Friday, September 03, 2010


News Links, September 4, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Japan Pension Boosting Asset Sales to $48 Billion to keep up with payouts
China Offers Rare Glimpse Into Reserves, Heavy in Dollars
Gold currency in Malaysia
BOJ to stand pat next week, eyes easing next month
Economists: Gloom and Doom Ahead—Especially for the US
Should US government debt be rated junk? (Fortune)
Airline Era Ends as Carriers Cull 50-Seat Jets `Nobody Wants'
A Dearth of Work for China's College Grads

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
SCO anti-terror exercise in Kazakhstan
U.S., South Korea schedule more war drills
Gaza Militants Threaten Attacks On Israel
Mexico clash 'leaves 27 drug cartel gunmen dead'
India Maoists kill police hostage in Bihar state
Crowds attack home of Iranian opposition leader
Mexico drug war: the new killing fields
Chinese satellites bump gently. Was it a military maneuver?
Pentagon Bulks Up Yemen's Arsenal as Shadow War Grows
Russia opens Mistral tender beyond France
Indian army likes U.S. weaponry
Iran holds anti-Israel rallies
Mexican women work, die for gangs in drug war city
Pakistan Taliban threaten attacks in U.S., Europe
Iran says to strike Israel nuclear site if attacked
China and Pakistan both deny former invaded latter

-- Energy/resources --
Peak denial about peak oil
Peak Oil is History (Dmitry Orlov)
Egyptians roasted in mid-summer Ramadan with power cuts, soaring prices
Japan imposes new Iran sanctions over nuclear programme (oil imports not affected)
IEA Predicts Greater Reliance on OPEC Oil
Analysis: Turkey to make up for falling Europe coal use
Petrobras to Raise $32 Billion From Minority Shareholders

-- Got food? --
Fears Growing Over Global Food Supply (Financial times via CNBC)
From Maputo to Mogadishu, rising food prices hit poorest again
Chinese consider rival Potash bid
China farmers under siege from wild boar invasion
Mozambique police fire rubber bullets at food-price rioters

-- Oil disaster --
Gulf Communities Investigate Spill's Oily Residue Themselves
*Oil blowing in off the Gulf!
No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels of Toxic Exposure
Gulf oil disaster costs BP £5.2 billion

-- Environment/health --
Amazon river level in Peru at 40-year low
Anthrax outbreak hits Bangladesh
Eight die as wildfires consume Russian villages

-- Intelligence/security --
Can Chinese media rule the airwaves?
Iranian journalists' website puts Ahmadinejad spin on Barack Obama
Kabul Bank run may pose more immediate threat than Afghan Taliban
Pakistan floods put banks in jeopardy
Fidel Castro warns of 'nuclear war'
UN Sanctions on Iran Empowering the Revolutionary Guard
U.S. and Israel spying behind BlackBerry woe: Dubai police
CIA money behind Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS)
'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism (Japan)
WikiLeaks Founder Decries Swedish 'Legal Circus' in Video Interview

-- US --
Hotmail Suffers Hours-long Outage on Thursday
Gangs vs. Chicago police: an open feud over blame for street violence
More than 400 US Banks Will Fail: Roubini
5 Doomsday Scenarios for the U.S. Economy
Pending Home Sales Reconfirm the Market is Crashing
Union Or Not, Government Workers Being Squeezed
"Double-Dip" Deepens as Housing Collapses

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