Saturday, September 04, 2010


News Links, September 5, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Spain's Economy Re-Enters Contraction Mode in Q3
On Jobs, U.S. Now Ranks Worse Than Similar Nations
This year, US public debt could reach end game
Karzai urges Afghans not to panic as bank withdrawals accelerate
Romanian president calls for more austerity
Panicked Afghans nearly collapse Kabul Bank after loan corruption scandal
Banking Crisis Will Burden Future Generations (Ireland)

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Radical Islam is world's greatest threat - Tony Blair
EU austerity policies risk civil war in Greece, warns top German economist Dr Sinn

-- Energy/resources --
The Deal Is Simple. Australia Gets Money, China Gets Australia
The appetite for energy grows (India)

-- Got food? --
Cows, pigs, broilers dropping like flies in the heat (Japan)
Food crisis of 2007 and 2008 may be upon us again
E. coli outbreak puts focus on meat oversight
U.N. predicts bigger swings in food supply
CBOT Corn Review: Futures Soar To 23-Month High On Crop Outlook
"The U.S. was supposed to be this 'island of supply.' We're now starting to question that."

-- Oil disaster --
Oil-dispersant effects remain a mystery (LA Times)

-- Environment/health --
Amazon may be headed for another bad drought
Scientist Watches Glacier Melt Beneath His Feet
27 dead of 46 infected with superbug since last year at Tokyo hospital
Hurricanes now threaten densely populated US northeast

-- Intelligence/security --
Cell phone blackout in New Zealand after massive quake
Crash of Va. computer network has implications for tech world, state politics
"The crash -- still baffling to state officials -- exposes the vulnerability of modern, massively complex interconnected computer networks."
Wikileaks supporters demand that Assange step aside

-- UK --
Banks leave some customers in 'dire poverty'
Housing market 'ground to halt' as number of new homes built 'fall to 1920 levels'

-- US --
Why 100,000 jobs a month won't lower unemployment rate
China shows Idaho how it could run the state
States delay executions as lethal drug cocktail in short supply

And finally... Irish protesters hurl bottles, eggs, shoes at Tony Blair during book signing

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