One oil company alone - Exxon-Mobil - spent $19 million on promoting scepticism
about global warming in order to water down any legislation on carbon emissions.
A group of banks, headed by Goldman Sachs, has in a similar way fended
off tighter controls on derivatives trading, one of the main causes of
the 2008 global financial collapse.
Making the news this month
6 International Women's Day special
- women in power and a report from Gaza.
8 Choppy waters
- exploitation of Western Sahara's fish stocks.
9 Nuclear sell-out
- villagers stand firm against the Indian government.
Global economic crisis
10 The Great Rebellion
The Great Recession may have stunned the Minority World, but the Majority World has survived more or less unscathed. David Ransom investigates why, and traces the outlines of a future that might just be worth having.
17 Bomb drops on Indian countryside
India may be one of the world's current economic 'winners' but inequality is its
fastest-growing sector, reveals Jaideep Hardikar.
18 2010: the year of defiance
From Egypt to Romania, Colombia to China, resistance to 'austerity' has been raging around the world.
20 Silent Majority World no more
How have ordinary citizens in Latin America, Africa and Asia experienced the global financial crisis?
Join the Great Rebellion!
30 Is it ok for protesters to damage property?
Seasoned activists Philippe Duhamel and Merrick Godhaven go head-to-head on this divisive issue.
34 Honeybees get a helping hand
Plus: green-fingered gatherings, and the right way to dispose of mobile phones.
Junk food, human depravity and the army's carbon footprint.
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.
23 Making Waves
Interview with Parvin Ardalan who is at the heart of the struggle for women's rights in Iran.
Judge Murray Sinclair, working with Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal a century of trauma for the indigenous community.
26 Mark Engler
Overcoming empire is not a spectator sport.
Avaaz, the largest global movement on the web, is giving the world a voice.
28 Country profile: Samoa
33 Puzzle Page
36 Cartoon corner
Big Bad World, Only Planet and guest cartoonist Farid Ben Morsli from Algeria.
37 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia and the revolt that was a long time coming.
38 And finally...
Looking in from the outside of things, novelist Jackie Kay.
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