Monday, July 19, 2010


News Links, July 20, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Moody's downgrades Ireland rating
China should cut U.S. Treasury holdings: economist
The End Game Of The Debt Supercycle
Home Prices May Fall 20% in Beijing, Shanghai, China Business News Reports
Hypo Real Estate Said To Fail Banking Stress Test
Guardian: Can Malaysia's Islamic gold dinar thwart capitalism?

-- Energy/resources --
Rising Demand in OPEC Countries Causes Oil Importers Concern
Gulf energy demand surge to sap oil exports
China Passes U.S. as Top Energy User
Japan, China plan 1st gas exploration treaty talks

-- Espionage/intelligence/military --
Cyberwarrior Shortage Threatens U.S. Security
New Law Would Restore KGB-Era Powers In Russia
Raytheon to supply Saudis with rockets
Top Secret America (Washington Post)
Wikileaks Reopens for Leakers
Wanted by the CIA: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
'Black Hat' meeting slated for Abu Dhabi
President of the Council on Foreign Relations on Afghanistan: 'It's not worth it'
Israel To Deploy 'Iron Dome' In November

-- Food --
Russia swelters in heatwave, many crops destroyed
Advocates Say Raw Milk Is Worth The Risk (US)
Food-Commodity Speculation by Banks Caused Hunger, Anti-Poverty Group Says

-- Environment/health --
World simmers in hottest year so far
Swine Flu Fizzles Out; WHO May Declare End to Pandemic Alert

-- Fault lines --
Japan mulls deploying border security, coast monitor units in Okinawa
*Note: Alert readers will recall this item from June: Japan extends ADIZ into Taiwan space
Denmark Debates a Lower Minimum Wage for Immigrants
After years of rebuilding, most Afghans lack power
Report: Kandahar drive to backfire
U.S. citizen believed to be writing for al Qaeda website, source says
U.S. battles for supplies as convoy attacks increase
Syria bans face veils at universities
In Pakistan, Hillary Clinton announces new aid projects, lauds mango
Report: Israel convinces Obama to plan for Iran strike
Turkey To Take Part in NATO Exercises in Armenia

-- Oil gusher --
BP oil cap may not have stopped leak
US orders BP to provide plan to reopen well
BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - (Breaking) Anonymous Official Expresses Concern about Seeps and Pressure
Small leak seen near top of BP well cap
Gulf Oil Spill May Cost 17,000 Jobs, Moody's Says

-- UK --
Pension age could rise to 68 'sooner than planned'
Cameron Raids Dormant U.K. Accounts as Minister Attacks Banks

-- US --
Churches crumble across U.S.
Rich Americans Voting With Their Feet To Escape Obama Tax Oppression
40 North Carolina banks seen as 'troubled'
National Guard to head to border states Aug. 1
A Daily Fight To Find Food: One Family's Story
Cities Rent Police, Janitors to Save Cash
$600 Sale? Get Ready for Tax Form
What Ammunition Does Fed Have Left For the Economy?

And finally... Bad golfers targeted by snakes in Sweden

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