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Arshad M Khan is a former Professor. Educated at King's College London, Oklahoma State University and the University of Chicago, he has a multidisciplinary background that has frequently informed his research. He was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He has been a CPA and CMA in the U.S. as well as a Registered Professional Engineer. For many years he has contributed occasionally to the print and electronic media.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 24, 2017 Is the U.S. Losing Its Clout?
A look at the UN votes on Jerusalem, the threats made and ignored by the vast majority of countries, as well as Trump's misguided tweet threats. Why is no one listening?
(54 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Climate Change and Human Activity: Proof for the Skeptic
This article discusses some effects of climate change and furnishes proof of human activity contributing to it. It explains the science of measuring delta13C, the change in an isotope of carbon, and how it signifies human involvement.
SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2019 Is Bait and Switch a Signature Trump Move?
As on the border wall, Trump has a habit of saying one thing and then deftly switching it -- the Mexicans were going to pay for it and now we are. The same is true for other issues.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 23, 2019 Thank you Greta -- the young lead in the Climate Crisis
From strikes to personal determination, Greta Thunberg is an example for the rest of us. The damage we cause just by our way of life is inordinate. We have to change. And some of the changes are actually good for us ... like eating less red meat.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 3, 2018 The Nightmare that Is Trump
Trump's ridiculous proposals, proclamations, bombast, threats, and tweets. The White House railroad junction of comings and goings, and Putin lays it on the line. Ouch!
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 3, 2017 Did the U.S. Teach North Korea's Kim a Lesson?
A look at Kim Jong Un's thinking as he confronts the U.S.
nuclear weapons have become a form of insurance for small states. Kim Jong Un has seen what happened to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. He abandoned his quest for nuclear weapons in exchange for economic progress and rapprochement with the West. It was a fatal miscalculation. Libya was destroyed and he lost his life.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 3, 2017 U.S. Healthcare Fails to Deliver
The article looks at the U.S. system in comparison with other countries, observing that good healthcare is ultimately good for the country as a whole.
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 25, 2017 Two and One Half Minutes to Armageddon
The article looks at a general climate of violence within and without, and the high stakes game being played against Russia. The Union of concerned Scientists is certainly concerned enough to have moved the minute hand of its Doomsday Clock.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 3, 2019 Can Recycling Really Solve the Environmental plastics Problem?
Article reports on recycling of plastic waste, its pervasiveness in general, landfills and composting, its presence in oceans not just on the ocean surface, as is often assumed, but at depths to more than 1000 meters, and possible solutions including biodegradable plastics.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 17, 2017 The Grenfell Horror: What's a Life Worth?
The article discusses the London fire and why it grew so rapidly. The reason turned out to be cheaper insulation behind new cladding. It raises the question of regard for human life?
SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 Suicide and Happiness
Article examines the painful statistics of suicide and compares them with happiness.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 Venice Is Flooded-A Look at Our Coastal Future
In view of the recent floods in Venice blamed by the city's mayor on climate change, this piece looks at the future of coastal flooding based on the latest research. It is not a comforting story.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019 Dying Wildlife on a Warming Planet
Puffins, fish, polar bears, sea turtles ... If fish decline, so does a food source for humans and the water birds that feed on fish, and as insect pollinators decline, so do our crops and the plants around us.
SHARE Friday, July 26, 2019 When Boris Became Prime Minister ...
Looks at the new cabinet and many more than usual firings as Boris takes revenge. Perhaps not the smartest move given the thorny issues facing him.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2019 Two Cases -- Impeachment and Genocide
Article discusses the Trump impeachment case and the Rohingya genocide case to be heard next week at the International Court of Justice.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 24, 2017 Is Trump about to start another war?
If Trump keeps up the pressure imposing further sanctions, how soon before the extremists in Iran secure an upper hand and the deal falls apart? Could an unwinnable war (Iraq and Afghanistan are living examples) and/or a nuclear Iran be the consequence?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019 Rebukes and Worries for Trump
The piece looks at how trump fared with the 'squad of four' and his worries through his own game playing with Iran.
SHARE Saturday, October 19, 2019 The Turkish Gambit
The article reviews the thinking behind the Turkish invasion of Syria, and the uncertainties of war coupled with its unexpected consequences.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 6, 2017 The Story of 'O'
The article describes how zero originated and its importance in modern life.
