By Fareed Zakaria
“Kuwait highlights the new reality that Arab citizens are now demanding rights from their governments simply on the basis of being entitled to those rights, and not necessarily because they are poor, suffer uneven access to social services, or have been politically abused and oppressed, as was the case with uprisings in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria,” writes Rami Khouri in the Daily Star.
“Kuwait also speaks of deeper discontents among other citizens in oil-rich Gulf states who can only express their grievances through websites and social media. This is evident in several Arab countries, which, like Kuwait, try to suppress public political accusations and grievances, even by jailing individuals who Tweet sentiments that are critical of state policies.
“The demonstrators in Kuwait are not calling for the overthrow of the regime, but rather for constitutional political reforms.”
“Saving our skins might be surprisingly cheap. To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to boost spending on green energy by $1 trillion a year,” writes Fred Pearce for The New Scientist.
“…That sounds like a lot to make up. But global investment in energy is already $1 trillion a year and rising, says David McCollum of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. The problem is that much of that investment goes to fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency, government subsidies for fossil fuels are around $500 billion a year – six times more than subsidies for renewables.”