Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

News Links, July 26, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Interest rates will stay low until 2014, predicts E&Y
Outstanding loans to property market up 40% by end of June (China)
LBMA Closes Off Public Access To Key Bullion Bank Trading Data
German Banks Hiding Stress Test Data Further Undemine Geithner's European Scammery Tour
Chinese Banks See Risks in 23% of $1.1 Trillion Loans
Bullion buyers bank on gold coins
"Every day, people find their way to the Manhattan store with one thing in mind: getting their hands on gold bullion coins, as soon as possible and as much as possible, before the financial Armageddon they fear renders the dollars in their pockets worthless."

-- Military --
Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation
Leaked documents claim Pakistan's ISI directing Afghan insurgency
Israeli Army to simulate invasion of south Lebanon

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
The 'unravelling relationship' between Russia and Iran
Bush-era CIA director: Attack on Iran 'seems inexorable'
Iran ready for nuke swap deal talks -Mottaki
Venezuela head threatens US oil cut over Colombia row
U.S. Holds Drills Off Korea As Pyongyang Talks War
Possible Reaction Scenarios To A Preemptive Israeli Strike On Iran
Mexican prison guards let killers out, provided weapons

-- Energy/resources --
BP set to begin drilling off Libya
It's A Race To Failure Between Rogue States And Global Oil Output
Worsening electricity shortages fuel growing crisis
Recovery strains electricity grid
Aggreko boss talks business and blackouts
*Paints a grim picture of electric power availability around the world.
U.K. Offshore Wind Power Developers Need $46 Billion Financing, PWC Says
Saudi Kayan seeks $2.4 bln for rising costs
One day after Sewa apology, power cuts in Sharjah again (UAE)
Modern cargo ships slow to the speed of the sailing clippers

-- Intelligence/spying --
Tokyo trials digital billboards that scan passers-by

-- Food --
Farmers report rise in 'pick-your-own' thefts (UK)

-- Japan --
Heat Wave Eases After 15 Deaths Nationwide, Peak in Tokyo's Power Demand
An Unmanned aircraft carrying radioactive material crashes in Japan: media

-- Oil blowout --
Allen: BP will begin plugging well next week
Geochemist in Gulf says "When it rains, a lot of junk comes down from the particulate"

-- Environment/health --
U.S. farmers may face crackdown on pesticide use

-- UK --
'Minority Report' technology used by police to predict crimes

-- US --
Baltimore police face officer shortage
Say Goodbye To The American Dream
Police to experiment with blinding 'Dazer Laser'?
Shadow Office Space "Leased but Empty" Haunts Commercial Real Estate
Babysitters for backyard chickens
Virtual War Room Needed for Federal Crisis Response, Says Rep. Randy Forbes




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