Tag Archives: fitch

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.


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?


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


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, 11-12-08

12 Nov

ROK, PRC, and Indian Exports (FT)That Sinking Feeling: Export growth slows throughout East Asia and India


99 South Korean Leaflets: Pyongyang closes its land border with ROK over the Lee administration’s “hardline” attitude.

All Negative: Fitch lowers South Korean banks’ ratings.

Radio Free Christendom: Trans World Radio, an international Christian broadcaster, claims it has distributed 3,100 radios in DPRK this year so far.

DPRK’s Beria in Charge: Times Online speculates that the Dear Leader’s brother-in-law, Chang Sung Taek, is in control. “‘He is very smart, dynamic, with maybe some charisma – that’s the image I have of him,’ said Dr Choi. ‘He has fewer enemies [than other senior cadres] because when he purges people, they are not just sent away from Pyongyang, they are killed.'”

Catholic Charity: A Franciscan priest, Father Paul Kim Kwon-soon, will establish a welfare center in Pyongyang later this month for his first two-month visa stay.


Delayed Injustice: 14 Burmese dissidents each received prison sentences of 65 years for last year’s protests.

The Shrinking Ruble: Moscow prepares to let the rouble depreciate.


A Clash of Presidents: President George W. Bush is loath to bail out the Big Three automakers President-Elect Barack H. Obama wants.

38%, and a Few More Years in Debt: the US Federal Housing Finance Agency offers a plan to help delinquent homeowners, and no one likes it.

Iceland Stumbles: Iceland will probably not get an IMF loan, and Icelanders blame the UK.


Chen in Chains: The former president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bien, is arrested for corruption-related offenses.

Bali Circus: Australia complains about Jakarta’s handling of the Bali bombers’ executions.

GMA-Brained: RP president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo claims The Philippines are “firewalled” from the global recession.

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