A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives
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Grandmaster of the Great Game
Obama’s Geopolitical Strategy for Containing China in deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the twenty-first century. Obama has revealed himself as one of the few US leaders since America’s rise to world power in 1898 who can play this particular great game of imperial domination with the requisite balance of vision and ruthlessness in manoeuvres that have been supple and subtle enough to have eluded contemporary observers.
Climate Change Will Cause the World’s Next Migration Crisis
the percentage of land affected by serious drought has doubled from the 1970s to the early 2000s. One third of the world appears vulnerable to further land degradation. About half of our planet’s agricultural land is moderately or severely degraded.
Zero interest rate is equivalent to saying that a hypothetical stream of income into the infinite future is all totally available today. Supply of financial capital in terms of its present value is infinite.
NOAA data show that the year-to-date land surface temperature was 1.47°C above the 20th century average on the Northern Hemisphere in 2015 compared to the 20th century average. The 20th century average was some 0.60°C higher than temperatures were at the start of the NOAA record in 1880. In other words, temperatures for most people on Earth are already 2.07°C higher than they were in 1880. 2015 is an El Niño year that is still strengthening, so 2016 could well be even warmer. A trendline that on this data points at yet another degree Celsius rise by 2030, on top of the current level that would make us 3.27°C warmer than in 1750.
Pope Francis faces challenge persuading US’s Catholic leaders on climate change
It is hard to divert leaders of the Catholic church in the US from their preoccupations with private lives – marriage, reproduction and abortion – and persuade them to take up the denunciation of capitalism and inequality
Censored: A Young Survivor Decries Handling of Tianjin Explosion
The narrative caused much discussion in Chinese social media, with over 80,000 shares, before it was deleted. The detailed essay depicts robust and generous grassroots citizen response in the wake of the explosion, while sharply criticizing the local government’s treatment of survivors and their families.