The nature of fragilities is different among countries. A common feature between fragile states is that they are mostly conflict-affected countries.
According to the U.N.-WBG Pathways for Peace study, for every $1 spent in prevention, around $16 is saved along the way. The World Bank has taken deliberate decisions to increase funds in fragile and conflict-affected situations from $7 billion $14 billion, and to increase presence of the World Bank in fragile states.
With the dogs of war on full alert, something extraordinary happened at the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) late last week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Virtually unknown across the West, the SCO is the foremost Eurasian political, economic and security alliance. It’s not a Eurasian NATO. It’s not planning any humanitarian imperialist adventures. A single picture in Bishkek tells a quite significant story, as we see China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, India’s Modi and Pakistan’s Imran Khan aligned with the leaders of four Central Asian “stans”.
Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection.
It would widen the “forever war,” which Trump said he would end, to a nation of 80 million people, three times as large as Iraq. It would become the defining issue of his presidency, as the Iraq War became the defining issue of George W. Bush’s presidency.
The Grayzone‘s Max Blumenthal has published the first part of an investigative series on how so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are being used to manipulate the narrative about what’s going on in Syria by posing as impartial investigative bodies and circulating pro-imperialist disinformation to the western political/media class as objective fact. Part one is titled “Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor“, and it documents a mountain of evidence that one of these “NGOs” is in fact very much state-funded and highly biased in favor of anti-Assad forces, yet still gets cited as an independent source by western mass media outlets in a way that just so happens to help make the case for western interventionism in Syria.
American Gray Swans – Week 24 – When Technology Fails!
When Technology Fails! An excellent book written by Matt Stein. It is a very simple concept. Our world today is totally controlled by technology. And we all know that technology can fail, does fail, and will fail. When we analyze the technological systems in the US, we find that virtually our entire food chain is control by Technology.
The whole concept of the American Gray Swans is to prove to anyone with a brain that our Food Distribution system is controlled by many forms of Technology. And those forms of Technology can fail, and can fail in many ways, and can fail big. Worse yet, some are guaranteed to fail in our present positioning, it is just a matter of time. It is our Achilles Heel, and will be our bane if we ignore it.
Capital T Truth used to be mankind’s conduit to reality. To even state it that way now may invite censure for sexism, since the word “man” has lately been burdened with toxic overtones; while the concept of sexism itself is tinged with the unreal notion that the hard-wired tensions between men and women should not be allowed to exist and must be abolished. That’s how hopelessly complex it’s getting. The divorce between truth and reality is nearly complete now that everybody has his/her/zhe’s own truth, and the facts are just ornaments subject to rearrangement within anyone’s own story.
I am so very excited by the prospect of creating regional Open Source Agencies. “The truth at any cost lowers all other costs.” I now see so very clearly that my nine years at the CIA followed by five years creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity followed by sixteen years of wandering in the wilderness training over 7,500 and meeting over 3,250 experts across 97 categories of non-fiction thinking, were preparation for my final role in life: to help create Web 3.0 and a World Brain that lifts all of humanity back to a state of grace with Mother Earth and the larger cosmos.
The issue of toxic substances affecting human behavior is well established but not widely understood. Several years ago I read the book written by Dr. Paul Blanc (MD) of University of California San Francisco. A chemical well known from the rayon manufacturing industry is also produced by the breakdown of a certain herbicide (which had a major spill here in California some years back) and also by the ingestion of Antabuse, prescribed for alcoholism. Among many horrible side effects is sexual deviant behavior which was known about before the year 1900. Perhaps you could reach out to him for a posting for your blog. We have to get the religious conservatives on board to clean up our medical system and our environment.