Sunday, August 15, 2010


News Links, August 16, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
'Junk' Bonds Hit Record
Moneylenders Leaving Business In Droves (Japan)
Gold market isn't 'fixed'; it's rigged
Debt Collector Will Not Pay More Than $500 for a Loan, Regardless of Size (US)

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
Israel sees battlefield hidden in southern Lebanon
4 ships robbed by pirates off Iraqi coast
Mexico TV station Televisa hit by blasts
23 people slain along US-Mexico border in 24 hours
China proposes to Japan measures to prevent clash in East China Sea
Population rise puts strain on Saudi housing
Nigeria: Shell says pipeline sabotage increasing
Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents
Netanyahu to Meet Papandreou in Athens as Israeli Ties With Turkey Founder

-- Energy/resources --
India needs to import 83 mn tonne coal by 2011-12
Nickel supply seen at 20000 tonnes short in 2010
Cotton Rally to Test 1995 Peak as Levi's Raises Prices, Stockpiles Dwindle
China-Aussie firms develop Iran oilfields

-- Crumbling industrial civilization --
Debt woes sap Europe's big-dream investments
Potholes, leaky sewers, crumbling bridges: New Orleans infrastructure study analyzes "The Price of Civilization"
Crumbling I-93 sheds light on national crisis
Broken growth dreams: A desert city that didn't fan out

-- Got food? --
Russia ban on grain export begins
Back to School? Bring Your Own Toilet Paper
Double Dip? A Tipping Point May Be Near

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