How I Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

How I Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

My early fascination for nuclear proliferation began after watching Stanley Kubrick’s classic cold war film, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Although the movie appeared in theaters in 1964, I watched it for the first time on our...
Time to Reboot

Time to Reboot

IT’S BEEN A WHILE since I’ve posted. Life has meandered through a Twilight Zone stretch and plenty has happened, that’s for sure. It’s high time to get back in the saddle (cliché accepted), grapple with the past, assess the present and take a glimpse at the...
The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still

I’VE BEEN FEELING NOSTALGIC LATELY. It’s not often we have to deal with a worldwide pandemic. Everyone handles it in different ways, and over the past few days I find myself reflecting back to old 50s and 60s sci-fi movies. The plots for many of these films...
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

The Legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa   Born October 10, 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa dedicated his life to environmental activism in Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa, one of Africa’s leading literary figures, authored children’s books, novels, plays, poetry, and writings that focused on...
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

An Apocalyptic Landscape and a Desperate Situation   One description of oil exploitation in Nigeria stands out more than others: Present-day oil producers in Africa suffer from the “oil curse” or the “natural resource curse.” Nigeria is the tenth most petroleum-rich...
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

A History of Oil Exploitation   The Lyft driver pulled into the green “Rideshare Pickup zone” of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a late Saturday night. I threw my backpack across the back seat, slid next to it, and confirmed my destination. I knew the...
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