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The Age of Disintegration: Our Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars 28.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Patrick Cockburn

We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These conflicts are extraordinarily destructive. They are tearing apart the countries in which they are taking place in ways that make it doubtful they will ever recover.

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The Age of Disintegration: An Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars 28.6.2016 Truthout.com
We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These conflicts are extraordinarily destructive. They are tearing apart the countries in which they are taking place in ways that make it doubtful they will ever recover. Cities like Aleppo in Syria, Ramadi in Iraq, Taiz in Yemen, and Benghazi in Libya have been partly or entirely reduced to ruins . There are also at least three other serious insurgencies: in southeast Turkey, where Kurdish guerrillas are fighting the Turkish army, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where a little-reported but ferocious guerrilla conflict is underway, and in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries where Boko Haram continues to launch murderous attacks. All of these have a number of things in common: they are endless and seem never to produce ...
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Essential Politics: A powerful regulator's reorganization 28.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Few state agencies are as influential or have as broad a mandate as does the California Public Utilities Commission. But it looks like that’s about to change.

Good morning from the the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and a broad proposal to revamp the powerful agency was...

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Turkey Moves To Restore Relations With Russia And Israel On The Same Day 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ISTANBUL -- Turkish leaders on Monday announced a series of landmark moves meant to normalize ties with Russia and Israel after years of tumultuous relations with the two leading world powers. Strengthened relations -- a result of a deal with Israel and a letter to the Russian president calling for restored ties -- could lead to a boosted economy and tourism sector in Turkey, lucrative Mediterranean gas prospects for Israel and greater security cooperation at a crucial time in the region. “Turkey needs more allies, or at least no more enemies, against the backdrop of a regional situation that is most likely to continue to generate insecurity and instability in the foreseeable future,” said Sinan Ulgen, director of the Istanbul-based think tank EDAM and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under fire, particularly in recent months, for what critics say is increasing authoritarianism. “But there are also economic expectations," Ulgen said. "With ...
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Major battle over oil terminal unfolds in Pacific Northwest 26.6.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation's largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil from the Midwest to a West Coast port....
Columbia River oil terminal battle to unfold in Monday hearing 26.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The proposal to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington is seen as either a boon to industry or a potential environmental and safety catastrophe.
High-stakes battle over oil terminal unfolds in Northwest 25.6.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation's largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil from the Midwest to a West Coast port....
The PennEast Pipeline Made Me Do It: Why My Family and I Moved to Solar Energy 25.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Solar Panels, Old and New, Starview Hill Farm, Blairstown, New Jersey "There is one forecast of which you can already be sure: someday renewable energy will be the only way for people to satisfy their energy needs. Because of the physical, ecological and (therefore) social limits to nuclear and fossil energy use, ultimately nobody will be able to circumvent renewable energy as the solution, even if it turns out to be everybody's last remaining choice. The question keeping everyone in suspense, however, is whether we shall succeed in making this radical change of energy platforms happen early enough to spare the world irreversible ecological mutilation and political and economic catastrophe." Hermann Scheer, 1944-2010, former member of the German Parliament and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy Photovoltaics aka Solar Panels "Drill, baby, drill." First used by Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele at the 2008 Republican National Convention, later elected chairman of the ...
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Russian oil company Bashneft for sale by government 25.6.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
In this fire sale, the asset is Bashneft, the oil company once owned by Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who was prosecuted and put under house arrest. Early in his tenure, President Vladimir Putin pursued a policy of controlling the commanding heights of the economy with a nationalization push that elbowed Russian and foreign owners out of strategic industries. [...] he is inviting investors back, as Russia faces the economic fallout from a second year of Western sanctions and low commodity prices. The political about-face, part of the seemingly endless cycle in Russia between nationalization and privatization, adds to investors’ worries about being blindsided. “Any buyer today should understand the risks,” Aleksandr Abramov, a professor of finance at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said of the latest planned resale of 51 percent of Bashneft. [...] investors are willing to pay only about half as much for a Russian company as they would for a Brazilian business with the same earnings potential, ...
The Diablo Canyon deal marks the death of nuclear power in the U.S. - or does it? 24.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

What you heard the other day, when Pacific Gas & Electric and a group of environmental organizations and labor unions announced a plan to permanently shutter the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, was the sound of the door shutting on nuclear power in the United States.

Or was it?

The landmark deal,...

