Category Archives: Oil shock collapse

These nations are the first to face collapse from oil shortages, and each coped differently. Cuba and Russia have recovered

House hearing: no solutions for North Korea in sight

[ This is a summary of the March 2017 house hearing titled “Pressuring North Korea–evaluating options”. First are some of the reasons why nothing is going to change –in my own wording–followed by congressional testimony.  Then Chairman Yoho gives a … Continue reading

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Book review of “In order to live: A North Korean girl’s journey to freedom” by Yeonmi Park

[ Related posts: Inside North Korea’s Environmental Collapse Who Lives, Who dies in a never-ending energy crisis. Book review of Nothing to Envy. Ordinary Lives in North Korea North Korea: what happens to a country when the oil is cut … Continue reading

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Nothing is true & everything Is possible: the surreal heart of the new Russia by Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev. 2014. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia. Public Affairs. [ OVERVIEW. This is an amazing look at what it is like in Russia these days. There are schools that teach … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov: How Russians survived the collapse of the Soviet Union

[ A great post by Dmitry Orlov about what collapse may be like, the best strategies to survive, and why the Russian way of life and culture prepared them far better for hard times than will be the case in … Continue reading

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How different nations have coped with oil shortages

[ In this article, Friedrichs shows how differently Cuba, North Korea, and Japan coped after a sudden loss of most of their oil.  I first became aware of how essential oil is for nations when I read Daniel Yergin’s 1991 … Continue reading

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A book review of “Russia’s Food Policies and Globalization”

[ This is a book review of Stephen Wegren’s 2005 book “Russia’s Food Policies and Globalization”.  Related articles: Inside North Korea’s Environmental Collapse Who Lives, Who dies in a never-ending energy crisis. Book review of Nothing to Envy. Ordinary Lives … Continue reading

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Who lives, who dies in a never-ending energy crisis. Book review of Nothing to Envy. Ordinary Lives in North Korea

[ The source of much of this information comes from Barbara Demick’s 2010 “Nothing to Envy. Ordinary lives in North Korea”.  But first I summarize why and how energy shortages led to the hardships chronicled in Demick’s book. Related posts: … Continue reading

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Inside North Korea’s environmental collapse

The reddish hue of exposed soil in North Korea indicates a lack of organic matter, which is vital for farming. [ Related posts: Book review of “In order to live: A North Korean girl’s journey to freedom” by Yeonmi Park … Continue reading

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North Korea: what happens to a country when the oil is cut off?

[ Related posts: Book review of “In order to live: A North Korean girl’s journey to freedom” by Yeonmi Park Inside North Korea’s Environmental Collapse Who Lives, Who dies in a never-ending energy crisis. Book review of Nothing to Envy. … Continue reading

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Cuba’s agriculture experiments are not working out

8 Dec 2012. Damien Cave. Cuba’s Free-Market Farm Experiment Yields a Meager Crop. Feeding the People in Cuba: Last year, President Raúl Castro legalized small agricultural businesses as part of an effort to revive the economy.  New York Times. President … Continue reading

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