Summary: Street protests and loss of support in parliament have brought down Brazil's government through quasi-legal impeachment, without the bother of elections. Could this happen in America? The preconditions -- the tinder -- already exist here, awaiting only a spark. This analysis by Prof Perry Anderson of shows how quickly a seemingly strong and powerful … Continue reading Have sympathy for the political chaos in Brazil. It could happen in America.
Summary: A new year, another epidemic (they're all "pandemics" in our fearful world) - Zika. In a world of seven billion people linked by rapid transportation, epidemics will become increasingly common. That does not mean that hysteria need accompany each and every one. As with Avian Flue and Ebola, the FM website provides you with … Continue reading Professor Hugh Pennington: The story so far of the Zika epidemic
Summary: Today we have a follow-up by Paul Schulte to Does corruption limit China’s growth, or pose a threat to its existence? He looks at the leading emerging nations, comparing them to the US and UK at similar point in their evolution to greatness. BRIC building: the future of Brazil, Russia, India and China By … Continue reading BRIC building: the future of Brazil, Russia, India and China
Summary: A crisis strips away our pretences, the no longer true beliefs to which we clutch out of fear -- from our unwillingness to face the future. Today we have a fine example as Europe begs for loans from China and the other emerging nations. The new world order emerges before our eyes. America loves … Continue reading Every day the new world emerges, yet we see it not. Like today, as Europe begs China for loans
American tend to see ourselves as white knights. Selflessly defending nations like the EU and Japan that will not defend themselves. A force for morality -- banning bribery, pushing feminism and other western values (which we call "human rights). Meanwhile we beg for lower oil prices and borrow like an tramp on a street corner. Much … Continue reading China moves to the center of the world. America moves to the edge
"The demise of the dollar", Robert Fisk, The Independent, 6 October 2009 -- "In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading." In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs … Continue reading Today’s hot rumor: Fisk’s story about a conspiracy to wreck the US dollar