Why China Is Running Circles Around America

A highway interchange in Yanan, China. (David Leo Veksler / CC BY-SA 2.0) By Ellen Brown (truthdig.com) “One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking involving highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan… Continue reading

Thomas Piketty says Bernie Sanders’ electoral strategy is the way to beat back the right

Thomas Piketty says Bernie Sanders’ electoral strategy is the way to beat back the right

New paper explores how both parties were captured by the “elite,” leaving a politically rudderless underclass KEITH A. SPENCER 03.27.2018 (salon.com) In a new paper, French political economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling 2013 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues that Western political parties on the right and left have both become… Continue reading

Santiago Siri: “Crypto Politics: Beyond the Nation-state” | Blockstack Berlin 2018

Throughout the world, we are seeing a decline in democracy. China’s 🇨🇳 Xi Jinping has named himself president for life. In Russia 🇷🇺, Vladimir Putin runs unopposed while state employees vote at multiple polling stations to swell voter turnout statistics. In Spain 🇪🇸, five Catalan leaders are jailed. In Venezuela 🇻🇪, hyperinflation of… Continue reading

Trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Quadrupled, Maybe Even 16-upled

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | March 22, 2018 (livescience.com) A whopping 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic are afloat in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation This story was updated March 22 at 2:44 p.m. EDT. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is getting denser. The enormous plastic soup floating… Continue reading