World military spending in 2010. Note that Iran’s is not a big enough proportion of world arms spending to show up on this graph, which doesn’t show countries that are lower than 2% of the global total. Courtesy Democratic Underground.
Archives for January 2012
Graffiti from Mission Street, San Francisco in honor of Mohamed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation kicked off the Tunisian Revolution, inspired the Tahrir Square demonstrations, and the Arab Spring: OWS San Francisco demonstration, California Street, January 20, 2012 (inspired by the Tahrir Square demonstrations of January 25, 2011, and after in Egypt): Occupy Wall Street in turn […]
Perhaps you’ve heard of “Makin’ Thunderbirds,” a hard-bitten rock & roll song by Bob Seger that I listened to 30 years ago while in college…
The European Union threatened Iran on Monday with cutting off petroleum imports into the 27 EU member states, and announced sanctions on Iranian banks and some port and other companies. Iran sells 18 percent of its petroleum to Europe, and Greece, Italy and Spain are particularly dependent on it. Europe also sells Iran nearly $12 […]
This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains…
What are the big stories in the Arab world today? A newly elected parliament is being seated, and a deposed president is leaving the country. But beyond that, the remarkable thing is that there are any political stories at all. There weren’t, a year and a half ago. The political stories of today are not […]
The election results for Egypt’s lower house have been announced, and the Muslim religious parties appear to have gained over 70% of the seats. The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming its Freedom and Justice Party took 47% of the 498 seats in the lower house of parliament. The hard line fundamentalist Nur Party won 29% of […]
The Emirates Solar Industry Association says that solar energy is competitive with natural gas already, without the need for more subsidies. Solar panels are rapidly falling in price, making solar ever more inexpensive. It can already compete with Liquefied Natural Gas, ESIA says. This is good news because there are looming military conflicts over natural […]
Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos discusses (with Keith Olbermann of the cable Current TV network) the Netroots’ victory over the Draconian SOPA bill that would have criminalized the internet.