Putin Pivots to China

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Today, Vladimir Putin travels to Shanghai to finalize a huge gas deal with China. The agreement, ten years in the making, guarantees the sale of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to China for the next 30 years.

Russia most likely will sell the gas at $350-380 per 1,000 cubic meters, a slight discount from the price Gazprom quoted last January.

 

Oil Workers Rise Up in Kazakhstan, Face Brutal Crackdown

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Every protest movement has its slogan: Tax the rich, we are the 99%. The striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, though, put it a bit more bluntly: “Don’t Shoot the People.”

The statement of stark desperation and defiance was displayed by protesters in the western Kazakh city of Aktau on Monday. Hundreds of them gathered to defend their labor rights and confronted a hail of bullets.

The New York Times reported, “The authorities have put the death toll from those clashes at 14, though witnesses and human rights workers have said the number of dead could be many times higher. Scores more have reportedly been injured.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

By: Sunday October 24, 2010 1:58 pm

As a cartoonist, columnist, radio host, TV guest and graphic novelist, Ted Rall has always been hard to categorize. Rall is liberal and an environmentalist, to be sure, but he’s a peculiar brand of both. He’s not scared of guns or all gun owners and he’s got a strong law-and-order streak. He seems to dismiss popular “peak oil” theories that anticipate a rapid and disastrous fall-off in petroleum production. He’s equally critical of Democrats and Republicans.

Rall is most notorious for his U.S. political commentary. A 2004 cartoon criticizing football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed by “friendly” fire in Afghanistan, is easily Rall’s most famous work. But arguably Rall’s most unique and important work has grown out of his infrequent jaunts through foreign conflict zones, particularly in Central Asia. A trip to Afghanistan in 2001 produced the graphic novel To Afghanistan and Back, one of the best and most prescient books on the now decade-old war. For all that, Rall’s most eloquent work isn’t political at all. His memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously recounts his turbulent but passionate youth.

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