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Swordsman Wanted to Plough the Field

Francis Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

How to respond to a headline which reads, "Wanted in Saudi Arabia: Executioners." What are the benefits? Is dental included? What is the co-pay for psychiatry? Will the Saudi's provide a moving allowance for potential executioners who have to relocate?

Domino Theory

Francis Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Benjamin Netanyahu told congress "So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy" and if he is right, it doesn't bode well for the game of musical beds that might describe our current foreign policy.

Chest Thumping and Chess Playing in Syria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Political pundits in the U.S. are working overtime trying to get in to the mind of Vladimir Putin and explain to the world why Mr. Putin has decided to jump into the fray in Syria.

Fog of War Yemen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Fog of War Yemen

Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

Saudi Arabia's Message to the U.S.

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Last week's decision by Saudi Arabia to pass on an opportunity to become a member of the UN Security Council speaks to the Council's perceived ineffectiveness on a host of issues, and what comes with membership -- the need to take a public position on sensitive issues in international relations.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj: U.S. Weakening of Karzai Could Spell Disaster for Afghanistan

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj is a direct descendant of nine generations of kings of Afghanistan, and also the president of the National Coalition for Dialogue with Tribes of Afghanistan Here we discuss President Karzai.

Global Warming Fight: Saudi Kingdom Wants Countries To Pay For Drop In Oil Revenue

New York Times | AD MOUAWAD and ANDREW C. REVKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Saudi Arabia is trying to enlist other oil-producing countries to support a provocative idea: if wealthy countries reduce their oil consumption to com...

Oil and a Never-Ending Recession

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

Higher oil prices mean recessions, recessions mean less consumption, then lower oil prices, which leads to less exploration and supply, which leads to higher oil prices and recession again.

Hooray for Emission Curbs

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Diane Francis

America finally has a smart leader, not a good old boy from Texas and his sidekick who were in the hip pockets of the Saudis and oil interests at home...