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The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum 1

By George Friedman The idea of Scottish independence has moved from the implausible to the very possible. Whether or not it actually happens, the idea that the union of England and Scotland, which has existed for more than 300 years, could be dissolved has enormous implications in its own right, and significant implications for Europe and even for global stability. The United Kingdom was the center of gravity of the international system from the end of the Napoleonic Wars until World War II. It crafted an imperial structure that shaped not only the international system but also the internal political […]


BRICS countries facing increasing political risk says Aon

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), today unveiled its 2014 Political Risk Map which identifies an increased risk rating for all five emerging market BRICS countries. As a result, countries representing a large share of global output experienced a broad-based increase in political risk including political violence, government interference and sovereign non-payment risk. Brazil’s rating was downgraded; political risks have been increasing from moderate levels as economic weakness has increased the role of the government in the economy. This is of particular concern given this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Russia’s […]


UK ordered destruction of ‘embarrassing’ colonial papers

Britain systematically destroyed documents in colonies that were about to gain independence, declassified Foreign Office files reveal. ‘Operation Legacy’ saw sensitive documents secretly burnt or dumped to cover up traces of British activities. The latest National Archives publication made from a collection of 8,800 colonial-era files held by the Foreign Office for decades revealed deliberate document elimination by British authorities in former colonies. The secret program dubbed ‘Operation Legacy’ was in force throughout the 1950s and 1960s, in at least 23 countries and territories under British rule that eventually gained independence after WWII. Among others these countries included: Belize, British […]


Countries Growing GMOs

The world’s leading producers of GM crops are the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and China. In 2006, GM crop production also reached noteworthy levels in Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay and Australia. In the EU, GM crops have remained uncommon. Appreciable GM maize production in the EU only took place in Spain on an area of nearly 60,000 hectares. In Portugal, Germany, France and the Czech Republic, transgenic crops were primarily grown for small-scale field trials. In 2005, Iran and the Czech Republic were added to the list of countries commercially growing transgenic crops. As of 2006, 38 percent […]


Fiancial Collapse looming ahead?

Central Banks all over are scurrying to buy up as much gold as they can. Several stories are breaking around the planet on this. Keep your eye on the prize people. Senator Ron Paul has been warning us for some time, but did we listen? Ron Paul Statement on Bernanke Hearing SPRINGFIELD, Virginia– Ron Paul, Campaign for Liberty Chairman, and former Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy issued the following statement today regarding Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services: “While I certainly don’t miss Congress, where politicians are constantly […]


Financial Corruption costs developing world Trillions

Illicit Financial Flows From Developing Countries: 2001-2010 A new report by Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based group that campaigns for financial accountability reports that crime, corruption and tax evasion have cost the developing world nearly $6 trillion over the past decade, and illicit funds keep growing, led by China which accounted for almost half of the $858.8 billion in dirty money that flowed into tax havens and Western banks in 2010, more than eight times the amounts for runners-up Malaysia and Mexico. “Astronomical sums of dirty money continue to flow out of the developing world and into offshore tax havens […]


GreenRoots: The Water Apocalypse 1

Water apocalypse? Yep, coming to a reservoir or an aquifer near you, in the not too distant future. Water is the essence of life, sustaining every being on this planet. Without water, there would simply be no plants, no animals, and us, the main culprits. But the global water supply isn’t just at risk, it’s already in crisis as I post these links below the fold. This scarce resource is facing heavy and unsustainable demand from users of all kinds, and farmers increasingly have to compete for water with urban residents and industries. Scientists and resource specialists say freshwater scarcity, […]