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Wednesday, 31 October


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5 reasons why Tibets melting ice is a disaster for India, Europe and US
Nihar Gokhale, Catch News
Did you know that rivers originating in Tibets glaciers supply water to 1.3 billion people? Thats equivalent to the entire population of India. But these glaciers are fast disappearing due to global warming. Tibets sustainability is crucial for sustenance of the world, but this fact is not commonly known. The glaciers are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Gulf will soon be too hot for human beings literally
A study by Jeremy S Pal and Elfatih AB Eltahir of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that human beings will not be able to survive in the Gulf just 65 years from now. Our results expose a specific regional hot spot where climate change, in the absence of significant mitigation, is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future, the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, said.

World set to use more energy for cooling than heating
The Guardian UK
The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous cold crunch, with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming. Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning alone is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100 as developing world incomes rise and urbanisation advances. Already, the US uses as much electricity to keep buildings cool as the whole of Africa uses on everything; China and India are fast catching up. By mid-century people will use more energy for cooling than heating (Also read: How America became addicted to air conditioning).

The Rapid and Startling Decline Of Worlds Vast Boreal Forests
Jim Robbins, Yale Environment 360
Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of the huge boreal forest that spans from Scandinavia to northern Canada. Unprecedented warming in the region is jeopardizing the future of a critical ecosystem that makes up nearly a third of the earths forest cover. (Also read: ...

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Sunday, 28 October


Call for Papers: Indian Society for Ecological Economics Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward


The 8th Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)



Hosted by

Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


4 6 January 2016

Rapid urbanization and industrialization-led economic growth are the quintessential features of developing country landscapes, particularly in South Asia. Urbanization brings about dramatic changes in local environments, occupying land and water bodies, creating air pollution and heat island effects. It places demands on regional resources such as water and agriculture. Urban areas and industry dump their solid waste and effluents onto peri-urban areas, remote islands or deep beneath the oceans. The growth of industry, which promises and at times provides more jobs, legitimizes this demand for resources, the creation of new slums and gentrified spaces, different gender relationships, lifestyle changes and health impacts. Urban lifestyles also set the benchmark to which others aspire, and therefore the ecological footprint they will generate.

INSEE, an association of professionals interested in issues at the interface of ecology, economy, and society, invites submissions of original papers and panels of papers addressing these concerns at its 8th Biennial Conference, which focuses onUrbanization and the Environment.

Analyses of gaps in current challenges as well as of possible ways towards more sustainable and equitable urbanization are welcome. Contributions from different interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., ecological and environmental economics, geography, political ecology, gender-environment studies, environmental governance, ecology, water and wastewater management, energy studies) are invited. Scholars include academics, students, environmental and social activists, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats: anyone engaged in rigorously exploring questions, conducting analysis and deriving lessons on these issues.

The Conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Science in the city of Bengalurubetween 16th-18th December 2018. Bengaluru, once known as Indias garden city, is one of the worlds most rapidly expanding metropolises, and a microcosm of the socio-environmental challenges and responses that urbanization and industrialization engenders.

We invite papers and panel proposals on the following sub-themes:

  • Urbanisation, Industrialization and Climate change
  • ...

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Friday, 26 October


Credit Suisse: Richest 1% own 53% of Indias wealth Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward

According to Credit Suisse, Indias wealth increased by $2.284 trillion between 2000 and 2018. Of this rise, the richest 1% has hogged 61%

Manas Chakravarty, Live Mint Graphic by Prajakta Patil/Mint

The richest 1% of Indians own 53% of the countrys wealth, according to the latest data on global wealth from Credit Suisse. The richest 5% own 68.6% of the countrys wealth, while the top 10% have 76.3%. At the other end of the pyramid, the poorer half of our countrymen jostles for 4.1% of the nations wealth. As Deng Xiaoping put it so pithily, It is glorious to be rich.

Whats more, things are getting more and more glorious for the rich. Data from Credit Suisse show that Indias richest 1% owned just 36.8% of the countrys wealth in 2000, while the share of the top 10% was 65.9%. Since then the richest have managed to steadily increase their share of the pie, as the chart shows. This happened during the years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 2000-04, during the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government backed by the Left, during the second UPA tenure and now in the first year of the Modi government; the share of the top 1% has now crossed 50%. The colour of the government has been no impediment to the steady rise in the riches of the wealthy.

The chart shows that the difference between the share of the top 1% and that of the top 10% was 29.1 percentage points in 2000, but is down to 23.3 percentage points in 2018. In other words, the top 1% is eating into the share of the next 9%. The richest are growing at the expense of the relatively well-off. Between 2010 and 2018, the share of the poorer half of the population shrank from 5.3% to 4.1%.

According to Credit Suisse, Indias wealth increased by $2.284 trillion between 2000 and 2018. Of this rise, the richest 1% has hogged 61%, while the top 10% bagged 81%. The other 90% got the leftovers.

The share of Indias richest 1% is far ahead than that of top 1% of the US, who own a mere 37.3% of the total US wealth. But Indias finest still have a long way to go before they match Russia, where the top 1% own a stupendous 70.3% of the countrys wealth.

