28 January 2013

Podcast Interview on Global Systemic Breakdown and the Coming Paradigm Shift - with Legalise Freedom

Last week I was interviewed on the radio podcast show, Legalise Freedom, run by British writer and music journalist, Greg Moffitt, who has written for the BBC, Kerrang, among other publications.

Greg and I had a one-hour conversation ranging over the interconnected dynamic of global systemic crises from climate change and energy depletion, to economic crisis and food scarcity - not to mention the interlinkages with the propensity for violent conflict, social protests, "civil unrest" and state-militarisation. We also talk about science, anti-science, and the potential for a progressive paradigm shift in our society, politics, economy and culture - as well as the ultimate inevitability of the end of the hydrocarbon age this century.

Check it out here.

17 January 2013

Energy, Imperial Geostrategy in Africa, and the Deep Politics of the Mali Crisis - Letter in the Evening Standard 17.01.13

This letter was published in today's Evening Standard

Nabila Ramdani's endorsement of France's Mali intervention, supposedly "aimed at ridding Mali of particularly sinister insurgents," overlooks key factors which have now made themselves manifest in last night’s hostage seizures in Algeria.

Firstly, 'al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb' (AQIM) was, according to experts like Professor Jeremy Keenan from SOAS - the most cited academic in the world on North Africa - virtually manufactured in the region by Algerian intelligence services with clandestine US support. This short-sighted policy originated with the Algerian military junta's attempts to fabricate a justification for exterminating members of the peaceful Islamic Salvation Front after it won democratic elections decades ago. The policy was reinforced by NATO's intervention in Libya, shoring up Islamist militias with AQIM affiliations across the region.

Secondly, Ramdani naively ignores NATO's strategic interests in North Africa, described in 2007 by State Department adviser J. Peter Pham as "protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources... a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment.”

Mali is believed to have significant oil and gas potential. 

A confidential US embassy cable (8 May 2006) obtained by Wikileaks observes that a "significant impediment" to "extracting and transporting oil" in Mali is "regional political instability and terrorist activities."

With reports of extensive civilian casualties due to French airstrikes, it is far from clear that they will be  beneficial for Mali, even if Ramdani concedes they may be troublesome for France. Such military action will only lend legitimacy to the most virulent AQIM components of the insurgency. 

A better approach would be to cut off AQIM at source - by reigning in Algerian military intelligence

But perhaps that's not the point.

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

14 January 2013

The Crisis of Civilization - over 200,000 youtube views in 8 months!

Our documentary feature film on the end-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-the-beginning-of-the-new, The Crisis of Civilization, is still going viral! After a hugely successful festival circuit, hundreds of community screenings around the world, and national television broadcasts in the US and parts of Europe, we released the film for free online in March last year. As of this month, I'm thrilled to report that we breached the 200,000 view mark on youtube, and are getting thousands of new viewers everyday! So the Crisis film is really helping people wake up to the global challenges of the 21st century and the opportunities for transitioning to something beautiful.

If you've watched the film and want more, don't forget the book which inspired the film - A User's Guide the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It (Pluto/Macmillan). You can learn more about the book here, and even download the whole first chapter on climate change (which btw contains a detailed demolition of climate 'scepticism') for free.

In the meantime, Crisis director Dean Puckett has made an amazing new film called Grasp the Nettle, about his firsthand experience participating in the rise and fall of two radical social experiments in London. Check it out!

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