Selected Recent Magazine and Website Writing
"Frack Attack: Fighting Back" Columns in No Frack Almanac (PDFs):
The ostensibly citizen action-oriented, anticorruption
nongovernmental organization (NGO) Common Cause appears to be helping
fossil fuel industry shareholders to “fight” Big Oil Big Gas. But it’s a
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 goes out of its way to try to make even a brilliant scientist and luminous advocate for environmental sensibility look bad.This is slimy and shameful, CBS. New York becomes 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?
A call on faculty, staff, administrators, and students to get involved, with concrete suggestions. Because to not get involved is to be complicit in our own oppression.
between Occupy and counterpart social movements on other continents. A talk written for the Asian American Heritage Conference at Northeastern Illinois University, April 12, 2012 (PDF).
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.
Fred Wilcox's book Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare
Vietnam makes people ask, "What can we do?" Here are a
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
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.
Rat Poop in the Pancakes. We might as well be feeding our kids poison if we allow fracking in our communities.
Why Are We Letting Fossil-Fuel Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Write Our Energy Policy and Push for More Dangerous Gas Drilling? Corporate tycoon Pickens, unelected to public office, has essentially written a bill to require "natural"
gas in some vehicles, even as communities across the country are
protesting the dire environmental, health, and economic impacts of drilling.
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,.
Charge to the G8: Take Serious Action on Burma and Free Aung San Suu Kyi!, selected from Maura's contributions to the Women Making a Difference OpenSummit blog on the fifth anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
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, argues Maura Stephens.
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
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
Letter to my Iraqi friends. For this American writer in Amman, Jordan, the nearness of her beloved
Baghdad evokes an intense longing to return. But she cannot. Letter from Baghdad.
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.
Academic/Scholarly Writing Samples