Brave New Post-Pandemic World

By Malcolm Christie The world has changed beyond recognition in the last few weeks, at least in terms of economic activity (or lack of it). There has been a sudden halt to most of the things we do to earn a living and to transactions we carry out as part of day-to-day life. We areContinue reading “Brave New Post-Pandemic World”

Climate Change Notes

By Bryn Glover The COP26 conference in Glasgow, which was scheduled to take place in mid-November, has now been postponed until 2021 as governments around the world struggle to contain the spread of Covid-19. Indeed the conference centre that was set to host the UN climate talks has been converted into a hospital for coronavirusContinue reading “Climate Change Notes”

The Rise of Euro-Tribes

Brian Elmer on how the ‘Balkanisation’ of Europe is boosting separatist movements Imagine you are looking at a globe. The rotating map shows the world’s land mass and oceans. Different colours help you to spot the political boundaries so your eye goes immediately to the largest countries in terms of geography: Russia, Canada, Australia, China,Continue reading “The Rise of Euro-Tribes”

Syria’s refugees escape out of the firing line into a pandemic

By Liz Peck On 27th February, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would no longer stop refugees trying to cross its borders into Europe. The borders in question, with Greece and Bulgaria, have been closed since 2016. Inside wartorn Syria, meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of displaced people have fled their homes in Idlib provinceContinue reading “Syria’s refugees escape out of the firing line into a pandemic”

A Brief History of Ecology

By Bryn Glover Forty years ago, Stephen Croall and William Rankin described the relationship between humanity and the Earth in a nutshell. The biosphere surrounding the planet is like a thin coat of paint over a football, they suggested in Ecology for Beginners. The image is typical of the way they allude to the delicacyContinue reading “A Brief History of Ecology”

Book review A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond

by Daniel Susskind Allen Lane 2020 £20  ISBN: 0241321093 In the last issue of Green Socialist (GS 90), I took a quizzical look at the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will make an impact on the way we live and work in the future – or don’t work, because theContinue reading “Book review A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond”

Climate Change Notes

By Bryn Glover One of the serious consequences of a changing global climate is the loss of habitat for many species which have always occupied special small niches, and which do not have the ability to adapt to changes. The World Wild Life Fund has just published a report indicating that the rate of extinctionContinue reading “Climate Change Notes”

Toxic Planet

By Malcolm Christie AIR pollution is the world’s worst public health emergency. It directly causes some 40,000 deaths annually in the UK. Across the whole of Europe the figure is around 500,000 and for the whole world some seven million people die each year because of air pollution. And as with other social evils, itContinue reading “Toxic Planet”

Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future

By Hugh Barnes KABUL, 13 Nov 2001 (AFP) – The American spy had come to Afghanistan all kitted out for the first war of the 21st century, a rucksack bulging with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos – and then he jumped on his horse. Smart bombs and dumb animals have been the two main ingredients ofContinue reading “Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future”