Guardian series on North Korean pop.
In Mexico, towns fight back against organized crime's increasing incursions into illegal deforestation.
Immigration is not the issue you think it is. Two interesting pieces: here and especially here (via/via). Plus, an important read on illegal immigration and the assaulted hotel housekeeper.
Political and corporate elites now publicly asserting that the ignorant huddling masses aren't sacrificing enough for the US economy and debt reduction (here and here [via]).
Stiglitz on the "Ideological Crisis of Western Capitalism."
Hungry China must reduce food production or die of thirst. See: Africa. (More on China's dire water problems - here, here, here, here, here, here, here - and limited successes [and here]).
Eating insects can reduce GHG emissions.