Geopolitics 2015

 

ASSIGNMENTS

"An honest answer can get you into a lot of trouble....but trouble is exactly what we're looking for" - Anonymous

Next Big Future

      Scientist Finally Know What stopped the Mongol Hordes

The Era of American Global Dominance is Over

The End of the Chinese Dream?

Obama to UN 2016

Iran's Strategy

Before the Flood

The 11th Hour

Thiel for Trump

Obama for Clinton

Who to Vote for Quiz

Humans Disappear


9/9  #0 Read  Course Requirements

 What you Really Need to Learn  Read,  print and Bring to class

1. Rank the 10 things you think you  really need to learn in order from most to least of importance.



#23 The Shatterbelt

 

1. Color and Label the countries on this blank map.....Europe

 

2. Read: Will Russia, Germany save Europe from war?

 

Russia Threat

 

Overview of Europe

Russia

Germany

Ukraine

Belarus

Greece

Croatia

Turkey

Syria

Eqypt

Saudi Arabia

North Caucuses

Iran

China

Fragmentation in Europe

France

 

Full Exclusive Interview Vladimir Putin

Al Jazeera Putin's Russia

The Power of Vladimir Putin

All About Putin

Truth Loader Putin

Putin's Wealth

Pussy Riot in Sochii

 

Europe

 

Germany and Immigration

 

East Asia

 

Evolving U.S. Strategy



#21 Read and outline A Concise History of Islam and the Arabs.  Pay particular attention to the terms listed below : (This will be collected!)

Kaaba

Muhammed

Khadija

Hijra

Abu Bakr

Ali

Caliph

 

Umma

Battle of Karbala

Ummayad

Abbasid

Safavid

Ottomans

Sykes Picot Agreement

Balfour Declaration

Pan Arabism

Hizbollah

Ayotollah

Muslim Brotherhood

Islamism

Sunni-Shia Split

 


SAUDI ARABIA

 The Middle East's Durable Map

Saudi Arabia: A Brief History

Saudi Arabia:: How Charity Begins

House of Saud re-embraces Totalitarianism


 IRAN

Read:

Iran: History and Culture (from Lonely Planet Guides)

Iranians ignore Sanction Pinch

An Oil Strategy In Case Iran Shuts down the Strait of Hormuz

Hormuz: Danger Waters

Oil, geopolitics and war with Iran

How Iran will fight back 


 


 

It may be  valuable to consider the distinction between "citizen" and - "consumers."  We humans  are referred to collectively as "the consumer".  Have our identities  been diminished to entities whose primary role is compulsive consumption of unneeded goods? What are the ecological, political, and cultural impacts of this shift in virtue? -

 

.....a related yet separate topic. Reflect on the question: what would it take to upgrade ourselves to CITIZENS again?

 

 

Create a Slogan, a jingle and a brochure for a  product that fits into  the concept of a Consumer Cultural  Revolution for Sustainability.

Criteria:

What is the Product?

What are its benefits?

What does it Cost?

How is it Delivered?

Why should people buy it?

* Provide a  Slogan, a jingle and a brochure

 

Resources

Technology Review (MIT)

Science Daily

Popular Mechanics

Discover Magazine

Energy Information Administration

GreenTV

 Federal Energy Tax Incentives

 


 How are the World's Largest Petroleum Companies Operating in the 21st Century?

 

Geological Exploration

Reserves/Countries of Operation

New Technologies

Community and Charitable Outreach

Government Subsidies

Conflicts

Employment...What types of Jobs are available at the company? Where are these jobs located? What skills are required?

 

BP

Exxon Mobil

Chevron

Petro China

Petrobras

Royal Dutch Shell

Conoco Philips

Total

 

 


 

#19 International Media Sources Compare and Contrast: Surf: Mindshare World   

 Watch The Listening Post: Peering into North Korea

Read Al Jazeera or China Daily (or use google news). Choose a story that has been written by one of the newspaper's staff reporters (i.e. try not to pick a story that was written by a wire service such as Reuters, A.P. or AFP)

Choose a story from one American newspaper (NYPost, USAToday, Washington Post , Boston Herald, etc.) on the same event.

