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works

France 24, August 31, 2019 The city of Dunkirk in northern France launched a revamped bus system last year with a twist – it’s completely free. A new study shows that the programme is not only revitalising the city center but also helping the environment. Dunkirk, which sits on the “Opal Coast” at the northernmost … Continue reading French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works

Exxon et « nous » – sur Perdre la Terre de Nathaniel Rich

AOC (Analyse Opinion Critique), 12 juin 2019 En août dernier, le New York Times Magazine consacrait l’intégralité de sa pagination à un long article signé de l’écrivain Nathaniel Rich et annoncé en lettres blanches sur fond noir : « Il y a trente ans, nous aurions pu sauver la planète. » Enrichi et transformé en livre, Perdre … Continue reading Exxon et « nous » – sur Perdre la Terre de Nathaniel Rich

French emergency room personnel walk out over a ‘healthcare system in dysfunction’

France 24, May 28, 2019 Emergency room personnel at several dozen hospitals across France staged a five-minute walkout at noon on Tuesday to protest against a lack of staffing and resources, which they say is putting them under severe strain and putting patients in danger. The French system of emergency care “has reached an unprecedented … Continue reading French emergency room personnel walk out over a ‘healthcare system in dysfunction’

Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests

Dissent, Spring 2019 Far from being anti-environment, the gilets jaunes have exposed the greenwashing of Macron’s deeply regressive economic and social agenda. I first passed the protest camp on Christmas Eve, as the sun was setting and most of the country was preparing to sit down for the holiday dinner. So were twenty-odd local gilets … Continue reading Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests

You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s | ArtSeen

Brooklyn Rail, July 24, 2018 At first glance the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s offers a familiar picture of that turbulent decade. A send-up of psychedelic art frames the entrance, with the exhibition’s title radiating outwards in playful lettering against a wash of electric orange and … Continue reading You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s | ArtSeen

Beyond “Conflict Minerals”: The Congo’s Resource Curse Lives On

Dissent, Spring 2014 “In sub-Saharan Africa,” a video at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show announces, “there is war that feeds off of global demand for electronics. The place is the DRC—the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The region is ground zero for conflict minerals.” Tech giants including Intel and Apple are now working with NGOs … Continue reading Beyond “Conflict Minerals”: The Congo’s Resource Curse Lives On