UK Analysis Newswire Archive
16-01-2006 15:53Shell oil has been forced to evacuate facilities in the niger delta after further attacks on it's facilities...
16-01-2006 14:32In a move which the more cynical might think was consciously timed to follow and support Blairs nuclear inspired visit to Nottingham yesterday, one of the countries biggest unions today warned that the country faced black-outs and job losses if urgent action isn't taken to address the coming energy crisis. However, rather than demand immediate investiment in renewable energy, they say Britain must build more nuclear power station... just what Blair want too.
16-01-2006 12:24Gordon Brown is set to steal Mayday from the people of Britain by announcing it as a new day to celebrate nationalism according to the Sunday Mirror.
16-01-2006 10:21CBRUK TODAY [Monday 16 January 2006] asked UK transport secretary Alistair Darling to disclose the evidence of all contacts he has received in his present post from or in the name of the EAST London borough of tower hamlets council and in relation to the Crossrail hole bill.
15-01-2006 19:36One of the most tantalizing nuggets about Nixon's possible inside knowledge of JFK assassination secrets was buried on a White House tape until 2002. On the tape, recorded in May of 1972, Nixon said: "And it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated," - without making clear why he considered the Warren Commission findings a sham and a hoax.
15-01-2006 14:01Finland’s habitants have suffered during the last 20 years from missing legal protection. Lining taken place during the deep economical depression in the late 1980’s is main reason, why Finns do not have enough money to spent on necessary things and why there is no Legal Protection available - except from politicians mouth.
15-01-2006 10:33Community meeting in Brick Lane London E1 held on Saturday 14 January 2006 to support KHOODEELAAR campaign against the Crossraol hole Bill during the scheduled sitting of the Select Committee starting this coming week
15-01-2006 10:01On Tuesday of this coming week, 17 January 2006, a UK House of Commons committee is due to start formally looking at the Crossrail hole Bill in view of the petitions that have been submitted mainly by objectors to the Bill. There is no room in that process for the truth of the real political machinations and betrayals during the past three years by the ‘elected’ politicians for the area affected in London
14-01-2006 15:10On his whistle stop visit to Nottingham today, Blair is moving forward in paving the way for new nuclear power station in the UK. He is acutely aware that the UK is in a dire position with it's coal industry dismantled and it's north sea oil and gas reserves in decline having been exported for a quick buck around the world. Now, the choice is to either invest big time in tried and tested renewables such as wind and solar, along with developing tidal and energy conservation technologies... or just bung up another few dozen nuclear power stations and leave the problems to future generations.
Meanwhile, Iran is seeking to establish it's own nuclear power plants and Blair is joining Bush in nashing their teeth and threatening some kind of action to stop them obtaining the technology.
Blair would like us to think it's about stopping Iran getting the technology that could led them to obtain nuclear weapons. Perhaps that is Irans goal, although today the Irans president yesterday stated that they don't need nuclear weapons, he said only countries that see force as an answer to any problem require such weapons, I wonder who he might be talking about...
14-01-2006 05:02Canada, are you going to let ‘JAlph LAYder’ be your girly-man ‘De-Terminator’?
If the Liberals were to embrace the NDP, such a move would be sure to spark amplified interest in the issues at stake, and defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservative parallel to George W. Bush’s Republicanism.
14-01-2006 03:52Editors` introduction
The prospect of the G8 summit taking place in Gleneagles, Scotland, in July 2005 promised perhaps the excitement of Genoa, Seattle and the other anti-capitalist mobilizations of recent years, on UK soil. But the movement seemed to lose momuntum after the last Iraq war, and some of us wondered wether the protests would resemble more the last few Mayday demonstrations – with protesters held for hours in a police cordon designed to bore people into submission – rather than the exhiliratation and energy of the 1999 Carnival against Capital. Moreover, most of the predicted crowds were mostly expected to gather around the call by Bob Geldof to protest peacefully to “send a message” to the politicans, rather than attempt to close down the Summit.
14-01-2006 02:51Growing exploitation for oil in Africa is bringing with it an increased U.S. military presence in the region. Within a decade 25 percent of U.S. oil imports will come from West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, according to projections by the US Department of Energy and the CIA.
14-01-2006 01:32On top of disruption to oil supplies this week from Nigeria after sabotage and kidnapping, and on top of concerns over stability of supplies from Iran should the UN initiate sanctions, now the 5th largest oil producer in the world has asked the question 'what would happen if we were to stop exports to the US'?
Should this implied threat be taken seriously it could spell further increases in oil prices in an already jumpy market. It could also fuel speculation that the US will taken action to remove Chavez from power in the coming months....
13-01-2006 23:25This article analyses the concepts of the bourgeois State, the capitalistic corporations and the democratic public domain. The main thesis is that nowadays, inside the societies ruled by the capitalistic-imperialistic systems of production, the States are deeply fused to the corporations and both orders has transformed into one indivisible entity. Thus, it is analysed how along with the advent of this corporate State humankind arrives to one of its most dangerous stages, where if the alternative forces to capitalism-imperialism are not capable to force under the rule of law or dismantle its prime agent which is the corporation (capitalistic companies), then humankind is under peril to have its democratic order hollowed-out or destroyed completely by the corporate State. Particularly, throughout the paper there are evidences of how the corporate State has corroded already part of the public domain in the library sector by means of capitalistic commoditization and privatization of its services. Evidences expose the corporation's character of lacking of ethics, moral or markedly psychopathic. Finally, it is advocated for citizens to re-establish the public domain and to force corporations under the rule of law to be judged by the enforced legal accountability of responsibilities of each of its members on an individual basis as how actually happens to any common citizen of the public.
13-01-2006 21:27Bush is really scraping the barrel now. Having failed to convince the congress last month to hand over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to his buddies in the oil business, he has had to satisfy the countries growing thirst by sacrificing the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area instead. The move sweeps aside decades of environmental protection and is just one more sign of the desperation of a dying empire in the face of a global peak of oil production.
13-01-2006 18:00Today we consume around 4 times as much oil as we discover. Approximately half of all know oil reserves have already been recovered, and oil production will peak in the near future, or perhaps already has. Demand for oil by the world growing economies will soon outstrip supply.
Oil prices will continue to rise, as will the cost of transportation, industrial production, consumer goods, and food...
13-01-2006 17:27Most analysts agree that once we pass the half-way point in the world’s oil reserves, production will begin to drop off as the remaining reserves are more difficult to extract. Some believe that point will come in the next 12 months, others think we have 10 years or more left. But either way, we need to prepare now by reducing our dependency on this finite resource.Oil and gas supply 85% of the energy used in the UK. By comparison, nuclear supplies 4% and renewables 1%. Can nuclear be expanded by a factor of 20, or renewables by a factor of 85? Will coal fill the gap, and at what cost to global warming? Do we have enough coal left to expand its use 12 times over?
We rely on energy to produce, process and transport food. As energy becomes more expensive, will our food system revert to local production and organic methods? Can the world continue to feed 7 billion people at all without cheap energy? What steps should we be taking right now to avert future hunger?
Does the end of cheap oil herald the end of globalisation? Is the notion of continual economic growth consistent with a shrinking energy supply? Some observers predict a recession of 1930s proportions, but lasting much longer. Others believe the economic system could be reinvented along sustainable lines.
The article below is just one news story out of many that illustrate the scramble already taking place to secure the dwindling supplies of oil...