While I was away these appeared on openDemocracy: The metamorphosis of big oil?
and a contribution to the predictions for 2006 (sorry for my spelling mistakes and other glitches!)
I didn't find an actual prediction in Gopal Balakhrishnan's contribution , but I liked the quote from Guy Debord:
Cretinisation, so advantageous to rulers, owners and rentiers, nonetheless comes at a price for would-be empire builders:"Once the running of the state involves a permanent and massive shortage of historical knowledge, the state can no longer be led strategically."
It's also worth considering whether Slavoj Zizek is right when he says:
This...is what awaits us in 2006 and, one must say, beyond: the struggle between a spurious "culture of life" (the way Christians formulate their refusal of the very core of human creativity) and [an Islamist] "culture of death," both of which must be rejected in the name of any truly emancipatory politics.