These articles represent a PROUT analysis of important current issues, written by PROUT activists

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Trade Wars

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to revive American industry by putting an end to ‘unfair trade.’ The way he wanted to achieve this was by tearing up free trade agreements and imposing selected tariffs on countries he felt were taking advantage of the United States. In February of 2018, he made good on those promises and announced a

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Why Capitalists Hate Free Trade

In my last opinion piece on current affairs, I discussed Donald Trump and his introduction of tariffs and how they might lead to a trade war with China and the rest of the world. In that article, I quoted P. R. Sarkar, who said that, “Neither the capitalist countries nor the communist countries like the free trade system because it

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A Ticking Time Bomb: Proxy Wars and the Tragedy of the Kurds

Since the Arab Spring, the armed conflicts in the Middle East have escalated to a point where they pose the greatest risk to world peace in our times. While the media is focusing on the threat posed by North Korea due to its nuclear weapons, the chances for an all-out escalation are small, for the reasons I outlined in a

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Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: Stand Up for the Plight of the Rohingya

The most dramatic example of ethnic cleansing in this century must undoubtedly be that of the Rohingya, a largely Muslim minority in Myanmar. It is estimated that 60% of the Rohingya population have fled Myanmar in the past few years. While mistreatment of the Rohingya has been going on since independence in the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, or Burma as the

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On Catalonia and Samaj Movements

At the time of this writing, the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has been stripped of his powers and is facing sedition charges, while the government in Madrid has imposed direct rule on the previously autonomous region. The issue at stake was a unilateral declaration of independence by Catalnoia on 27 October 2017, following a referendum on independence that

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North Korea – Nuclear War and Self Sufficient Economies

Nuclear War The escalating rhetoric between North Korea and the United States has brought the world closer to Nuclear War, something that has not been contemplated since the Cold War. Some news commentators insist that the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is a mad and crazy person. That is unlikely. There is every indication that he, like his father

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Forget Peak Oil-Think Instead About Peak Everything

The world is heading for an “ecological credit crunch” far worse than the recent financial crisis. We humans are over-using the natural resources of the planet. The Living Planet report[1] calculates that humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year. This results in deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, as well as dramatic declines in

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Rethinking Green Economics: Beyond the Triple Bottom Line (TBL)

The popular sustainability phrase, “People, Planet, Profit”, was coined by John Elkington in 1995, and in 1997, it was adopted as the title of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell’s first sustainability report. As a result, the 3Ps of sustainability have become a well known icon of green economics in the Netherlands, as well as in the rest of the industrialized

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