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Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Feb 07, 2011 at 14:10 | Jeb Handwerger

A serious lack of rare earth elements is endemically afflicting the world body politic.  It has been brought on by a chronic combination of American short sightedness and Chinese need…

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 | Eurasianet

Writing about the 1967 Six Day War in his 2001 memoirs, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that "While the border disputes between Syria and ourselves were of great significance,…

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Jan 20, 2011 at 06:41 | Bruce Krasting

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Bernanke is responsible for all the run-up in global food prices. There are many factors at play. That’s not to say the US…

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:54 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on forming a joint venture with Mongolia to develop a large uranium deposit. Medvedev's signature clears the way for creation of the…

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

A Perfect Storm is Settling Up for the Grains

A Perfect Storm is Settling Up for the Grains

Jan 05, 2011 at 09:21 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I bet I’m the only guy you know whose wedding was filmed by the KGB. In the seventies, my friend, the TASS correspondent, Yuri, shot the entire assembled foreign press…

Food Prices 18.5% Higher than a Year Ago

Food Prices 18.5% Higher than a Year Ago

Jan 01, 2011 at 17:55 | Gail Tverberg

I am busy working on some bigger projects that I can’t write about yet, but I thought I would put up a little scanned in section from today’s WSJ relating…

Why Commodity Prices are Surging

Why Commodity Prices are Surging

Dec 29, 2010 at 18:42 | David Beckworth

Paul Krugman explains the main reason for the rising commodity prices: Today, as in 2007-2008, the primary driving force behind rising commodity prices isn’t demand from the United States. It’s…

Is Food the New Distressed Asset?

Is Food the New Distressed Asset?

Dec 06, 2010 at 08:57 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After my entertaining repast with the head of our nation’s intelligence service, (See: Lunch with the CIA) I had to ask myself this question. During the sixties, new dwarf varieties,…

Rare Earth Metals Shortage Made Worse by Smuggling

Rare Earth Metals Shortage Made Worse by Smuggling

Dec 02, 2010 at 10:26 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Rare earth (RE) metals find application in devices inlcuding wind turbines, hybrid and electric cars, LCDs, fuel cells, nuclear reactors and lasers. China controls some 97% of the world supply…

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