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Wednesday, 24 October


Sagar Dhara: The climate challenge is deeper than technology Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward



Technologys role in a climate solution
If the world is to avoid severe, widespread, and irreversible [climate] impacts, carbon emissions must decrease quicklyand achieving such cuts, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, depends in part on the availability of key technologies. But arguments abound against faith in technological solutions to the climate problem. Electricity grids may be ill equipped to accommodate renewable energy produced on a massive scale. Many technological innovations touted in the past have failed to achieve practical success. Even successful technologies will do little good if they mature too late to help avert climate disaster. Below, experts from India, the United States, and Bangladesh address the following questions: To what extent can the world depend on technological innovation to address climate change? And what promising technologiesin generating, storing, and saving energy, and in storing greenhouse gases or removing them from the atmosphereshow most potential to help the world come to terms with global warming?

The challenge is deeper than technology

Sagar Dhara

Human beings habitually prioritize their own right to nature over other species rights to it; energy growth has depended on this habit.  It has also depended on private ownership of nature, which allows an investorindividual, enterprise, stateto make small energy investments that deliver large amounts of surplus energy. Surplus energy spurs human development and lifestyle changes, and the desire for development drives further energy growth.

Fossil fuels, with their high energy density, have played a major role in the human growth story. In 2012, the most recent year for which International Energy Agency figures are available, fossil fuels provided 82 percent of the worlds primary energyand they are responsible, along with land use changes, for annual emissions of about 40...

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Tuesday, 23 October


E-book: Water warriors Stories on people and their relationship with water Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward

The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India to take back ownership of their water resources.

India Water Portal

Prayers on the bank of the Kshipra

Prayers on the bank of the Kshipra

Water sustains lives and livelihoods. It is a precious and finite resource that, in future years, is likely to become the main bone of contention between peoples, states and nations. Water like every other finite resource needs sustainable and equitable management, with equal focus on reducing demand, recycling and finding alternatives, as well as the usual emphasis on supply solutions.

While alarms are regularly raised over its increasing scarcity, water is largely seen as a matter of state regulation and governance, and is affected by large-scale issues such as privatisation, industrial and human pollution, and corruption.

Water warriors Stories on people and their relationship with water presents the issue of water from the perspective of local communities, based on the premise that water is a very local issue that affects the lives of people everywhere, every day. The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India in as far off regions as Umananda island in Assam, Amatikra in Chhattisgarh, Bengaluru in Karnataka, and Dhanukshkodi in Tamil Nadu to take back ownership of their water resources.

These stories first appeared on the India Water Portal in English, Hindi and Kannada. This book showcases the best content from the Portal since its inception.

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Monday, 22 October


Series: INDCs and the road to Paris 1 Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward

(Note: Indias Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), its eagerly awaited promise of action to counter climate change ahead of the Paris climate talks this year, was released earlier this month. Starting with this one, we present a series of posts that look at whether Indias pledge is all its claimed to be. In this post, we present some of the initial coverage of the pledge that summarises its contents and a guide to understanding the importance of INDCs, apart from Indias INDC document itself)

Full text of Indias INDC

A concise summary of Indias INDCs: India Announces New Climate Targets

A primer on INDCs and what they imply, read: Adding up INDCs: what country commitments could mean for climate change


Indias INDC is fair, and its renewable energy and forestry targets are ambitious, says CSE
CSE India
Indias INDC reflects its development challenges, aspirations and the realities of climate change. Indias renewable energy target is more ambitious than that of the US. Indias emission intensity target is exactly similar to that of Chinas. About 85 per cent of countries have submitted their INDCs. Their collective pledges are not in line with keeping the world within the safe 2C temperature rise target.

 5 Key Takeaways from Indias New Climate Plan
World Resources Institute
As the worlds third-largest emitter and a country thats highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, it is encouraging to witness India invest in actions to tackle climate change while addressing critical issues such as poverty, food security and access to healthcare and education.

Indias climate pledge: keeping promises will be a tall order
Nihar Gokhale, Catch News
While it is true that much of the climate action plan depends on getting money and technology from abroad, some of the activities are urgent. Of the total cost, about $206 billion will be needed for just...

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Sunday, 21 October


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Capitalism is Mother Earths Cancer: World Peoples Summit Issues 12 Demands
Common Dreams
Decrying capitalism as a threat to life, an estimated 7,000 environmentalists, farmers, and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekends World Peoples Conference on Climate Change, aiming to elevate the demands of social movements and developing countries in the lead-up to upcoming United Nations-led climate talks. Capitalism is Mother Earths cancer, Bolivian President Evo Morales told the crowd, which also heard over the course of the three-day conference from United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as well as other Latin American leaders.

Why Earths future will depend on how we build our cities
Chris Mooney, The Washington Post
It may be the most important number on Earth: 1,000 gigatons. Thats roughly how much carbon dioxide humanity has left to emit, scientists say, in order to have a two-thirds chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature in pre-industrial times and thus, staying within what has often been deemed a safe climate threshold. A new report, though, finds that if we dont build cities more wisely, using much greener infrastructure, then they could be a crucial factor that tips the planet over the 1,000 gigaton line and indeed, that they could play this role in just five years time.

Europes greenhouse gas emissions fall to record low
The Guardian UK
Greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have plunged to the lowest level ever recorded after the EUs member states reported an estimated 23% drop in emissions between 1990 and 2014. The bloc has now overshot its target for 2020 of cutting emissions by one-fifth at the same time that its economy grew by 46%, according to the EUs climate chief, Miguel Arias Canete .

