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30.12.2017

Year In Review: Will 2018 Usher In A New Palestinian Strategy?

Year In Review: Will 2018 Usher In A New Palestinian Strategy?

By Dr Ramzy Baroud 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. The Palestinian… »

23.12.2017

Let it Go: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

Let it Go: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

By Eric Holthaus Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an… »

18.12.2017

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

By Guy Lane Bitcoin mining – the mechanism of creating Bitcoins and approving transactions on the blockchain – consumes prodigious amounts of electricity due to the use of a ‘Proof of Work’ cryptographic algorithm. While some Bitcoin is mined using clean energy (hydropower and geothermal energy, mainly) most Bitcoin is… »

13.12.2017

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

By Nick Beams According to the official scenario, the world economy is enjoying its best period of growth since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, which ushered in the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. According to a report issued by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and… »

01.12.2017

The FCC’s Order Is Out, Here’s What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality And Break the Internet

The FCC’s Order Is Out, Here’s What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality And Break the Internet

By Matt Wood & Gaurav Laroia On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his draft order to completely eradicate Net Neutrality. You can read the full text here. The short version is that Pai’s order takes the Net Neutrality rules off the books and abandons… »

27.11.2017

FCC Commissioner Begs Nation To Stop GOP Colleagues From Killing Net Neutrality

FCC Commissioner Begs Nation To Stop GOP Colleagues From Killing Net Neutrality

By Andrea Germanos After one commissioner called the FCC’s newly-released plan to roll back net neutrality “worse than one could imagine,” a second commissioner is now calling voters to make sure the proposal by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai does not go through. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed published Thursday—entitled “I’m on the… »

15.11.2017

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

By Andrea Germanos Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity: “Time is running out” to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday… »

15.11.2017

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

By Dr Arshad M Khan The UN has announced record average levels of CO2. So states the annual flagship report released October 30 by its World Meteorological Organization. The average levels measured using ships, aircraft and land stations have reached over 400 parts per million (ppm), prompting the authors and other scientists… »

10.11.2017

US Justice Department Forces RT America To register As “Foreign Agent”

US Justice Department Forces RT America To register As “Foreign Agent”

By Trévon Austin RT, the Russia-based oppositional TV and Internet broadcaster, announced Thursday that the US Department of Justice has forced it to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Washington has given the outlet until Monday to register as a foreign agent or its… »

08.11.2017

When Illness Matters: Massacre In Texas

When Illness Matters: Massacre In Texas

By Dr Binoy Kampmark The massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was, to put it simply, effective and spectacular.   It also had the resonances of the primeval, ignoring the sanctity of the church in favour of murder within it.  The alleged assailant managed to do less God’s… »

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