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Infidel Links, 10-30-12

30 Oct

CHINA/At the risk of appearing callous given the very real destruction Hurricane Sandy is wreaking on the eastern seaboard of the United States, today’s link dump has a catastrophic theme. I hope if any readers are experiencing “Frankenstorm’s” wrath, above all be safe, and that they would share with others their testimonies with other survivors.

Democracy Now! (October 29, 2012)

While the news media have been covering Hurricane Sandy around the clock, little attention has been paid to the possible connection between the storm and climate change. Scientists have long warned how global warming would make North Atlantic hurricanes more powerful. Just two weeks ago, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a major study on the connection between warmer sea surface temperatures and increase in stronger Atlantic hurricanes. The report said, quote, "In particular, we estimate that Katrina-magnitude events have been twice as frequent in warm years compared with cold years."

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White Mountain Links, 1-7-09

7 Jan

Sucker in the Middle: FP The Argument‘s Nikolas K. Gvosdev explains how Gazprom is paying dearly for increasing demand for gas in Western Europe and PRC.

To meet ever growing demand in Europe, not to mention in Russia itself, Gazprom has been forced to buy larger quantities of gas from outside the country, and it has significantly raised the price it is prepared to pay, particularly to Turkmenistan. Gazprom has done this to protect its Central Asian sources of natural gas from a growing and rapacious Chinese market for energy — and to drive a stake through the heart of a proposed gas pipeline that would link Central Asia to Europe while bypassing Russia.

Chinas

Why Should We Trust Beijing: PRC’s Health Ministry promises one death from the H5N1 bird flu virus is “isolated”. So, who gets executed this time?

Japan

20-Year after Hirohito: The anniversary of the controversial WW2 monarch’s death raises the old questions again.

Koreas

What Comes from Too Much Soju: Ambassador James Laney calls for a peace treaty ending the Korean War.

Time to Make the Rubber Stamps: A new class of North Korean MPs are ready for sitting.

The Philippines

One Thumb Up: Fitch says The Philippines don’t suck as bad as other economies in the region.

2019 Bond: Manila offers a 10-year bond.

White Mountain Links, 1-6-09

6 Jan

Wishful Dreaming: “When the Gyeongin Canal is complete, the appearance of the western part of the capital region will have changed greatly, including Incheon’s Songdo International City, the Cheongna region and the Geomdan New City, and the canal will gain fame as a major global site for distribution and tourism,” said Kwon Jin-bong, director of the MLTM’s Office of Construction and Water Resources Policy. “Since it has been confirmed that the project has economic efficiency and that there are no problems for the environment, we will speed up the process of going ahead with it,” said Kwon.

Chinas

Witch Hunt: Beijing authorities begin “mostly polite” interrogations of Charter 08 activists.

Max Yield: Beijing plans to expand mining acquisitions from developing states to Canada and Australia.

Japan

Tools Up: Toyota will halt production for six days in February and five days in March.

Stick It Where We Like: Japan protested Beijing’s “regrettable” incursion into the disputed undersea Tianwaitian natural gas field last weekend.

Koreas

Democrats in Cross-Pacific Sync: Neither Democrats in the US or ROK want even to consider a free trade deal any time soon.

Park Chung-hee-ism in Pyongyang: Perhaps as a sign of a shift at the top, as the Chosun Daily thinks, or a legitimate stab at reform, Pyongyang replaced senior ministers in railways, forestry, agriculture, electronics and the metal industry with “veteran bureaucrats”.

The Philippines

Mindanao Two-Step: RP President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants peace talks and development projects for Mindanao in 2009.

Beware of Gorillas on Filipino Links: Of course, the Pangandamans will settle with the De la Pazes. They won! And, it was sport for all citizens!

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