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The US in Sri Lanka:- when does ‘Aid’ become Espionage?

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[Wait a minute, this can't be correct! Only Putin interferes with democracy, right? *RON*]
Lasanda Kurukulasuriya, Defend Democracy Press, 24 January 2017


Recent media reports in Sri Lanka reveal that a $13.7 million USAID-funded program for ‘democracy and accountability’ is to be implemented by a private US company alleged to have links to the CIA. This has raised questions regarding the nature of the government’s relationship with the US.

BP warns of price pressures from long-term oil glut

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["The surplus should spur increasing competition between companies and producer nations to ensure their assets are not left stranded as demand gradually shifts from oil to cleaner forms of energy. The result is likely to be quite significant pressures to dampen long-run prices." So, I know what to do - let's build lots more pipelines! *RON*]
Andrew Ward, Financial Times, 25 January 2017
The world is facing a long-term oil glut as producers scramble to exploit reserves before fossil fuel demand goes into decline, according to BP assessment that suggests oil companies should brace for prolonged pressure from low prices.
The UK oil and gas group said there is twice as much technically recoverable oil available as the world is expected to need between now and 2050, making it likely that some oil reserves will never be extracted.

Plan approved for 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

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[Building plan for occupied West Bank came two days after more than 500 settlement homes were approved in East Jerusalem. No surprise here; see also: Trump pledges to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital and Palestine threatens to withdraw recognition of Israel. *RON*]

Israel has approved a plan to construct 2,500 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, two days after the country accepted building permits for more than 500 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement on Tuesday that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on the approval "in response to housing needs".

Today's Trumpery

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Trudeau Says He 'Misspoke' When He Said Alberta Oilsands Must Be Phased Out

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["I misspoke... But..." *RON*]

Althia Raj, Huffington Post, 24 January 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “misspoke” when told an Ontario audience earlier this month that the oilsands need to be phased out.

“I misspoke. I said something the way I shouldn’t have said it,” Trudeau told journalists Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Calgary. But then, the prime minister offered a long defence for why he believes the oilsands will be phased out some day.

Rick Bell from the Calgary Sun told the prime minister there was “quite a little bit of anger in Alberta” about his comments and he offered the PM the opportunity to set the record straight.

Open letter to Premier Christy Clark: Weighing the risks vs. benefits of the Trans Mountain pipeline

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["As our Premier, you have the obligation to back up your decisions and show transparency in your evaluations, particularly when they involve very large and risky projects." Concerned Professional Engineers (CPE) *RON*]

Brian Gunn, P.Eng, Vancouver Observer, 24 January 2017

Dear Premier Christy Clark,

You were once opposed to Kinder Morgan’s (KM) -Transmountain Expansion (TMX), and then approved the project on January 11 2017. You stated that the five conditions for approval imposed by British Columbia were met.