Economics Archive

Mining giant suing El Salvador for right to pollute one of their last fresh water sources

In a matter of weeks, the World Bank could decide whether the tiny Central American nation of El Salvador will have to dish out millions of dollars to mining giant OceanaGold for rejecting its proposed gold mine. The $301 million lawsuit has been underway

EU dropped pesticide regulation following TTIP lobbying

The EU has made moves to regulate hormone-analogous chemicals which can lead to cancer and male infertility, but they may be shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal. A draft of the EU criteria showed

New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included

If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn your land to deserts and

8 Interesting Conspiracy Theories You’ve Never Thought Of

There are a lot of completely unfounded essentially fantasy conspiracy theories. That said there are of course real conspiracies, especially in the dimensions of personal interest. This article proposes 8 interesting conspiracy theories. Some may hold little kernels of truth, and others are simply

9 surprising industries getting super rich from mass incarceration

It’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., resulting in huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything

Discussing some actual, and some fake, risks about GMOs

My text about why GMOs are not your enemy gets a LOT of flack. Despite the fact that Exxonmobil makes literally over 10 times more money than Monsanto (or Syngenta, or Novartis), it is unable to sway the scientific consensus that the world is

FDA Silence And Censoring Costs Lives And Money

The Food And Drug Administration is in charge of inspecting the safety of, as the name implies, food and drugs, in the United States. It’s no secret that they routine find and internally expose bad science and dangerous pharmaceuticals, but it goes all too

John Oliver Exposes Massive Philip Morris Corruption

John Oliver goes into detail about the corrupt and underhanded dealings of big tobacco, namely Philip Morris. Most widely known through their namebrand Marlboro, they also control over a dozen over smaller brands with 7 out of the top 15 international brands. Their efforts

Everything You Should, But Don’t, Know About “Free Trade”

This brilliant comic from Economix Comix really impressed me. It is 27 pictures long, but despite having a friend over for dinner, once I was linked it, I read all the way through it. I will start with a few small clips from it before laying it

Children Given Life-Long Ban On Talking About Fracking

Although gag-orders on adults are a reasonably common conditions of settlements, these recently unsealed records from 2011 show that Range Resources Corporation demanded children be banned from ever discussing fracking… and were granted this by the courts. Following contamination of the Hallowich’s 10 acre