Russia and South Korea: Much ado About Something

October 26, 2011 by

China and Russia’s close relations have played out on the international stage for the past decade and each signed memorandum or trade agreement has reinforced the strengthening bond of these two odd bed-fellows. But there’s a less public romance developing between Russia and South Korea as well. In recent years, Moscow has invited and courted South Korean businessmen and diplomats, encouraging investment and political cooperation.

Is U.S. Biofuel Production Going to Double in the Next Decade?

October 26, 2011 by

A recent study, released on 11 October, “Biofuel Markets and Technologies” released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3 billion from its current level of $82.7 billion, with ethanol production accounting for $78 billion of future worldwide biofuel production, while predicting that biodiesel production will reach $25.5 billion.

Iraq War Declared Over, but War Party Persists

October 26, 2011 by

In a White House Statement on October 21, US President Barack Obama pledged that his country would finally withdraw forces from Iraq. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he said. Providing some context to Obama’s announcement, a CBSNews.com report published on the same day stated, “The war in Iraq has meant the death of more than 4,400 U.S. troops and come at a cost of more than $700 billion.”

Poverty: a social burden or a challenge

October 26, 2011 by

What is poverty? It points to a cycle of human behavior, suggesting that the poor remain in poverty because of their adaptation to the burden of unfulfilled needs. Sudhir Vankatesh, the author of “Gang Leader for a Day,” said of Oscar Lewis, “Maybe there’s something in the way they live, in their lifestyle…that certain behaviors get transmitted from generation to generation.”

Water and Bangkok, or making the impossible possible

October 26, 2011 by

Bangkok Mayor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said that on Wednesday it will become clear whether the Thai capital will be able to withstand the onslaught of water from the country’s flooded Northern provinces. Prime Minister Yinglak Chinnavat warned earlier that the issue with the outflow of river water may be compounded by the high sea tide at the end of the week.