Indian Authorities Stop Greenpeace Campaigner From Leaving Country

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 7:05 am

Priya Pillai, a campaigner for Greenpeace in India, was scheduled to testify to MPs in the United Kingdom last month on the impact of coal mining in the Mahan province. However, customs did not allow her to leave and stamped “offloading” on her passport. She then went back to her home. Authorities in India refused to provide [...]

Coal Use Expected To Rise In Next Few Years

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 8:30 am

The world’s demand for coal will grow to 9 billion tonnes by 2019, according to a report released last month from the International Energy Agency. In spite of all efforts to reduce its consumption, oversupply and low prices are still attractive to many countries, especially in Asia, to fulfill demands for electricity. The only two continents [...]

Strike In India Ends After Government Agrees To Demands

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 7:15 am

A two-day strike in India by coal workers ended after the national government agreed to a proposal for a committee to listen to worker grievances. Originally set to be a five-day general strike, it began after the workers expressed outrage over an executive order passed last year allowing for companies to sell coal or, in other words, [...]

Novartis Ruling In India Could Spark Larger Movement Against Patent Trolling

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:22 am

So let’s say you are a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and you have a blockbuster cancer drug. You patent the drug, make tremendous profits, but now the clock is ticking and the patent is set to expire. What do you do? If you are Novartis and your blockbuster cancer drug is Gleevec you are going [...]

The Surging Coal Export Industry

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:27 pm

Matt Stoller has an interesting set of charts showing the recent run up in investment in resource extraction, particularly from the oil and gas industry. Matt explains this mostly through the run-up of shale oil and natural gas extraction, which have both advanced significantly in the US. Renewables are increasing as well, but from an [...]

Mass Blackout in India Heralds Need for Energy Diversity

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:59 pm

The biggest power failure in the history of the world is happening in India at the moment, affecting a whopping 600 million people, over half of the country. A blackout on Monday was thought to be fixed on Tuesday, but ended up metastasizing and growing throughout the day. While the numbers sound massive, keep in [...]

Israel Blames Iran for Attacks on Embassy Workers in India, Georgia

By: Monday February 13, 2012 8:15 am

Car bomb attacks on workers at two Israeli embassies in India and Georgia could help provide a pretext for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel immediately blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attacks, which occurred overnight. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But if the Israeli accusations are verified they would represent [...]

Corporations Show Largest Profits in History Amidst Jobs Crisis

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 10:13 am

According to revised statistics, the US economy grew at a faster rate than first expected, up to 2.5%. Earlier growth in Q3 2010 was estimated at 2%. But the entire problem with looking at this topline number is reflected in these three paragraphs: But the most recent increase in GDP still isn’t strong enough to [...]

Was the $200 Million Figure for Obama India Trip Supposed to Be in Rupees?

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 12:53 pm

I actually thought this was reported somewhere, so I didn’t bother for a couple days. But I got enough of a response on Twitter that I thought I’d bring it here. The first mini-scandal of the post-election, tea party-infused era in Washington concerned President Obama’s trip to India. A report from an English-language Indian news [...]

AR-Sen: Chamber Of Commerce Funds Racist Anti-Halter Ad

By: Monday May 3, 2010 10:15 am

Bill Clinton has cut some radio ads for Blanche Lincoln, endorsing her for supporting his job-creation and budget efforts in the early 1990s, which clearly is the terrain on which Lincoln’s primary campaign against Bill Halter will be run. But those aren’t the ads that have Arkansans talking. This outright racist affront to the Indian-American [...]

Obama’s Tuesday Speech To Have A Non-Exit, Non-Strategic Exit Strategy

By: Monday November 30, 2009 4:00 am

Marc Ambinder tells of a last-minute meeting Sunday evening on Afghanistan, which he depicts as a session to get everyone using the same nomenclature and terminology headed into Tuesday’s critical speech to the nation. But while Ambinder says that the Tuesday speech, expected to announce an order of around 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, says [...]

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