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Human Garbage in the 21st Century – A Not So New Approach to Handling...

As civilization developed and populations surged, a standard practice emerged among wealthy nations’ relations with poorer countries. The rich nations could pay poorer nations to manage their trash. The definition of “trash” has changed...
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A Reckoning for the Western Order in French Elections

The French elections on Sunday are yet another notice that the polarizing divide in society and politics is not a uniquely American affair. It is a global phenomenon placing strains on a system that...
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Sudan and the Mahdi – History of Africa Part 13

The story of Sudan and the Mahdi during the scramble for Africa is one of the epic stories in the history of Africa. It features two extremist figures who cast themselves as deliverers, Messianic...
human rights council

UN Human Rights Council Suspends Russian Membership

The United Nations voted Thursday to suspend Russia from its main human rights body, the U.N. Human Rights Council, for “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by Russian forces in Ukraine. It...
The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

This book is in the lead for my best read of 2022 so far. For those interested in international relations, geopolitics, energy, and just about anything else that might have brought you to this...

Watching A Crisis Unfold in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s security forces confronted protesters over the weekend, raising alarms of more instability in the Asian island nation. The country is facing a cascade of crises. What began as an economic crisis has...

How America’s Best and Brightest Set the Stage for Vladimir Putin’s Rise

This weekend President Biden “forcefully” called for regime change in Russia. Speaking of Vladimir Putin, the US President said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” In prior years I have written...
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The Boer Wars – History of Africa Part 12

This podcast episode continues the story of the Scramble for Africa and European imperialism, specifically in South Africa. In the last episode, we looked at the beginnings of South Africa. This episode looks at...
Russian invasion of ukraine

Why Is This A Big Deal – Backgrounder on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post....
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Why Did Russia Invade Ukraine – Backgrounder on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post. Following...