Mineral Resource Map of Afghanistan

The Real Reason for the Afghan War?

Reading Time: 3 minutes More evidence that Osama bin Laden was an excuse for perpetual war, and grabbing mineral resources.

For Hayward, BP Stands for “Back in Play”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Tony Hayward, the former BP chief whose push for ever greater profits led to lowering safety standards and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, is back with a new, smaller venture, and some interesting partners.

How Long Will Japan’s Nuclear Recess Be? Enter Kazakhstan

Reading Time: 4 minutes The celebrations of Japan’s decision to turn off its last nuclear reactor may have been premature. Few have noticed this development: a key uranium deal with Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current supplier of nuclear fuel. Japan’s “nuclear recess” could prove a short one.

Will Political Ads Destroy Public Broadcasting’s “Uniqueness”?

Reading Time: 4 minutes A court decision says that public broadcasting outlets need not avoid political ads and the related sludgefest. Defenders of the sanctity of those outlets say they need to remain pure. But how pure, really, are they?