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Oil patch 'left for dead' may attract explorers 24.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As the oil industry emerges from the biggest bust in three decades, shale drillers in a neglected corner of the biggest U.S. oil field are poised to take a new generation of gushers public. Long an also-ran to the more prolific Midland Basin 100 miles to the east, the Delaware Basin straddling the Texas-New Mexico border is yielding larger and larger oil discoveries for explorers. Both regions are part of the Permian Basin, a sprawling field seven times the size of Massachusetts that produces mo...
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U.S. stocks jump as Britons hit polls on EU future 24.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks made their biggest gain in a month Thursday as investors grew more optimistic that Britons will vote to stay in the European Union. Investors bought stocks and sold bonds, sending bond yields and banks higher. On the last trading day before results from the British referendum, stocks continued to rise as investors grew more confident Britain won’t leave the union. Bank stocks did the best, while materials companies also rose. The price of oil topped $50 a barrel. Utility c...
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The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy 23.6.2016 Truthout.com
Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children's ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world's dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel and gasoline. These include the 7 million adult deaths per year attributed to ambient air pollution, most of it from fossil fuel burning. Less recognized is the huge and largely silent toll on children's health and development from both air toxics and climate change. Children, whose bodies and brains are especially vulnerable to harm as they develop in utero and in the first years of life, bear a disproportionate burden of disease from both air pollution and climate change. Exposure to toxic air pollutants released during fossil fuel combustion contributes to low birth weight, cognitive and ...
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U.S. stocks rise as Britons go to polls on EU 23.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are rising Thursday as investors grow more optimistic that Britons will vote to stay in the European Union. Investors are buying stocks and selling bonds, sending banks higher. Energy companies are up with the price of oil. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 181 points, or 1 percent, to 17,962 as of 9:30 a.m. Mountain time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 20 points, also 1 percent, to 2,106. The Nasdaq composite gained 55 points, or 1.2 percent, to...
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Berlin Is The Latest City To Pull Out Of Fossil Fuels 23.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Berlin's parliament voted Thursday to pull its money out of coal, gas and oil companies. The new investment policy, part of the German capital's goal of completely weaning off carbon by 2050, will force the city's pension fund -- worth $852.8 million, or €750 million -- to divest from shares of German oil giants RWE and E.ON, as well as the French behemoth Total. The move comes a week after Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, vowed to end its investments in fossil fuels companies, making Berlin the seventh major Western city to join a divestment movement that already includes Paris, Copenhagen, Oslo, Seattle and Melbourne. In September, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the city's five pension funds -- worth a collective $160 billion -- to sell their $33 million exposure to coal, by the far the dirtiest fossil fuel. A handful of smaller U.S. cities have pledged  to curtail fossil fuel investments, too.  “Berlin’s decision to blacklist fossil fuel companies is the latest victory for the divestment ...
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Closing California's last nuclear plant is welcome, so long as it doesn't hamper the state's climate change goals 23.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The announcement this week by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that it will shut down the state’s last nuclear power plant by 2025 and replace the energy it generated with renewable power is good news for Californians, who have always had an uneasy relationship with nuclear power in general, and with the...

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Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking 'Just Ruined Everything' 23.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was originally published by the Center For Public Integrity. AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Eakins told the state environmental agency about their bad water nearly seven years ago and hoped for a quick resolution. Like thousands of others who live in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, however, they learned their hopes were misplaced. Today, the state is still testing their water. The results of those tests will dictate whether a gas exploration and production company is held responsible for providing them with a clean supply. ...
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Why some of America's richest people are living in the middle-of-nowhere 23.6.2016 Washington Post
Why some of America's richest people are living in the middle-of-nowhere
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U.S. stocks slip as energy, tech companies struggle 23.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks gave up some early gains to finish lower Wednesday as energy companies sank with the price of oil and weak quarterly reports weighed down technology companies. After two days of closing higher, stocks rose in the morning but couldn’t hang on to the gains. Energy companies fell after U.S. energy stockpiles shrank by a smaller amount than analysts expected, and announcements from Adobe Systems and HP hurt tech stocks. Drug companies traded higher. Trading was light as invest...
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State agency urges panel to deny oil-terminal project 23.6.2016 AP Washington
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The state agency in charge of protecting millions of state land from wildfires is opposing a proposal to build an oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, citing risks of wildfires from increased train traffic and other issues....
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