What you won’t hear in the Queen’s speech

If positive social and political change worked top down, we wouldn’t have to make this programme. Sadly, it doesn’t. So at a time when the political class is out of ideas and the corporate class is out of excuses for its behaviour, the job of finding new perspectives and insights and ideas falls to the independent media. As a busy year draws to a close we look back at those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017. This is the first of two shows that are a whistle-stop tour around the thinkers, writers, doers and Renegade types we met over the last 12 months.

NATO itching for war with Russia

NATO wants Europe to upgrade its roads, bridges and rail networks. Not because of dilapidated infrastructure, or to make it easier for people to travel across the continent – let alone their own countries – but so they can handle the weight of its heavy tanks and military equipment for what it deems an inevitable invasion of Russia. Though it has yet to commit a single crime, up to 10,000 NATO troops have amassed on Russia’s border states, in lieu of a war that hasn’t happened yet.

North Korea: A history of American aggression

Given the column-inches devoted to maligning Kim Jong Un as some kind of crazed war-maker,  you’d be forgiven for having the impression that North Korea is provoking a potential military conflict in the Asia-Pacific.  In reality, America has been trying to provoke war with the country since the 1950s when President Harry S Truman imposed a military dictatorship in South Korea, crippling sanctions on North Korea, and wiping out four million Koreans with napalm and white phosphorus from 1950-53. Don’t be fooled. Tensions with North Korea are entirely of America’s own making. 

None so blind as those who will not see

There is no other way to describe economics in 2017 than wilful blindness, writes economist Professor Steven Keen.  Nobel Laureates who claimed financial crises were now impossible also claimed the 2008 Global Financial Crisis could not have been predicted. This is all, of course, nonsense. The evidence was there all along. Those with the power to change the course of history simply chose to ignore it.

Beyond brinkmanship

Poking fun at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has become a global past-time, but while people often deride him as crazy, the North Korean leader’s actions are part of a highly rational long-game. Former Australian Army Officer and defence specialist, Matt Jones says Kim Jong-Un is a skilled operator who will stop at nothing to reunify the Korean peninsula on his own terms.