Once the preserve almost exclusively of environmentalists and scientists, 2007 was the year when climate change went big business. But this corporate volte-face raises some serious problems about† whether we should accept this overture or steer clear of what still looks like industry greenwashing.
President Bush’s recent comment that the US is “kicking ass” in Iraq raises the concern that the man running the most powerful nation in the world may be clinically insane.
Even in today’s post-Inconvenient Truth world, there is a pervasive fear that going environmentally green will land companies and individuals financially in the red. But many leading development institutions and policy-makers fail to understand that the ruthless exploitation for short-term profits could trigger an Enron-like collapse of “Earth, Inc.”
When Hugo Chavez became President of Venezuela in 1998, I celebrated the new savior of socialism. But when Chavez now says, “I doubt there is any country on this planet with a democracy more alive than the one we enjoy in Venezuela today,” I listen with dread and disappointment.
When I read about so many of our politicians who are so filthy with corruption and greed, it hits me that there is a giant black rat filling up our pleasant democracy and stinking up the place, and that rat is corruption. And I’m sick of it.
Whether at home or abroad, shopping seems to have become the national pastime in regions around the world. Shopping for pleasure is not a new phenomenon: the trouble with it today is that our generation cannot afford the financial and environmental costs that come with it.
Elliott Abrams, an influential neocon and pro-Israel lobbyist par excellence, has been the principal Middle East adviser on the National Security Council staff throughout most of the Bush administration – all without most Washington observers even noticing.
During the lazy lacuna of the 2005 Christmas break, the Australian “silly season” was suddenly interrupted by the serious when the country’s richest man, media magnate Kerry Packer, died of kidney failure. One of the most influential, colorful and controversial figures in Australia, Packer’s death marked the end of a momentous era.