November 24 News/Links

“Seasteaders” come ashore to form Autonomous Communities

Forgoing the plan to build independent floating cities away from chafing laws, some libertarians—led by Milton Friedman’s grandson, no less—have found something better: desperate countries willing to allow the founding of autonomous libertarian cities within their borders.

Medvedev: Russia may target US missile shield

Russiathreatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target theU.S.missile shield inEuropeifWashingtonfails to assuageMoscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin.

Iran arrests 12 ‘CIA spies’ for targeting nuclear plans

Although the US Embassy inBeirutinitially said there was no substance to the accusations, the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had not been lying and that Hezbollah had subsequently picked off CIA informants.

Egypt protests continue despite military rulers’ apology, truce

Thousands pour intoCairo’sTahrir Squarefor a seventh day of protests. The ruling military council apologizes for the deaths of protesters but won’t cede power and vows to hold elections next week.

UN Climate Chief warns Science, not politics must drive Durban climate talks

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries meet inDurban,South Africa, on Monday for two-week talks, with minimal expectations of major progress toward an agreement that will eventually bind all major economies to emissions caps.

Rajendra Pachauri warned the latest round of talks risked being bogged down by “short-term and narrow political considerations.”

China agrees to loan Venezuela $4 billion

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — China has agreed to a new $4 billion loan to help Venezuela boost its oil output and will also help upgrade power plants and increase production of iron and aluminum, a Venezuelan official said Wednesday.

Brazilian dam-builder quits Peru project after indigenous protest

In a letter addressed to the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines, Odebrecht said it was withdrawing from the 1278-megawatt Tambo-40 Dam on theTamboRiverin the Peruvian Amazon. The company said it would “respect the opinion of local populations” in pulling out of the project, which would have affected some 14,000 indigenous people along the Tambo andEneRivers.

 

~ by farnaby on November 24, 2011.

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