As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush’s refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day—war and global warming—has been stunning. And the media haven’t helped. Focusing on whether
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says in his new memoir: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: The Iraq War is largely about oil.” I asked him to elaborate: “It’s clear to me that were there not the oil resources in
It is an obvious point. It’s just too bad that he wasn’t willing to admit this before the invasion; his every utterance during his tenure at the Fed influenced decision-makers around the world, particularly in his own backyard at the White House.
As Naomi Klein, the author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” listened to Greenspan, she pointed out, “Under international law … it is illegal to wage wars to gain access to other countries’, sovereign countries’, natural resources.”
Which brings us to
The U.N. gathering of world leaders is an ideal moment to hammer out agreements like Eldar recommends, as it is to take on the other crisis fueled by oil: climate change.
On the global-warming front, the opening of the U.N. General Assembly this week coincided with a major meeting on climate change, attended by more than 80 world leaders. As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off the meeting, he said: “We hold the future in our hands. Together we must ensure that our grandchildren will not have to ask why we have failed to do the right things and left them to suffer the consequences. So let us send a clear and collective signal to people everywhere. Today, let the world know that you are ready to shoulder this responsibility and that you will address this challenge head-on.”
Yvo de Boer, a top U.N. climate expert, said: “The
One of those leaders who came to address the U.N. General Assembly was Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of
The twin crises of war and climate change, inexorably linked by our thirst for oil, need a concerted global solution—one that won’t be obtained by cowboy diplomacy. The
Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on 500 stations in