The carbon trade doesn't just fail to address climate change. In countries like Honduras, it fuels a perverse incentive structure by funneling cash to notorious human rights abusers engaged in extractive industries.
As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” are not isolated incidents, but spring from the mycelium of U.S. military culture and ideology.
As Iran's presidential election approaches with the speed of an out-of-control train, its passengers are certainly curious about who's going to be the next conductor. Yet as they take in the political infighting that so consumes the country's ruling classes, ordinary Iranians understand that one of the most salient facts of life in Iran—the international sanctions regime—will not be on the ballot.
Kurdistan has enjoyed an unprecedented level of political and economic stability since the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. Yet not all is well in Kurdistan, due in part to the dominant presence of one ruling family. Descended from a political dynasty that has built a power base over centuries of fighting, regional president Massoud Barzani has blossomed into an authoritarian ruler not unlike many whose regimes are now crumbling from the internal pressures of the Arab Spring.
Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars details the growing use of extrajudicial assassinations by the U.S. executive branch to strike at targets around the planet, without any declaration of war or meaningful congressional oversight. And it documents the human toll of such unchecked power by featuring some of the innocent victims of this global war.