A few years ago, George Monbiot was persona non grata in seven countries and had a life sentence in absentia in Indonesia. He is now a bestselling author, columnist for the Guardian and Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. His books include Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain and, most recently, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order. His website, www.monbiot.com, is the world's seventh-ranked comment site and holds an archive of his articles.