Friday, January 07, 2011


News Links, January 8, 2011

-- Global economic meltdown --
Single Eurozone Bond Would Only Entangle Europe Further
Belgium: From the Frying Pan Into the Fire
HSBC sees China and America leading global mega-boom
Pure fantasy, as Gregor Macdonald shows in the following article. -- RF
Structural Unemployment in America and Liebig's Law
Nishimura Says Crucial BOJ Avoid Impression It's Monetizing Japan's Debt
Portugal Goes 144A, Is Goldman Underwriter?
Italy The Invisible Elephant
Can China save euro? Answer is 'no'
China boosting investment in Japan, holds shares worth Y1.5 tril
$800m deficit projected for UAE in 2011
Peak Civilization

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Rowdy welcome in Najaf for Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr
Model security shows mainstream move of Iraq's Sadr
New tactics give pirates an edge
Israel: No Iran bomb before 2015
Tunisia arrests bloggers and rapper
"Dissidents were arrested or "disappeared" in crackdowns against what is being described as a national uprising."
Algerian riots resume over food prices
Britain, France to bolster defense pact
NATO To Deploy Radar Planes To Afghanistan

-- Energy/resources --
Cotton Output in Australia May Be Cut 500,000 Bales on Flood, FCStone Says
Why Nuclear May Not be the Answer to Oil Shortages

-- Got food? --
India's food inflation jumps 18.32%
World Risks Food Riots as Grains Climb, Economist Chalmin Says
Refined sugar price zooms up 96% since June '08
Extreme weather events help drive food prices to record highs
India, China face food inflation threat in 2011

-- Environment/health --
Australia flood rebuilding may take years: recovery chief
Mass bird and fish deaths occur regularly, claim experts
More than 1,000 turtle doves fall from the sky in Italy in latest mass bird death case
Temperatures drop all over Japan

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Germany establishing cyber defense center
"Germany is creating a cyber defense center this year as a result of rising cyberattacks against German interests, mainly from China."
Package That Ignited at Washington Post Office Was Addressed to Napolitano

-- China --
China confirms President Hu to visit U.S. from January 18
China to move strategic energy bases to inland

-- UK --
Thousands of pupils to opt out of academic study at 14 to take vocational training
Elderly could be hit by second flu wave
Up to a fifth of libraries could close
Petrol price record prompts call for fuel duty cut

-- US --
US Budget Antics More Theater Than Reality
1 in 6 Americans Live in Poverty
America's Elites Own You (Decline of the Empire)
What next? More airline fees possible in 2011
BLS Unemployment Report Doesn't Add Up
Official unemployment rate? 9.4 percent. Total rate? 16.7 percent.
Food Stamp Usage Hits New High Of 43.2 Million
Primary Dealers Scramble To Sell All Recently Auctioned Off Treasurys To Fed
Fed Assets Rise to Record on Purchases of Treasury Securities
Activists decry plans for 'second class' of US citizen
Tax council recommends grocery tax, lower income taxes
New bank fees rise like zombies
Vegas home prices: On the skid until 2032

And finally... Curses! Romania's witches forced to pay income tax

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