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Thinking Aloud: India’s Ire Bringing Nepal to Its Knees

Sept. 29, 2015 by Darius  A week after adopting its first-ever constitution, Nepal is facing a fuel shortage so severe that the Nepali government has imposed driving restrictions based on the last digit of motorists’ license plates. Why has the … Continue reading

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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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Thinking Aloud: Geology 101?

June 11, 2015 by Darius  Last Friday, in Malaysia, an earthquake killed 18 people on a mountain considered sacred by many locals.  While such natural disasters are unfortunate, they happen.  More newsworthy is the fact that some Malaysian authorities claimed … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine,” The Book

May 31, 2015 by Darius  Africa’s mineral resources are arguably unmatched anywhere in the world: it holds 15% of the world’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, 80% of its platinum, the world’s richest diamond mines, and massive deposits … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine” Excerpt on Tax Dodges

May 17, 2015 by Darius  I recently read British journalist Tom Burgis’s excellent new book The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth.  I’ll write about the book itself sometime soon, but today I wanted … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “With Swoop on Islamic State Compound, U.S. Commandos Seek to Disrupt Financing”

“With Swoop on Islamic State Compound, U.S. Commandos Seek to Disrupt Financing” Reuters, May 16, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/us-mideast-crisis-usa-raid-idUSKBN0O10UG20150516 “After weeks of planning and surveillance focused on a compound near the oilfields of eastern Syria, elite American commandos were finally given the green … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine”

Apr. 23, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this week, I saw British journalist Tom Burgis discuss his new book The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth. Burgis began by telling the story of the Nigerian textile … Continue reading

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