Thursday, November 18, 2010


News Links, November 19, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Irish central bank chief expects huge EU/IMF loan
IMF Says Hong Kong's Asset Inflation May Spur Slump
U.K. Had Larger-Than-Expected Budget Deficit in October Amid Modest Growth
Global Growth? More Like Global Collapse
Budget Review Calls For Scrapping 28 Programs (Japan)
Can Japan Reverse Its Long Decline?
India Microcredit Faces Collapse From Defaults
Tax Collection Threatens Budget as Greece Tries to Keep Bailout Promises
Irish Bailout May Unleash Bond Vigilantes on Portugal Market: Euro Credit
Russia considers biggest population redistribution since Stalin

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
U.S. could be in Afghanistan beyond 2015, NATO official says
British Defense Chief: 30 to 40 Years of Afghanistan Occupation Ahead
Japans warns West against lifting China arms embargo
A whole new world for US and Asia: Can America adapt to the power shift?
Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor
80m disaster-hit Chinese need food, clothing, heat for winter
China's New Drones Raise Eyebrows
Beijing debuts high-tech ship in East China Sea
Hyundai workers clash with riot police over employment (South Korea)
Bill Clinton: Haiti's Neo-Colonial Overlord
Congress Likely to Clear $60 Billion Saudi Sale, Berman Says
Iran confirms planes being refused fuel in Europe
Dutch Could Cut 10,000 Positions From Military due to "financial difficulties"

-- Energy/resources --
Oil shock warning to government from UK business
India, China buying U.S. coal mines, shale gas fields
The 2011 Supply Crunch Is Coming (rare earth elements)
Get ready for soaring gas prices
China's gold production to exceed 320 tons this year
Shanghai water bills go up 22%
PetroChina taps gas reserves for winter
"Gas consumption has been rising as winter approaches and many of PetroChina's gas pipelines have been already running at full capacity since last month."
Fuel stockpiles used to avert shortages (China)
Peak Coal in China (Kjell Aleklett)
'Peak coal' to see prices soar
Malaysia Has Little Room for Expanding Palm-Oil Production, Minister Says
No more money for renewables (US)
Malaysia Mulls Allowing Private Firms to Tap Marginal Oil Fields
Impact of Mexico spill prompting 'oil crunch' fears
"The knock-on impact from the Gulf of Mexico disaster could be enough to tip oil production below international energy demands and spark an "oil crunch", a cross-industry group has warned."
IHS CERA study says oilpatch costs rising

-- Got food? --
Agricultural Commodities Face `Explosive' Future on Demand, Prestbo Says
Another Food Crisis
U.K. gives up, hands food policy over to McDonald's, KFC, and friends
Roaches, mice, bacteria on menu at some mall food courts (US)

-- Environment/health --
Haiti cholera clashes reach capital Port-au-Prince
Survey: 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Face Mental Illness
Bird Flu Pops Up Again in Hong Kong. Is a Pandemic on Its Way?

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Pentagon is debating cyber-attacks
Son of Stuxnet? Variants of the cyberweapon likely, senators told
U.S. Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Analysts Say
China Telecom Denies Hijack of Web Traffic After U.S. Report
China Web hijacking shows Net at risk
Lawmakers Move to Eject Nude Scanners From New York Airports
TSA Chief: Submit or Don't Fly
Secret U.S. Space Plane May Be Too Mysterious
Swedish court orders WikiLeaks founder Assange detained
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange 'hiding in Britain as Swedes poised to issue arrest warrant'
FBI pressuring Google, Facebook to allow 'back doors' for wiretapping
Terror Fight Extends To Neb. Farm Land: FBI Says Surveillance Aims To Protect Nation's Food Supply

-- UK --
Social housing in Wales to 'take a hit' warns chief

-- US --
California Having Trouble Selling $10 Billion In Revenue Anticipation Notes
Tester amendment protecting local food production now attached to food-safety bill
White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools
Our Economy Is Melting Down And There's Nothing We Can Do About It
Jobless benefits extension fails in House
Jobless-benefits bill fails in House: About 2 million jobless will stop getting checks by year's end
Debt-cutting plans share this: Taxes will go up for everyone
What Happened To Ireland This Week Could Happen To US Munis Very Soon
Outraged Yet? What if Fed Buys Munis?
Muni Exodus Confirmed As Investors Pull Money From Affected Funds
Full Year of Muni Gains Wiped Out in 2 Weeks; California in Shambles, Philadelphia Downgraded; Issuance Soars; Horrid Muni Risk-Reward Setup

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