We held the day. They held the night: What to do about the war in Afghanistan

About 40 years ago in the early 1970s I visited Portuguese Guine, a Portuguese African colony. Today it is an independent country called Guinea Bissau. At that time I was immersed in studying revolutions in general, and mainly the wars for independence in sub-Saharan Africa. I published an article about the conflict entitled “The War […]

The Culture of Climate Change

A changing climate changes the environment. We know that. But it also may change culture. In a lesson that could have some relevance to human societies today, geographers at the University of Ottawa examined the overlap between climatic change and the changes in tool technology and other artifacts by Native American tribes during three ancient […]

China to spend $1 billion to alleviate drought

BEIJING — China will spend $1 billion to alleviate its worst drought in six decades — a long dry spell in the world’s largest wheat-growing region that threatens further jumps in the commodity’s global price. The funding announced late Wednesday is part of a government plan to boost grain production, divert water, build emergency wells […]

Oil has joined the Past… NG is the Future!

The natural gas cartel, a dream of Russia’s just a few years ago, is dead. It died when a natural gas revolution broke out and Gazprom lost. Energy importing nations around the world are evaluating their own geology, currently, to see if they have shale reserves that can be tapped. Nations like Argentina, Germany, Poland, […]

Guest Editorial: “From Blind Copying (bcc) to Basics (abc) in Science.” -Ilan Kelman, CICERO, Oslo, Norway. February 8, 2011

From Blind Copying (bcc) to Basics (abc) in Science Ilan Kelman, CICERO, Norway Science has become mired in blindness: it is dominated by bcc representing “blind copying”. That is, blindly copying what has gone before without innovative thought. In science today, bcc means Bureaucracy, Corporatism, and Conservatism. Bureaucracy. Science is being bogged down in interminable […]

Changing Sudan threatens nomadic tribe

One of the big uncertainties surrounding the referendum is what will become of the Abyei region straddling the country’s north-south border.

Abyei is the traditional home of the Misseriya tribe.

Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark reports on how their ancient nomadic existence is threatened by a changing Sudan.

Philippines: Designing Defence Against Climate Change

by Kara Santos (Manila) Saturday, January 15, 2011 Inter Press Service As the impact of climate change worsens around the globe, a disaster-resilient village is poised to be a solution for urban poor battling the constant floods and typhoons that hit the Philippines. The concept village, submitted by Johanna Ferrer Guldager of Denmark, is designed […]