Integrated Energy Policy Formulated To Boost The Energy Sector
In order to provide a collective policy covering all sources of energy including renewable energy sources, the Government of India has formulated an Integrated Energy Policy. The said policy outlines a roadmap to develop energy supply options and in...

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Friday, 19 October


Workshop: Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Farming, Bangalore, Oct 28-30 Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward

Permaculture Patashala

When: 28-30th (Wed-Fri) Oct 2018

Where: Bhoomi Campus (Sarjapur Road) & Bhoomi Gurukul Farm, Bengaluru.
Instructor: Shri. Narsanna Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, Telangana.
Course Fees: INR 3000 to be paid to Bhoomi College.
To register: Drop a mail to OR call at +91-9449051027 (limited seats).

Course Details:
During the workshop, Shri Narsanna will elaborate on the concepts and practices of permaculture at the Bhoomi campus (Sarjapur Road). He will also accompany participants on a field trip to understand water conservation and other practices at the Bhoomi Gurukul farm, located on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

About Shri. Narsanna Koppula:
Narsanna Koppula is a Permaculture pioneer in India, campaigner of permaculture practices all over the world, nature lover, environmentalist and humanitarian working for cause of empowerment of rural communities. Forest being his first love, believes forest is the future and he spreads his message through his child Aranya Agricultural alternatives a nonprofit organization operational presently in tribal areas of Adilabad, also in backward areas of Zaheerabad, in Telangana, India. While working with grassroots level communities since almost three decades, he is committed to the vision of achieving Ecological and sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods through Permaculture, and Subsistence farming practices for healthy and non exploitative society. Watch: Video interview with Narsanna Koppula

About Aranya

Since 1999, Aranya has been empowering farming communities across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with Permaculture practices that create sustainable agricultural livelihoods. We have facilitated community participation in watershed and irrigation management, supported tribal farmers to establish and maintain perennial orchards, provided technical support for the development of Permaculture...

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Thursday, 18 October


National Geographic Special Issue on Climate Change Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward

Fresh Hope for Combating Climate Change (Introductory article)

If a climate disaster is to be averted, well have to move forward without relying as much on fossil fuels. It can be done.

Robert Kunzig, National Geographic

01-intro-2048THIS YEAR COULD BE THE TURNING POINT. Laurence Tubiana thinks so. Shes a small, elegant, white-haired woman of 63. At a press briefing in a noisy restaurant near Washingtons Capitol Hill, she apologized for being incapable of raising her voicewhich in a diplomat is no doubt an excellent quality. Tubiana is no ordinary diplomat: Shes Frances climate ambassador, charged with the greatest cat-herding project in history. For the past year and a half she has been traveling the world, meeting with negotiators from 195 countries, trying to ensure that the global climate confab in Paris this December will be a successa watershed in the struggle against climate change. This notion of a turning pointthats super important, Tubiana says.

There are at least 20 reasons to fear she will fail. Since 1992, when the worlds nations agreed at Rio de Janeiro to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system, theyve met 20 times without moving the needle on carbon emissions. In that interval weve added almost as much carbon to the atmosphere as we did in the previous century. Last year and the past decade were the warmest since temperature records began. Record-breaking heat waves are now five times as likely as they once were. A large part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, scientists reported last year, is doomed to collapsemeaning that in the coming centuries sea level will rise at least four feet and probably much more. Were already redrawing the map of the planet, especially of the zones where animals, plants, and people can live.

And yet theres also an unmistakable trace of hope in the air. A lot of it is still just talk. China and the United States, the two largest carbon emitters, have announced a deal to reduce emissions. Six European oil companies say theyd welcome a carbon tax. A giant Norwegian pension fund has pledged to stop investing in coal. And the pope has brought his immense spiritual authority to bear on the problem.

But the reasons for hope go beyond promises and declarations. In 2014 global carbon emissions from fossil-fuel burning didnt increase, even though the global economy was growing. We wont know for years if its a trend, but...

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Friday, 20 July


Interview 1372 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato The Corbett Report

[audio mp3=""][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: dark money in politics just got darker; Japan is a secret nuclear power; and DARPA wants mind control for sodiers.

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Thursday, 19 July


Europe Cringes Before Emperor Trump

Trump lectured and scolded the heads of NATO on live TV. They took the verbal thrashing like truant schoolboys. NATOs secretary general, former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who was put into office by the US, muttered a few lame excuses. Trump supporters in the US were delighted to see the snotty, godless Europeans given a good dressing down.

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Chinas Middle East Pivot has Sent Washington Packing New Eastern Outlook


Sino-Arab relations have gone a long away over recent decades, gradually evolving into a rather complex system. Of course, the rapid emergence of a new multipolar world allowed the ties between Beijing and the Middle East to get even more traction. For the longest time China has been perceived by Arab tries of the Arab region as an alternative force that has a lot of weight on the international stage, so its only logical that some of the local players are now trying to take advantage of the fact that it remains one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. In turn, Beijing recognizes these attempts and tries to use them to gain more leverage in regional affairs.

Those turbulent events that have turned the Middle East upside down in the last decade forced China into reevaluating the role this region would play in his designs, as it became imperative for Beijing to decide which local players are going to be his key partners in the region and how much effort its willing to put into supporting them.

