Stories by Michael Blanding

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Posted on: Oct 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The bottled water industry is on the defensive as restaurant owners and cities are canceling their bottled water contracts and advocating for tap.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The corporations that sell bottled water are depleting natural resources, jacking up prices, and lying when they tell you their water is purer and tastes better than the stuff that comes out of the tap.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2006, Source: The Nation

The softdrink giant's abysmal human rights record is finally catching up with it.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Soda has already been linked with weight gain and cavities; now the FDA admits that some popular soft drinks could contain a carcinogen. Will the fizz finally go flat?

Posted on: Feb 22, 2006, Source: The Nation

Last month's World Social Forum in Caracas came at a heady time for the newly ascendent populist left in Latin America.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

For Craig and Cindy Corrie, the death of their daughter in Israel was the start of a new mission in life: continuing her campaign for human rights in Palestine.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

With a proposed ballot initiative to prevent the deployment of Massachusetts National Guard troops to Iraq, a new coalition hopes to hold a national referendum on the war.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

We, the depraved citizens of Boston, would like to thank Sen. Santorum for recognizing our city as the modern-day Gomorrah that it is, and pointing out all the ways that Boston has led to the moral decline of the nation.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Sixty percent of the public now wants the troops out of Iraq, and even some traditional conservatives are calling for withdrawal. So why is the former anti-war firebrand mum on the topic?

Posted on: Jun 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Army's lavish 230th birthday celebration looked like a thinly veiled attempt to recruit more bodies during a time when Americans are increasingly viewing the Iraq war as a mistake.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

At minimum, a true "culture of life" would support these ten positions.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

While the official inaugural provided the fantasy of a coronation, thousands of protesters provided a reality check.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Police precautions in Boston have protesters behind chain-link fences and barbed wire – just like in prison.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Even though police in Boston are working to accommodate protesters during the Democratic convention, there are signs that officers are planning for mass arrests.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2004, Source: The Nation

Progressive activists at the Democratic convention are faced with the question of whether to protest or just talk about their issues.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

A weekend trip to the "world capital of peace" brings exuberant relief for two Americans and a sad recognition of the climate of fear back home.