Write down your observations pertaining to the differences in fact, tone, quality of journalism, and perspective. Does one seem more credible than another? On what do you base your conclusion? Hint, you can use Google news to view hundreds of articles from different newspapers on the same story.

 


Divided Reading: National Security and the Threat of Climate Change   The Encyclical (Pope and Climate Change)

 

 Everyone Reads pgs. 13-18 and 41-43

Group One: read and outline  pgs. 20-23

Group Two: read and outline pgs.24-27

Group Three: read and outline pgs. 29-31

Group Four: read and outline pgs. 31-35

Group Five:  read and outline  pgs. 36-41

 



 

#21 Energy

 

 


 


 

Migration

 

Rebuilding the Asylum System George Soros

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


Trans Humanism

Microchip Implants

 

 

International Drug Trade

Read:  

 Impact of Drugs on Society

Drugs: Iran and Afghanistan

  Drugs For Guns

 World failing to dent heroin trade, U.N. warns

Meth flourishes despite tracking laws

View: Drug Intelligence Brief: Anatomy of a Southeast Asian Heroin Conspiracy

Watch: Fault Lines: The High and the Mighty


 

Space Report:

Find a company that is innovating for the space race. Report on the product (products) and how they will be used. This could range from Rockets, to Ships, to spaceports, to robotics, terraforming, mining, housing, energy, electronics.

Be prepared to show us images or video of the product and to answer questions regarding the economic prospects of the company. Below is an article that could get you started but I encourage you to find your own companies.

Wanderers

A New Cold War

6 Private Companies

Spaceflight Companies look to R&D

Larger List!!


CYBER POLITICS

Read: It's Time to Write the Rules of Cyber War

Choose one of the articles from the Related Stories column on the right of the page and write a review. Be prepared to read the review to the class.

 

Target Hack

Data Brokers

kerseHacking News

TEDX Cyber

When the Whole World Has Drones

Banks Under Cyber Attack

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Stuxnet: A New Era of Warfare

Hackers Wanted

Anonymous Vs. North Korea

Anonymous: We Can Change the World

 

 

\/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/

   by

      +++The Mentor+++

         Written on January 8, 1986
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

        Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers.  "Teenager
Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...
        Damn kids.  They're all alike.

        But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,
ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker?  Did you ever wonder what
made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?
        I am a hacker, enter my world...
        Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of
the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...
        Damn underachiever.  They're all alike.

        I'm in junior high or high school.  I've listened to teachers explain
for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction.  I understand it.  "No, Ms.
Smith, I didn't show my work.  I did it in my head..."
        Damn kid.  Probably copied it.  They're all alike.

        I made a discovery today.  I found a computer.  Wait a second, this is
cool.  It does what I want it to.  If it makes a mistake, it's because I
screwed it up.  Not because it doesn't like me...
                Or feels threatened by me...
                Or thinks I'm a smart ass...
                Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...
        Damn kid.  All he does is play games.  They're all alike.

        And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through
the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is
sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is
found.
        "This is it... this is where I belong..."
        I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to
them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
        Damn kid.  Tying up the phone line again.  They're all alike...

        You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at
school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip
through were pre-chewed and tasteless.  We've been dominated by sadists, or
ignored by the apathetic.  The few that had something to teach found us will-
ing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

        This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the
beauty of the baud.  We make use of a service already existing without paying
for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and
you call us criminals.  We explore... and you call us criminals.  We seek
after knowledge... and you call us criminals.  We exist without skin color,
without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals.
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us
and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

        Yes, I am a criminal.  My crime is that of curiosity.  My crime is
that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like.
My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me
for.

        I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto.  You may stop this individual,
but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

                               +++The Mentor+++

 


POPULATION

 

 Read:  War of the World

Answer:

 1. According to the article above, what are three obstacles to population control

2. What are the ways in which those obstacles can  be overcome?

 

Optional: The Coming Anarchy  (199

Population and Ikea Boxes

The Only Way to Stop Population Growth 

Converging World

200 Countries, 200 Years

7 Billion

 

Optional: Thomas Malthus: Essay on Population       and    William Godwin Responds

Answer: 1. What is the general view toward human behavior and economy in the writing of Thomas Malthus?

                2. Why does William Godwin disagree? What is his reasoning?

Optional: The Coming Anarchy  (1994)

 


 

 Urbanization:   

 

 Time and Google: Time Lapse Climate and Development

Urbanization:    Best Practices presentations

Be prepared to tell us the best practices associated with your urbanization category.

The Greatest Migration

 

 

Below is a list of possible resources.

 Dhaka: Fastest Growing Mega-City

Future MegaProjects

How do we Build the Cities of Tomorrow?

 Jakarta: Bursting at the Seams (video)

 Going Green in Abu Dhabi

Cities May Sprout Vertical Farms

Dynamic Architecture in Dubai

City Mayors

Tianjin: The Future of Cities?

WebUrbanist

Cities That Are Running out of Water

Future Timeline

Cool City Maps (REALLY!)

 

High-speed-rail-map

 

 




VI. Outer Space

 Read:

Shooting For the Moon

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of Statesin the Exploration and Use of Outer Space,including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

Space Law: FAQ (United NAtions: Scroll down for brief explanations)

Colonization of Space (NASA)


 #24 Read

Space Fence

Star Wars: Lawmaker Touts Soldiers in Space

Air Force War Game Highlights Space Deterrent

Lack Of Space Assets Limits Chinese Military


 #25 Space reports:

Write a brief report on your assigned area. Include current and future projects. Assess cooperation with other agencies and/or states. Also include the overall policy goals (as best you can).

Europe

Russia

China

United States

 

India

Japan

Private Enterprise

 

Search the Resources our  main page for info, also, the following  may get some of you started:       

 EIACountry Analysis Briefs The Strategic Space of International Transportation,

More:

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Global Security.org

NASA

CSNA (China Space Agency)

European Space Agency

Virgin Galactic


 VII. Geopolitics of the Future

Future Timeline

Unmanned drone attacks and shape-shifting robots: War's remote-control future

WATCH: Halfway Human

WATCH:   "The New City" and  Future States (PBS)    and  The Most Peaceful World Ever

 

  Read:The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

 The Next 100 Years  George Friedman

Watch: Fighting in the Fifth Dimension

Answer:  One Page: With which of these predictions do you agree. Explain. Which do you find fanciful. Explain

 Turkey Takes over the Arab Spring

Turkey and Egypt seeking Alliance

The Next 100 Years

Future Shock: Welcome to the New Middle Ages

The Next Decade

Read: The Art of Selling

Toxic Colonialism

Global Forecast

Europe

Scenarios: The Future of the Nation-State

The Future of the Nation-State 

 Civil Society and the Future of the Nation-State

 The Asian World Order?

Answer: Which of the Four Global Futures do you deem most likely? Explain why you believe this to  be so.

Read:  Four Alternative Global Futures

Millenium 3000 Scenarios  (Excerpts from the State of the Future at the Millennium)

 Possible Geopolitical Futures


Conspiracy Investigation.

Information Clearing House (News you won't find on CNN)

Democratic Underground

Hate groups-Conspiracy theories

Masonic Conspiracies

The News Underground

American Freedom News

Cloak and Dagger

Infowars.com

The TWA Flight 800 investigation

 The Conspiratorium-Excellent New Material

How Clinton And Company And The Bankers Plundered Russia In The '90s [Free Republic]

 An Inconvenient History - The Russian Money Laundering Pyramid [Free Republic]

Bilderburg.org

 Bilderberg - Shadow World Government? The Power Elite - Undermining democracy and other bits of my research

  The Truth about the Seattle riots--NEW

 ParaScope: Something Strange is Happening!

  Dr. Jose Delgado, Member of the Consortium, Mind Control and Hallucinogens

 The Bill Clinton Page

Bush Watch

FBIcover-up.com --NEW!

 EPIC -- Former Secrets -- Documents Released Under the FOIA

 

 

 

The Power of the Powerless (excerpted)

Full Text

 


 #16 What's Wrong With This Picture ,      The National Entertainment State      Media Ownership  The Death of Journalism

 

Choose one of the Media Companies below and answer the following:

 

a. What is the global reach of the company? How many countries do they broadcast to?

b. How diversified is media is the company i.e...... How many different types of media do they own?

c. What are some of the brands that the company markets?

d. How many people does the sum of the media's holdings reach?

 

CBS Corporation

 NBC Universal Comcast

TimeWarner

Viacom

News Corporation

The Walt Disney Company


The Top 200 Global Corporations: The Rise of Corporate Global Power  and  Business Doesn't Rule

1. In your assessment why would Sarah Anderson feel threatened by Corporate Power?  

2. Explain two reasons why Philippe Legrain doesn't believe that corporations pose a significant threat to life as we know it.

 3.  Read: WORLD: Corporate Balancing Act (Financial Times);     Corporate Leadership for the 21st Century: Sustainability Experience Required  What questions does the article from the Financial Times raise about corporate power? To what extent do corporations bear responsibility for social problems? What responsibilities do you think corporations should  have toward a society that government does not? Is it fair to blame corporations for poverty, disease, and environmental pollution? If so why? If not, who is to blame?

 


 Corporate Reports: 

Source:  Fortune.com/CNN: Company Profiles

Complete a report on the company that you were assigned in class. Answer the questions below as best as possible. Use the resources provided as well as your own searches. Answer each question with a separate paragraph heading. (See example)

Answer:

What is the name of the company?

How old is the company?

What is the "home" country of the company?

What is the main business of the company? (What does the company sell)

What are the totals in Revenue, Assets, and Profits of the company?

How many people does the company employ?

In what countries does the company do business?

To what degree is the company involved in Philanthropy?

What is the company's status with regard to  human rights and the environment?

Include any items of interest and items worthy of mention.

Resources: *Be sure to visit your company's website! (There are links through the Fortune.com site)

Fortune.com/CNN: Company Profiles

CorpWatch.org

Corporate Philanthropy

 

 



 

9/14 #1 Read:  Geography Strikes Back (Robert Kaplan)

Answer: Write at least one paragraph that explains the extent to which you agree or disagree with  Kaplan's essay.

Video: Revenge of Geography


 

9/15 #2    Geopolitical Perceptions II  

Read: The Effects of Representations of Space (bring to class as well)

 

Answer:

 

1.  Give your own example of each of the following ways that space is represented :

 

a. cartographic   b. political    c. Cartesian Perspectivalism    d. optical    e. transcendental    f.  biological

 

Maps Your Textbook Won't Show You

 

Animated Maps that will Change your Perspective

 


 

9/16 #3 Geography and Politics: Perspective and Power

MAP SKILLS: Central and Southwest Asia

On the blank map provided through the link above,  Color in and label: Countries,  Leaders,  Capitals, Oil Reserves, Rivers of Significance, Straits, Canals, Oceans, Gulfs, Bays, Hydroelectric Dams, Population and anything else you deem geographically significant.

Helpful Link:  CIA Factbook


   

Geopolitical History and Theory

 

9/19  #4   The End of Geopolitics? Part I: Modern Geopolitics

 

Answer:

1. What is Geopolitics? 

2. What are the three elements of Modern Geopolitical theory presented in The End of Geopolitics......

3. In your own words, write the Grand Narrative that O'Toal argues is the essence of Modern Geopolitical thought. Make it clear and simple.

 

ISIL Narrative

 


 

  9/21 #6 Read Geopolitics Reborn   and  In Defense of Classical Geopolitics and  New Silk Road

 

Answer:

 

Define:  State, Nation-State, Sovereignty

1. What is the Organic-State Theory?

2. Explain the Geo-Strategic ideas of Alfred Thayer Mahan and Sir Halford Mackinder

3. What is Geopolitik?

4. Explain the reasoning that Nicholas Speakman gives as to why the U.S. should project airpower across the globe.

 

Why We Fight: The Nazi's Strike

 No joy in US or Chinese exceptionalism

Mitt Romney: The Need for a Mighty U.S. Military


 

9/23 #7 Read, print out, and  bring to class:  Aristotle: The Politics, excerpts on State and Government

