Thank God for Ode Magazine. In times like these, when the mainstream media lets us down and lets us down again, it is always refreshing to find a new voice of truth and reason in publishing. And if, as I have said, the basis of all effective dissent and action is information, Ode is required reading for any conscientious citizen.
Based in the Netherlands, Ode is a sharp and comprehensive magazine in the spirit of The Ecologist,Yes! Magazine, the Multinational Monitor,Mother Jones and other precious few alternatives. Now publishing in English, it is a vital new voice in international affairs.
The current issue contains several gems:
'Every nation needs to be disarmed' A profile of American presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who went from an obscure junior congressman to the outspoken representative of the peaceful majority;
Please help An article about Shell's deadly chemical plant in Brazil and what Shell as well as everyday citizens can do to shut it down;
Going, going, GATS A piece on the growing movement against GATS and the sell-off of public services in the global economy;
Where the sidewalk ends A story about slums (one in seven people in the world lives in one), and how residents of run-down neighborhoods are organizing for justice.