Experiments with truth: 5/20/11

    • Ugandans are taking to the streets to protest rising fuel and food prices and rapid inflation in the so-called Walk to Work protests, named after a handful of opposition leaders who were arrested back in April as they walked to work in solidarity with those who can no longer afford to take public transportation.
    • Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute held a second graduation ceremony on Saturday to protest the school’s choice of commencement speaker, ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, whose company they criticize for its environmental record. The “counterpoint commencement’’ featured Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute, a sustainability think tank, as its speaker.
    • Residents of North Fair Oaks, California gathered around a 65-foot-tall tree nicknamed “Granny” on Monday after learning days earlier that utility crews were planning to cut it down. They have so far managed to save a centuries-old California valley oak tree in the path of a San Francisco water pipeline.


    Recent Stories

      Imprisoned Ugandan academic urges ‘no revolution without a feminist revolution’

      October 11, 2019

      Stella Nyanzi refuses to let Ugandan women be spectators in the struggle to end a 30-year dictatorship.

      • Podcast

      Introducing a new podcast about today’s most relevant WWII rescue story

      October 8, 2019

      The little-known story of a French community that openly rejected the Nazis and saved 5,000 refugees is a model of resistance for our times.

      • Feature

      How Palestinian women successfully defended their village from demolition

      October 8, 2019

      One year after Israel gave the green light to demolish Khan al-Amar, the small Bedouin village survives thanks to a bold and creative women-led campaign.