March 24, 2023

A sea of tears

By Peter Polack A French knight of the Crusades, Geoffrey de Bouillon, was immortalised by the 16th century Italian poet Torquato Tasso in his epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata or Jerusalem Liberated, thus: for every drop of blood, a sea of tears. The Ukraine is awash in martyrs from babies, women, mayors and their family members, cyclists […]

Lavrov and the obsolescence of society

By Peter Polack When Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, he and Russia, discarded centuries of science, culture and diplomatic engagement not to mention common sense. The comity among countries carefully nurtured in the post-World War 2 period has been rendered meaningless in one fell swoop. No amount of intervention was able to relent the bloodletting and […]

Russia: The most dangerous words

By Peter Polack An early sign of the Ukraine conflict unfolding into generational warfare can be discerned from the recent video of a boy soldier, armed with a machine gun, performing roadside security checks in the Donbas.  The innocence lost by youth exposed to widespread atrocities committed by the Russian army is not a new […]

Russian Fires: Is arson the new IED?

By Peter Polack The imperialist ambitions of Russia under the cover of state media and restricted information have been beset by the exposure of a string of seemingly unconnected fires. A state defence research facility, major chemical factory, fuel depots, military enlistment offices, medical facilities, vehicles and forests have all fallen victim to fires recently. […]

How the American Legislative Exchange Council turns disinformation into law

State lawmakers introduced nearly 2,900 bills based on ALEC templates from 2010 through 2018. More than 600 of them became law. By Elliott Negin / Independent Media Institute In June 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning the state from contracting with or investing in businesses that divest from coal, oil or natural […]

10 reasons why hydropower dams are a false climate solution

Not only does hydroelectric power fail to prevent catastrophic climate change, but it also renders countries more vulnerable to climate change while emitting significant amounts of methane, one of the worst greenhouse gases. By Josh Klemm and Eugene Simonov / Independent Media Institute A river is a spectacular living corridor that feeds forests, fisheries, coastal […]

As Cryptocurrency becomes mainstream, its carbon footprint can’t be ignored

As Bitcoin prices rise, so will the incentive to mine it, creating a feedback loop that spells trouble for the climate. By Robin Scher / Independent Media Institute For advocates of cryptocurrency, the promise of an economic future that is managed by a blockchain (a decentralized database that is shared among the nodes of a […]

Whales will save the World’s Climate—unless the military destroys them first

By Koohan Paik-Mander / Independent Media Institute The U.S. military is famous for being the single largest consumer of petroleum products in the world and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its carbon emissions exceed those released by “more than 100 countries combined.” Now, with the Biden administration’s mandate to slash carbon emissions “at least in half by the end of […]

How Facebook’s quest for profits is paved on hate and lies

New revelations by a whistleblower prove that the world’s largest social media platform understands clearly its negative impact on society, but that profits are a greater lure than preserving democracy. By Sonali Kolhatkar / Independent Media Institute Facebook’s former employee Frances Haugen, in an interview on “60 Minutes,” explained to host Scott Pelley that the social media […]

Tech billionaires are actually dumber than you think

It turns out that many of today’s billionaires are selfish, lonely men fantasizing about how they will survive the end times they have played a part in creating. By Sonali Kolhatkar / Independent Media Institute In mid-September, for just a few days, Indian industrialist Gautam Adanientered the ranks of the top three richest people on earth […]