The world situation as we approach the spring of 2012 is both formidable and unprecedented.
The events of 2011 may well go down in history as constituting the most significant turning point of modern times.
In almost every region of the world today, the people are rising up. In the Middle East and North Africa, a revolutionary wave of protests swept across the Arab world and continues to escalate in many countries, not least in Libya and Syria.
Across the world, the gulf between the rights of ordinary people and the interests of those who hold the reins of the world’s financial wealth has rarely been so stark.