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New Rare Earth Deposits in Mozambique – And Elsewhere

By Martin W. Lewis | February 20, 2012 | 4 Comments

Over the past several years, China’s near monopolization of the supply of rare earth elements has received much attention in the global media. Less widely reported is the quest to locate and develop alternative supplies. Currently, an Australian firm is building a rare earth refinery in Malaysia to process radioactive ore from Western Australia. In late January 2012, Malaysia granted …

The Pilbara to Populate?

By Martin W. Lewis | February 19, 2012 | 6 Comments
Australia Map, Highlighting the Pilbara

The Pilbara is a vast, sparsely settled region in northwestern Australia noted for its gargantuan reserves of iron-ore and other minerals. Covering 193,823 sq mi (502,000 km2), the Pilbara is substantially larger than California, yet it has fewer than 50,000 permanent inhabitants.

The Arctic Council to Expand?

By Martin W. Lewis | February 16, 2012 |
Modified Wikipedia Arctic Council Map

China, India, and Brazil are trying to gain observer status on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum focused on Arctic issues, including environmental protection, economic development, and indigenous rights.

Saskatchewan’s Oil-Driven Population Boom

By Martin W. Lewis | February 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

Canadian news sources have been proudly announcing the fact that the province of Saskatchewan posted a population growth rate of 6.7 percent over the past five years, after having declined by a 1.1 percent rate between 2001 and 2006

Cannabis Growing and Eradication in Buryatia

By Martin W. Lewis | | 2 Comments
Map of Republic of Buryatia, Russia

3.3 metric tons of drugs were confiscated in Buryatia last year, of which cannabis made up to 95 percent. Cannabis covered an area of 3,400 hectares in the republic last year, 150 hectares more than in 2010.

ALBAs Support for Syria

By Martin W. Lewis | February 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

Iran’s PressTV is trumpeting the fact that the Venezuelan-led, anti-US block known as ALBA has thrown its support behind the Syrian government condemning what it calls foreign efforts to destabilize the country.

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