Appeasement Again
Jul29

Appeasement Again

With a move towards enhanced sanctions against Russia, major European states believe they have taken a step to punish the Russians for their actions in Ukraine. But they have still not made the tough moves that would truly penalize the Russians. What they have taken are baby steps. The Europeans have not learned from history. And as George Santayana said- “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The European Union and...

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As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)
Jul25

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia. Just one day earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on Russia over its ongoing role in the destabilization of...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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Passing Gas to the Consumer
Jul12

Passing Gas to the Consumer

by Walter Brasch Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits. Over the past decade, the five largest oil companies have earned more than $1 trillion in profits. Last year, the Big Five—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell—earned about $93...

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Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)
Jul05

Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)

How much of a threat does ISIS pose to Iran – and is that part of the agenda of Washington and its Western allies? In another twist on the theory that the United States has not only fostered ISIS, but is using it as a foreign policy tool to alter the map of the Middle East, columnist Kader Abdolah of Belgium’s De Morgen starts with a visceral history of why Shiites hate Sunnis: Omar, the second caliph and successor to the...

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Mobilize
Jul02

Mobilize

Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved. Copyright Donar, Political Graffiti

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Solar Power
Jun24

Solar Power

Now there are those who say our energy demand cannot be met by solar power.  Well Germany just reached a milestone and got 50% of it’s electrical energy from solar in the first week of June. “German solar demonstrated just what it is capable of in the first two weeks of June,” said Tobias Rothacher, expert for renewable energies at Germany Trade & Invest, the country’s economic development agency. Analysis...

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ISIS and ASIS
Jun23

ISIS and ASIS

ISIS did not arise de novo in Syria and Iraq. And its supposed military triumphs in Iraq have been due to alliances with some of the indigenous Sunni tribes along with old Baathist organizations who supplied much of the fighting muscle for the Iraqi army. These are secular organizations and not Islamist in their orientation, and at some point conflict between the Baathists and ISIS is inevitable. But ISIS’s recent development and...

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Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast
Jun21

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate. Paul Knight, senior lecturer in meteorology at Penn State, compiled rainfall data for Pennsylvania from 1895—when recordings were first made—to this year. He says there has been an...

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VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)
Jun17

VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)

If you want to know the thinking and plans about what to do with Iraq thrashing about America’s national security establishment, this is the program to watch. It is very eggheady and very interesting. At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, panelists discuss militant activity in northern Iraq and how the U.S. government should respond. The presence of James Jeffrey, Obama’s ambassador to Iraq until 2012,...

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Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down (Guest Voice)
Jun12

Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down (Guest Voice)

Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution. Top Chinese officials have hinted at the fact that China is working hard to achieve “peak” greenhouse gas emissions, which may come sooner than observers expect. “Peak pollution” refers to...

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Obama’s red line — and likely hurdles
Jun07

Obama’s red line — and likely hurdles

Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to be on the way to greater success than he ever imagined by annexing Crimea and creating turmoil in Ukraine. President Barack Obama’s swing through Europe indicated his gains by unmasking the difficult rift between Obama and the main European allies. After a G-7 Summit in Brussels (excluding Russia), Obama gave Putin one month to pressure pro-Russian separatists to lay down weapons and peacefully settle...

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The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil – Continued
Jun04

The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil – Continued

A few days ago I discussed how the shale oil boom in California fizzled before it got started and the boom was going to go bust in North Dakota and Texas in less than a decade.  Well now the I.E.A. agrees: National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning: NPR’s Business News starts with the outlook for oil. This is a change of course – the International Energy Agency has released a report on global energy investment....

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Obama’s promises in Europe are fraught with risk
Jun03

Obama’s promises in Europe are fraught with risk

President Barack Obama’s promises today of expanded US military support to Poland and countries formerly dominated by the defunct Soviet Union were music to their ears, but not others in Europe. They could also cause new entanglements that may not please American voters. The former Soviet satellites are now members of the European Union and NATO, the western military alliance. Obama was giving assurances that Washington will stand by...

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The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil
May27

The Boom And Bust Of Shale Oil

The fossil fuel industry has been pulling your leg – shale oil is not a panacea. The shale oil boom will become a bust in North Dakota and Texas in less than a decade.  And now it appears that the great California shale oil boom is a bust before it even got started. The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started, California has been abuzz for the past couple of years about the prospect of vast new oil wealth...

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Why Should Poland Thank Putin? Let Us Count the Ways (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
May23

Why Should Poland Thank Putin? Let Us Count the Ways (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Once again, unlike much of the commentary coming out of Europe, a Polish columnist seems almost pleased that the Ukraine crisis has erupted, bringing with it a renewed sense of urgency from their NATO partners. For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Michal Kobosko writes that Vladimir Putin has forced a new narrative on the world, and explains why that is largely a very good thing. For Rzeczpospolita, Michal Kobosko writes in...

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A BIG deal: China and Russia sign ‘$400 billion’ gas deal
May21

A BIG deal: China and Russia sign ‘$400 billion’ gas deal

China and Russia sign ‘$400 bn’ gas deal (via AFP) China and Russia signed a monumental, multi-decade gas supply contract in Shanghai on Wednesday, Chinese state energy giant CNPC said, with reports saying it could be worth as much as $400 billion. The contract signatures came after years of negotiations…...

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Meet The Tweedledum, Tweedledee & Tweedledah Of Global Climate Change
May14

Meet The Tweedledum, Tweedledee & Tweedledah Of Global Climate Change

The year was 1978. Rick Scott was a 26-year-old Navy veteran and up-and-coming entrepreneur who had bought and revived two Kansas City donut shops. Jeb Bush was a 25-year-old working in the international division of a Texas bank. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban emigres, was a four-year-old attending kindergarten in Miami. It was the year that Jim Jones’s followers committed mass suicide in Guyana and a Pole by the name of Karol...

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Nukes are not the answer!
May12

Nukes are not the answer!

While many push Nuclear power as a solution to global warming but is it?  The answer is no. Don’t get me wrong. Global warming is real, it is caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases, it is bad (as described in detail by the new National Climate Assessment), and we have to do something about it. But solar and wind power, combined with increased efficiency and conservation, can do the trick. Elimination ofexorbitant...

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