Conserving Earth’s Natural Resources

conserving natural resourcesAs global industrialization has increased, so has the demand for the earth’s resources. Recent estimates place world population at slightly over 7 billion. The number of humans on earth required about 30,000 years to reach a billion in the early 19th century and only 13 years to add the last billion. Nations are competing fiercely as population grows. When natural resources are removed from the earth’s crust, the amount available decreases. Read more

The Dilemma Behind Nuclear Power

nuclear power dilemmaMuch of the world’s electrical energy, about 11 percent globally, is derived from nuclear power sources. South Korea, for example, gets 40 percent of its power from nuclear sources. Japan, currently undergoing severe nuclear catastrophes on top of natural disasters – a recorded 9.0 earthquake, and the inevitable tsunami which follows quakes, uses nuclear power for 30 percent of its electrical energy needs. Read more

No Laughing Matter: Nuclear Policy and Dr. Strangelove

nuclear security

The threat of nuclear weapons has been prevalent since the second half of the 20th century. The size of nuclear arsenals worldwide has grown substantially, and now includes strategic and tactical weapons. The sophistication of nuclear technology has also grown, and countries seem to be in an arms race to develop and acquire the most advanced nuclear devices. There still exists a political dependence on the doctrine of deterrence, namely the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD), which is used as a strategy for security. Read more

The War on Terror is Counter-Productive

war on terrorMarc Sageman, ex-CIA officer and Senior Fellow at the Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, surveyed the origin of global neo-Jihadi terror plots in the last five years and found that in 78 per cent of cases there is no link to a command from the Afghan/Pakistani border region.

Future Concerns

Marc Sageman presented his comprehensive survey covering 60 global neo-Jihadi plots since 1988 in his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in October 2009. The criteria included both failed and successful plots by Al Qaeda core, affiliated and inspired groups. Sageman’s results showed only 20 per cent of the sample could be attributed to the AQ core command. Sageman also found evidence of a decline in AQ core instigated attacks since 2001 and an upsurge of AQ-inspired autonomous plots since the Iraq invasion in 2003.

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