SHARE Saturday, October 5, 2019 Trump Impeachment and a Boris Brexit
Article discusses simultaneous challenges to legislatures on both sides of the Atlantic. Trump challenges Nancy Pelosi to hold an impeachment vote. Boris Johnson defiant on Brexit but may come around ... or maybe not.
SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 From West to East a Somber Week
Death and strife in a week that saw one tragic result of plastics in the seas; Kim firing off missiles in pique at the slow progress of his deal with the US; an effort to oust Boris in the UK; and the perennial problem of Kashmir where the stakes have been suddenly raised and two nuclear-armed nations are facing off.
SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2020 A World in Distress
Article discusses wildfires in Australia and COP26 in Glasgow, with a passing reference to the meeting on safeguarding species in Kunming, China. Links are given for those wishing to explore the topics further.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 30, 2017 A Year of Horrors Best Forgotten
Addresses the major events of the year: the human catastrophes, the natural disasters and the man-made, including those bearing the Trump hallmark.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 19, 2018 Trump the Proven Malicious Liar Has Difficulty Filling Jobs
A former professor analyzes Trump's Lies as more frequent (much, much more) and significantly more malicious. Thus the comings and goings at his White House. Do people still want to risk career and reputation to work for him?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 Climate Chaos, the Science and Our Own Responsibilities
After the blocking of the 1.5C report at the Bonn climate meeting, its contents is excluded from UN deliberations. One answer is to lay out the facts and rely on a democratic push by the public to encourage their governments to take action.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 16, 2017 The Slow Dying of Secularism in India
The article explores the killings of dissident journalists, Muslims and Dalits, the minority rebellions across large swathes of the country, and the interference in dietary habits.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 27, 2018 Davos Inequality U.S. Homelessness
Oxfam's report on inequality at Davos is looked at through the lens of homelessness here in the U.S. She is "shocked" says the UN special rapporteur on adequate housing as she visits San Francisco -- not expecting to find such squalor and misery in such a wealthy country.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Does the Rohingya Genocide Justify Revoking a Nobel Peace Prize?
Over 400,000 Rohingya have fled the horrors described in several human rights reports. Evidence of genocide is now incontrovertible. Yet Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to try to prevent it or even to speak out. Looking at the terrified faces of children in the makeshift refugee camps, one wonders what has happened to Ms. Aung San.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 8, 2017 A Tyranny of the Mind Connects Las Vegas and Niger Killings
A glorification of war, its heroes, its violence, and the possibility of quick solutions to intractable problems. Las Vegas and the ambush of Special Forces in Niger ... how many of us knew we had them fighting there? The article examines connecting threads and proposes an equivalent of the Nobel Prize for War. Why not have the lust for war out in the open?
SHARE Saturday, February 29, 2020 Trump Visits Modi and Delhi Erupts in Anti-Muslim Riots
Trump visits the Taj Mahal, and its background. Also how the monument has been treated by Modi's choice of the leader of the state where it is located. Modi's discriminatory Citizenship Act and the worst riots and killings as a result in thirty years.
SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Would You Like a Thirty-Hour Workweek?
A brief history of the week and the formalized workweek, and a case for reducing it to thirty hours. There is ample evidence we do not need to work more.
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2017 Fact and Fiction in a World of Denial
From Trump to Ang San Suu Kyi, it is a world where facts take a backseat to fiction. The article takes a quick look at some of the more egregious denials.
SHARE Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Global Warming: Does the New IPCC 1.5C Climate Report Offer Hope?
The IPCC issued its report on what would happen to our earth if the Paris agreement target of 2 degrees C was followed. Not good it turns out. The new target is 1.5C. Even this affects coastal regions and coral reefs. The article discusses the state of the earth and the basics of the report.
SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019 Choosing Weird, Uncompromising Leaders -- Why?
Examines the election and performance of Trump in the US and now Boris Johnson in the UK, although the latter was only by rank-and-file conservatives as a party leader was being chosen. Is their erratic behavior a metaphor for these democracies?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 4, 2017 Trump Crude: Climate to Racism It's too High a Price
The Paris Accords have voluntary guidelines, not mandates, so the withdrawal was showboating. The article looks at Trump's behavior and finds a new coarseness in the USA stemming from it. Recent deaths as a result of racism is one consequence.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2018 Ups and Downs: Iran Heats up as North Korea Cools
Kim Jong Un travels to China and what it means. A dangerous new National Security Adviser and no grownups minding Trump as McMaster departs. Bolton's background and what it signifies. Trouble ahead?