As bilateral ties between Beijing and Washington hit an all time low, a lot of attention was to be attached to the recent eighth China-Arab Cooperation Forum, which brought together representatives of a total of 21 MENA region countries in Beijing. The fact that this event was attended by the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit transformed this meeting in a milestone event. Those attending the forum were urged to increase trade and cooperation, develop infrastructure projects, which are seem to be Beijings direct response to the trade war unleashed against it by the United States.

This war was announced by Donald Trump a short while ago, and the tensions keep rising as months go buy. Among the accusations that the White House voiced against China, the gravest one is an alleged restriction on American imports, which in Trumps mind led to a great imbalance in the trade turnover between the two countries. Attempts to negotiate the issue did not allow the sides to come to a mutually acceptable solution, which resulted in the American side imposing protective duties against a number of Chinese goods. Unsurprisingly, Beijing responded in a similar faction, by actually imposing the high import duties on hundreds of items imported from the US.

Under these conditions, Beijing chose to rely on the active development of its ties with the Arab world, especially against the backdrop of the Chinese economy experiencing an ever growing demand for massive hydrocarbon imports. Oi...


The West"s Fury and Bitterness About Russia"s Successes Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump has long expressed interest in improving ties with Russia, and the recent summit was his first real opportunity for doing so. Yet it will be difficult for this progress to have any permanence with so many in the Establishment united to undermine it.


Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show with Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump is only background noise. Our enduring national security libretto is composed by the MICC with the acquiescence of the American people. And its armored knight gratifies them as always with the vicarious thrill of power and domination.


Russia: Sovereign and Well-Protected from Financial Storms Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia has ensured that it is protected against economic trials and tribulations, financial crises, punitive measures, and other menaces.


Climb Down from the Summit of Hostile Propaganda Strategic Culture Foundation

Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans dont buy the medias bellicose spin, as Norman Solomon explains.


The Establishment Strikes Back Strategic Culture Foundation

The idea that the US government identified twelve culprits who were responsible for trying to overthrow American democracy is by any measure ludicrous, if indeed there was a major plan to disrupt the election at all.


What Is the Proper "European" Response to Immigration? Strategic Culture Foundation

Suspicion toward Brussels elitism, on the one hand, and widespread mistrust regarding the behaviour and intentions of Muslim newcomers, on the other, runs deep amidst the ranks of Central and East Europeans and their elected representatives.


The US-North Korea Conundrum. Where Does The Truth Lie?

In the ultimate analysis, North Koreas goal is to be rid of the sanctions regime imposed on it, seek a place on the international stage as a recognized world power and not a pariah state, while paying lip service to complete denuclearization.

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Donald Trump Despised by Europe, Despises Europe New Eastern Outlook


Why is Europe full of hate for Donald Trump?

Is it, perhaps, because millions could soon die in yet another of the senseless and horrible wars unleashed by the Western empire? Or is it because Europeans suddenly saw the light and realized that they mistreated billions of innocent people throughout history; that actually all people on Earth are equal and should be left alone and be allowed to live their lives as they please?

Far from that; unfortunately, very far!

Most of the Europeans simply hate Trump because he had enough of the status quo, of what could be objectively described as sneaky and sleazy games.

Mr. Trump sees collaboration with Europe as an extremely bad business.

Not that President Trump is a saint himself. Of course, he isnt. He is a businessman a very ruthless one, and in the past very daring and very successful. He has already managed to break the backs of hundreds of people, and now he would not hesitate to run hundreds of countries to the ground, if theyd dare to stand in his way. When he sees that someone is trying to take advantage of him (or of the company he was allowed to manage the United States of America), he knows perfectly well from where the stench comes, as he has been spoiling the air himself, all throughout his colorful career.


The main reason why Europeans are so disgusted with Donald Trump, is because, in their eyes, he is impolite, simply rude. He does not show any respect for the Western civilization; he simply doesnt care. He snaps at everyone Europe, Japan, China, Mexico. It is even hard to call him a racist he seems to hate everybody, sometimes at different times, or simultaneously.

The Old continent likes it dandy and smooth. It adores well-mannered people who behave, no matter what their color of the skin is, precisely like Europeans.

You see, if Mr. Trump was acting as an ordinary U.S. president from the upper class, perhaps like Mr. Obama or Bill Clinton were acting just very recently, there would be absolutely no outrage and no protests in London or Berlin. Some 10 million corpses in the Democratic Republic of Congo did not outrage European masses, as long as they got plenty of coltan for their mobile phones, and enough uranium for the NATO nukes.

Millions of corpses in Iraq, Libya and Syria it mattered very...


When did the Bill of Rights become a Bad Joke? New Eastern Outlook


Land of the Free and Home of the Brave we have all heard the words. Unfortunately, as I just discovered, they dont mean anything anymore.

Once upon a time there was a First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the one about Freedom of Speech. Then there came the Fourth, which deals with being secure in your home and your papers. But when it comes to the bigger picture of things, neither apply anymore, at least in my case.

The Fourth Amendment is not just an idea. It states in black and white:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

But it was adopted in 1792, long before the days of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act. All that stuff about Constitutional protections is now moot, a footnote in the story of when America was a free country.

