Capitalism: A Ghost Story – Book Review

By: Sunday May 4, 2014 1:25 pm

Arundhati Roy’s new book A Ghost Story, her fourth critical non-fiction book in as many years, is also her most dire. For Roy, capitalism is dead, but in its wake, we are left ill and robbed of our sleep.

 

Dignitary’s Maid Reveals Indignities of Domestic Work

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 7:11 pm

A certain romance colors our image of the house servant of yore. In fare from Downton Abbeyto Hollywood’s The Butler, they’re depicted as spectacles of starched traditionalism, deference and obsessive manners, even as they navigate unspoken class and racial faultlines. Though household labor has evolved from its rigid historical forms, a new chapter of the period drama for the era of globalization has emerged in New York’s rarefied diplomatic scene, with curious case of Sangeeta Richard, the domestic worker of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

GAP Responds to Racist Graffiti With Humane Awesomeness

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Having spent nearly 8 years living in New York City, I know a thing or two about spotting unfortunate DIY revisions on the movie posters and advertising campaigns that litter the walls of the city. You’d be hard pressed to find a subway platform free of hand drawn penises and mustaches and other superfluous commentary.

Often times racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive graffiti goes unnoticed which is why Gap’s recently defaced ad, and the company’s respectful response, is filling the internet with all sorts of holiday cheer.

Ignorant, Racist Americans Slam the New Miss America

By: Monday September 16, 2013 6:30 pm

Syracuse-born Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, is the first woman of Indian decent to win the Miss America crown. And because a lot of Americans are just plain stupid, ignorant morans who think Africa is a country and people with brown skin are Arabs (or here in California, “Mexicans”) there has been a twitter-shart of racist comments

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bob Harris, The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 1:59 pm

We all want to make the world a better place, right? But it’s too complicated, takes too much time, or we don’t know what we, as lone human beings, can do. The International Bank of Bob will change your mind and show you how making a $25 microcredit loan through Kiva, you – collectively with other individuals just like you – will have a major impact on the recipient of that loan.

Novartis Ruling In India Could Spark Larger Movement Against Patent Trolling

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 8:30 am

So let’s say you are a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and you have a blockbuster cancer drug. You patent the drug, make tremendous profits, but now the clock is ticking and the patent is set to expire. What do you do?

If you are Novartis and your blockbuster cancer drug is Gleevec you are going to engage in a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry – as well as other intellectual property dependent industries – known as evergreening. A few tweaks here, a few tweaks there, and voila reset the clock. The patent is back in effect and the money can keep rolling in. Why spend money on developing new drugs when you can spend just a fraction of that cost on legal bills defending your tweaked patent?

FDL Movie Night: The Revolutionary Optimists

By: Monday March 11, 2013 5:00 pm

The Revolutionary Optimists takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Kolkata (Calcutta), India where lawyer-turned-activist Amlan Ganguly has created a multi-faceted program, Prayasam, which empowers children to improve their communities. With some families working in the brickfields carrying 1500 bricks a day to earn $1.45–and many of children facing the same (lack of) employment options–Amlan creates schools and afterschool clubs that empowers the children and give them the opportunity to dream and to make those dreams into a reality.

The Surging Coal Export Industry

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:20 pm

We constantly hear Mitt Romney talk about the “war on coal,” and to the extent that exists, it’s being waged by chap natural gas which crowds out the profitability of coal extraction. However, this doesn’t mean that coal employment has decreased in the United States: in fact, West Virginia coal jobs have increased under Obama, as has coal employment nationwide.

How can this be true?

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday September 21, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/intreviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

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