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  1. Russia's grain ban is just the beginning

    Posted Aug 11th 2010, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer It cannot be proved that the wildfires devastating western Russia are evidence of global warming. But the Russian response is precisely what you would expect when global warming really starts to bite: Moscow has banned all grain exports for the rest of this year. At least 20 per cent of Russia's wheat crop has already been destroyed by the drought, ...

  2. Whose side?

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... lives.' The political fallout from the war, which was over almost as soon as it started, ended 75 years of American dominance in the Pacific Ocean and cemented China's position as the Asian ... to see to it that Pyongyang does not go unpunished for such a crime. For too long, Beijing has been on both sides of these talks, working with the US, South Korea, Japan and Russia to make North ...

  3. Russia makes Kyoto more than hot air

    Posted Oct 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Russia's decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol marks a landmark in the world's battle against global warming. At last, the treaty is destined to come into force. The measures ... greenhouse gas emissions in 1990 have ratified it. Until the recent change of heart by Russia, it was looking as if that target would never be met. The problem is the withdrawal of the US- ...

  4. Earth to Russia: thank you

    Posted Oct 06th 2004, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... it a 'death treaty'? One reason is that the European Union offered Russians visa-free travel within the 25-country bloc, plus EU support for Russia's membership in the World Trade Organisation. The other reason is that Russians are not stupid. Only a few months ago, Russia and the EU looked light years apart on global warming. Mr Illarionov, speaking in St Petersburg in April, ...

  5. Transparency required on defence spending

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... smaller than that of the US and Russia. And the generals point out that a significant amount will go to boosting the salaries of the 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation Army as well ... are not merely military issues but political ones. ...

  6. Putting a price on 'yes' votes for political reform

    Posted May 28th 2010, 12:00am by Paul G. Harris

    ... for the democrats among their core followers. If the package fails to pass, the government will blame the democrats for the lack of political progress. Hong Kong's democrats are trying hard to win ... pollution or the minimum wage. If the government concedes in these or similar areas, it would still be important not to give it any more votes than it needs to win passage of the political reform ...

  7. The Next 100 Years

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... the Great Depression. Meanwhile, China and Russia are resurgent global powers. But Friedman proclaims the next 100 years will see an untrammelled expansion of US economic and military power. The mainland and Russia will soon devolve into chaos, he thinks, and the 'American Century' will result. The US is strong and will doubtless weather the current storm and be a major player ...

  8. Making money grow on trees

    Posted Feb 20th 2011, 12:00am by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

    ... the current spike is a series of supply shocks caused by a range of 'weather events' last year that coalesced to push up prices across the board. These include a severe drought in Russia ...

  9. Beijing bid to boost cleaner energy

    Posted Sep 17th 2010, 12:00am by Naomi Rovnick

    ... borders, they are vulnerable to political disputes. When Russia invaded neighbouring Georgia in 2008, British energy giant BP stopped pumping gas through a pipeline in Georgia while it assessed ...

  10. Political storm clouds gather around Ma

    Posted Aug 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Typhoon Morakot has blown itself out, but Taiwan's political storm has just begun. The island's vice-foreign minister, Andrew Hsia Li-yan, who had ... have a consensus with Premier Liu to announce in early September the negligent officials who would be punished,' he said. Political analysts said the Morakot disaster posed the biggest ...




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