MOUNTAINS ARE shaking. A massive earthquake has left over 2,400 dead in Nepal while a volcano in Chile has unexpectedly erupted. Some locals believe it was a manifestation of the god of the volcano. This isn’t surprising–mountains and volcanoes have been considered the abode of gods since the dawn of time.
WE BEGIN our 11th year of webcasting with a look at some of the issues we believe the world will confront in 2015. Of course, it doesn’t take much imagination to predict more turmoil in the Middle East. We also discuss Ebola, economics and the price of oil, and the continued conflict between the Islamic State and anyone who stands in the way of their dream of a restored caliphate.
AS WE approach Halloween, events in the news are becoming even more frightening than a well-produced haunted house: Another doctor tests positive for Ebola, and top scientists suggest that mutations are making the virus more contagious than in the past. Are things really that bad or does somebody want us to, like the announcer says, be afraid — be very afraid?