Friday, February 26, 2010

Review of Global Warring in Nature

Keith Kloor reviewed Global Warring for Nature and seemed to like it.  :)

 A sample quote:

Paskal "presents a fascinating geopolitical chessboard, on which the United States and the European Union face off against China and Russia as climate change takes hold. If Western policymakers want to see how this game is playing out, they ought to read this book."

Review of Global Warring by legendary journalist M V Kamath

M V Kamath, former Washington Bureau chief of the Times of India, and current Director of MIC, one of the best J-schools in India, reviews Global Warring and examines some of the implications for India. A sample quote:

Remarkable book, one of the best and most engrossing available on the subject. Over again, throughout the highly revelatory pages of this well-researched work we realise what damage environmental changes can wreak on the economics of various nations and the political crises that follow. We ignore the warnings issued in this book at our peril. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Article by Andrew Krystal in the Nova Scotia Business Journal on Cleo Paskal's concept of Nationalistic Capitalism

Andrew Krystal, in his in-depth column in the Nova Scotia Business Journal, explores the implications of nationalistic capitalism. An excerpt:

According to Cleo Paskal, the author of “Global Warring”, nationalistic capitalism, as practiced by China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), allows the Chinese state to use corporations in its sphere of influence to attain long-term strategic goals, like resource acquisition. These corporations appear, on the surface, to be like any other big multi-national. But they’re not. Says Cleo Paskal: “In China, the CCP calls the shots when it comes to who does business and how. The businesses should ideally make money, but always within the context of strengthening what the CCP deems in the best interest of China, and of itself.” 

She continues: “Conversely, in the West, one of the post-Cold war challenges we face is the marked divergence of companies from national agendas. Increasingly, it seems as though businesses are caught up in short-term thinking. The privatization of critical national industries [Britain is kicking itself over the sell-off of North Sea oil, Paskal points out] contrasts markedly with the CCP approach in which China obtains assets and then uses them for national leverage.”

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Gulnura Toralieva interview Cleo Paskal on environmental change in Central Asia

Multitasking journalist Gulnura Toralieva interviewed Cleo on some of the implications and politics of environmental change in Central Asia.  

You can hear an excerpt here

Interview with Cleo Paskal -- in Russian!

No, Cleo doesn't speak Russian. She is still working on English (according to some editors). Someone was kind enough to translate. You can see it by clicking here.

Report in the Concordia Journal about talk by Cleo Paskal

Anna Sarkissian of the Concordia Journal wrote a feature on Cleo Paskal's talk at the John Molson School of Business, delving in to the topic of environmental change and geopolitics. It begins:

Building a solar-powered building on a flood plain? Not so smart. Developing natural gas installations at sea level? Could be tricky. Constructing oil rigs directly in the path of hurricanes? Sounds like a recipe for disaster

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Report on Cleo Paskal's talk at Concordia University in The Concordian

Renee Giblin wrote a report for The Concordian on about Cleo Paskal's talk at David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business. Giblin concludes:

The message Paskal sent last week was clear: with a changing climate comes changing politics. With a shift in political power already afoot, nations stand to be severely affected if they neglect to evolve along with the physical environment that surrounds them.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alan Hustak Reviews Global Warring and Profiles Cleo Paskal for The Metropolitian

Eminent writer Alan Hustak reviews Global Warring and profiles Cleo Paskal for The Metropolitian. It begins:

Everyone in the non-stop debate on climate change has an opinion, but how much consideration has been given to the potential  seismic shift  in international diplomacy  that can be attributed  to  global warming?  What happens to nation states, to the realignment of political boundaries, and to shifting corporate interests as we become even more dependent on fossil fuels, and as forests disappear, farmland is exhausted and sources of fresh water evaporate?   This month, Veteran Quebec journalist  

Cleo Paskal  raises the ante in the debate with  her book, Global Warring, which makes the  powerful argument that the map of the world as we know it  is about to be redrawn as resource rich countries try to protect their natural sources of energy  and others  aggressively  try to secure new ones.... 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Jerry Cope at the Huffington Post quotes Cleo Paskal in article on the DoD Quadrennial Defense Review

Jerry Cope, in a post highlighting the importance of climate change in the just released  U.S. Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review, mentions Global Warring and quotes Cleo Paskal. An excerpt from Cleo's quote:

In the same way our physical infrastructure isn't taking into account environmental change, our legal infrastructure is not designed to take into account environmental change. A lot of our laws, treaties and agreements assume the environment is a constant, but it is becoming a variable. 

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