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Mankind is exposed to two mortal addictions: smoking and burning fossil energy. In recent years Europe and other industrialised countries have started coming to grips with them while emerging countries have seen both addictions worsen. Germany is a case in point for a successful campaign against the two plagues. Within two decades the number of… » read more

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International oil prices have declined to $ 50/barrel, levels not seen for years; but governments fail to neutralise these ultra-low prices by raising excise taxes. They seem to be much more interested in pleasing consumers than in seizing the opportunity for reducing their budget deficits and fighting climate change. This is irresponsible! Have governments completely… » read more

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It is 50 years since Pope Paul VI proclaimed the famous Encyclica of human life asking the 1.2 billion Catholics living today on earth to regulate births exclusively by “natural means”, i.e. abstaining from sexual intercourse during the periods of ovulation. This appeal has failed. The Church has vastly over-estimated the intelligence and discipline of… » read more

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In the 21st century the international community will increasingly have to cope with issues going beyond the scope of individual or groups of states. These issues should be dealt with by UN; but the UN is handicapped by the absence of a proper political authority and the consensus required for all decisions. In 2015, the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein