Tag Archives: agriculture

Saturday Interesting Links

  • Transcript of a lecture at the International Institute for Social Studies on current dynamics in global agrarian movements and scholar-activism
  • NPR interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen on a variety of topics related to Vietnamese-America and its history, politics, and culture
  • Article on the expanding use of private contractors at the frontlines of America’s ongoing military operations
  • Essay by a former “Design Ethicist” at Google on the ways that tech companies (typically, social media sites) exploit psychological weaknesses to encourage addiction

Friday Interesting Links

  • Op-ed on radical left politics in the West in 2015, via Vice News
  • In-depth piece from Washington Post Donald Trump and a resurgent/resurrected white supremacist movement
  •  Older piece from this summer from Der Spiegel on the secular/Ba’athist core of ISIS

Friday Interesting Links

  • Some on-the-ground reporting on tensions and problems within the Kurdish-lead Syrian Democratic Forces, via The New York Times

Sunday Interesting Links

  • A new gun uses targeted radio waves to disable drones

Tuesday Interesting Links

  • Part one and part two of a two-part series from Al Jazeera on Canada, indigenous environmentalism, oil pipelines, and state surveillance.  The escalation of anti-carbon militancy in Canada is very interesting and points to possible forms of transnational/transregional solidarity around capitalist logistics infrastructure, as I’ve discussed here
  • Musings on whether development economics has become divorced from on-the-ground empirical realities
  • Ultra-poverty in America is rising: “The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation.”

Saturday Interesting Links

  • Pinoy Weekly columnist and activist Teo S. Marasigan writes a quick but exhaustive rebuttal of the essay on the Philippine Left and revolutionary movement that came out in Jacobin Magazine’s website.”
  • A brief survey by two University of California professors on scholarship around effective counter-insurgency strategies
  • The Bail Trap–“Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.”

Sunday Interesting Links

  • [PDF] Research paper on the use of slaves as debt collateral and how this drove entrepreneurship in pre-Civil War Maryland (found via Marginal Revolution)