In discussing the Senkaku Islands conflict, this article suggests that the risk of World War III is high enough to be worried.
The clash between China and Japan over five small islets in the East China Sea has gone into hyper drive over the last month with China’s declaration of a new Air Defense Identification [...]
´His indicators now signal the demise of American society.´
´… there is a chance for a catastrophic failure of some kind, …´
Peter Turchin is the vice president of the Evolution Institute and professor of biology and anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He has written the book War and Peace and [...]
“Watch out; it’s going to blow.”
A secret document leaked to Le Figaro newspaper explains why President François Hollande caves in to the slightest sign of street protest.
“Throughout [French] territory . . . society is in the grip of tension, exasperation and anger,” says the ministry of the interior’s monthly summary of reports from [...]
Editor’s note: Below is the text of a speech delivered on Friday by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the recent financial crisis and its similarities to financial panics like the Panic of 1907 (which led to the founding of the Federal Reserve in 1913).
The Crisis as a Classic Financial Panic
Chairman Ben [...]
Washington is betting that “cooler heads will prevail” so the building China-Japan tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands do not drag the US into a nuclear war with China. But there are signs that cooler heads just might not prevail this time. To make matters worse, China has a habit [...]
The Gulf’s immediate future is likely to be marked by many more such coup and countercoup attempts. Several current monarchs are very old, and powerful factions in growing royal families have coalesced around rival successors. In each of these cases, internecine contests will develop and, given the high stakes involved, the involvement of foreign powers [...]
Egypt’s armed forces chief has warned the current political crisis “could lead to a collapse of the state”.
General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, in comments posted on the military’s Facebook page, said such a collapse could “threaten future generations”.
He made his statement following a large military deployment in three cities along the Suez [...]
They’ve applied a mathematical model to a real-world situation, Erhai Lake in China’s Yunnan province, to help prove a theory that suggests that an ecosystem “flickers”, or fluctuates dramatically between healthy and unhealthy states, shortly before its eventual collapse.
“We chose Erhai Lake for this study because we had a great deal of background information [...]
China’s president Thursday warned the Communist Party faces “collapse” if it fails to clean up corruption and called for an economic revamp as he opened a congress to inaugurate a new slate of leaders.
The week-long party congress will end with a transition of power to Vice President Xi Jinping, who will govern for the [...]
“This could happen within just a few generations. The root cause, ultimately, is human population growth and how many resources each one of us uses.”
The scientists called for fundamental changes to lifestyles. Report co-author Arne Mooers, of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, said: “Society globally has to collectively decide that we need to [...]