CHANGE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE RELATIONS This week’s November edition of the BBC’s World Service programme “Scoop” covers the United Nations’ annual climate talks and current conditions in the world’s third largest economy

(Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries, due in both of our central Africa correspondent’s eyes to the heavy death toll in the impoverished, predominantly Muslim coastal province of Koroma.) In a canny move, the BBC did not mention the United States, China, Japan or any other major regime. It spoke of “International pieces both in what’s happening in Washington, the state of the world and what’s happening in the United Nations.” Illustrating its assumption that climate change is also a United Nations phenomenon, the station announced that the Oceans conference “drew big money from companies as well as wealthy individuals.” The most telling part of the broadcast was to see the ratings—much higher than among those very rich individuals and venture capitalists—when the producers of “Scoop” see fit to include in their programs what is actually going on in the world’s economic councils. The autumn (2013) issue of the vital newsletter Clarity about Science includes a lengthy report on the Taguba Conference on Energy, which is intended “to constitute the most powerful international policy platform for the natura’t of energy and the economy in the face of climatic change, an issue that has the capacity to shape global socioeconomic agreements for generations ahead.” In the January issue, “Business Leaders and Businesswomen Shift Their Interests to Climate Change” (BusinessWeek slider is here) the Hollywood records show that among several “climate change” groups “at least three” moved on their mission from “political action” to “moneymaking.” “The climate industry,” the magazine writes, “has been quickly becoming a crowd-fund promising to capture the 2015 global market: For many companies giant bubbles exist that would put their business at risk at $3 to $5 a gallon if action to curb climate change is agreed on at the Paris climate summit in December.” The risk, and the, easy money, are “generations ahead”—both on the issue of climate change and the economics of capitalism. The world’s oceans, i.e. the Earth’s greenhouse gas-emitting environment, are dramatically warming, and the speed of the change is rapidly accelerating. This is directly and consistently tied to our capitalist economy. Domestic use of fossil fuels, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear energy has been steadily increasing for at least a century. Deforestation—which has been driven by increased land demand and the conquest of land for industrial purposes—is important to the U.S. economy and to the extraction of greenhouse gases, too. Fracking, a method of extracting oil from shale formations, technology that increases the production of emissions-promoting greenhouse gases, is making a rapid expansion in our region an economic possibility as well. In Mexico, the first independent company that installed an operations crew to manually drill a well for extracting shale gas announced that it had signed an agreement to “strategically cooperate” with several U.S. corporations that are investing in fracking and the exploitation of other fossil fuel resources. The U.S. government has strategically collaborated with big oil, big mining and big gas companies in the rogue nation of Yemen. U.S. investment and foreign military sales—mainly to dirty nations of the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, main targets of U.S. meddling—are not at all, coincidentally, unclear to Manmohan Singh, India’s bête noire in the U.N. rapidly Infuriated about Iran’s nuclear program—a reality that Manmohan Singh (later to be India’s prime minister, at that time responsible for engaging the U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress in talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program), also had to face on Afghanistan, where a U.S. military intervention and occupationful intelligence role were the last thing that Manmohan Singh was getting on with, he was summoned to the White House on July 20, 2011 for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorbjorn Jagland [and] Gulf natural gas giant Shell.” At the meeting, Singh was told, “The new energy technologies exposed by America will revolutionize the global economy in the next century.” The green-washing operations—which have been running ahead of the facts and are continuously moving the goalposts—have gone on ever longer. The U.N. system is at a tipping point, and the nations of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the largest evangelical network in the world, have filed a Convention these days.