 

Answer:

1.     How does Aristotle define the State?

2.     According to Aristotle, what is a Citizen?

3.     List and describe the three forms of government and their perversions.

4.     What does he propose are the primary concerns/responsibilities of a government? 

 5.  Which form of government does he think best? Why?


 

9/27  #14   Area Studies: CIA World Factbook

 

Didn't assign in class so pick any country you like and complete the assignment below. (don't pick the United States)

 

1. Use the links above and construct a bullet list of features about the country you choose.  Be prepared to locate on a world map. Include the following information:

1. Land area 2. Coastline 3. Population. 4. Population growth rate and Life Expectancy 5. Arable land  6. Agriculture products 7. GDP, GDP per capita, and GDP growth rate 8. Exports 9. Imports 10. Export/ Import Partners 11. Current Account Balance and Debt. 12.Form of Government  13. Electricity Consumption and Production 14. Oil Consumption and Production 15. Natural Gas Consumption and Production 16. Primary language 17. Environmental concerns 18. Climate 19. Predominate religion 20. Literacy Rates 21. Internet Users  22. Neighbors of Note  23. Urbanization 23. Anything else you find interesting or of note.

 

 

2. On a scale of 1-10, ten being the best, rate your state on its success in meeting the criteria that Aristotle proposes  as it pertains to Statehood. Comprehensive National Power Framework

 


 

 9/29 #8  United States Geo-Strategy for the 21st Century 

  

 

Answer:

1. What does the  U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense  document say are the regions that the United States will be most focused on in the 21st Century? What are  the reasons given for this focus?

2. From the section in the  document  titled Primary missions of the U.S. Armed Forces,  rank from 1-5 those missions that you believe are most vital to the United States in the 21st Century.

 

Geopolitical Risks 2015

Putin at the UN 2015

Obama at the UN 2015

 


 

10/5 #9 Read:   The End of Geopolitics? Part II: Postmodern Geopolitics Postmodern Geopolitics in the 21st Century;   If it Feels Right (nytimes)  and  Posteverything Generation (scroll to the comments as well)

 

Answer:

 

1.  From your understanding of the reading, what is post-modernism?

2.  Outline and explain the elements of  Post-Modern Geopolitics.

 

Read:  New Treaty allows China.....

China broadcasts confession of Chinese-American blogger

 


 

10/7 #9A What is the new narrative?  Who is the United States?  What should we be?

 

1. What are the values we should seek to advance? Should those efforts be limited to within the borders of the United States?

2. What should we seek to achieve, even if not supported by other countries.

3. What should we seek to prevent, no matter how it happens, and even if alone?

4. What should we not engage in even if urged by multilateral groups or an alliance?

 


 

  10/ 13 #10 What is Globalization?

 

Read:

 Thomas Friedman: A Manifesto For The Fast World 

Dont Just Do Something. Sit There (Friedman)

Globalization I

Globalization II

Pax Sinica

 

 

Watch: New World Order        New World Order II   

 

Trump vs. HillaryIs Nationalism vs. Globalism 2016 

The Trump Doctrine: Crosstalk RT

Globalism is Demonic

 

 

Optional:

Watch: Obama Speech to UN Sept 25, 2013

            Obama Speech to the UN. Sept 25, 2012  

            One World is Enough: The Police 1981

Listen: Ghost in the Machinenational Affairs??

 



 

 10/19 #11 United States Geopolitical Strategy            Read: The National Security Strategy of the United States 2015  

 

 Position Paper #1 (To be collected and graded)

 

What is the stated Goal of the United States  National Security Strategy?   Based on your understanding of the field of geopolitics, what is the geopolitical tradition from which the National Security Strategy of the United States is derived? Is it informed by  modern (a.k.a. classical) geopolitics, post-modern geopolitics or some other geopolitical formula? Which ideas have influenced it most (i.e Ratzel, Kjellen,Mackinder, Mahan, Spykman, Haushofer, Kissenger, Rumsfeld, Brzezinski, Wolfowitz, Bush, Clinton, Cheney, Obama, Petraeus, Kaplan.....) Assess the Strategy based on your own vision for the future. Is it too strong, too weak, just right? Elaborate in your conclusion.

