Daily Archives: March 5, 2019

The Apocalypse Escape Plan Of The One Percent | VICE on HBO (Bonus)

VICE News

Published on Dec 8, 2018

Doomsday prep is bigger than ever, and it’s all thanks to the one percent. Thomas Morton reports.

Russia’s Arctic Development Push Starts With Military Muscle

VOA News

Published on Apr 17, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made development of the Arctic a key priority for his current term in office. Submarines, ice-breakers and military hardware have been deployed in the region as the Kremlin vows to ‘defend its interests’. In the city of Vorkuta; high above the Arctic Circle, Moscow’s plans have been greeted with cautious optimism. Henry Ridgwell reports. Originally published at – https://www.voanews.com/a/4351376.html

Frozen Dreams: Russia’s Arctic obsession


Financial Times

Published on Oct 20, 2016

This Climate Pioneer Is Trying To Stop The Arctic From Melting | VICE on HBO


VICE News
Published on Jan 18, 2018

Permafrost refers to frozen soil and water that covers nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere. With climate change warming the Arctic at an alarming rate, the permafrost is beginning to thaw. While this phenomenon can wreak havoc on infrastructure and transportation in places like Northern Alaska and Siberia, the real danger is the release of carbon and methane gas. There are more greenhouse gases trapped in these deep layers of permafrost than all human fossil fuel emissions released since the industrial age. Due to permafrost thaw, that trapped carbon is starting to escape into the atmosphere, creating a warming feedback loop that will make climate change even worse, and cause the permafrost to thaw even faster.

If this continues unchecked, scientists warn we could be on the verge of awakening ” the sleeping giant” of climate change. But some innovative climate pioneers are changing that. With the use of both cutting edge genetics, and an experiment that relies on geo-engineering, there is hope that the permafrost thaw can be slowed. VICE Correspondent, Ben Anderson, travels across the Arctic to see the devastating impact of thawing permafrost, and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen.

Sudan The Nubian Caravans – The Secrets of Nature

The Secrets of Nature
Published on May 27, 2014

Sudan, the biggest country in Africa. In the south the Nile with its feeder rivers dominates an almost impenetrable swamp landscape. Towards the north begins the Savanna, which blends into the Egyptian desert farther on. Since time immemorial camels have marked the dry areas of the land and determined the lifestyle of the various nomadic tribes.

BBC The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu


Sun ZuPublished on Feb 3, 2017

The story of legendary Timbuktu and its long-hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts. With its university founded around the same time as Oxford, Timbuktu is proof that the reading and writing of books have long been as important to Africans as to Europeans.

When The Dutch Ruled The World: Rise and Fall of the Dutch East India Company

Business Casual

Published on Sep 14, 2018

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s economic centers, despite its small size. This surprising twist of history is due, however, to a less savory turn of events.

During the 16th century the Dutch were under the dominion of the Spanish Empire and they didn’t like that very much. They fought for their independence for 80 years and their country suffered greatly because of it.

Back then the Spanish controlled the lucrative Asian spice trade, which the Dutch economy relied on. However, when the Spanish closed off Lisbon (then the spice hub of the world) the Dutch had no choice but to sail to the Far East and claim the spice trade for themselves.

While the Spanish were bogged down in a costly war against the English, the Netherlands swooped in and took over the Asian spice trade through their Dutch East India Company (VOC). In the span of a few decades this new business venture grew to massive proportions and funded the Dutch independence effort, as well as massive land reclamation.

Eventually the VOC declined and a perfect storm of wars abroad and at home eventually destroyed it. But after two centuries of operation this one company left an impressive legacy of colonial scars and capitalist wealth that still influences the Netherlands to this day.

Under the kind patronage of Nagabhushanam Peddi, James Gallagher & Brett Gmoser.