Stories by Kelly Hearn

Kelly Hearn is a correspondent to National Geographic News and The Christian Science Monitor. His work has been funded by The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and The North American Congress on Latin America. A former UPI reporter, he has published in The Nation, Grist, High Country News, The Washington Times and World Politics Watch. He is a frequent contributor to Alternet. subscribe to Kelly Hearn's feed

Posted on: Sep 28, 2011, Source: The Nation

In South America, Big Pharma takes advantage of an extreme lack of FDA oversight by conducting unwarranted, unsafe experiments on the poor.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

This time it's not Chevron in Ecuador but Occidental Petroleum in Peru. And the local community has had enough of giveaways to corporate polluters.

Posted on: May 20, 2009, Source: The Nation

Scientists fear that the TVA's plan for cleaning up its toxic sludge spill in Tennessee may do more harm than good.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2009, Source: The Nation

Third-party tests have found high levels of toxins in the river water and in private wells, while the TVA has assured residents the water is safe.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Is the crackdown on biopiracy protecting the rights of indigenous people or putting the freeze on beneficial science?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Sonia Shah's new exposé reveals how drug companies prey on poor people overseas by using them in tests for new -- and often dangerous -- meds.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Is the federal government so concerned about Hugo Chávez that it's questioning college professors about their ties to Venezuela?

Posted on: Mar 9, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Activists are using a 200-year-old law -- originally intended to fight piracy -- to hold human rights abusers accountable under international law.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Why are some of America's biggest technology companies helping Beijing crack down on Chinese cyberdissidents?

Posted on: Jan 25, 2006, Source: AlterNet

With a former coca farmer in charge of the country, Bolivia under Evo Morales has the power to dramatically change the U.S.-led 'War on Drugs.'

Posted on: Jan 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In the midst of an Amazonian oil boom, classified documents reveal deep links between oil companies and Ecuador's military.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

More than 2.2 million Americans are behind bars today. In an exclusive interview, Nell Bernstein talks about the illogic of incarceration and how kids pay for their parents' crimes.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

As President Bush visits Latin America this weekend, he faces local hostility about why the U.S. military has stationed soldiers in Paraguay.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The defeat of a historic referendum to ban guns in South America's largest country has the American pro-gun group's fingerprints all over it.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A coordinated campaign by conservative lawmakers and the FBI aims to label environmental protests the newest form of terrorism.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The authors of 'Selling Sickness' explain how pharmaceutical companies make everyday life into an illness. Now the backlash against Big Pharma has begun.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Hugo Chávez has responded to Pat Robertson's call to assassinate him by offering discounted heating oil and health care to poor Americans.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In 1970, Junior Allen received a life-sentence for stealing a television. He spent the next thirty-five years in prison.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A non-lethal -- but potentially harmful -- crowd control weapon that heats human skin is bound for Iraq, and possibly to a police department near you.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

On the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, groups across the country are working to reinstate suffrage for reformed criminals.