Monday, August 22, 2011


News Links, August 23, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Greek Finance Minister Expects Recession To Deepen
Thai Economy Shrinks in Second Quarter
"The Thai economy contracted in the second quarter as supply disruptions in the auto industry caused by the natural disasters in Japan took a toll on Southeast Asia's second-largest economy."
Is Germany's Commerzbank in Need of Another Bailout?
How Much Gold Does Libya Have?
GOLD $1900
Gold Goes Off Charts as Gartman Sees Prices for Metal Heading 'Parabolic'
Belgium Finmin says debt crisis as bad as 2008: paper
Europe's banks could break us all
ECB Monetizes €14.3 Billion In Insolvent Peripheral Debt Last Week; €111 Billion In Total

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Libya now needs boots on the ground (Richard Haass at FT)
Mixed Signals on Possible Occupation of Libya
Gold fever spreads, spurring thefts (video)
Trinidad declares state of emergency to fight crime
"The government has clamped a limited form of emergency rule on Trinidad and Tobago in a bid to halt a surge in violent crime linked to the drug trade in the oil-rich Caribbean country."
Pirates attack second tanker in two days near Omani port
NATO fuel convoys attacked in Pakistan
U.S. Uses Global Warming to Lay Claim to 200,000 Square Miles of Arctic Waters
Global Land Grab
"Fear of unrest and hunger for profit are sparking massive acquisitions of farmland."

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Analysis: Gaddafi collapse will embolden Arab rebels

## Energy/resources ##
Restoring Libyan oil output could take years
Don't look to Libya for relief at the pump: Global economy dwarfs North African nation in oil markets
Crude prices hitting Saudi refiner
Used soda bottles light up the world – for free
Iran conducts first oil trade at Kish Commodity Exchange
GE uranium enrichment plans raise fears: report

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Prosecutors tell NY judge to drop Strauss-Kahn case
Mayor Bloomberg pushes for traffic light cameras 'on every corner'
Tased From Above! New Robot Copter To Begin Patrolling Our Skies

## Japan ##
Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes
New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide (video)
Stocks: Nikkei Closes At New 5-Month Low On Firm Yen, U.S. Economic Worries
Gov't may buy land within 20-km radiation no-go zone
10 Automakers Fall Below Y20tln In Total Market Cap
Hot cow count in Fukushima rises to 12
Yen's rise spurs acceleration of emergency measures
Vigilant watch kept as cities go dark to save energy

## China ##
BYD 1st Half Net Profit Falls 88.6% To CNY275.36 Million
China Paper Warns of Impact From Euro Crisis 'Black Death'

## UK ##
Home finances 'fell for 40% of households in August'
More than one in 10 city centre shops vacant, says BRC

## US ##
Consumer Debt Forgiveness May Be Needed: Roach
Mortgage delinquencies creep higher
CHART OF THE DAY: The Bank Of America Death Spiral
BofA Warns Upcoming "Desperate Measures" By Authorities Will Result In Another 2008 Market Collapse
USA becomes Food Stamp Nation but is it sustainable?
Even if Fed Moves on Third Round of Stimulus, Markets Won't Take Off
Boomer Retirement Could Slow US Recovery: Fed Study
Ron Paul: Candidate of Doom and Gloom (Barron's)
The New Retirement Plan: No Retirement

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