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The world's population will reach 7 billion by October 31, 2011. Though the UN and other international institutions will in various ways hail the development, it is an open secret that the population growth constantly bothers members of the global elite. David Rockefeller eloquently summarized their fears when he said: “The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident”. The grim global picture may not be taken at face value since consequences can be  dire if action proceeds on its basis.

The Irrational Mankind

The fall of M. Gadhafi's regime will come as a huge success of the globalization forces seeking to establish a new world order. The proportions of the campaign the West launched in Libya and the level of sophistication of the technologies employed were impressive regardless of the accompanying political assessments – altogether they combined into a fundamental political initiative with far-reaching historical goals.

Population reports project that there are going to be 7 billion of us on this planet by October 31, 2011. No doubt, international institutions – from the UN to lightweights – will be dishing out nicely worded statements on the occasion, but it takes no effort to sense the undercurrent of displeasure constantly rising among a large fraction of world's political elite. Clearly, many of the players in this league are convinced that the proportions of the global community with which they have no tendency to identify have exceeded a kind of limits, and some would not even credit the majority of its members with being, in the full sense, humans.

Tobias Owen: «Jupiter is a contribution to human knowledge and experience, in the same way that listening to the music of Mozart»

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Wide-scale protest movements in the Middle East have not overshadowed the Afghan issue - on the contrary they have somehow clarified the state of things in Afghanistan. Now it is clear that in 2011 the situation there has become even more complicated: mass mop-up operations by US and NATO forces did not lead to the decline of Taliban and the situation is a stalemate.

NATO’s military operation against Libya, conducted mainly by the armed forces of the US, France and Britain, is speeding up the formation of a new system of international relations. At the same time the war serves as a firing ground for testing the strategy of the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in real combat situation as well as the efficiency of new weapons …

ON MAY 17, Henry Kissinger's latest book On China reached the American bookshops. This is a book about China but the panoramic thinking of the "last of the Mohicans" of international politics extended beyond China, a starting point for the man whose vast experience and an absolute relevance of whose ideas about what is going on in the world leaves one duly impressed.

Those who talk to him invariably say that his skill to draw on historical lessons when talking about current developments dwarfs many of the modernist models and theories: he laments that "contemporary politicians have very little sense of history. For them the Vietnam war is unimaginably far behind us, the Korean war has no relevance anymore, even though that conflict is very far from over and at any minute has the capability of going from cold to hot."

In an interview which can be described as a preview of his latest book he answered the question of what he thought about President Obama's gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan with what he had told President Nixon about American pullout from Vietnam: "I wrote a memorandum to Nixon which said that in the beginning of the withdrawal it will be like salted peanuts; the more you eat, the more you want... once you start a drawdown, the road from there is inexorable. I never found an answer when Le Due Tho was taunting me in the negotiations that if you could not handle Vietnam with half-a-million people, what makes you think you can end it with progressively fewer?... We will find the same challenge in Afghanistan."