 

Use specific references from the assigned readings and  from all of the homework to date (Two page maximum, typed and double spaced. )

 

Compare if you Dare :

 The National Defense Strategy of the United States 2008

 The National Security Strategy of the United States 2010

 

 


The Struggle for Control

 

 

10/20 #12 Read:  Propaganda Under a Dictatorship 

Answer:

1. What attitude must the Dictator have toward human nature and politics if he is to succeed in gaining and maintaining control.

2. What is herd-poisoning? Why is it an effective means of power projection for the dictator? Can you give a current example of where herd poisoning occurs?

 

Optional:

 Academic Dream Team Helped Obama's Efforts

The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley

On the Individual

Der Feurers Face

Putin's Propaganda Machine

 


 

10/24  #13  Read: Over Organization  

Answer:

 

1. What are the characteristics of  the  New Social Ethic that Huxley's describes in his essay Over Organization?

2. According to Huxley, how have Individuals been affected by technological advances in recent years?

 

 

3. Make a list of the following:

a. Television shows you watched on a regular basis as a young child...and now.

b.  Video Games you play on a regular basis

c.  News Organizations you receive news from on a regular basis.

d. Websites you visit most frequently.

 

4.  How does the human "appetite for distractions" allow for an unforeseen type of manipulation?

 

Optional  Readings:

 

The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley

Hooked on Growth

The Psychology of Power

 Propaganda in a Democratic Society



 

11/2 13a In Class:  Frontline Documentary: The Persuaders 

 

 Find an advertisement to play in class that appeals to emotion  and seeks to gain "Loyalty Beyond Reason" (i.e. irrational devotion)

 

Optional: Apple is Obviously a Cult


 

 

#14  In Class:  Frontline Documentary: The Persuaders      NeuroPolitics

 

 

Advertisement Analysis:  Choose two advertisements: One political and one commercial.   ( TV, Internet, Embedded, Print....your choice.) Bring the ad to class.

Analyze: 

1. What is the target market? i.e  Adults, Children, Male, Female, Ethnicity, Socio/Economic class.....

2. To what extent does the ad seek to create Loyalty Beyond Reason? If so, how does it do this.

3. Is there a coded message? To what extent does the ad appeal to  unconscious/ reptilian/ non-rational passions?

4. Read: What They Know

 

Optional  Readings:

 Academic Dream Team Helped Obama's Efforts

The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley
Advertising Code of Ethics: American Marketing Association.

The Vatican's statement on advertising.

 


#15 Read: CIA and Data Collection  and   Google Glass: What You Should Know and Google Glass Orwellian Futures? and Point/Counterpoint: Cool or Just Weird (vid)

 

Watch:  

  I used Google Glass

 ADmented Reality with Google Glass(Parody)

 

1. Given  above articles....To what extent do you believe Google Glass might effect the principles of a democratic capitalist world system? Is this technology most  likely to support the principles or erode them?


 

The Geopolitical Implications of Human Consumption

 

 

11/9 Read: The Long Descent  Chapter 1 The End of the Industrial Age  (pgs 1-34) 

1. What is Hubberts Curve? What does it predict?

2. What are the arguments made by the book "Limits to Growth". Do you find them to be valid?

3. Why has petroleum been so important in modern civilization? Be specific. Explain the reasons why it will be so difficult to replace petroleum.

4. Do you agree with the authors supposition that the Ancient Maya are a relevant example to what is happening in our civilization now? Explain.

