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Mind Bending Politics: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Explained Perfectly

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement mostly negotiated in secret by quite a few governments bordering the pacific ocean. Canada has been a part of these negotiations and is committed to ratifying the treaty. Both US presidential candidates are now on the record against this treaty, while current US president Barack Obama has […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Explained Perfectly

Mind Bending Politics: China Defends Its Woody Which Could Kick Off WW3

It takes 3 continents at war to declare another global war, and with recent developments over the past week it looks as though we may be heading in that direction. Europe is fighting a proxy war in Ukraine against Russia, NATO is fighting in the middle east, and now China is flexing its military might in the Asia Pacific Region installing surface-to-air missile systems in and around a disputed island in the South China Sea called Woody Island. . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: China Defends Its Woody Which Could Kick Off WW3

The Wandering Joe: Crimea and Misdemeanours

Bad puns aside, the recent intrigue in Crimea has been responsible for more nonsensical political blustering than any single international incident in the past decade. It has been a curious exercise to sit back and watch everyone work themselves up and deliver half-baked analyses based on laughably outdated assumptions. Please note that all of my . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: Crimea and Misdemeanours

Song of the Watermelon: A Q&A on Syria and the “Responsibility to Protect”

What is “Responsibility to Protect”?

“Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P, is a doctrine that grew out of a 2001 report by the Canadian-established International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS). Unanimously endorsed as a general principle by the UN General Assembly four years later, R2P carries a hefty moral (though not legal) . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: A Q&A on Syria and the “Responsibility to Protect”

350 or bust: New Report Connects Dots Between Political Inaction & Growing Cost Of Climate Change

This is a reposting from The Earth Story’s Facebook page: “The cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down. “ –Flip Wilson A new publication issued by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in the journal “Nature” has reported that the chances of keeping temperatures below a . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: New Report Connects Dots Between Political Inaction & Growing Cost Of Climate Change

Song of the Watermelon: Two-State Twilight

For many years, I have felt that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were an exaggeration. Yes, Israel has been unyielding in its expansion of settlements in the West Bank in clear violation of international law, effectively dividing the already-slight territory into several isolated segments . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Two-State Twilight

350 or bust: The Emerging Arctic World Order

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland speaks at the Arctic Imperative Summit, 2012 in Girdwood, Alaska. Well worth the 30 minute listen – this is one politician that speaks the truth to power. Wake up, folks! Thanks to Doug Grandt, climate warrior extraordinaire, for sharing this link.

Song of the Watermelon: A Formula for Nuclear Disarmament

Mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)

If you look at world history, ever since men began waging war, you will see that there’s a permanent race between sword and shield. The sword always wins. The more improvements that are made to the shield, the more improvements are made to the sword.

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Song of the Watermelon: On Growth and Its Limits

George Monbiot offers a fascinating insight in the wake of last week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. While rightly deriding the declaration adopted by world leaders for containing little more than meaningless fluff, he notes an evolution in diplomatic language regarding the environment over the years from “sustainability” . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On Growth and Its Limits

Song of the Watermelon: Nuclear Weapons, Iran, and War

With an all-too-familiar rhythm, the drums of war are sounding. The target? An authoritarian Middle Eastern regime set on acquiring exceptionally destructive weapons.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

This time around the country is Iran, and the weapons allegedly being developed are nuclear. The Israeli government (although apparently not with . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Nuclear Weapons, Iran, and War