Brave New World become Third World

On Friday the 13th, the date of my arrival back in the US after 15 years living in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, two uniformed Homeland Security Agents, HLS, were waiting for me at the bottom of the airport escalator. They intercepted me before I even got to passport control. They took me away and put me at the head of the passport control line, to scan me back into the US quickly, or so I thought.

They waited with me while my checked baggage came off the conveyor belt, and used that time to start going through all the papers I had with me in my carryon bag. They also started checking the numbers in my cell phone, and asked me about the people behind the names and numbers.

Then the two agents searched my BIG checked bags, in the area set aside for travelers of suspicious background or dodgy paperwork still not telling me exactly what they wanted. Only after this did they admit that they had been requested to question me on arrival in the US. When I asked why, I was told this access to this information was higher than their pay grade.

I mentioned the Bill of Rights, and how papers also have protection under that same Bill of Rights. I was told that no longer applied, as...


Twitter Bot Armies Target Thai Politics New Eastern Outlook

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It appears that the Western-backed opposition in Thailand is attempting to create the illusion of popular support online after failing repeatedly to create it in the streets of Bangkok, the nations capital.

Hundreds of suspicious accounts either clearly bots and sockpuppet accounts, or exhibiting suspicious behavior have begun promoting pro-opposition propaganda in unison after nearly a year of apolitical but equally similar activity. The campaign resembles the manifestation of US government programs admittedly aimed at manipulating public perception through the use of false social media accounts which were revealed as early as 2011.

The US Has Sought to Manipulate Social Media for Years  

Attempting to control what is and isnt popular is the desire of all involved in the field of marketing and politics. The ability to amplify the perceived popularity of a political idea or party to tap into the bandwagon effect is a temptation most involved in politics are not ethical enough to avoid.

During World War II, British operatives regularly manipulate US public opinion polls to reverse steadfast anti-war sentiment.

Today, the US has admittedly taken this process to social media where it uses among many other techniques software solutions like automated bots and multiple sockpuppet accounts used by single users to spread pro-American propaganda.

This was revealed as early as March 2011 by the Guardian in an article titled, Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media, which admitted:

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

The article would continue by describing contracts already award...

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Wednesday, 18 July


How fugitive financier Jho Low stays above the law Nile Bowie

Malaysian businessman is wanted in the multi-billion dollar 1MDB money laundering scam but has so far managed to evade arrest and stay in business

Police and immigration authorities in Malaysia and Singapore are on the lookout for fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, a reputed billionaire tycoon who is wanted in connection with a global corruption probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state development fund created and overseen by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Investigators believe the 37-year-old, better known as Jho Low, helped to orchestrate one of the worlds biggest ever financial scandals now under investigation by at least six countries including Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. Malaysias newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reopened a domestic probe into 1MDB as one of his first acts as premier.

Past bids to investigate 1MDBs dealings were reportedly obstructed by Najib, who removed Malaysias then attorney general and sacked critics within his own party in 2015. The former premier was arrested and charged this month with abuse of power and criminal breach of trust for dealings at SRC International, a former 1MDB unit. Najib has since been released on bail.

The governments renewed 1MDB pursuit recently saw a Malaysian police dragnet closing in on Low, who had until recently occupied multiple upscale Hong Kong apartments with his entourage, according to reports. He reportedly fled to Macau earlier this month before police could apprehend him in Hong Kong.

Read the full story at Asia Times.



Not Radical Islam, But Gold Fever Threatens Indonesias Stability

It seems that ISIS is not the only danger to the national security of Indonesians. The pirates on the Indonesian (gold) coast are not from the Middle East but rather from Phoenix Arizona, the location of the head quarters of mining company Freeport McMoRan. An American multinational that made incredibly huge profits from mining gold on West Papua.

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A more sensible two-state vision for Israel and Palestine +972 Magazine

Political separation doesnt necessitate geographic and demographic separation.

By Said Zeedani

A view of Jerusalem behind the separation wall, Abu Dis, West Bank, February 26, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

A view of Jerusalem behind Israels separation wall, as seen from Abu Dis, West Bank, February 26, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Just a few weeks into the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, I was enticed by and attracted to a unique idea for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which continues to entice me 18 years later. The contours of the idea acceptance of the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living next to each other in peace and security, on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders  remain valid provided the three following conditions are met:

  1. Separation between the two states would be or should be political in nature, without being matched by the kind of strict geographical and demographic separation advocated and supported by successive Israeli governments and mainstream political parties.
  2. Partnership between the two states in those matters which are difficult or undesirable to partition.
  3. Preservation of the unity of the country and respect for the attachment of its people, whether Arab or Jews, to the entire country or part of it, whether that attachment is psychological and emotional, religious or historical.


The idea is simp...


Trump is Right About Who"s to Blame for Bad Relations with Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

Americas attempt to shape Russias destiny, starting with the Clinton Administrations sponsorship of the feckless, drunk and corrupt Boris Yeltsin, had baleful results. So did the State Departments attempt to manipulate events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014.


Under Trump, Arab support for U.S. hits lowest point in years +972 Magazine

Polling in 11 Arab countries finds that only 12 percent of people in the Arab world have a positive view of U.S. foreign policy. Nearly 90 percent say they would oppose their country recognizing Israel diplomatically.

