Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands – Analysis

By Jim Stafford Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. Imagine extracting high-quality oil out of the estimated 32 billion barrels buried … Continue reading Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands – Analysis

Spain: More Than 145,000 Taxpayers Regularized Pensions From Abroad

A total of 145,248 Spanish taxpayers signed up to the extraordinary open scheme between January and June this year to regularize their pensions from overseas without being subject to any penalty, surcharge or interest payment. In these six months, both returning Spanish pensioners and foreigners in Spain have regularized a total of 309 million euros … Continue reading Spain: More Than 145,000 Taxpayers Regularized Pensions From Abroad

Laos And The Silk Road Economic Belt – Analysis

In his April 2014 meeting with the visiting Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the need for China and Laos to intensify their comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve their national development goals. In particular, President Xi noted that Sino-Lao cooperation should focus on strategic industries like energy and resource extraction, green … Continue reading Laos And The Silk Road Economic Belt – Analysis

China’s Energy Exploration In East China Sea And Japan’s Security Debate – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang* Last week Japan released its annual defense review.  For the first time, it revealed photographs of Chinese offshore drilling rigs operating in the East China Sea.  The images reminded many of the international controversy that China stirred up in May 2014 when it sent the Hai Yang Shi You 981 offshore … Continue reading China’s Energy Exploration In East China Sea And Japan’s Security Debate – Analysis

Economic Crisis, Uncertainty About Future Pushing Russian Birthrate Down – OpEd

The Russian statistics agency reported yesterday that the birthrate in the Russian Federation had fallen to 12.6 children per 1000 population, lower than it has been at any point in the last three years and, according to experts, a reflection of both underlying demographic trends and current uncertainties about the future among Russians. After Rosstat … Continue reading Economic Crisis, Uncertainty About Future Pushing Russian Birthrate Down – OpEd