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Dhaka Tuesday,  Jul 17, 2018

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By Robert Bensh: Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only... »
By. James Stafford: Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down-Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively... »
Climate change continues to drive energy policy, despite the fact that there is no way to reconcile eradicating energy poverty in much of the world with reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This is one of the many conundrums of the climate change debate—a debate that has been taken over by social media and propaganda, while scientists struggle to get back into the game and engage the public. Judith Curry is an... »
SIR FRANK PETERS: There is an horrific misconception in some societies that beating children help them become better people. All logic and a massive hill of evidence to the contrary is totally ignored. Some people even have the audacity to equate corporal punishment with discipline, which is totally ludicrous. Schools and madrasahs play an enormous role in the shaping of societies, for good or bad. Those that inflict corporal punishment... »
By Nicholas Cunningham: Violence in Mexico could thwart hopes of a budding shale boom, as oil and gas companies operating in Texas may think twice about moving south of the border. Mexico holds an estimated 545 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas and 13 billion barrels of shale oil, but progress in developing those resources has been slow. The obstacles to kick-starting Mexico’s shale industry have dampened the... »
SIR FRANK PETERS: The mind boggles when I hear about parents who claim to love their children “more than anything else on earth” (as if reciting poetic lines from a Hallmark greetings card). Or they are willing “to give their own lives” to protect them from danger. Then force them to attend schools or madrasas where knowingly the child is beaten and mistreated: their child’s Heavenly-given goodness beaten-out and hellish... »
SIR FRANK PETERS: On the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil has unshackled itself from its horrific past wrongs, turned over a new leaf, and become the 38th country in the world to ban corporal punishment to children in the home, schools and madrasahs. But any child in Brazil who reads this ‘wonderful news’ on the Internet should not build their hopes up too soon, if the teachers in... »
By Nick Cunningham and James Stafford: Along with 3 billion other viewers around the world, I plan to tune in for the month-long World Cup to see whether the 22-year old Neymar can withstand the colossal pressure that has been put upon his shoulders to deliver a win for team Brazil. Every time I turn on my television set, I’m using World Cup-related energy. And that’s just the start. Flying... »
By Nicholas Cunningham: City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution. Top Chinese officials have hinted at the fact that China is working hard to achieve “peak” greenhouse gas emissions, which may come sooner than observers expect. “Peak pollution” refers to the point at which a developing country’s economy reaches a high enough level of... »
Tribute by Sir Frank Peters: It is with profound sadness I read while overseas about the death of Mahbubul Alam, former Editor of The Independent, former adviser to the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 2007, and doyen of the Bangladesh newspaper industry. It grieves me that although we maintained a friendship and regular contact spanning a period of 15-years and shared many anecdotes and laughs together, I knew nothing about... »