CounterPunch: How US and WTO Screwed India Over Domestic Production of Solar Energy

counterpunch squareHow the US and the WTO Crushed India’s Subsidies for Solar Energy

The subsidies which provoked the ire of the United States are in the form of Domestic Content Requirements (DCRs). These mandate that a set proportion of specified materials used in the NSM must be manufactured in India. . . .  The US attack on India’s energy subsidies represents breathtaking hypocrisy. The US itself provides subsidizes for renewables.

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Sep 1

CounterPunch: Fukushima Death Toll

counterpunch squareFukushima: Thousands Have Already Died, Thousands More Will Die

EXTRACT

Non-health effects include:

* 8% of Japan (30,000 sq.km), including parts of Tokyo, contaminated by radioactivity.

* Economic losses estimated between $300 and $500 billion.

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Aug 22

Antechinus: Hugh Roberts on Syria, the Islamic State, and History — A Deep Read

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The Hijackers by Hugh Roberts

Being a deep historical overview of Syria and the Islamic State in the context of the “deep state” of criminals who manipulate governments and eventually give rise to populist movements.

Western policy has been a disgrace and Britain’s contribution to it should be a matter of national shame. Whatever has motivated it, it has been a disaster for Iraq, Libya and now Syria, and the fallout is killing Americans, French people and now British tourists, in addition to its uncounted victims in the Middle East. The case for changing this policy, at least where Syria is concerned, is overwhelming.

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Aug 21

Chuck Spinney: US Insanity in Ukraine – See the Historical Maps –We Should Not Be Meddling

Chuck SpinneyThe Obama Administration, with the support of the NATO, the EU, the NeoCons, and the mainstream media is stumbling blindly towards a New Cold War with Russia over Ukraine. The Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex (MICC) feeding off the Pentagon’s budget is preparing for another boom in defense spending triggered by the resurrection of the Russian “existential threat,” to borrow a term used in recent congressional testimony by the nominees for Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or interviews given by the retiring Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.  Add in the Pivot East to Contain China, plus the  never ending, always mutating Global War on Terror, and it is easy to see why the MICC thinks it is once again headed for fat city.  Using Ukraine to trigger of a New Cold War is, however, jewel in the crown of the MICC’s budget boomers.

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Aug 20