The China Syndrome

The media is starting to excavate the story about China's monopoly on rare earth elements. Deng Xiaoping reportedly said in 1992 that "The Middle East has oil, China has rare earths." Indeed it does. But its curbing of sales to Japan during the controversy over the seizure of a Chinese national who rammed his boat into the Japanese Coast Guard and was temporarily imprisoned has raised eyebrows around the world.

The Awakening Falls Asleep

While we were all watching the seemingly interminable political deadlock in Baghdad following the Iraqi election in March, another piece of related bad news from Iraq was brewing in Anbar province in the west.