Category Archives: Globalization
A national identity scheme goes global
THE founders of the internet were academics who took users’ identities on trust. When only research co-operation was at stake, this was reasonable. But the lack of secure identification is now hampering the development of e-commerce and the provision of public services online.
By Paul Joseph Watson
The 2014 Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark is taking place amidst a climate of panic for many of the 120 globalists set to attend the secretive confab, with Russia’s intransigence on the crisis in Ukraine and the anti-EU revolution sweeping Europe posing a serious threat to the unipolar world order Bilderberg spent over 60 years helping to build.
Inside sources confirm to Infowars that the elite conference, which will take place from Thursday onwards at the five star Marriott Hotel, will center around how to derail a global political awakening that threatens to hinder Bilderberg’s long standing agenda to centralize power into a one world political federation, a goal set to be advanced with the passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which will undoubtedly be a central topic of discussion at this year’s meeting.
“The only stable system, Wendt argues, is a fully unified world state that has the monopoly on legitimate coercive power. In fact, anticipating Farage, he suggests it could look like a more strongly empowered EU.”
Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), recently tried a new tack in his campaign to free Britain from the ‘shackles’ of European Union membership. The EU, he said, should not be viewed as a mutually beneficial economic and political union of 28 countries, but ‘as a prototype for those who would have us be part of one world government’.
One can imagine nods of affirmation from Farage’s mostly far-right, avowedly Euroskeptic supporters, and weary head-shaking from those more in the political mainstream. But actually, he’s not so far off.
By Katherine Rushton
Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America is an oligarchy. Instead of looking out for the majority of the country’s citizens, the US government is ruled by the interests of the rich and the powerful, they found. No great surprises there, then.
But the government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined. Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check.
Diplomacy is the second oldest profession in the world, Parag Khanna, of The New American Foundation, reminds us. This is, of course, a well-known joke. Diplomacy is as old as human history, and indeed has changed over time. In the latest installment of Big Think‘s Edge, Khanna, a best-selling author, discuses diplomacy today.
Diffusion of Power
“Mega diplomacy is a reminder that diplomacy has always been about anyone who has the status, the prestige, the resources, the authority to be involved in negotiations on an international, on a global level,” explains Khanna. Diplomacy has historically been linked to the state, but that’s not the case anymore.
The Internet grants new power to shaping diplomacy. Khanna discusses how it plays a critical role. “There is the power of the internet and communications technologies to allow any actor, whether it is again a university or a humanitarian group or a religious group, to reach out across the world and form their own connections,” he says.
Germany and Brazil are drafting a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former U.S. intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, U.N. diplomats said on Friday.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Charges that the NSA accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel’s mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe. Germany said on Friday it would send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House.
By J. D. Heyes
Students of history know and understand that empires rise and fall, because that is the nature of the world. That said, more than just a few analysts believe that the American empire is on the decline.
Yes, I said “empire,” because that’s exactly what the United States has become, though clearly our founding fathers never envisioned an America that wielded power and influence globally, and in ways that are increasingly focused on narrow, selfish interests.
To the casual observer, it might not yet be apparent, but to those focused on the big picture, the signs of decline are evident.
Take for instance calls by China in recent months to “de-Americanize” the world; given that China is our largest creditor, that’s a pretty important development.
‘Time to start considering building a de-Americanized world’
According to a recent report by the International Business Times (IBT), China’s official news agency, Xinhua, called for this de-Americanization on the eve of the political battle over the debt ceiling, “saying the destinies of people should not be left in the hands of a hypocritical nation with a dysfunctional government.”