WRF2015

Electronics Recycling Asia 2015

2015.11.24 The Electronics Recycling Asia 2015 conference, organised by the World Recycling Forum (WRF), took place on November 10-13 in the scenic surroundings of the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, where the presidents of China and Taiwan had shaken hands at the very same location just a few days earlier. Although the number of participants in the…

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Water conflict threatens to boil over

2014.05.27 Tension in the South China Sea, which has been bubbling away fairly quietly for some time, has threatened to boil over in the past few weeks. The problems are being caused, as they always are, by issues of resource management and ownership, particularly related to that still absurdly popular fuel source, crude oil. Specifically,…

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Washington attempts to control Ukraine

2014.05.14 The recent and ongoing crisis in Ukraine has started to turn into a war of propaganda as much as an actual physical conflict, with both sides of the dispute creating their own narratives to try and achieve particular policy goals. The Russian position has been examined and criticized in much detail throughout the western…

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Women in the workplace: Discrimination in Western Europe and South Asia

2014.05.09 According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), sex discrimination is highly prevalent in the workplace, making women the largest group discriminated against. Women are also more likely to be stuck in lower-paid and least secure jobs and face higher unemployment rates. Discrimination can occur at every stage of employment, from recruitment to education, remuneration…

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Singapore Airshow 2

Blue skies ahead for greener flights?

2014.03.11 Aviation Industry Starts to Get its Environmental Impact Act Together High flying jets and aerobatic propeller aircraft noisily burned up the fuel giving thousands of spectators a thrill in the air and on the ground at last month’s Singapore Airshow. Some of the exhibitors of very expensive hardware for commercial and military purposes were showing…

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Floods of immigration? Or just a wave of lies?

2014.01.16 The weeks leading up to 2014 saw British newspapers full of stories about Romania and Bulgaria, places that the same newspapers would usually dismiss as ‘little’ countries that aren’t worth bothering about. So why the sudden interest? Because on January 1st 2014, Romanians and Bulgarians became eligible to work in the UK (and the rest…

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Deflation shock (4)

Deflation shock coming? Or QE Euphoria?

2014.01.13 Taki Tsaklanos over at GoldSilverWorlds has reprinted a series of charts from Incrementum Lichtenstein that show a reversal in several big trends. Here are a couple of them, followed by some other supporting material. First, US banks have not only failed to return to their pre-2008 pace of lending, but the loan growth rate is now falling back…

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