No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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Turning Sochi Into Russia’s Coming Out Party

Last weekend marked a year until the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. One of the reasons that both the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, the governing body of world football, often award countries the venue for these huge quadrennial global sporting events is to celebrate a “coming out party” to show that the host nation “has arrived.” The two biggest “parties” in recent years…

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ESC’s Toyota forecast on the money

On 29 January 2010, I posted a comment forecasting that Toyota will bounce back. Today, it was announced that Toyota retained its title as the world’s largest car manufacturer in 2010, with sales of 8.42 million vehicles, just ahead of the 8.39 million units sold by General Motors. In a…

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Сами с усами

Если Россия все еще хочет жить своим умом – это ее выбор Ключевой вопрос – может ли Россия избавиться от своего многовекового пофигизма и выйти на уровень Индии и Китая, а может, даже Запада и Японии. В замечательном фильме «Черный дождь» режиссера Ридли Скотта, глава якудза говорит главному герою, копу…

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Парадоксы модернизации

Парадоксы русской модернизации Modernity – западно-европейское изобретение, а не китайское. Попытаемся разобраться в том, что такое modernity, выяснив попутно некоторые западные unspoken assumptions – «непроговариваемые предположения». Ведь именно они объясняют, почему все попытки учить Запад, не приносят результатов и лишь вызывают обратный эффект. Мы также определим внешние и внутренние компоненты…

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The Other Side of Security. Energy in the East Rarely Receives Enough Attention

Although the December-January pricing spat between Russia and Ukraine focused attention on Europe’s dependence on outside sources of gas, the political/energy security nexus in East Asia has been acute for decades. In the mid-1990s, Kent E. Calder published the book “Asia’s Deadly Triangle: How Arms, Energy and Growth Threaten to…

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Post-imperial attitudes: Britain after the war and Russia today

MOSCOW. (Ian Pryde for RIA Novosti) – In November 1992, the president of the Kyrgyz Republic, Askar Akayev, a research physicist before going into politics, told me in an interview that although the former Soviet republics were flying apart just like the universe after the Big Bang, eventually they would…

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