Collateral Damage: The Iraqi People (Bad Dog! Publishing, 2003), coauthored with George Sapio; photographs by George Sapio
Selected Recent Magazine & Online Writing
Why I Don't Want You As My Facebook Friend. The latest U.S.
massacre -- this one in Orlando targeting Pride Month celebrants at a
gay and lesbian club -- has more than one perpetrator, argues
journalist, educator, and activist Maura Stephens. And some of them
might be your Facebook friends. Time to start "unfriending." Five Major Pipeline Ruptures in January 2015. "Maura Stephens
created a factual companion narrative (and commentary) providing
background information on each of the incidents. She also shows how this
3-minute montage [from The Rachel Maddow Show] may be used as an organizing tool."
(from Protecting Our Waters)
Big One Down! But More to Go . . . The Coalition to Protect New York celebrates the state "ban" on fracking, but knows it's only a small victory. The fossil fuel threat, with massive infrastructure buildout, continues. (with CPNY) American Lung Association Contradicts Its Own Mission. The ALA acknowledged that fracking causes
massive amounts of cancer-causing air pollution. But, after receiving hefty donations from a fracking
company, it switched to falsely promoting gas as "cleaner than
other fossil fuels." (with asthma and allergy physician Ronald Saff, MD) Walmart's Not the Bargain You Might Think It Is. People flock to the megacorporate store for perceived bargains and convenience. Here are some facts that might keep them from adding their hard-earned cash to the profits of a company that's squashing lives and worker rights worldwide.
Columns in No Frack Almanac (PDFs), 2012-13:
Antifracktivists Arrested at Seneca Lake Protest
. Jeremy Alderson, Gary Judsen, and Susan Walker are arrested as 20 protesters block access to a hideous compressor station run by Inergy, Inc., that threatens this jewel of the Finger Lakes -- a region known for wineries, organic farms, outdoor pursuits, and breathtaking scenery.
More Media Madness--This Time It's CBS. An egregiously poor "journalism" piece on fracking and New York State by CBS attempts to make even a brilliant scientist and luminous advocate for environmental sensibility look bad.This is slimy and shameful, CBS. Governor Cuomo: Protecting Us from Bath Salts, but Not from Fracking? New York becomes the 34th or 35th state to ban bath salts. Fine, but what are Cuomo (and other governors) thinking when they allow fracking, the chemicals and other dangers of which harm many more people than this designer drug -- and will leave permanent and irremediable damage to our one and only environment? Fracking Bans That Can Stand. In a resounding win for activists, two different state Supreme Court
justices have upheld fracking bans in two different New York towns. Gasland Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested at House Hearing. Perhaps the ejection of Josh Fox from "Our" House will help wake up the somnalent among the U.S. public to how much this nation has become
entrenched in oligarchy, and spur people to read about ALEC and how corporations in bed with corrupt politicians are adversely affecting every aspect of our lives. The American Lung Association in Bed with a Big Polluter. For shame on the ALA for its greed and stupidity in partnering with Encana Oil & Gas. Would it take money from RJ Reynolds? This is what happens when NGOs that started out with good intentions grow so big they lose sight of their original vision and
mission. DEC: Inergy LPG Storage in Salt Caverns Is Insane. Say No. Today was the deadline to comment to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on the proposed Inergy, Corp. liquefied petroleum gas storage in salt caverns on beautiful Seneca Lake. I was not as polite as most of those who wrote. Meet the Gas Geezers. As 10,000 energetic, bright young people are converging on Washington, DC, for PowerShift 2011, a geezer* is waging an all-out assault on their future.
*Note: I am using the word “geezer” here as a pejorative, although I
have nothing against elders, have loved and still love quite a few of
them, and am well on the way to becoming one myself.
Part I: Why
Did Gov. Cuomo Establish the Hydrofracking Advisory
Part II: How Appointed "Environmentalist"
Organization Representatives Betray, Not
Represent the Antifracking Movement
Part III: Conclusions and
It's Alive: The Science-Influenced Art of Jon Karafin. Growth, evolution, energy, response, reproduction, order, and
the seven requisites for life, as well as specific
were the inspiration for a
25-foot-by-35-foot living scientific sculpture. It's Getting Hot Out Here, on what the G8 should be doing about climate change, from the Women Making a Difference OpenSummit blog on the occasion of the G8 Summit 2007, to which Maura and 31 women from around the were invited to contribute. Lessons Learned. Our editor, Maura Stephens, comes from a family of folks who reduced and reused — call them early sustainability advocates. A Sustainability Primer. Ithaca College takes a leading role in incorporating sustainability in its operations and curriculum. What's it all about? Ireland's prosperity trap. A booming economy is no cause for complacency; now more than ever
Ireland must look after its natural and material wealth, its citizens, & its democracy. Prosperity shock. Wealthy now after decades of hardship, Ireland seems to have what most
countries dream of. But Maura Stephens, measuring the changes she has
seen over many years, has a warning for
To lose a child. Bereaved parents around the world face the greatest grief known to our
species. Nothing can diminish their loss, but Maura Stephens suggests
that perhaps there are some healing ways to channel it.
Why torture is OK. How can a “civilised society” tolerate the inhumane treatment endured
by the people in Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay and other American prisons?
The heart of Burma. A small, determined group of exiled Burmese activists are sacrificing
their personal lives to free their leader and their country, reports
Maura Stephens. Broken links in Iraq.How can western citizens aid people in shattered post-war Iraq? In her
first monthly openDemocracy column, Maura Stephens tells a story of
fragile solidarity. To Iraqi friends. For this American writer in Amman, Jordan, the nearness of
Baghdad evokes an intense longing to return. But she cannot. Letter from Baghdad. On
our last day in Iraq, people say farewell and ask us to take their
photographs. They think it will help if Americans see their faces, that
maybe then they won't drop the bombs.
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