Friday, January 28, 2011


News Links, January 29, 2011

-- Global economic meltdown --
Japan: Risk of Sovereign Interest Rate Shock – IMF
U.S. and Japan told time running out to deal with debt
The pressure is on, and I can hear the bond vigilantes gunning their engines. -- RF
Greece Discussing Lengthening of EU/IMF Loan: PM
Carlyle deal for Dutch firm would make it world's largest private equity manager
Egyptian Bond Yields Climb to Record High in Worst Week as Protests Spread
Fall of Saudi Arabia to End Dollar Reserve System? (Daily Bell)
Doha Talks Are on Brink, Report Warns
Investors Worry That Mideast Will Be Market's Next Crisis
Stocks Drop Worldwide as Oil, Dollar Surge After Egypt Protests
Europe Considering Extending Greek, Irish Bailout Loan Duration From 3 To 30 Years

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
The Arab Crisis: Food, Energy, Water, Justice
Activists call rare protest in flooded Saudi city
Hundreds detained in Saudi Arabia over protests
Jordanian protesters demand political reforms
Anti-government protest in Albania
Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution?

-- Egypt --
Egyptian government 'on last legs' says ElBaradei
Curfew in Egypt, house arrest for ElBaradei
Egypt: "Alexandria has no police anymore" says Human Right Watch correspondent
Egypt deploys counterterror police as protests escalate
Egypt unrest rages; web shut ahead of big protest
Egypt Shut Down Its Net With a Series of Phone Calls
Egypt's Internet Shutdown Can't Stop Mass Protests
Suez 'in utter chaos' as police try to regain control
Muslim Brotherhood Arrests Reported As Egypt Protests Continue
Wealthy And Famous Egyptians Flee Country On Board Private Jets

-- Energy/resources --
CNBC anchor implies US must support dictators to keep cheap oil flowing
Pakistan Seeks U.S. Security for Gas Pipeline
"Pakistan has sought U.S. help to ensure security for a proposed 1,680-kilometer-long pipeline that will transport natural gas from Central Asia to South Asia through war-ravaged Afghanistan."
Little Progress Disposing of 34 Metric Tons of Surplus Weapons Grade Plutonium
The Corn Ethanol Boondoggle Continues (Decline of the Empire)
UAE oil minister says market well supplied
OPEC says Saudis not raising output
Global natural gas demand set to soar

-- Got food? --
South Korean foot-and-mouth outbreak worst in 50 years
13 Stunning Facts About The Rise Of Industrial Meat Farming In America
Indonesia to Suspend Food Import Duties
Desperate times call for desperate measures. -- RF
Food hoarding by governments keen to keep prices low is pushing prices higher
Hoarding may be bad from the view of "the market," but it makes good sense to those worried about the state of their pantry. -- RF
Price rises could make juices a 'luxury'
Indian onions travel long, costly road to table

-- Environment/health --
New melt record for Greenland ice sheet

-- Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown --
IBM to Build Asia's Largest Cloud Computing Center
Tunisia Internet Chief Gives Inside Look at Cyber Uprising
Internet Reportedly Down in Syria
Recall this item from two days ago: Internet 'kill switch' bill will return (US)
Egypt's 'Net Shutdown a Wakeup Call for CIOs
Egypt shows how easily Internet can be silenced
Net approaches address exhaustion
How To Get Online After The Government Shuts Down The Internet
Meet the Al Jazeera Correspondents Who Are Putting American Coverage Of The Egypt Crisis To Shame

-- China --
China Said to Plan to Raise Capital Ratio When Credit Excessive
Private gold demand surging in China

-- UK --
UK consumer confidence in 'astonishing' fall

-- US --
Close the public schools—that's the answer to our deficit problems
When perverse arguments like this start making sense, we know that neofeudalism is on the way. -- RF
Money Worries Push 1st-Year College Students' Emotional Health to Low Mark
Amid deficit woes, support for Social Security weakens
Pick Your Poison: The American Drinking Water Quality Crisis
In Arizona, a bid to block citizenship for illegal immigrants' 'anchor babies'
America's Job Problem: We Can't Grow Our Way Out This, Holtz-Eakin Says
Here's another symptom of systemic breakdown. -- RF
A Frightening Satellite Tour Of America's Foreclosure Wastelands
Credit card rates at record highs near 15%

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