Sunday, August 29, 2010


News Links, August 30, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Gold May Rise to $1,300 an Ounce Fueled by Investment Demand, GFMS Says
BOJ May Hold Emergency Meeting as Early as Monday
Finance giant on the brink of collapse (New Zealand)
Fiscal policy based on alchemy: expert

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
Saudis demand government jobs in rare protest - media
N. Korea Vows to Use Nuclear Weapons If Attacked
Chinese navy to hold live-fire drills in Yellow Sea
Islamist rebels launch deadly attack on Chechen president's village
Hamid Karzai lines up ultimate showdown with Nato with plan to stay in power
In Mexico, drug war deaths mount

-- Energy/resources --
China Defends Control of Rare Earth Exports as Move to Protect Environment
Deepwater Horizon fears resurface as rigs probe for oil under Arctic ice
Doomsday threat of the nuclear renaissance
The age of easy, cheap oil maybe getting over slowly (Arab News)
Canada stakes a claim to Arctic power, influence
Harper's Arctic ice show: political stagecraft masks cold reality
Global resources war (Korea Times)
"Korea should win hearts of developing countries"
Experts warn against long-term extension for German nuclear plants

-- Got food? --
Friends of the Earth urges end to 'land grab' for biofuels
Biofuels Firms Buy Up African Land, Cause Deforestation, Food Output Loss

-- Oil disaster --
Confirmed: Corexit Still Being Sprayed in the Gulf
The true fallout from the BP oil spill may be unimaginable

-- Environment/health --
Summer 2010 a record-breaking scorcher

-- Intelligence/security --
U.S. schools: grooming students for a surveillance state
18 nations wrap up mock terror exercise in Panama canal
Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy
Congress may sneak through Internet 'kill switch' in defense bill
The Death Of Cash? All Over The World Governments Are Banning Large Cash Transactions

-- UK --
Scottish police cuts 'could see 2,800 officers go'
Nearly two-thirds of UK parents cannot afford after-school activities for their children

-- US --
California School Uses RFID Tags To Track Location Of Preschoolers
Is the US Housing Market on the Verge of Collapse?
Decline in foreclosures likely to be temporary (WashPo)
Arson reported at Tennessee mosque construction site
Presenting The Findings Of The Working Group On Extreme American Inequality
Social Security: The futile fight for what's been promised (Daily Reckoning)
"Social Security redistributes wealth from the young to the old. The government keeps promising young payers that they'll get their share - but no one believes it anymore."
Full Recovery Could Take Decade or More: Economist

And finally... Drunk baboons plague Cape Town's exclusive suburbs

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