Geopolitics & resource wars
<p>The second basic debate that consumes the world left is that between what I call "developmentalism" and what may be called the priority of civilizational change. We can observe this debate in many parts of the world.
<p>In this third and final article in this series, we will discuss seven new ways of living which we can adopt as economic growth fails. They are not revolutionary (revolutions never achieve their utopian visions because of something called "human nature"). Rather, they may allow us to "muddle through" the best we can right now with what we already know how to do.
<p>- Which (Mid East) tyrant will fall next?<br />
- Juan Cole: 2011 Revolutions and the End of Republican Monarchy in the Arab world<br />
- Guardian: US military retains global reach, but role as world leader is gradually ending<br />
- Immanuel Wallerstein: The United States versus Everybody<br />
- Noam Chomsky: The Decline Of America (but no competitiors in sight)</p>
<p>- Iran Threatens to Block Oil if West Sets New Sanctions<br />
- Fracking Opens Fissures Among States as Drillers Face Many Rules<br />
- 'Secret' Environment Canada Presentation Warns of Oilsands' Impact on Habitat<br />
- Nickel-hydrogen low energy nuclear reaction (links)</p>
<p><a href="http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-12-27/energy-dec-27">read more</a></p>
<p>- A Village in Revolt Could Be a Harbinger for China<br />
- Todd Gitlin on Occupy<br />
- Eric Hobsbawm on 2011: ‘It reminds me of 1848...’</p>
<p><a href="http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-12-27/occupy-dec-27">read more</a></p>
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/ASPO -USAlogo80.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="80" height="80" /></span>A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:<br />
-Oil and the global economy<br />
-Sanctioning Iran<br />
-Europe on hold<br />
-Instability spreads<br />
-Quote of the week<br />
<p>Kazakhstan is moving fast to pacify its restive west as a new video circulates in which police shoot and beat retreating oil workers protesting labor conditions. Two reasons: With parliamentary elections three weeks away, President Nursultan Nazarbayev (pictured above) wants to stamp out any political narrative conflicting with his long-time assertion of keeping Kazakhstan stable.
<p>- Egyptian Military Advisor: Protesters Should "Be Thrown Into Hitler’s Ovens"<br />
- Krugman: Will China Break?<br />
- China's epic hangover begins<br />
- China's top paper praises settlement of village dispute<br />
- Greek woes drive up suicide rate to highest in Europe<br />
- Fragments of a Defunct State (haves vs have-nots in Russia)</p>
<p>- NYT: Defying Police Crackdown, Kazakh Protests Continue<br />
- The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator<br />
- Kazakhstan: Riots Not Prelude to Arab Spring<br />
- Seeing Revolution Everywhere: the 'Kazakhstan Spring' That Isn't</p>
<p>The results of OPEC's latest meeting to set oil production quotas were announced this morning. Instead of production targets for individual countries, a group production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day was set.
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://www.energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/ASPO -USAlogo80.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="80" height="80" /></span>A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:<br />
-Oil and the global economy<br />
-Iraq on its own<br />
-IEA's December oil market report
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/dmitry_orlov_at_beach.thumbnail.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="100" height="72" /></span> There are many uncertainties to how a European collapse might unfold, but Europe is at least twice as able to weather the next, predicted oil shock as the United States.
<p>- Global climate change treaty in sight after Durban breakthrough (video and text)<br />
- What happened in Durban?<br />
- Durban: good science always wins (Ugo Bardi)<br />
- Obama Winning Climate Debate as China Opens to Legal Accord<br />
- The young and the restless: Kids sue government over climate change</p>
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://www.energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/ODAC.thumbnail.JPG" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="100" height="45" /></span>OPEC head Abdullah El-Badri warned European leaders on Wednesday against imposing sanctions on Iranian oil, stating that the 865,000 barrels a day which goes mostly to Southern Europe would be diff
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://www.energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/cristian3.thumbnail.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="100" height="66" /></span> On 5 December 2011, GRAIN received the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize", at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.