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'The Black Plague' Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

'The Black Plague'Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp and Gerald Traufetter,

Der Spiegel

24 August 2012

Thawing sea ice and improved technology is opening up the race for natural resource exploration in the Arctic Circle, home to nearly a quarter of the world's untapped oil reserves. Russia leads the race and has promised to adhere to environmental guidelines. But accidents and other damage resulting from the country's oil exploration tell a different story.

The Inadequacies of the UN Arms Register

The Inadequacies of the UN Arms Register

Prashant Dikshit

August 24, 2012

It was certain that the shortcomings of the UN Register of Conventional Arms would resurface in the run up to the failed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is because the deficiency lay in the type of weapon systems contained in this register and not so much in the spirit of the Treaty. Initiated in 1991, The Arms Register was emerging as the principal database that would contain the declarations of the member states, the signatories to the Treaty. It was conceived on the principle that a voluntary disclosure about weapons holding and acquisitions would go a long way in promoting transparency, and thus build confidence and trust among the members.

Is NATO taking over the Arctic?

Is NATO taking over the Arctic?

Marten Lindberg

22 August 2012

Five of the eight Arctic Council states are NATO members. So far, 2012 has also been a year where Swedes and Fins have moved closer toward full membership of alliance. If Sweden and Finland were to join, which seems plausible, NATO members would occupy 7 out of the total 8 seats in the Arctic Council.

IAEA Security Official Seeks More Money to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

IAEA Security Official Seeks More Money to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

By Chris Schneidmiller

Aug. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – The International Atomic Energy Agency’s top nuclear security official said his operation must have more money and people if it is to meet nations’ growing demand for help in ensuring their atomic facilities are protected against terrorism.

UN names Algerian diplomat as new Syria envoy

UN names Algerian diplomat as new Syria envoy

Deutsche Welle, 17 August 2012

The UN has named Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as its new Syria envoy. The appointment comes as Syria's former premier Riad Hijab visits Qatar, one of the Sunni Muslim Gulf states that backs Syrian rebels.

Optimism over global economic recovery declines, according to world survey

Optimism over global economic recovery declines, according to world survey

Famagusta Gazette

17 August 2012

Ifo World Economic Survey shows a decline of optimism over global economic recovery.

According to an ICC – Ifo press release, posted on the website of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) today, the survey taken among 1,079 experts in 123 countries showed a fall of the world economic climate indicator to 85.1 in the third quarter of the year, after two consecutive increases.

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