5. What is your Carbon Footprint? Calculate yours using one of the following sites.

Simple  BP Carbon Footprint Calculator

Detailed   Personal Emissions Calculator (US Dept. of Environmental Protection)

 


 

 

11/30 #20  Read: Anarcho-primitivism: Encyclopedia II

 

1. What is the main belief of the Anarcho-Primitivist?

2. What are the mechanisms of Domestication?

3. What is their attitude toward technology? Why?

4. Some have called Anarcho-Primitivist ideology Apocalyptic. Do you agree or disagree. Explain.

 


 

Optional:

Watch: TED : COLLABORATION

Less Stuff More Happiness

In Praise of Idleness (Bertrand Russell 1932)

Becoming China's Farm Team

Biomimicry

Apple Campus II

Optional :

 The Hunt For Black Gold (cnbc)   

 The Earth is Full  

Abundance is our Future

 The Real Cost of Climate Change

Hans Rosling: Development

The Secret of the Seven Sisters

Post Carbon.org (videos)

German Green Village

Watch:  The MOST Important Video You'll Ever See (9min)

 

 

 


 

12/5 #22  Read

 

Welcome to the Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution

 

 

Jeremy Rifkin at the HuffingtonPost

 

 

Capitalism Cannot Save Us From Climate Change


 



 

Inside the Islamic State

Syria's War: Who is Fighting Who

Geopolitics in the Middle East

USS Ronald Reagan

Supercarrier

Inside the Pentagon

 


 North Korea Nuclear War

Nuclear Arsenal

Watch: "Party  Rock Anthem" North Korean Style

Frontline: Secret State of North Korea Jan 2014

Read: The Korean Enigma

Browse: Korea Times

Korea Video Clips

All About North Korea

Inside Undercover

South Korea Education Fever

 

South Korea Nation to Watch

 

Tech Schools

 

Smart City Seoul

 

The New Technologies in South Korea

Where to Find the Worlds Fastest Internet

 Lonely Planet History of Korea

 KOREA NORTH

 


 

12/21  #24: You Can't Understand ISIS if You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Pt 1  Alistar Crooke

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia  Alistar Crooke

Answer:

What is Wahabbism?

What has been it's goal in the Islamic World?

What had Saudi Arabia's role been in the development of Wahabbist Ideology?

What is the relationship of ISIS to Wahabbism?

FYI

Bulldozing the Border

The Doomsday Ideology

Saudi Time Bomb


 

The Asian-Pacific Century:

 

12/7 #23 Read: The Geopolitics of China: A Great Power Enclosed

China 2020 Paper Tiger

So Many Secrets in the East China Sea

Answer: 

 1. What are China's three geopolitical Imperatives? For each of these imperatives explain how China is attempting to address it.

Surf the  China Daily  and Global Times

Optional: America's Pacific Century


Sesame Credit

China's Future Megaprojects

China Rise: China or Bust

Turning Obedience Into a Game

Chasing the Chinese Dream

China's Silky Road to Glory

China's Belt and Road

One Belt One Road Initiative

China's Naval Strategy and Shipping Routes

China in Africa

Chinese Cabin Crew

How to Make Leaders

China's English Language Propaganda

The Song of the 13th Five Year Plan

When China Met Carolina

Britain Meets China

China's Geographic Challenge

Will China Colonize North Korea?

Jiang Zemin Scolds Reporter

The China Africa Project


Modern China  

 Read:      Renaissance!

Sesame Credit

 China's Peaceful Development

China to Nurture 7 Strategic Industries in 2011-2015

Alibaba Group

Alibaba and Jack Ma

The Alibaba Story (Bloomberg)

Jack Ma Charlie Rose 8min


 Politics of China's Rise:

 Read    

China's Peaceful Development

 Read: Where the Yangtze Meets the Congo

China's New Leaders Ban Red Carpets

South China Sea Maps

Surf the  China Daily  Here

Video: China The New Superpower


China Shapes the World (Choose one Article and write a brief review)

I.  Economic Explosion

   Read: The Next Big Future: Infrastructure

   China's Orbit  

                China or the U.S.

                Chimerica: A Marriage on the Rocks?


Answer:

1. How does China's economic development compare to the economic development of European and American powers? Is there anything China lacks? Is there anything they do better?

2. How is China using economic policies to maintain and increase stability?

3. What is Chimerica? Do you see this as a positive or negative arrangement?


 This is NOT Mao's China   (or is it?)

Surf: That's Shanghai

Surf:  Jobs Shanghai

China Bans Overly Entertaining TV


 China and the United States

In Bali for summitry,

 Obama announces trade deals

Hypersonic Bomb

It might not be Asia's Century After all

America's Fate?