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Corporate armies, overpopulated cities and medical apartheid — this is what the British Ministry of Defence sees on the horizon.

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Future Shock

Modern militaries are perhaps some of the most reliable people from which to understand how the world will change in the next century. While politicians or media pundits can afford to speculate, there are few things which require a more hard-nosed realism than military planning.

As such, armies and military…

Controlling the fuel of the 21st century.

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“Saudi Arabia has oil. We have the rare earth.” Chinese Premier Deng Xiaoping, cerca 1987.

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

As much of the world was bound to their television screens watching the United States extricate themselves from Afghanistan, Beijing was planning their next move.

At the heart of these plans were Afghanistan’s rich endowment…

The Afghan collapse will ripple throughout the world.

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The Taliban Resurgent

Afghanistan has come to symbolise both the waste of the military -industrial complex and the hubris of imperial projects aimed at countries on the other side of the globe. In total, the US spent some 2.2 trillion dollars on the conflict, which has done nothing but weaken American hegemony.

Now…

Superpower competition enters orbit.

A low-Earth orbit presence will be vital for countries seeking to mantain an economic and military advantage over their rivals. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay.

New Frontiers

On 17th of June, China launched her Shenzhou-12 rocket into orbit to dock at the international space station. Impressive as it was, it was only the latest space-based success for the ascendent superpower.

In early December of last year, China became the second nation in history, and the first one…

The cryptocurrency continues to find rapid adoption in the world’s trouble spots.

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Greenshoots

Change comes slowly then all at once.

Often it starts at the periphery and then spreads until it becomes a cascade. And in a world of increasing technological complexity, this cascade of change will overturn the old order even quicker than it would have before.

This is what is happening…

The system is threatened from within and from without.

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The Death Of The American Dream

I’ve written before about the warnings of some of the biggest names in Wall Street in regards to American society and the global economy.

Now, another legendary investor is warning that the American-led system is facing an existential crisis. …

The start of a long unravelling.

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After-effects

While people are focused on the current numbers and spread of the coronavirus, it is worth considering the world that will emerge after it.

If we assume that vaccination efforts are successful and there are no more highly infectious variants, the West’s fight against the pandemic may be officially over…

How the plastic revolution threatens our species.

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Plastic Planet

Since the invention of plastics in the 1950s, humanity has produced an estimated 8 billion tonnes, with only around 10% being recycled.

Most goes to landfills where it gradually breaks down into so-called ‘microplastics’ and ‘nanoplastics,’ tiny pieces of material (often the size of dust particles) which then seep into…

How did a digital currency become a threat to global empire?

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Born From Chaos

Bitcoin is an asset which was founded within, and designed for a chaotic world. The first ‘block’ was created in 2009, when the devastation wrought by the global financial crisis was still rippling throughout the world.

When this newly created asset began to slowly court mainstream attention, most dismissed it…

2020 marks the point of no return for the oil industry.

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The Oil Age

The modern oil age began with an alliance between the tribal family of the Al-Sauds who, after conquering the Arabian peninsula, needed military protection and found a willing patron in the form of the United States.

The US, for their part, had just defeated the Axis powers and found itself…

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