As Lead Columnist for Truthout, I have been tasked through the years to write on all the holidays of import. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter on occasion, Mother's Day, Father's Day and once again the Fourth of July. Having been here for thirteen years, I consider the duty a full joy: It is a hell of a thing to have the privilege to write for such an extraordinary organization on such important days, and to represent in my own small way the extraordinary people I work with. I am, by nature, angry and informed at all times, even on holiday weekends. Therefore, here goes ...
Fracking is quietly expanding in Mexico, unregulated and shrouded in opacity. According to the NGO Cartocrítica, at least 924 wells have been drilled in six of the country's 32 states - including 349 in Veracruz.
Homes have been rattled and damaged to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, and worrying regulators is the stark fact that some of last month's earthquakes stretched beyond rural oilfield areas and into Oklahoma City.