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China Needs More Risk Takers for Energy Business
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 05:24 AM

BEIJING:  As China emerges as a global economic superpower, the country faces growing demand for power, but remains a net importer for its energy resources. Beijing is hoping to become more energy independent, but companies (State-owned and privately-owned) must take greater risks to succeed in the long term.

In an exclusive interview with the Dallas Blog, Paul Atherly, managing director of Leyshon Energy, discussed his ideas to boost domestic energy supply and keep China on the cutting edge of the oil & gas industry.

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Russia Shuts Down Failing Banks
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 03:12 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared war on failing banks. Russia's Central Bank is cancelling the licenses of banks that fail to pay their debts in a timely manner.

According to the Moscow Times, "The Central Bank has revoked the licenses of three small Moscow-based banks, pressing its crackdown on money laundering and risky operations in the country's banking sector. The regulator said on Tuesday it had revoked licensees from three banks — Russky Zemelny Bank, S-Bank and Bank Stroikredit. It said it had also revoked the licence of ZAO MIGOM, which offered a money transfer service."

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Republic of Veneto May Soon Arise
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 02:27 AM

The City of Venice is voting on a referendum to become a sovereign and independent city-state, known as the Republic of Veneto.

The BBC News reports that, "Voting has begun in Venice and the surrounding region on whether to break away from Italy. Recent opinion polls suggest that two-thirds of the four million electorate favour splitting from Rome, but the vote will not be legally binding."

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Tesla Calls Gov. Christie 'Mafia' Enforcer
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Mar 17, 2014, 11:07 PM

The electric car manufacturer Tesla is lashing out at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for engaging in "mafia protectionism" to prevent his company from directly selling cars in the Garden State.

According to Fox News, "A growing number of states are banning automakers from selling directly to consumers, in a move seemingly aimed at curbing electric car company Tesla -- whose CEO Elon Musk is aggressively fighting back."

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Putin Conquers Crimea; Obama Plays Romper Room
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Mar 17, 2014, 08:04 PM

While Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed a biker gang, known as the Night Wolves masquerading as the Russian Special Forces, to invade and conquer Crimea, President Barack Obama is skipping out on daily National Security meetings at the White House. On Sunday, he hosted a special event to introduce second graders to the latest film episode of 'My Little Pony.'

The Blaze reports that, "It’s the same today. He rarely attends important meetings. In the past two weeks he’s skipped two national security meetings focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a crisis that could lead to World War III. Yet our President chose not to attend."

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Cyber Attack Shuts Down NATO Websites
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 11:51 PM

NATO Websites were struck by a crippling hack attack over the weekend. Some cyber defense experts anticipate that cyber attacks would increase dramatically this week, which could spark severe power outages, disrupt global money transfers and crumble the World Wibe Web, while Russia and the West engage in economic sanctions' warfare.

According to the Moscow Times, "Hackers brought down several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea. The Western military alliance's spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, said on social networking site Twitter that cyber attacks, which began on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday, although most services had now been restored."

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Muslim Brotherhood Kills Egyptian Soldiers Praying to Allah
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 10:40 PM

Muslim Brotherhood terrorists have deployed a new tactic to slaughter Egyptian soldiers. They wait until troops are praying to Allah and they shoot and kill them. 

The BBC News reports that, "Six Egyptian soldiers have been killed by gunmen at a checkpoint in the northern Cairo suburb of Shubra al-Khayma, state media reports.  A security official said two bombs left behind by the attackers had been defused."

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China Ignores Obama's Red Line on Human Rights
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 09:53 PM

BEIJING: President Barack Obama issued a red line on human rights in China and Baijing officials ignore it. And soon, Obama will draw another red line over the disputed Daouyou Island. Both China and Japan are claiming territorial sovereignty over it, and Obama will visit Tokyo in April to declare that he will defend Japanese territorial claims. 

According to the BBC News, The United States has said it is "deeply disturbed" by reports of the death of activist Cao Shunli at a hospital in Beijing. Cao's lawyers said she had died in detention after being denied medical treatment for several months.

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Pelosi to Embark on Texas 'Democrat Values' Tour
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 08:30 PM

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Ca.) plans to promote Democrat Party values in the Lone Star state. She will be joined by an unofficial US Constitution historian, US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.). They will launch a speaking tour together in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. House, is coming to Houston on Tuesday for a women’s conference with Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee."

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RuPaul Warriors Prepare for Defense of Poland (Satire)
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 07:25 PM

When President Barack Obama isn't watching the cartoon animated series, 'My Little Pony,' he's tuning into 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' a TV reality series about aspiring transgendered pop stars. Accordingly, he's got his pen and his phone ready and told his role model, "You go girl and get with your bad self," and he's encouraging her to join the gay and lesbian 'drag queens' troops at the Kadena Air Force Base in Japan to defend Poland against a marauding Russian  biker gang, the Night Wolves, who have recently conquered Crimea.


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