FM newswire for April 7, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis, collected from around the Internet. If you find this useful, pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1. Natural Gas in North America: A Panacea to Replace. Imported Oil?“, J. David Hughes, Global Sustainability Research, 14 September 2009
  2. What the Frack? Natural Gas from Subterranean Shale Promises U.S. Energy Independence–With Environmental Costs“, Scientific American, 30 March 2010
  3. More about the evolution of Europe by its new citizens:  “Sweden: A new hotbed of hatred?“, Toronto Star, 15 March 2010
  4. Interesting analysis of the Supreme Court’s real role in our political regime: “Why Law Should Lead“, Justin Driver, The New Republic, 2 April 2010
  5. Violence Helps Taliban Undo Afghan Gains“, New York Times, 3 April 2010
  6. Judging for Dollars“, Adam Skaggs, The New Republic, 3 April 2010 — “If you’re worried about what ‘Citizens United’ will do to congressional races, just wait until you see what it does to the justice system.”
  7. Marjeh One Month On“, Joshua Foust, Registan, 4 April 2010
  8. A warning about state/local finances from someone who knows:  “The Municipal Market“, Rick Bookstaber (Senior Policy Adviser at the SEC), his blog, 4 April 2010
  9. Root, Root, Root for the Owners… Is Baseball a Fading Allegory for the Fading American Way of Life?“, Robert Lipsyte, TomDispatch, 4 April 2010
  10. Becoming 2 nations, again:  “The Perils of Polarization“, William Galston, The New Republic, 5 April 2010
  11. Urgent Cash Flow Update“, Wendy Greuel (Controller for the city of Los Angeles), 5 April 2010 — “The City General Fund will be negative $10 million on May 5.”
  12. About the use of force in foreign affairs:  “On the Relative Strength of Horses“, Andrew Exum (aka Abu Muqawama), Center for a New American Security, 5 April 2010 — About Lee Smith’s new book.
  13. Hamid Karzai: What Do We Do About This Man?“, Patrick B. Pexton, National Journal, 5 April 2010 — Esp read the replies by Col. W. Patrick Lang, Michael Brenner, and Steven Metz.
  14. California’s $500-billion pension time bomb“, David Crane (adviser to Gov Schwarzenegger), op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, 6 April 2010
  15. Exxon Paid Zero U.S. Income Tax In 2009, While Big Oil Defends Billions In Senseless Tax Subsidies “, ThinkProgress, 6 April 2010
  16. The headline is Street-speak for “the Greek bond market might implode if the EU and IMF don’t help soon”:  “Greece Sets 10 Year Bund Spread Level For When Total Pandemonium Breaks Out At 450 bps“, Zero Hedge, 6 April 2010


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