Monthly Archives: August 2009

Keeping the Public Option in Healthcare … And, Did Cash for Clunkers Make Cents?


FireDogLake blog founder Jane Hamsher discusses strategies for keeping the public option in healthcare.  And Gwen Ottinger of the Chemical Heritage Foundation shares her critique of Cash for Clunkers, the federal program intended to replace gas-guzzlers with fuel efficient cars.

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Urban Agriculture: Sprouting Farms on Rooftops and Empty Lots


Sea Change Radio returns for a second week’s coverage of the 35th Annual Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA.) Sea Change Co-Host Bill Baue speaks with Gardening the Community (GtC) Director Ippy Amatul-Wadud and her sister Qamaria about this project of NOFA Massachusetts that teaches youth about organic farming in the city.  And he also speaks with Top Sprouts co-founders Alice Leung and Akshay Kolte about their startup company that puts greenhouses atop downtown buildings.

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The Looting of America


Sea Change Co-Host Francesca Rheannon speaks with Les Leopold about his new book, THE LOOTING OF AMERICA: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity — and What We Can Do About It. And this week’s Sea Change ViewPoint comes from Arvind Ganesan of Human Rights Watch, who brings us a commentary on a new HRW report on how oil wealth fuels corruption and human rights abuses in Equatorial Guinea.

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ViewPoint: The Looting of Equatorial Guinea

arvind_ganesan_webWellOiledIn July 2009, Human Rights Watch released a report entitled Well Oiled: Oil and Human Rights in Equatorial GuineaIn this commentary, HRW Director of Business and Human Rights Arvind Ganesan links this tiny Sub-Sahara African countries’ oil wealth to government corruption and human rights abuses. 

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Home, Home on the Web: Advancing Business & Human Rights in the Digital World


By Bill Baue of Sea Change Media

The United Nations’ 2005 appointment of Harvard Professor John Ruggie as Special Representative on Business and Human Rights shone a spotlight on the often adverse — and until then under-acknowledged — impact of corporations on human rights.  The UN gave its imprimatur, but no budget, making Prof. Ruggie’s staggering compendium of accomplishments over the past four years all the more impressive.  Invisible behind the research, stakeholder engagement, and public appearances is constant fundraising — and time stolen from his day job and family — to support his vital work.

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