Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

From Reuters: Global food crises worsened significantly in 2016 and conditions look set to deteriorate further this year in some areas with an increasing risk of famine, a report said on Friday. "There is a high risk of famine in some areas of north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen because of armed conflict, drought … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

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What oil prices mean for geopolitics

2003 was a different era.  The U.S. waged a war of choice in Iraq; Putin's Russia was seen as a paper tiger; China's economic boom roared but didn't threaten; Dubai was unknown; and the United States seemed like it would forever be an oil importer. Much has changed.  But today, the price of oil dropped … Continue reading What oil prices mean for geopolitics

Saudi Arabia Clamps Down on Little Qatar (Or, How Not To Waste Billions Trying To Be Something You’re Not)

What's a Qatar, and why should you care?  First off, it's pronounced "Qatr," with no "-ar" sound, even though that's how it's written in English.  If you insist on saying "Qat-AR," do it in your backwoods. Anyway, with Qatar having the third largest proven natural gas reserves in the world, this is one tiny country … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Clamps Down on Little Qatar (Or, How Not To Waste Billions Trying To Be Something You’re Not)