Why Xi won’t repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes

Why Xi won’t repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes

China has learned from its own rich history and is applying those lessons to re-emerge as a major 21st century power May 20, 2020 Pepe Escobar With hybrid warfare 2.0 against China reaching fever pitch, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative, will continue to be demonized 24/7 as the proverbial evil communist […]

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

Jan Oberg April 30, 2020 Last year, the Danish artist Gudrun Steen-Andersen created a multimedia installation under the theme: “Perpetuum Mobile – What Would Happen If Migration Was Free Worldwide?” Naturally, it is a thought experiment – not the least in these times of multi-crisis where nationalism, xenophobia, populism and the building of walls seem […]

🧸 Hey, we’re looking for you to pre-order a new children-adult peace education book

🧸 Hey, we’re looking for you to pre-order a new children-adult peace education book

… and for artists to contribute to it … Ina CuricTFF Associate April 3, 2020 Have you often seen conflicts – big or small – escalate out of control? What do you do when it happens? Do you know how to intervene and de-escalate it again? Do you want more peace in your everyday life? […]

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Bits of the sociological imagination at work By Jan Oberg March 5, 2020 Researchers are citizens too – some with a sociological imagination Like everybody else, social scientists are citizens. We live a private life and a professional life and there is a tradition-based rule of thumb that the two should be kept apart in […]

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

By Jonathan Power August 27, 2019 “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” This must be one of the best opening lines ever penned by a novelist. It’s the […]

Why the West doesn’t – and cannot – understand China

Why the West doesn’t – and cannot – understand China

By Martin Jacques, Cambridge University August 28, 2019 A delightful conversation about the essential difference between the West and China and why they have vitally different ways of relating to other countries and cultures. If you do business in China, travel as a tourist – which far too few Westerners do – teach international relations […]

Why many Muslims hate the West

Why many Muslims hate the West

By Dr. William R. Polk June 27, 2019 Exclusive: Many Americans and Westerners are baffled by the violent rage expressed by many Muslims, but the reasons for their anger are real, deriving from a “deep history” of anti-Islamic wars and colonial exploitation of the Middle East, as ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk describes. Originally published by […]

The Prespa Agreement, ethnicity and nationality

The Prespa Agreement, ethnicity and nationality

Lake Prespa in Macedonia By Biljana Vankovska June 18, 2019 Abstract The Prespa Agreement (PA) between Athens and Skopje was meant to be a final solution to the ‘name issue’. Yet the dispute has never been only about the state name, which is proved by the 20-pages long text. A plethora of other provisions is […]

Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows By Tom Secker and Matthew Alford Published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowdfunded investigative journalism project for people and planet. Support INSURGE to keep digging where others fear to tread. Tom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new […]

New book – “The Information Explosion”

New book – “The Information Explosion”

  By John Scales Avery May 30, 2018 I would like to announce the publication of my new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in […]