SHARE Monday, January 15, 2018 Trump's Vilification Disregards Facts
Discusses Trump's latest aspersions on African countries and Iran. Assesses U.S. responsibility. Then examines the sorry state of the U.S. across a variety of social measures in comparison with its peers.
SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2019 Trouble with Brexit
The problems brexit is having in the British parliament and how it is divisive.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 6, 2017 War and Peace as North Korea Gives Trump a Poke in the Eye
Trump's tweets in the wake of the North Korean missile launch is no answer. The fact is one man's finger on a trigger can destroy the world as we know it. When the man is Trump and the Russia- girdling ABMs put the Russians on a hair trigger, we have a serious problem.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 2, 2017 Trump Meets Modi: Violence and Hate
Article discusses the violence following Trump and Modi -- violence stemming principally from their rhetoric. In India there is an epidemic of lynchings; in the U.S. hate crimes are hitting new highs.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Is It War or a Theater of the Absurd
Is Trump going to war with North Korea? Would South Korea be on board for such a venture? How dangerous would it be for the South Koreans? These are some of the questions explored as our mainstream press refuses to educate the public.
SHARE Saturday, January 19, 2019 Ground Wars and Space Wars
Trump fights Nancy Pelosi, who fights back. How long before it ends as Trump starts another front. This time it's back to star wars as Russia warns of a new space arms race. What next?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 22, 2018 Will There Ever Be Justice for the Rohingyas?
In the wake of the UN report on the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Myanmar, six senior generals are accused of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court has started a preliminary investigation, and there are calls for Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked.
SHARE Saturday, June 12, 2021 The Leaders of the Western World Meet
The annual G7 meeting is taking place in St. Ives, Cornwall, an area known for its scenic beauty. Hosted by the UK, the meeting this year includes four nonmembers. The article discusses the agenda.
SHARE Saturday, July 4, 2020 The Free and the Fettered
On Independence Day, the article reminds us of some of the people in the world wanting autonomy without success.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2018 The Why of Trump and His Policies
The article raises the issue of culture and ancestry in one's make up, and applies it to Trump in the wake of new research. It also relates this supplemented by decision research to try and explain his policies and reversals.
SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 Mass Gun Killings: An Historical Perspective
Article addresses mass shootings and traces their incidence from the first recorded one in 1915. After being a very rare occurrence, there has been a significant escalation in the last half century. There is a proven solution not easily applied in the US, yet possible given will and public support.
SHARE Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Culture and Behavior May Clue Climate-Change Response
Human behavior appears linked to ancestral occupation, explaining Trump fairly well. It leads on to a discussion on climate problems and Trump's truculence. It shows how there are places where climate-change effects and the battle for scarce resources could lead to war. When will the world prepare to deal with such situations?
SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2018 In the Belly of the Beast -- The 'Girthers'
Is he merely overweight or flat-out obese? That is the question about the vainglorious Donald. Are we being conned about his BMI because he is super vain? These questions have answers and you can calculate the Trump BMI here to decide for yourself.
SHARE Thursday, March 21, 2019 A Calamitous Week
Article examines the calamities this week from the shootings in New Zealand and the Netherlands to historic storms and cyclones.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 7, 2022 The Snowbirds: An American Phenomenon
Article describes an American phenomenon -- that of retirees from the northern U.S. moving to the warmer south but only for the winter and returning back to their northern homes in summer, a time that can become unpleasant in places like Phoenix.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 The Death of Indian Democracy?
Following up on the murder of prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari, this article discusses the pervasive influence of extreme right-wing organizations promoting a religious cultural hegemony.
SHARE Saturday, April 7, 2018 Twin Repressions: Palestine and Kashmir
The firing at demonstrators in Gaza and in Kashmir has been lethal and unjustified. The callous nature of dealing with civilian demonstrations in both places is explored.
SHARE Saturday, July 18, 2020 Whither India's Democracy?
A look at the prejudice against the lowest caste Dalits held by upper caste Hindus. In particular the story of a distinguished Dalit professor now languishing in jail for speaking out for Dalits and being critical of prime minister Modi.
SHARE Wednesday, June 1, 2022 High-Capacity Battery Storage and Renewables
How can one store energy? Renewables like solar have a tendency to produce power during the day while peak demand is in the evening from 6 to 10 pm. Hence the need for viable storage. The article examines some methods used both surprising and not so.
