Category Archives: Conflict and War

To Live in Interesting Times

By David L. Brown The Chinese culture is enriched by a wealth of sayings about the vagaries of life. One such is in the form of a witty curse: May you live in interesting times. Well, we are certainly living … Continue reading

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Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Technology—Promise or Curse?

By David L. Brown Historian Niall Ferguson in an article published in The Daily Beast raises a question that’s long interested me. He asks, in effect, which vision of the future we should embrace: The idea that technology will make … Continue reading

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A World Teetering on the Brink of Instability

By David L. Brown A news release from Earth Policy Institute this morning features a peek at the subject of global stability as reported in Lester Brown’s new book Plan B 4.0. This is a critical issue because nations that … Continue reading

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Mexican Border War Heating Up

By David L. Brown One of the major problems facing the United States today is the fact that our First World nation is bordered by a Third World state, Mexico. The problem is magnified by the fact that Mexico is … Continue reading

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Not the “End of History” After All? Ooops!

By David L. Brown The Russian invasion of Georgia and today’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Poland makes it apparent that the late lamented Soviet Union is rising out of the grave like an extra in Night of the … Continue reading

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Corn Prices Soar as Bad News Spreads

By David L. Brown The flooding in the Midwest is just the last straw for hopes of a decent corn crop in 2008, and the markets have responded by sending the price of corn to over $8 a bushel. Here … Continue reading

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The Future is Now for Haiti

by Val Germann An article today on the Inter Press website highlights the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Haiti, the world’s poster child for overpopulation, bad government and poor living conditions. Let us take a brief look at what it’s like … Continue reading

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Malthus Alive and Well in 2008

by Val Germann The headlines are screaming today: “Food Crisis,” and the news around the world is of riots and disorder due to the rapidly rising prices of the staple grains that keep most of humanity alive. From THE INDEPENDENT … Continue reading

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World Food Prices Headed Up for 2008

by Val Germann There seems little doubt that 2008 will be a year of sharply higher food costs world wide. Today’s BBC website contains an article reporting that wheat futures have just cracked the $10.00 level and are certain to … Continue reading

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