Wednesday, July 21, 2010

 

News Links, July 22, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Could Japan Collapse?
Scotland's economy stands still
BHP cautious on global growth
Ponzi "Shark Loans" Fuel China's Housing Bubble; Home Sales Plunge 44% in Xiamen; Bubble Busts in Tianjin
Poor Chinese Are Throwing Money Into An Unescapable Capital Trap

-- Military --
HULC exoskeleton system ready for soldier tests
MoD 'considers cutting 30,000 troops' (UK)
Farnborough Airshow 2010: 'Watchkeeper' drone can detect footprints from above clouds
Japan considers new law to allow refueling of foreign antipiracy ships

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
State Dept. planning to field a small army in Iraq
Two killed in Russian power station attack
U.S. Special Ops Forces Step Up Pakistan Presence
Corruption in Afghanistan Expanding at an Alarming Rate
U.S.-backed War in Somalia Comes to Uganda, Threatens to Set Whole Region Aflame
India state-run banks 'turn away Muslims'
UN 'falling apart' under Ban
Iran's Khamenei calls on Muslims to fight 'terrorism' fuelled by US and UK
Falklanders feel Argentina 'sea blockade'
Ward: African Skepticism of U.S. Command is Fading

-- Energy/resources --
China accelerates filling strategic oil reserves
Oil Drillers, Users Say World Needs Deepwater Wells
Jevons paradox: The Dark Side Of Electronic Efficiency
EPA takes new look at gas drilling, water issues
With Sale of Assets, BP Bets on More Deep Wells
UAE dismisses Iran idea of dirham oil trade
Tehran, Beijing commence new round of oil talks
Saudi has 'every intention' of meeting oil demand: prince
India May Bid for BP Stake in Vietnam to Secure Gas Supplies
Japan Power Prices Rise to 2-Year High as Tokyo Swelters in 35-Degree Heat

-- Food --
You, Too, Can Keep Chickens in Your Backyard
UN plea for Sahel food crisis

-- Oil disaster --
Matt Simmons Says Gulf Clean Up Will Cost Over $1 Trillion, Sees BP At $1, Says "We Have Now Killed The GoM"
'Static kill' growing as option to end Gulf oil spill drama
Gulf Cattle Ranchers Fear Toxins After Oil Spill
China rushes to keep oil from international waters
Scientists call on Obama to stop chem-spray
Storms threaten to shut down BP's Gulf well work
Relief Tunnel Should Reach BP Gulf Well By Weekend

-- US --
Double dip looks doubly certain: The economic recovery is just an illusion
Many Small Golf Courses Can No Longer Swing It
"Nationally, 600 golf courses have closed in the past five years."
Most Young Americans Expect Social Security To Collapse
America's new debtor prison: Jail time being given to those who owe
Despite billions to banks, small businesses struggle for loans
Home construction down; potential new foreclosures could hurt housing industry further
Airline faces familiar nemeses: Fuel costs
Bernanke says economic outlook remains "unusually uncertain"
Many Teen Workers Are Going Jobless This Summer
Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion
Blackout in Harlem




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