By Derek Davison

Palestinian men watch Donald Trump give a foreign policy speech in a cafe in East Jerusalem, December 6, 2017. (Oren Ziv/

Palestinian men watch Donald Trump give a foreign policy speech in a cafe in East Jerusalem, December 6, 2017. (Oren Ziv/

A year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trumps two biggest beneficiaries in the Middle East have been Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. To Netanyahu, Trump has been a revelationa U.S. president willing to dispense with even the slightest pretense of support for the Palestinian people. For MbS, Trump has been far more supportive of the destructive Saudi conflict in Yemen than Barack Obama had been. For both men, Trump has fulfilled their every wish when it comes to trying to isolate and weaken Iran.


Thus the narrative that Trump is resetting the U.S. position in the Middle East, returning it to a more traditional alliance structure after the aberration of Obamas diplomacy with Iran and his less-than-friendly relationships with Netanyahu and the Saudis. But this narrative ignores the effect that Trumps policies are having on...


Welcome to Your Driverless Future! The Corbett Report

We've all seen the propaganda by now: Like it or not, autonomous driving technology is on the way. But what will that future look like? Should we be concerned about the lack of control implicit in these technologies? How vulnerable they are to hackers, both criminal and deep state? Or the fact that our entire society is about to be re-engineered before our very eyes? Join James for this thought-provoking episode of The Corbett Report as he explores the road ahead on the path to the driverless future.


RIMPAC-2018: What Makes it So Special This Year? Strategic Culture Foundation

Keeping such large and powerful navies as that of Russia and China out turns RIMPAC into an event organized to bolster US foreign policy goals and challenge its rivals.


Is President Trump a Traitor Because He Wants Peace with Russia? Strategic Culture Foundation

The entire Russiagate hoax is an orchestration by the military/security complex, led by John Brennen, Comey, and Rosenstein. The purpose is to discredit President trump for two reasons. One is to prevent any normalization of relations with Russia. The other is to remove Trumps agenda as an alternative to the agenda of the Democratic Party.


While His Opponents Cry Treason Trump Sues for Peace Strategic Culture Foundation

Remember, the US only negotiates when it knows it is losing. Empires dictate terms, they dont sue for peace.


Unrest in Southern Iraq New Eastern Outlook


As expected, following the victory in the Iraqi parliamentary elections of the Muqtada al-Sadr bloc, together with pro-Communist parties, a serious political crisis has broken out in the country, which has yet to form a government. The winning parties campaigned on a platform based on eliminating Irans dominating influence in the country and on initiating a national and religious peace process. Unsurprisingly, the focus of the unrest is the Shiite-dominated south of the country, where widespread scale protests have broken out over last few days, starting in Basra and then spreading to more and more cities. The protests are focusing on economic and social issues, in particular rampant government corruption, unemployment and the high level of poverty. However, the social protests are rapidly turning into anti-Iranian protests. The protesters have been shouting anti-Iranian and anti-clerical slogans and have stormed and taken control of buildings belonging to the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi armed group and its key member, the Badr Organisation. Both the army (including, as of July 16, the 9th Armoured Division, equipped with new tanks) and pro-Iranian vigilante groups have been sent in to suppress the protests, and these forces are being transferred from areas in three Iraqi provinces that are, in effect, unofficially controlled by militants from the terrorist organisation DAESH (banned in Russia). However the protestors represent a more serious danger for the government than DAESH, as the loss of the Shiite south would be a catastrophe for Baghdad. Protests are also taking place in southern areas and suburbs of the capital, which have a large Shiite population, who migrated to the area as refugees after the first Gulf War (or Operation Desert Storm) in 1991. These protestors are using the same slogans and tactics. As the majority of Baghdads Shiites support Muqtada al-Sadr. A curfew has been introduced, and the army has been put on high alert.

The sequence of events can be summarised as follows: On June 6, as frequently occurs, a number of residential areas of Basra experienced power cuts. These cuts are a particular problem in summer, when the heat (which frequently exceeds 60 degrees C at this time of year) forces residents to switch on their air conditioning, and as a result the electricity grid gets overloaded. This time the cuts lasted longer than usual and they affected social facilities including schools, kindergartens and medical centres. People went out onto the streets and spontaneous protests broke out. The situation was made worse by the current state of drought: the mains water system is un...


Super Shuttle ferries they never learn remembering Balbagon 2014 News from the Philippines

Super Shuttle ferries again had an accident.

On July 16, a Super Shuttle roll on roll off (RoRo) passenger ferry from Camiguin Island ran aground near Lapinig Island just out of Balingoan port, Misamis Oriental after being buffeted by strong winds and huge waves Monday afternoon but all 63 passengers and crew, including five children, were rescued by fisherfolk in Balingoan.

Super Shuttle Ferry

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) had warned that strong winds and huge waves triggered by Tropical Depression Henry will be experienced in the coastal towns of Opol, Naawan, Manticao, Libertad, Tagoloan, Lagonglong and Initao in Misamis Oriental Monday.

News reports state that one or two other Super Shuttle RoRo vessels tried to pull the ferry but the cables broke. This is when local fishermen decided to conduct the rescue operation. Photos below showed passengers wearing their life vests before the rescue.

Super Shuttle Ferry

See here a video clip of what happened when they tried to pull out the stranded ferry



Stripping Away Local Governmental Powers: a Global Rising Tide of Fascism Strategic Culture Foundation

Around the world, local governments at the municipal, provincial, and regional levels are finding themselves under siege by central governments exercising what can only be described as fascist grabs for unitary executive power.


