Olympics, Oxfam, SpaceX: what do they have in common?

Olympics, Oxfam, SpaceX: what do they have in common?

In order to grasp the ethical relationship between the on-going PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Oxfam, an international partnership of charitable organizations fighting poverty, and the recent launching of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, now the world’ most powerful privately-developed space launch vehicle, it is important to have some background, as follows: Russian athletes banned in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics … Continue reading

The World in 2018

The World in 2018

Outlets from media to think tanks to governments have published their annual prognostications for the year ahead. From sports, to culture, to economics, to global politics, here I present a calendar of events, as well as predictions for the next 365 days. Sports The 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Pyeonchang, South … Continue reading

“Locked and loaded” for ship collisions: is the US Navy too arrogant to give way?

“Locked and loaded” for ship collisions: is the US Navy too arrogant to give way?

Not one, but two United States Navy maritime collisions have occurred in less than two months in the “freedom of navigation” sea lanes the US government proclaims of the seas in the Far East. On August 21 the American USS John S McCain warship collided with a Liberian-flagged commercial vessel Alnic MC which damaged the … Continue reading

US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change accord should not be a surprise

US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change accord should not be a surprise

  Early last month, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Climate Change accord, which was signed by 195 countries in December 2016 to help address global warming. Trump cited that the climate deal imposed unfair environmental standards on American businesses, calling it a “draconian” international pact. … Continue reading

Qatar and GCC row: Behind the headlines

Qatar and GCC row: Behind the headlines

In a move that surprised even keen observers Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and other Middle East countries have severed diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar this week. The official reason for the public to consume was to protect from “various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” as … Continue reading

Fake News: the new name of propaganda

Fake News: the new name of propaganda

There used to be a song with the lyrics “before you accuse me take a look at yourself” which was popularized by the English singer and songwriter Eric Clapton. The ‘mass hysteria’ regarding the frenzied ‘proliferation’ of what they now brand as ‘fake news’ has enraged the ruling establishment and the media alike. But really, … Continue reading