Peculiarities of Russian National Character by Dmitry Orlov for ClubOrlov.
Dmitry Orlov provided good insight into Russian history and how Russians deal with enemies and invaders. But he neglected Russian expansionism. It wasn’t by successful defense that the Russian Tsars acquired one-sixth of the world’s land surface, the largest empire in history except for the short-lived Mongol Empire.
Orlov mentioned President Putin’s offer to European nations to join his Eurasian Economic Union instead of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I’m glad that no important European leaders are interested in Putin’s EEU, but Russia and its partners, as exporters of energy and raw materials, would complement Europe’s manufacturing industry, and I presume that Putin’s proposed agreement doesn’t involve special privileges for multinational corporations.
Permaculture and the Myth of Overpopulation by Lisa DePiano for the Permaculture Research Institute.
Environmental degradation is due more to the behavior of rich people than to the number of poor people, and it is due more to unjust systems than to large families. Lisa DePiano rightly says that people of good will should focus on self-determination, including reproductive rights, and not talk about human population as if it is a problem in wildlife management.
Why Bill Clinton’s Apology and Barack Obama’s Prison Drive-By Token Clemencies Are Election-Year Posturing by Bruce A. Dixon for the Black Agenda Report.
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, through their ability to relate to African-Americans on the emotional level, have won their votes even though their policies promoted mass incarceration of black people..
The Junk Politics of 2015 by Timothy Egan for the New York Times.
Is it the candidates or the press who are responsible for the lack of meaningful discussion of political issues?
Key Figures in CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin to Come Forward by Ryan Grim, Matt Sledge and Matt Ferner for the Huffington Post. (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)
Internet search engines may be influencing elections by David Schultz for Science magazine.