Nuclear Power

Fukushima Court Rules TEPCO, Government Liable Over 2011 Disaster

...a Japanese district court in Fukushima prefecture ruled this week that Tokyo Electric Power and the Japanese government were liable for damages totaling about 500 million yen ($4.44 million) in the largest class action lawsuit brought over the 2011 nuclear disaster...

Oil Giants At Odds As Saudi-Russian Ties Improve

Cooperation is set to deepen between the two countries’ energy sectors, but Rosneft and Aramco have different strategic outlooks that suggest that many of these moves are tactical on Saudi Arabia’s part and opportunistic on Russia’s part.

Is Saudi Arabia's Grand Strategy Shifting?

"Even in this era of global paradigmatic changes, Saudi Arabia’s shifting grand strategy is perhaps one of the most surprising developments to occur thus far..."

Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (WSJ)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Reuters)
  • What's a 'dotard'? Kim's insult to Trump (Reuters)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (WSJ)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (BBG)

Turkey Faces Threats For Inking Landmark Arms Deal With Russia

"...there is one result the Western sanctions produce – the targeted countries come together to create alternative poles of power... This policy has failed to keep Turkey away from military cooperation with Russia. In the multipolar world there is always an alternative to turn to..."

Frontrunning: September 11

  • U.S. Index Futures Rise as Irma Weakens, Korea Tensions Ease (BBG)
  • Irma Weakens as It Heads Past Tampa, Cutting Damage Forecast (BBG)
  • As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, U.S. military launches amphibious relief efforts in the Caribbean (WaPo)
  • Oil weakens on fears Irma could dent U.S. demand (Reuters)
  • ‘People are roaming like zombies.’ Virgin Islands stagger after storm passes (WaPo)

A Nuclear North Korea Is Here To Stay

"The latest nuclear test provided no surprises. But it dramatically reminds us of the DPRK’s growing nuclear capabilities...It is time to debate the unthinkable: acquiesce in, or even encourage, creation of countervailing South Korean and Japanese nuclear deterrents."