2015: Internet’s Potential Unlimited.

Posted on December 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Galaxy1Alphabet As another page of the yearly book of human history comes to a turning, 2015 will soon arrive and many look back on 2014 for reflection and anticipation of what the future holds. Many people will remember the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the excellent competitions bringing athletes from around the world together more as human beings sharing the planet than any concept of “us” and “them”. Most will remember the poignant scene of the giant bear at the closing ceremony, shedding a tear because of having to say goodbye.

God only knows the exact reasons for the short amount of time between the moving Olympics closing ceremony and unfortunate events nearby in Ukraine. Near the end of February in the center of Kiev on the Maidan, more than 100 police officers and protesters perished by sniper fire, leading to Ukraine’s President leaving the country, a new government taking power, and a subsequent civil war claiming the lives of over 4,000 Ukrainians. The snipers who carried out the mass-murder have yet to become imprisoned. Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed killing 298 passengers and crew, and, like the “Maidan Massacre”, is still under investigation – the perpetrators have not become identified, arrested or imprisoned.

The situation in Ukraine is perhaps 2014’s most important news story. The people of Crimea held a referendum to rejoin the Russian Federation, or Russia “stole” Crimea – depending on which narrative one leans toward accepting, and many analysts, political veterans, and geopolitical observers have concluded that another Cold War has begun – while calling for cooler heads to prevail and prevent unnecessary escalation of tensions. Media differences in narratives of Ukraine events have grown into a major aspect of the situation, in what many see as an unprecedented propaganda struggle. The narratives coming from both “sides” have perhaps set a world record for unresolved differences.

Eastern expansion of NATO has become identified by respected observers as possibly the major issue which most urgently needs to become resolved.

Led by the United States, a number of nations have placed economic sanctions on Russia, widely acknowledged as harming the economy of Russia, yet some have developed the view that sanctions hurt nations in Europe to a greater extent since Russia has enacted counter-sanctions. The whole unfortunate situation has had the effect of increasing Russian actions of turning to negotiate major trade deals with China, Turkey, Latin American nations, Iran and others which are not participating in sanctions.

In what may have been an attempt by the West to slow down the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, etc.) group of nations’ increasing international influence, the opposite – acceleration of BRICS’ cooperation and growth – may have become the unintended consequence. It would not be an overstatement to assert 2014 – considering the significant events, economic factors and geopolitical movements associated with the BRICS phenomenon – will go down in history as a year of changing paradigms on Earth.

According to some reports, the reason for falling oil prices recently lies in the newly emerging West vs. BRICS international competition over world markets/customers, for the sole purpose of hurting the economies of Russia, Iran, Venezuela and other nations who may have chosen to embrace the new model BRICS economic philosophy. Starting in 2015, the international financial architecture may experience some major adjustments, in particular by the BRICS group of nations, to counteract intentionally harmful actions taken by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Federal Reserve, Wall Street, City of London group, in what could safely be termed an “economic war”.

What has become the most extremely worrying aspect of the current global scenario in the minds of many responsible, reasoned observers is the potential for tensions to transform from economic to military. Until now, although mature men and women with a great deal of experience in international relations have publicly stressed the necessity for resolution of differences through dialogue and diplomacy alone, solutions-based debate and discussion have yet to emerge on the large-scale which matches the potential outcomes and realities of this new paradigm. The reason for lack of solutions to this point could be described using the simple fact of the matter:  this new world development is in fact “uncharted territory”.

Life on Earth is becoming transformed from unipolar to multipolar. This is change of historic proportions, and change which will need wise, future-oriented leadership to navigate without catastrophically resorting to military force to stop it. In an article on another website, the writer shared a quote from American Professor Samuel Huntington, who apparently often praised the idea of America, which adds a lot of needed context at this point: “The West conquered the world not by the superiority of its ideas, moral values or religion but rather as a result of superiority in the use of organized violence”.

Huntington (1927-2008) was a Professor of International Relations who gained notoriety for his “Clash of Civilizations?” thesis of a post-Cold War new world order and coining the phrase “inevitability of instability”. The factors leading to future instability, according to Huntington, will come from cultural, not ideological, differences. He predicted that Ukraine would eventually split in two based on those cultural differences, perhaps in a manner more violent than Czechoslovakia but not as violent as what occurred in Yugoslavia.

Samuel Huntington was probably a very intelligent, well-read academic whose views most often were accurate and reliable. Nobody knows what his views were on the steadily increasing positive power and influence of the internet phenomenon. Mr. Huntington’s view of future events may have been limited to a large extent through non-recognition of the tremendous ability of men and women from around the world to join forces over the internet and literally shape world events.

