Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.
As well as Candy Crush, nudie ladies and stalking, the internet also helps bewildering people talk authoratively about stuff they've just made up. I examine five of the internet's greatest conspiracy theories and finally attempts to answer the question that humankind has struggled with since time you can't remember.
When I asked for Blog Del Narco for Christmas this year, I highly doubt my parents were expecting quite the shock they got Christmas morning. One cannot simply flick through the accounts written by the Mexican journalist and computer scientist who dared to report what others were getting 'disemboweled and hung off a bridge' for.
"Grow your economy. And become poorer!" Not a very inspiring message. It doesn't even sound coherent. But however stupid it might sound, that is what is still happening in many developing countries. And if you don't believe that it is possible to grow your GDP at the same time as seeing a decline in your national wealth then consider the following...
Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining.