Politics

While politics could be said to be part of all reporting, my main direct involvement was UK parliamentary and international politics while at the BBC. Naturally while assistant editor at New African I had strong connections to political movers and interviewed people like John Garang, Jonas Savimbi and Yoweri Museveni.

China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to investment from Chinese companies. This has turned to bitterness, like a liberating army becoming an occupying force. Even with struggling solar and wind sectors, China has become the dominant global...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States, disrupting the lives of millions while chalking up to USD45 billion worth of damage, and yet neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change or flagged it as a policy imperative. Throughout...

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Time for India to face facts

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia August 2, 2012 To paraphrase wit and playwright Oscar Wilde: “To lose one grid, Mr Singh, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness”. For India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the power collapse of, eventually, three power grids over two days leaving more than 600 million...

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Burma’s intriguing power game beckons clean biz investors

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 13th, 2012 Gerry O’Kane There is an intriguing fight developing between clean and renewable business and non-green industries in Burma. In a very public announcement – to reporters in Rangoon – the minister for electricity Khin Maung Soe halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal-fired power station. It comes...

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That Burma dam story in full

Follow the Money Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane One simply cannot ignore the Burma/China debate over the Myitsone hydropower plant project, which the Burmese president Thein Sein cancelled unexpectedly earlier this month. The story has the cynics guffawing in the aisles. On the one hand you have a Chinese state administration spluttering...

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Vietnam turbine deal has political ramifications

August 16, 2011 By; Gerry O’Kane CleanBiz.Asia The announcement of a new wind turbine deal in Vietnam might also highlight the ever-increasing tensions over the resources around the islands of the South China Sea. US-based Xzeres has announced a substantial wind power system order from an unnamed customer in Vietnam. The specialist in small...

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Nationalist pique muddies waters around sustainable palm oil

CleanBiz.Asia, Gerry O’Kane Reports out of Australia indicate that Malaysia is the latest country to plan its own sustainability standard for palm oil producers. The move, however, could cause further confusion over any sustainable label on palm oil products and the justification of the move also calls into question the government’s commitment to genuine...

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Sino-US wind subsidy agreement gets off to a rocky start

Sino-US wind subsidy agreement gets off to a rocky start

CleanBiz Asia, Sunday, June 19th, 2011 It has only taken a week for a Chinese enterprise and government body to breach the new Sino-US agreement to stop subsidies to China’s wind power firms. The China Ming Yang Wind Power Group has announced that it has entered into a “strategic framework co-operation agreement” with the...

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Morons, politicians, religion and carbon emissions

Asian Correspondent US-bashing is a pretty common global sport, especially by those states who have practised mass murder in their own countries in one way or another. I won’t point any fingers, we all know who you are. I won’t even mention that lonely, plasticine man in North Korea. What has been apparant lately...

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The burning of green options in US politics

Asian Correspondent, Nov 04, 2010 It wasn’t only US President Barack Obama’s hope of political success that went up in smoke with the US mid-term elections, Proposition 19, the legalisation of cannabis in the state of California, which was tipped as having a real opportunity, failed. While opinion polls pointed to it passing, a...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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