FM newswire for May 26, interesting articles about geopolitics
Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.
- Delusionally optimistic, but excellent data: “Highlights of the International Energy Outlook 2010“, Energy Information Administration, May 2010
- “Fiscal Crises and Imperial Collapses: Historical Perspective on Current Predicaments”, Niall Ferguson (Prof History, Harvard), Peterson Institute for International Economics, 13 May 2010 — Slides and transcript. Superficial, but good intro for a general audience.
- Demonstrating for the right to break America’s laws: “Four DREAM Activists Detained After Sit-in at Sen. John McCain’s Arizona Office“, Vivirlatino, 18 May 2010 — Also see this update.
- The sun also rises: “Mexico Seems To Favor Sinaloa Cartel In Drug War“, NPR, 19 May 2010 — That’s how drug cartels operate, in the US and elsewhere.
- Like putting a penny in a gumball machine, the inevitable: “Mexico Rejects U.S. Media Report That It Favors Sinaloa Cartel“, Latin American Herald Tribune, 19 May 2010
- “Costly, time-consuming test of cement linings in Deepwater Horizon rig was omitted, spokesman says“, The Times-Picayune, 19 May 2010
- Regulatory capture at work (aka Kabuki posing as reform): “As Reform Takes Shape, Some Relief on Wall Street“, New York Times, 23 May 2010
- “McChrystal calls Marjah a bleeding ulcer’ in Afghan campaign“, McClatchy Newspapers, 24 May 2010
- “The Realities and Relevance of Japan’s Great Recession“, Adam S. Posen (Bank of England and Peterson Inst. International Economics), 24 May 2010
- FHA boss says “Home-Financing Volume Sign of ‘Very Sick System’“, Bloomberg, 24 May 2010
- Right-biased polls results to re-enforce conservatives’ views: “The Rasmussen Problem“, Jonathan Chait, blog of The New Republic, 25 May 2010
- Recommended — Amidst the hysteria, rare sensible words about the Deepwater Horizon spill: “For the bystanders, talk is cheap“, Erik Means (Editor-in-Chief), Upstream Online, 26 May 2010
- Faux job creation, the government way: “My royal runaround with the Census Bureau“, John Crudele, columnist at the New York Post, 18 May 2010 — Playing games with the numbers at the Census.
- More evidence: “Two more Census workers blow the whistle“, John Crudele, columnist at the New York Post, 25 May 2010
Warming up for the big one with Iran
- “Petraeus orders US spies to prepare for anti-nuclear strike on Iran“, The Times, 26 May 2010
- Officials confirm yesterday’s NYT story that the US expanded covert military operations, AFP, 25 May 2010
And let’s remember past but probably ongoing programs:
- support for Jundullah, “our” terrorists fighting Iran: “ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran“, ABC News, 3 April 2007
- Funding opposition groups in Iraq, 9 August 2009 — Links to mainstream media articles.
- “US Goes on Offensive Against Once-Touted Iran Diplomacy“, AntiWar, 25 May 2010 — Ditto