Chinas Soybean Tariffs Wont Succeed With Their Political Purpose

Trump might even be savvy enough to use the opportunity to promote the narrative that hes the only one who can protect the country from China, which could strengthen his partys support in the swing states most affected by Beijings policies of luring companies away from America and then implementing retaliatory tariffs.

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Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games New Eastern Outlook


On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the agreement factoring in Chinas increasing influence in the region.

However, statements, made by ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, concerning this issue were expressed using fairly general and cautious language towards China and did not contain any concrete information about the future document.

It is worth reminding the readers that the Forum (given with its current name in 2000) was established in 1971 thanks to the efforts by two of its key members, Australia and New Zealand. At present, aside from the previously mentioned nations, it includes16 independent island nations of the Pacific Ocean.

Other than establishing cooperation means in the economic sphere, PIFs key function includes agreeing on joint security measures, whose core document was the so called Biketawa Declaration (named after one of the Kiribati islands), approved during a scheduled Pacific Islands Forum in 2000.

According to this Declaration, Australia and New Zealand, as guarantors of security of PIF members, have the right to base their military forces in any of the PI territories with the aim of ensuring internal political stability there.

PIF continues to bear the hallmarks of an organization established at times of the Cold War, when it was part of ANZUS (Australia+New Zealand+United States), one of the key military political alliances created by the USA in order to contain the spread of communism in the Indo-Pacific.

In 2000s the reasons for retaining the security aspects within PIFs functions were updated and included the need to combat the emerging issue of terrorism.

Notably, at that time Chinas transformation into the second super-power and key US geopolitical rival was in its infancy stages. There was still hope to incorporate China into the US-centered world order, which is why naming Beijing as the key reason for retaining the long-established military political structures in the Indo-Pacific was premature.

Hence, proverbial terrorisms transitory role has now outlived its usefulness, a...


Petronas asked to consider withdrawing suit on exclusive ownership of O&G in Swak Hornbill Unleashed

Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh was philosophical when asking Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to consider withdrawing their suit on exclusive ownership of oil and gas (O&G) in Sarawak. According to Wong, asking the Court to interpret the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74) without first recognising the supremacy of the []


Manyin: Uninterrupted supply of diesel to schools for 10 months Hornbill Unleashed

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research says schools that are depending on diesel-powered generators for electricity supply will not face any interruption of diesel supply, at least for the next 10 months. Its minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin said that almost all the schools had been supplied with diesel as of yesterday, and []


Manyin: Education ecosystem in rural schools still far behind Hornbill Unleashed

Education ecosystem, especially in rural areas, is still far behind in Sarawak due to lack of serious commitment from the federal government but all issues facing rural schools must be solved simultaneously and hollistically because every component is important to provide a decent learning and teaching environment for the childrens development. Minister of Education, Science []


Whos Terrorism? The Politics of Terror and Those Terrorists We Label Friends New Eastern Outlook


Although terrorism has become a term our media, state officials, and politicians have grown accustomed to throw around an expression, more often than not, of their respective world views, the word has yet to be defined objectively, and more to the point under terms the international community as a whole could get behind.

Terrorism, because of its intrinsec subjective nature sits today a euphemism for political coercion the covert expression of political thoughts, powers seek to impose through violence and bloodshed while arguing impunity. A political label used to single out those deemed unfit, unworthy, or altogether unwelcomed, the word terrorism has been often grossly misused to reflect opinions as opposed to facts.

Just as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, terrorism is tied up to ones subjectivity and political interests.

Admitting to such impartiality in judging what constitutes terrorism, or rather, what makes a group a terrorist entity, does not take away from its nature. Terrorism exists outside moral and ethic. It stands in a space of rationalised violence and crimes to serve hegemonic ambitions. Whomever wields it, stands indeed guilty particularly those hands which, from behind convenient curtains play patrons to Terror.

The real issue lies not so much in the existence of terrorism like war, it is a reality the world has had to contend with for as long as memory stretches, but in our inability to recognise Terror for what it is at its core today: a global political tool of oppression, a mean to distort truths, and a weapon used to malign designated enemies by rallying public opinion against them.

Professor Jonathan Matusitz from the Nicholson School of Communication in the United States defines terrorism as follow:

  • It serves ideological or social objectives.
  • It can be committed by governments, non-state actors, or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments.
  • It reaches more than the immediate target victims and is also directed at targets consisting of a larger spectrum of society.
  • It is both mala prohibita (i.e., crime that is made illegal by legislation) and mala in se (i.e., crime that is inherently immoral or wrong).

There are many reasons as to why there is no universal consensus regarding the definition of terrorism. Angus Martyn in a briefing paper for the Australian Parliament...


Episode 341 Welcome to Your Driverless Future! The Corbett Report

[audio mp3=""][/audio]We've all seen the propaganda by now: Like it or not, autonomous driving technology is on the way. But what will that future look like? Should we be concerned about the lack of control implicit in these technologies? How vulnerable they are to hackers, both criminal and deep state? Or the fact that our entire society is about to be re-engineered before our very eyes? Join James for this thought-provoking episode of The Corbett Report as he explores the road ahead on the path to the driverless future.


