Category Archives: Global Security

More Panic Among Oil Producers

By David L. Brown Russia has suggested it will join OPEC to cut petroleum exports and thus raise the price of oil. According to a story on Bloomberg.com this morning: “We have to defend ourselves,” [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev said … Continue reading

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Trade Freezing Up, Food Pipelines Blocked

By David L. Brown The credit crunch is about to put global hunger on the fast track. According to an article on the Financial Post web site (here), grain and other foodstuffs are piling up on docks because shippers cannot … Continue reading

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Chinese Get Trotters Into Trough, Root

By David L. Brown This news just in from AgWeb.com: China to Purchase U.S. Soybeans Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor Chinese officials have pledged to purchase more than $4.5 billion worth of U.S. soybeans, equaling about 10% of U.S. … 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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Peak Oil Means Peak Danger for the World

by Val Germann It’s finally here, almost certainly, the all-time top in the world wide production of “oil” from all sources. As for conventional petroleum, what most of us think of as “oil,” that top was passed a couple of … Continue reading

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The Day the World Should Have Changed

By David L. Brown Today is 9/11/07, six years since the world changed. Well, no, let me take that back. Six years ago the world should have changed for us, when 19 Arab men, most of them Saudis, turned four … Continue reading

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Climate Chaos Coming Soon To Planet Near You

By Val Germann As most Star Phoenix Base readers undoubtedly know, the weather on dear old Mother Earth has been going wild again this spring and summer. Some unfortunate locale in Texas picked up 18-inches of rain the other day, … Continue reading

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Doomsday Clock Ticks Nearer to Midnight

Since 1947 the magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has featured on its cover a “Doomsday Clock” representing the perceived level of danger to human civilization from atomic weapons. Long an advocate of nuclear disarmament, the Bulletin used the clock … Continue reading

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The CFR Weighs in on U.S. Oil Dependency

by Val Germann Once again THE OIL DRUM website has a most interesting article, this one concerning a report from The Council on Foreign Relations about America’s dependence on foreign oil.  Star Phoenix Base readers will have to pardon this writer as … Continue reading

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