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  • Autumnwood: A Community Living in Toxic Fear and Uncertainty

    By Daniel Ross, Truthout | Report

    Amaryllis Court, in Autumnwood. (Photo: Daniel Ross)Amaryllis Court, in Autumnwood. (Photo: Daniel Ross)

    Autumnwood is a show-home suburbia of stucco fronts and primly kept lawns nestled in the heart of Wildomar, California, about an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles. Tranquil, sleepy, Autumnwood could be a poster-child for any modern housing tract. But beneath the façade, Autumnwood is a community riven by a fear held by many that the land on which the houses were built is contaminated with toxic chemicals. And despite the findings of two separate governmental agencies, more questions continue to be raised than have thus far been answered.

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  • Arundhati Roy: Is India on a Totalitarian Path?

    Arundhati Roy: Is India on a Totalitarian Path?

    By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now! | Video Interview

    As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote, and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors - and one of its fiercest critics - Roy is out with a new book, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, which dives into India’s transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation.

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  • Markets Are the Problem (Not the Solution)

    Markets Are the Problem (Not the Solution)

    By Michael D. Yates, Truthout | Op-Ed

    A recent op-ed in The New York Times described the construction of "the mother of all luxury property developments" on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, complete with branches of famous museums and a university. As might be expected, underlying this monument to excess is an army of laborers from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. These desperate souls arrive heavily indebted to recruiters and those who pay their passage, only to be brutally exploited by sponsoring employers, who confiscate their passports.

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