US Elites Remain Incapable of Understanding China

by Pepe Escobar https://www.asiatimes.com (February 16 2019) A new report on US policy toward China launched by the Asia Society in New York is another example of how supposedly bipartisan US intellectual elites, instead of offering impartial advice, do little more than parrot Washington's talking points, failing to admit they know nothing of substance about … Continue reading US Elites Remain Incapable of Understanding China

How Western Civilisation Could Collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world's future. by Rachel Nuwer http://www.bbc.com (April 18 2017) This story is featured in BBC Future's "Best of 2017" collection. Discover more of our picks: http://www.bbc.com/future/columns/best-of-bbc-future. The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a … Continue reading How Western Civilisation Could Collapse

Carbon Dioxide Missions Fall …

in Eighteen Countries with Strong Policies, Study Finds You develop the policies, you fund them, and then you get emission decreases. by Nicole Mortillaro, Senior Reporter, Science CBC News (February 25 2019) https://i.cbc.ca/1.4171402.1498066138!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/turbine-wide-shot.jpg Countries moving away from fossil fuels and toward renewables such as solar and wind energy are finding that it's making a difference … Continue reading Carbon Dioxide Missions Fall …

Why is China Building a New Silk Road?

by Anna Bruce-Lockhart, Editor   World Economic Forum (June 26 2016)   https://assets.weforum.org/article/image/large_mtYnQK3zaxrpwV0HIjAYfxwgo9SouX5XVFHbZDEoRZA.jpg It's proved costly and controversial. So why is China reopening its trade route with the west? Image: REUTERS/Bobby Yip   China is reviving the historic Silk Road trade route that runs between its own borders and Europe. Announced in 2013 by President … Continue reading Why is China Building a New Silk Road?

The Lifespans of Ancient Civilisations

The graphic below presents a list of civilisations to compare how long they lasted. by Luke Kemp http://www.bbc.com (February 20 2019) One way to look at the rise and fall of past civilisations is to compare their longevity. This can be difficult, because there is no strict definition of civilisation, nor an overarching database of … Continue reading The Lifespans of Ancient Civilisations

Are We on the Road to Civilisation Collapse?

Studying the demise of historic civilisations can tell us how much risk we face today. Worryingly, the signs are worsening. by Luke Kemp http://www.bbc.com (February 19 2019) http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/1280_640/images/live/p0/71/40/p07140sl.jpg Abandoned statue in Syria (Credit: Getty Images) Deep Civilisation This article is part of a new BBC Future series about the long view of humanity, which aims … Continue reading Are We on the Road to Civilisation Collapse?

Get Used to It, America:

We're No Longer Number One China probably has become the world's biggest economy and will reap the benefits that once flowed to the US by Noah Smith https://www.bloomberg.com (December 18 2018) https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/i6JiNdL9_pag/v1/1800x-1.jpg Can this relationship be saved? Photographer: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images What a difference two decades makes. In 1997, China's gross domestic product was about … Continue reading Get Used to It, America:

America: “Indispensable Nation” No More

Rather than seeing "far into the future", American elites have struggled to discern what might happen next week. by Andrew J Bacevich The American Conservative (February 22 2019) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/shutterstock_626014649.jpg Credit: mark reinstein/Shutterstock "Only those of us who were born under Queen Victoria", wrote Ronald Knox, "know what it feels like to assume, without questioning, that … Continue reading America: “Indispensable Nation” No More

Russia Touts “Unlimited Range” …

... of New Nuclear Cruise Missile as INF Unravels by Tyler Durden Zero Hedge (February 17 2019) Following the dramatic US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) within the last month and amidst continuing tit-for-tat accusations between Moscow and Washington since then, which even appears to have imperiled the future of the New … Continue reading Russia Touts “Unlimited Range” …

Putin Rattles Sabre as Nuclear Pact Collapses

by Pepe Escobar Asia Times (February 22 2019) Zero Hedge (February 24 2019) https://static.asiatimes.com/uploads/2019/02/Putin-e1550828490820.jpg Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his state of the nation address in Moscow on Wednesday. Photo: AFP / Alexander Nemenov Russian President warns West that deploying missile launchers in Europe could ignite "tit for tat" response ... President Putin's state of … Continue reading Putin Rattles Sabre as Nuclear Pact Collapses