Syrian Armed Forces Stage a Final Assault of the so-called Cradle of the Revolution New Eastern Outlook


Today, the so-called anti-government opposition in Syria and those media sources that had been supporting those are in a state of disarray, as Damascus is retaking one village after another in the Daraa Governorate, a southern region of the Syrian Arab Republic. This region was perceived for the longest time as the cradle of the revolution, together with the city of Daraa that lies in the center of the Governorate of the same name. This perception was pushed by all sorts of media sources back in March 2011, when first anti-government riots broke out in Syria. Those protests looked like a good chance to bring down the powerful Syrian government by the Persian Gulf monarchies and the West, so they needed a symbol to rally people around, to boost the confidence of various insurgent groups and theyve managed to turn the Daraa Governorate into just that.

The present situation in Daraa is summarized by the report of the London-based Al-Hayat that reports an imminent fall of the stronghold of the revolution. The city in which her first sparks flared up, these days watches getting extinguished. This testifies to the rapid collapse for all anti-government forces across Syria.

This shows that all this revolutionary rhetorics across all these years was nothing but a cover-up for a external players supporting all sorts of anti-government factions, their leaders and their ideologists, especially those of the poisonous jihadi ultra-conservative type. Those warlords would often develop bitter rivalry with each other, as each of the factions sought to grab as much land as possible, while demanding a large share of external financial and supply assistance coming from foreign behind-the-scenes players. It goes without saying that locals were usually the ones to suffer from these disputes governed by greed and greed alone.

Now the enemies of the Syrian government are caught off guard by the rapid advance of the Syrian armed forces deep inside the cradle of the revolution, which forces them to frantically search for some sort of justification of the crushing defeat theyre facing. Theres a growing number of statements that international humanitarian organizations and foreign countries that those warlords relied upon for their careless existence have not pushed those revolutionary forces under the bus. They are behind themselves with furry at the fact that these countries were not consistent in their desire to bring down the Assad government when the situation on the ground was favorable for the...

Tuesday, 17 July


IS/Daesh Combat Drones From Great Britain

IS/Daeshs drone achievements have important implications for future drone use & hybridized threats, as the groups drone feats could serves as a model or inspiration for other terrorists and/or nation-states and proxy groups that are developing their own hybrid warfare strategies.

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Facebook Caught Profiling American Traitors Russia and Putin Blamed! New Eastern Outlook

In this report, I want to accomplish two goals. First, I want to come out and admit that I often wonder what it is like to be totally devoid of intelligence and good character and to possess only one paramount and defining trace of good to be lucky as hell. Secondly, I want to share with you a story that proves once and for all that we are doomed to an eventual cataclysmic meltdown.

Five years now Ive spent the better part of my days gathering, analyzing, and processing news and information about todays lunatic geopolitical situation. And every day of my stent trying to make sense of the mess were in Ive considered the real enemy the dotard, atheist, nincompoop on the other end of the globalist narrative whos been struck by the magic wand of fate. The god of luck, you see, is the real enemy of humankind. Look at Facebooks Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, for instance. He and his college chums Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes were mystically catapulted into billionaire land on the power of a cheesy website decked out in dull blue that basically emulate MySpace. I was there testing and analyzing the horde of competitors to Facebook, so I am more aware than most of the degree of luck these Harvard boys were stricken by. But the warped Disneyland that is the Silicon Valley epic is another story. Today Facebook has been caught in more skullduggery.

When I read this morning that Zuckerbergs social media giant was caught labeling tens of thousands of us users as persons interested in treason, I was only surprised a Dutch Radio station broke the story first. For those of you who have not learned of this, the Danish public-service broadcaster Denmarks Radio (DR) reported discovering that Facebook was attaching a treason tag via its automatic algorithm to identify selected users. To make matters worse, once the Danish investigators called the social network out, Zuckerbergs PR people went to work cooking up the ridiculous excuse in the history of social media spying, We did it for advertisers!

Well, since Zuckerberg was probably put in place by the deep state and the NSA in the first place, I guess the social networks biggest advertiser needs all the user data it can get. This must include McCarthyism in its latest form tagging any of us who do not agree with the hostile takeover of the whole world. But hold on, the latest Facebook spying story gets...


Birthright walk-offs get a taste of settler violence in Hebron +972 Magazine

Eight Birthright participants who walked off of their trip earlier this week to learn about the occupation were on a tour with Breaking the Silence when settlers began harassing them, culminating with paint thrown on their guides head.

Breaking the Silence staffer Frima (Murphie) Bubis is seen speaking with Israeli police after a settler child threw paint on her head during a tour in Hebron, July 16, 2018. (Mairav Zonszein)

Breaking the Silence staffer Frima (Murphie) Bubis is seen speaking with Israeli police after a settler child threw paint on her head during a tour in Hebron, July 16, 2018. (Mairav Zonszein)

If the settlers of Hebron were trying to show a group of Birthright participants who had walked off their trip earlier this week that their views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are skewed, its safe to say that they failed miserably.

Halfway through a tour of occupied Hebron that the eight Birthright participants were taking with Israeli anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence on Monday, a settler child, who appeared to be between eight and 10 years old, threw yellow paint onto the head of tour leader Frima Merphie Bubis.


The incident followed at least half an hour of harassment by adult settlers, accompanied by children, as part of their routine attempts to disrupt and drown out Breaking the Silence tours in the city.

Bubis was shaken but required no medical attention. Eight Israeli soldiers who...

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