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This is the ninth installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, and Part VIII.

A small Nordic country, Finland tops world rankings for safety and stability, as well as protections of fundamental human rights. It has the second lowest poverty rate among OECD countries after Denmark, and the most literate population who are also the happiest and enjoy the best well-being. …

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This is the eighth installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI and Part VII.

“What we need from you is to support one another. Go home tonight and check in on your neighbours. Start a phone tree with your street. Plan how you’ll keep in touch with one another. We will get through this together, but only if we stick together. …

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This is the seventh installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V and Part VI.

The year 2020 has caused many white people to realize we live in a racist system — something known for centuries by those who have been brutalized by it. The Green New Deal is about systemic change for all, and deconstructing racism must be front and central in this agenda.

“Why are people so quick to assume that locking away an increasingly large proportion of the U.S…

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This is the sixth installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV and Part V.

Corporations destroying the planet are receiving billions in bailouts and other government support in response to COVID-19’s economic fallout. For instance, $159 billion was given worldwide to the biggest oil companies in the first seven months of this year.

This money could go to renewable energy projects instead. Rather than using the pandemic as an excuse to roll back environmental protections — for instance, through Donald Trump’s attack

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The world has lost an incredible thinker and doer. I have lost an amazing friend. A void exists where before it was filled with David’s optimism, humour and joy.

In early 2014, I first met David in a London pub with two mutual friends. We were planning a small occupation demanding universally free education in an abandoned building near Bloomsbury, and to host a week of skill shares and events. After the pub, the four of us walked into the winter evening, and David began describing one of the abandoned building’s owners.

Appearing from nowhere, an over-friendly security guard told…

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This is the fifth installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.

As November nears, Trump and his allies still argue we cannot afford a Green New Deal. But this — often global — debate about affordability neglects how generously governments around the world are bailing out companies, including oil and other high carbon industries, during the Covid-19 pandemic. To win the Green New Deal argument, advocates must show how these bailouts could be redirected. …

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This is the fourth installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I, Part II and Part III.

Britain’s fast approaching General Election on Dec. 12 represents a life or death decision for the country’s two major parties — and, of significant more consequence, for the planet. Voters can back Labour’s Green New Deal and act on the climate emergency, or they can elect the Conservative Party pushing an ever more destructive form of capitalism.

Discussing extending the Green New Deal to deal with the world’s multiple crises is academic unless…

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This is the third installment in a series about extending the Green New Deal to confront multiple global crises. Read Part I about tackling environmental racism and Part II about beating the far-right.

Turkey’s attack on the Rojava region of Syria demonstrates the atrocious nature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime. Despite its increasing authoritarianism, Turkey is a NATO member and ally to the US and EU. Since 2018, it has committed war crimes in Rojava’s Afrin canton, using napalm and cluster bombs.

A catalogue of evidence shows Turkey supports ISIS, including its recruitment of ex-ISIS and Al Qaeda fighters

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Something becomes clear after traveling overland across Europe. From northern Norway to southern Spain, you see numerous unused and derelict buildings, particularly in small towns and rural areas. Hitching a lift earlier this summer to Poland’s first climate camp, located in the country’s center, I was struck by the scene of abandoned buildings that included petrol stations, factories, farm buildings and so on.

On one hand, I saw ruin. …

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Thirty-five climate defenders peacefully stormed the Kopalnia Tomisławice open-pit coal mine earlier this month in Poland. It was the first mass climate direct action in the country against a lignite coal mine, the dirtiest form of coal, and it elicited a strong response from police, who used tear gas and beat activists with batons. One eco-defender had her collar bone broken.

The direct action was launched from Obóz dla Klimatu, or Climate Camp, the latest in a broadening network of climate actions happening across Europe. At the week-long camp, Polish climate activism could be seen translating into pan-European direct action…

Steve Rushton

Freelance journalist focused on political alternatives, universal rights and ecological survival

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