SHARE Friday, October 19, 2018 Dissembling and Dismembering
Trump faces Elizabeth Warren on her proven Native American heritage. From Istanbul disturbing and gruesome news. Was Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the present Saudi regime, murdered.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2018 Of Animals and Bees and Flowers Wild on Earth Day
Few people know that March 3 was World Wildlife Day, or this Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day -- perhaps Trump sucking up all the media oxygen is responsible. The fact remains, world wildlife is under serious threat, and in ways we can't even imagine -- not forgetting the eventual disaster due to climate change, unless the world wakes up.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 25, 2017 Politics and Why It Is Difficult to Wrest Power from the Elite
Discusses the hearings of the judiciary and intelligence committees this week, demonstrating how the questions cater to a prescribed agenda masking inconvenient facts. Their behavior tied to campaign contributions which negate the importance of their constituents.
SHARE Thursday, May 27, 2021 Without Mercy
Article traces a lack of mercy against oppressed peoples. Also notes the similarity with nature itself and the universe.
SHARE Saturday, April 30, 2022 The More Things Change...
Human strife -- ethnic cleansing, Ukraine, the Palestinian tragedy, and the current focus in Israel.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 11, 2022 Putin's War and Modi's Peace
A look at the potential for war in Ukraine coupled with the fraught peace among communities in India.
SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2022 A Heat Wave Grips India and Pakistan
A heat wave sweeping across the northern Indian subcontinent is unusual in being too early in the year and also not so many years after the previous one -- symptoms of climate change?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 19, 2019 Do the Harmless Pangolins Have to Become Extinct?
The article describes what is happening to the pangolins, a timid creature whose fate is extinction unless the world can do something about the illegal and ignorant market in its scales.
SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2018 A Tale of Two Countries
It's an ill wind ... they say. Khashoggi's killing and the resulting PR problems for the Saudi rulers have brought largess for others to mute criticism. Pakistan profits though it has its own problems with religious extremists. What a contrast they are to the country's founder.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 28, 2021 The Pitfalls of Doing Business in China
The article explains the ethical reasons why several western brands are boycotting Chinese cotton from Xinjiang, and also the dire negative consequences to their Chinese sales and business.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 18, 2020 The Deep Abyss of History
A look at two ancient civilizations and how long they lasted, their fates, cause and likely ours.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 25, 2019 Trump and His Superheroes
News has it that Trump offered the presidency of the World Bank to his daughter Ivanka and even thought she would make a first rate Ambassador to the Un for this country. A discussion of some Trump associates past and present.
SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2021 A Most Unusual Inaugural
It has been an inaugural like no other. A brief report on a muted celebration. Bring on the vaccines but watch out for Pfizer.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 New Environmental Studies Raise Alarms
Danish scientists report on Greenland ice cap melting. Coal ash is leaking dangerous heavy metals. And microplastics are everywhere in Britain according to new findings. It means they are everywhere elsewhere.
SHARE Sunday, April 25, 2021 At Last a Malaria Vaccine and How It All Began
An acceptable malaria vaccine has been developed for the first time promising relief and the prospect of saving hundreds of thousands lives annually. Also discussed is the history and origin of vaccines.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 24, 2022 The Stewards of Hate
Article discusses minorities and the hatred of minorities as well as incitement to genocide and its illegality.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2021 America's War of Choice
A look back at America's war in Afghanistan. A lack of understanding of Pashtun culture was just one flaw in American understanding of Taliban actions.
SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2018 Could India Have Remained an Undivided Country?
Article looks at the politics, maneuverings and alternate scenarios during a frenetic 1946 that finally led to the division of India ... the deaths of over two million and displacement of millions more.
SHARE Monday, May 3, 2021 Rails, Roads and Emissions
Emissions from vehicles and railroads and the switchover to electric cars. How feasible is it? Plus the issue of where the electric power for these cars is generated.
SHARE Saturday, April 6, 2019 Up the Wall
Discusses walls being put up on both sides of the Atlantic. An amusing anecdote on the classification of officers by a German general happens to be a cogent way of defining our leaders. It could be interesting to see where readers put Trump!
SHARE Friday, April 12, 2019 A Week of Elections and Assange
A brief look at Israeli and forthcoming Indian elections. Modi is in for a fight albeit against ineffective opposition. Assange kicked out by the Ecuadorians faces jail time in three countries. Tough to be a whistleblower.
SHARE Saturday, May 4, 2019 Horse Races
Looks briefly at a serious horse-racing problem. Then continues with a brief overview of the presidential race.