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Thinking Aloud: Saudi Arabia, Net Oil Importer?

July 7, 2015 by Darius  Saudi Arabia has been among the world’s leading oil exporters for half a century.  But by 2030, Saudi Arabia could be a net oil-importing country.  How could that be true? Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy consumption … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Bonds That Broke Puerto Rico”

“The Bonds That Broke Puerto Rico” The New York Times, July 1, 2015, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/dealbook/the-bonds-that-broke-puerto-rico.html “When Puerto Rico’s governor told lawmakers and citizens on Monday that the commonwealth could not pay its $72 billion in debt, many wondered how a small, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Price of Unity

June 30, 2015 by Darius  As Greece defaults on its debt and perhaps prepares to exit the Eurozone entirely, it is worth taking a moment to realize that this crisis is not unparalleled in history.  While many obvious differences exist, Europe … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Pushing All of Algeria’s Buttons

Feb. 28, 2015 by Darius In the deserts of southern Algeria, protests against the government occur almost every day.  Near some towns, youths have closed roads with blockades of burning tires.  Clashes with riot police and soldiers are becoming more … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Algeria’s Winter of Discontent”

“Algeria’s Winter of Discontent” Al Monitor, December 29, 2014 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/12/algeria-bouteflika-economy-oil-gas-military-police.html “The last Arab republic without an Arab Spring, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is one of the most opaque police states in the world.  At 77, [President Abdelaziz] Bouteflika is … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Northern Ireland Deal Averts Collapse of Government”

“Northern Ireland Deal Averts Collapse of Government” The New York Times, December 24, 2014, p.A3 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/world/europe/agreement-in-northern-ireland-averts-collapse-of-power-sharing-government.html?_r=0 “Rival parties in Northern Ireland reached an agreement on Tuesday over an austerity budget dispute with Britain and legacy issues from decades of Catholic-Protestant strife. The agreement averted a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Declares Bank and Auto Bailouts Over, and Profitable”

“U.S. Declares Bank and Auto Bailouts Over, and Profitable” The New York Times, December 20, 2014, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/business/us-signals-end-of-bailouts-of-automakers-and-wall-street.html?_r=0 “Six years after President George W. Bush began the auto bailout, the Obama administration on Friday declared a profitable end to the sweeping … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Unhealthy Habits

Aug. 30, 2014 by Darius  Yemen isn’t a country that gets a lot of press attention.  For the last few weeks, the capital, Sanaa, has been rocked by protests led by the Houthi movement of northern Yemen.  The protesters originally … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Chasm Tilting Scots Toward Independence”

“The Chasm Tilting Scots Toward Independence” The New York Times, August 18, 2014, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/world/europe/the-chasm-tilting-scots-toward-independence.html “There is a vast ideological chasm between Scotland, whose political center of gravity is distinctly to the left, and England, which is the geographic base … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Issue of Pay for 2 Sets of Workers Tugs at Palestinian Pact”

“Issue of Pay for 2 Sets of Workers Tugs at Palestinian Pact” The New York Times, June 27, 2014, p.A12 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/middleeast/hamas-fatah-palestinian-salary.html?_r=0 “Abu Raid al-Samouni, 46, a driver and office cleaner in the Foreign Ministry headquarters here, leaves for work before … Continue reading

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