Several US Senators have penned a letter to the Defense Department asking for assurances that the report on China's military build-up hasn't been toned down. The report is five months late in the making.
PLAN TO BROADCAST MORE IN MANDARIN IN GUANGDONG LEADS TO PROTEST
Brian Spegele at China Real Time reports that a plan to broadcast more shows in Mandarin in Cantonese-speaking Guangdong Province led to a decent-sized protest.
CHINA FACING DIFFICULTIES MANAGING WATER RESOURCES
Christina Larson at Environment 360 reports that China is facing increasing difficulty managing its water resources. China has 20% of the world's population, but just 7% of the world's fresh water resources.
"World Bank estimates show that China possesses only one-fourth the global average amount of water per capita. As more and more of its people move to cities, household demands will grow. Professor Wang estimates that Beijing’s water use has grown 150 percent in just the last decade. China’s power sector is extremely water-intensive, and steeply rising energy use is also driving water demand."UKRAINE MAY ISSUE RUBLE-DENOMINATED DEBT
Daryna Krasnolutska and Denis Maternovsky at Bloomberg report that Ukraine is considering issuing ruble-denominated bonds after abandoning a US-dollar bond issue in the middle of July.
ISRAEL RAISES BENCHMARK INTEREST RATE
Alisa Odenheimer at Bloomberg reports that the Bank of Israel has raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter point to 1.75%.
AFRICAN UNION HEAD CONDEMNS ICC'S INDICTMENT OF SUDANESE PRESIDENT
Agence France Press reports that the head of the African Union, the President of Malawi, has said that the International Criminal Court's indictment of the President of Sudan undermines peace and security in Africa:
"To subject a sovereign head of state to a warrant of arrest is undermining African solidarity and African peace and security that we fought for for so many years."ANADARKO DISCOVERS OIL OFFSHORE GHANA
Sharon Hong at Newswatch: Energy reports that Anadarko has made a significant oil discovery off-shore Ghana.
"The discovery well found about 174 net feet of "high-quality" oil pay in two zones, the company said. The oil appears to be light crude between 33 and 36 degrees API."MONEY FOR MEXICAN DRUG WAR NOT SENT
Jackson Diehl reports that only a small percentage of money budgeted to help Mexico in its drug war is actually reaching Mexico City.
JUNE HOME SALES WORST EVER RECORDED (SINCE 1963)
Calculated Risk reports that
"Sales of new single-family houses in June 2010 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 330,000 ... This is 23.6 percent (±15.3%) above the revised May rate of 267,000, but is 16.7 percent (±10.9%) below the June 2009 estimate of 396,000."
HOUSEHOLD NET WORTH AS A PERCENTAGE OF DISPOSABLE INCOME BACK TO LATE 80S EARLY 90S LEVELS
Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture hosts a graph of household net worth as a percentage of disposable income:
IS AMERICA FACING INCREASED STRUCTURAL UNEMPLOYMENT?
FreeExchange hosts a debate.