Here one could make a slightly different prediction than the professor. The greatest example of how the future will look comes from seeing what occurred this past summer during Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” – and how humanity has responded. Millions of men, women and children marched in the streets around the Earth, demanding an end to Israeli bombing, occupation, apartheid conditions, war crimes – and an independent Palestinian State. Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France, the European Union and many other nations have called for the same. These actions came to reality as a result of good people communicating over their computers on the world-wide-web; quite possibly the greatest tool for positive social transformation in the history of the world.

Imagine the world accepting, advocating, and joyfully celebrating the new thesis of 2015:

“Cooperation of Civilizations”

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(Thank you to TEDx Talks at YouTube)

Join The “Global 100 Questions Project.”

Posted on November 16, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

World Map1fAlphabet I you had the chance to ask those leaders who attended the G-20 meeting in Australia any questions you’d like answered, what would those questions be? Or perhaps you were given the opportunity to substitute host for Charlie Rose or one of the guys/gals on Face the Nation, Meet the Press or one of the other Sunday morning news shows? What would you ask those guests?

Perhaps one could imagine questions posed to Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkl, Ban Ki-Moon, Fidel Castro, David Cameron, Evo Morales, or any of a number of world leaders if given the opportunity for a one-hour personal interview. Perhaps on the receiving end of your questions is a man or woman who is a Nobel laureate like Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire or a scientist or writer or economist who’s been the winner of a Nobel Prize. Think about questions to ask of Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama, as examples.

This is an invitation to get involved in what we have named “The Global 100-Question Project”, with the sole intent of initiating a profound worldwide discussion/debate on the greatest questions of our time here at the end of 2014. So, what we are hoping for is a strong response from as many men and women around the Earth as possible with their most profound, suggestive thoughts and questions on the major issues of consequence extant in the world today.

Imagine for a moment if every world leader who addressed the United Nations’ recent 69th Meeting of the General Assembly had received a listing of the 100 most important questions of our time (including yours) – and the focus desired by each man and woman leader to attempt to answer/address those questions – and you begin to understand the types of contributions we are in search of here.

Think it over, consider the fact that men and women from every region of the Earth could become aware of your – and possibly hundreds or thousands of equally sincere contributors – question(s) while on the internet, then become aware of the positive potential of “The Global 100-Question Project”, and propose/submit your question(s).

Imagine for a moment that a young person in India or Norway or Chile or any nation on Earth – after reading your statement/question on their computer screen – experienced such a profound reaction to what you have suggested about an important human issue/problem requiring new thinking and resolution that they became inspired to the point where they one day became a Nobel Prize winner – inspiring perhaps millions more in the process – and you have an idealized vision of “The Global 100-Question Project”.

Another aspect of “The Global 100-Question Project” in its idealized form is that it has the potential to become a truly global effort and joined by a great many people around the Earth in viral replication for the immediate solving of humanity’s most urgent and consequential problems.

These reside in any of a number of areas of human intellectual effort, research or activity such as whistleblowers, cyberspace, economics, education, elections/democracy, energy (fossil fuels/renewables), social theory, environment, food/agriculture, military-industrial-complex, health (physical and mental), finance/banking, government/politics, the media (corporate and independent), war and peace (Ukraine, ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Israel-Palestine…), spirituality/religion, science, etc.

So, how about we “get this show on the road”? The outcome of this first effort will be the subject of future posts in compiled and singular formats, and further discussions and analyses on the most pertinent and consequential submissions.

When one acknowledges that in the recent midterm election in the United States the lowest percentage of voters since the 1940’s showed up at the polls, the frustratingly persistent, problematic issues seemingly ignored (but solvable) by those who manage the world’s affairs, and the high percentage of people misinformed or uninformed about what is really occurring around the world, one realizes how much effort must occur now to greatly increase awareness through discussion and debate generated from a people-powered concept like “The Global 100-Question Project”.

By all means, consider stealing this concept and running with it if you believe there are good results when discussion and debate become generated from question-solicitation published posts like this one. If you decide to reduce the number of questions in your variation from 100 to 50 or 25 or 10, go for it. We wish you the best of luck and hope some very good results and communications come your way, adding to the solutions-based, inspirational efforts to solve difficult problems for real people living in all the world’s nations and regions.

There are no rules for submitting but only sincere thoughts and questions, so if you have any feel free to enter them in the comments below. If those big questions are not readily available now, come back with them tomorrow or the next day, next week, in December, or in 2015 – no time limits, no pressure.

How near or far this concept travels around the Earth will become clear soon enough, while the same is true with regard to the extent questions and discussion generated from those important questions eventually make any real difference in the lives of men, women, and children of this generation sharing the world. Perhaps understanding that communications over the world internet are hard or nearly impossible to measure is in some respects in this case a good thing.

Well, you see the idea. Pretty simple, hopefully intriguing enough, and straightforward. Thank you for your contribution(s). “The Global 100-Question Project” is now officially launched and moving from shore toward the Earth’s vast internet ocean. As the project has been given an adequate description, there remains only one more relevant point to stress:

Do you have any questions?

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