• Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

    By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout | News Analysis

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    For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known.

  • The "Liberal" Ivory Tower Often Discriminates Against Women of Color

    The "Liberal" Ivory Tower Often Discriminates Against Women of Color

    By Carmen G. Gonzalez and Angela P. Harris, Utah State University Press | Book Excerpt

    Women of color too frequently find themselves "presumed incompetent" as scholars, teachers and participants in academic governance. The essays collected in this volume examine the ways that higher education reflects and reproduces - yet also sometimes subverts - the social hierarchies that pervade American society, including race, gender, class and sexuality.

  • A Fracking Boondoggle

    A Fracking Boondoggle

    By Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, OtherWords | Op-Ed

    A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the New York state border. Unbeknownst to her, energy companies had started ramping up natural gas drilling operations near her home. When WPX Energy opened up two fracking wells near her property, Tammy noticed that something was very wrong in her household.... Manning soon noticed that her granddaughter was waking up several times a week vomiting.