Wednesday, April 21, 2010


News Links, April 22, 2010

As power shortages spread, Pakistan switches off the lights

Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production
Part 6: Principal Feedback Mechanisms Driving Collapse

Russia Pays Ukraine $40 Billion to End 'Gas War,' Fix Navy Deal
Russia's Black Sea Fleet to stay in Ukraine until 2042
Russia eyes purchase from French navy

Iran Announces War Games Amid Sanctions Fray

Does Death Prove Iraqi Al Qaeda Leader Existed?

-- International high finance! --
Greece default still in play as deadline looms
Greece 'needs £70bn to avoid default'
Greece – About To Hit The Panic Button?
Post-crisis banks must refinance $5 trillion
Sovereign debt tops IMF worries
More Capital for World Bank Signals More Global Trouble Ahead
Note: Recall this closely related item from two days ago.
Iceland reports record 34 percent inflation
Banks Punished in Swaps as Industrial Gap Soars: Credit Markets
What links the banking crisis and the volcano?
"We rely globally on over-complex, over-strained systems."
IATA: airlines lost over $1.7BN in ash chaos

Thailand's unrest spreads as army train blocked
Thai anti-government protesters fortify city barricades

-- Oil and gas --
India, US and China consider joint strategic crude oil response (Japan and SKorea also attending)
A Chilling Oil Graph
Kuwait Hires LNG Tanker as Offshore Terminal for Summer Imports
World LNG Demand Will Double by 2020, Shell's Outen Says
Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion shows new risks
Iraq Oil Bases Sprout as Halliburton Chases Growth

Dubai: No property rebound until 2011 at earliest

Brazil: Indigenous people declare war to prevent construction of the Belo Monte dam

Saudi Arabia: US wants to join nuclear city project
Saudi youth unemployment over 40 pct

Japan: Chinese destroyers, subs, passed near the disputed Okinotori atoll
Chinese navy chopper approaches Japanese destroyer near Okinawa, takes photos
One-time cement center struggling to stay alive
Steel industry chief calls major mining firms 'greedy'

S Korea To Photograph, Fingerprint Visitors Starting This Summer

US says 'All options' open if Syria arms Hezbollah

Kitchen Gardens International: A gardeners' social network

UK: BNP leader attacks foreign workers
Unemployment rises to 2.5 million, highest in 16 years
First-time buyers 'at near twenty year low'

US: Arizona passes tough illegal immigration law
Air Force to launch X-37 space plane: Precursor to war in orbit?
Shocking: Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
"Your Office Copy Machine Might Digitally Store Thousands of Documents That Get Passed on at Resale"
The Dealer Next Door: Selling Marijuana Becomes a Second Job for Many
Big banks mint money again: $18.7 billion
Treasury May Sell Record Amount of Notes, Primary Dealers Say

And finally... Octopus steals underwater camera from diver

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