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  • Bhopal’s Healing Wounds

    Those unfortunate enough to reside in the poorest areas of Bhopal continue to live a life of pain and neglect in the shadow of Union Carbides poisonous legacy, almost 26 years on from that tragic night when 27 tonnes of Methyl Isocyanate gas descended on Bhopal’s shanty-towns.

  • Exposing Canada’s Afghanistan “Mission”

    October 7 will grimly mark the eighth anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan. As the death toll mounts daily, reaching unprecedented levels this year, a sober assessment of Canada’s mission of folly is required. Exposing the crisis and corruption in Afghanistan and Canada, intellectuals James Laxer and John W. Warnock offer two scathing critiques of the war and the successive Canadian governments that poured oil on the fire. The Canadian anti-war movement is muted at best, so Laxer’s and Warnock’s latest publications must be read as a means of exposing the deadly and disgraceful policy of the Canadian government. A strengthened approach is required to end this war.

  • Japan’s Yen for Dollars

    The fall of the U.S. dollar is creating dilemmas and portending change around the world. No country has supported the dollar more steadfastly than Japan. Japanese bureaucratic elites are thus trapped between the rock of a potentially rising yen and falling exports, and the hard place of the mounting costs of their obdurate defence of the “global” currency.

  • The World’s Most Dangerous Job?

    The news of the death of 213 miners following a gas blast at a colliery in Liaoning on February 14 barely registered outside China, but it was further evidence of an ongoing tragedy, and symbolic of the enormous human cost that China is paying for its phenomenal economic growth.

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