Sunday, June 12, 2011


News Links, June 13, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Is the U.S. headed for another Great Depression? (Globe & Mail)
Dubai Property Regulator Cancelled 217 Projects as Transactions Dry Up
Debt-hit Dubai sets up $5bn bond programme
Roubini Says a 'Perfect Storm' May Converge on the Global Economy in 2013

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Britain can do 'nothing' to prevent Argentina retaking Falkland Islands
Analysis: SE Asia wary of China as sea claim disputes intensify

## Global unrest ##
Police arrest 25 to quell unrest in S China town
Chinese Bomb Blast Adds to Unrest (Tianjin)
As Syrians Flee To Turkey, Saudis Stay Silent
Syria uprising killings rise to 1,300: activists
Syria's regime cracks down hard. But is the military on board?
Iranian security forces attack silent rally in Tehran
Greeks protest for 19th day, utility union to strike
Vietnam allows second anti-China protest in Hanoi

## Energy/resources ##
China NDRC tackles power shortage
Japanese stage antinuclear protest in New York
"An antinuclear protest organized by Japanese people took place in New York on Saturday, three months after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at an atomic power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northwestern Japan."
Petrol shortages continue to plague drivers in Sharjah

## Got food? ##
E. coli outbreak typifies foodborne illness threat

## Environment/health ##
Explosion in jellyfish numbers may lead to ecological disaster, warn scientists
Wallow Fire may be preview of things to come, experts say
"As the Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona grows to nearly half a million blackened acres, experts say the Southwest has entered an era of monster fires, sprawling infernos that, if they continue to erupt, could wipe out half of the state's pine forests in another decade."
Huge Ariz. Wildfire Spreads; New Mexico Warned
Suds Up: How to Make Soap, 19th-Century Style

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
IMF Computers Lose E-Mails in State-Based Attack
"The International Monetary Fund's computer system was targeted by hackers, believed to be connected to a foreign government, who retrieved e-mails and other documents, according to a person familiar with the attack."
China creates cyber-warfare squad
Anonymous: Bernanke is next
Secret U.S. effort aims to help dissidents: report

## Japan ##
'Fukushima media cover-up - PR success, public health disaster'
Must-see video interview with Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute -- RF
Tsunami dumped up to 16 mil tons of sludge on quake-ravaged areas
High concentration of radioactive strontium found at Fukushima plant
"Radioactive strontium up to 240 times the legal concentration limit has been detected in seawater samples collected near an intake at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co said Sunday."
Shareholders propose Kansai Electric give up nuclear power
"A group of 124 shareholders of Kansai Electric Power Co. have proposed that the utility give up nuclear power generation in light of the ongoing nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant, sources close to the situation said Sunday."

## China ##
China ranks first worldwide in gold transaction
China's pile of cash finds Latin America's treasure
Over 600 people, including 103 children, poisoned by lead in east China

## UK ##
Public sector strike moves nearer
Locally run museums cut paid staff by 10%
Vicious circle as rising inflation threatens jobs

## US ##
American Banks 'High' On Drug Money: How a Whistleblower Blew the Lid Off Wachovia-Drug Cartel Money Laundering Scheme
Blackout in El Paso's Lower Valley leaves residents in the dark
Economic data may be as grim as bad summer movie
"The economic indicators to be released next week are expected to amount to a bad summer movie that even economists don't really want to watch.
"The plot for the May data is already well known — high gasoline prices and the shortage of autos and auto parts from Japan conspired to drag the recovery down close to stall speed."
Stocks: Losing streak meets economic reports

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