Turning protesters into terrorists

Donald Trump wants to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. But how will he do it and will it have any impact?

Turning protesters into terrorists“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” – @realDonaldTrump, May 31, 2020 With that tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump has started the process of changing the narrative about radical left-wing individuals, parties and groups in his country – and around the world. How he’s going to actually do it…

Politics helped drive latest Saudi oil production cut

The need to generate cash, along with political pressure, compelled the Saudis to make some bitter decisions

Politics helped drive latest Saudi oil production cutSaudi Arabia has capitulated. A few moves here and there, in Washington and elsewhere, made the trick work. Saudi Arabia made a surprise announcement last week that it would cut its crude oil output by a further one million barrels per day (bpd) from planned June levels, “voluntarily.” This takes the total Saudi production cuts…

Abject failure in U.S., India in face of COVID-19 crisis

India has failed its citizens, especially the vulnerable. The U.S. has hobbled from one makeshift policy fiasco to another

Abject failure in U.S., India in face of COVID-19 crisisThe largest democracy and the most powerful nation in the world have both been left disrobed of their pageantry and power by COVID-19, shamefully failing their citizens and revealing their disintegrating moral façade. It’s said that the measure of a person is not what they do when things are going well, but rather how they…

Should ex-leaders indulge in political mudslinging?

Former U.S. president Barack Obama has decided to start criticizing Donald Trump. But he’s just trying to protect his legacy

Should ex-leaders indulge in political mudslinging?Should former politicians speak out against current officeholders? This question has nothing to do with a former politician’s democratic right to support or oppose someone or something. Rather, it’s part of a larger debate related to the ex-officeholder’s decision to jump back into the political process, and whether he or she should just resist temptation…

A close-up look at J.F.K. on the campaign trail

Primary, a 1960 documentary, shows Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey battling it out in the Wisconsin primary trenches

A close-up look at J.F.K. on the campaign trailI recently came across a gem on the Turner Classic Movies schedule. Called Primary, it’s a 1960 documentary. The film is ostensibly a fly-on-the-wall record of the final days of Wisconsin’s 1960 Democratic presidential primary. In an era with far fewer such contests, it pitted U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts against U.S. Sen.…

Trump picking a fight with Iran won’t save oil prices

He needs to do something to boost his electoral fortunes, with the presidential election looming in November

Trump picking a fight with Iran won’t save oil pricesIs American President Donald Trump beating war drums in the Middle East to prop up the ailing crude oil industry? After having failed to turn around the oil markets by engineering an unprecedented output cut deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia, Trump seems to be looking desperately at other options. The crude oil industry is…

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?

Oil prices have taken a catastrophic drop. Unemployment numbers are through the roof. Bankruptcies are raising their ugly heads

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?Monday was the equivalent of a major financial nightmare for the U.S. economy. Oil futures for West Texas crude went below zero for the first time in history and finished at US-$37.63 a barrel. Don’t rub your eyes too hard. That’s a minus, not a plus, next to the dollar figure. What does this mean?…

Crude oil cuts finally made, but to what end?

As world demand declines thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, oil countries struggle to control prices with production cuts

Crude oil cuts finally made, but to what end?Too little, too late? On Thursday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Russia led non-OPEC oil producers, commonly termed OPEC+, took an unprecedented step to agree to cut the global crude oil output by 10 million barrels a day (bpd). The next day, after a five-hour-long virtual meeting, G20 energy leaders endorsed…

California condor back from the brink

Only 22 birds were left in the wild in 1982. They were all captured as part of a breeding program. Now more than 500 live in the wild

California condor back from the brinkI’ll tell you the beginning and the end of the story first because they have nothing to do with California condors and everything to do with them. My first sighting of condors was on a cloudless day in January 1995. We were travelling from Apartaderos to Timotes in Venezuela along the spine of the Andes.…

Who will blink first in crude oil crisis?

For four years, the U.S. has firmly rejected joining the producers’ club to curb output. It can’t remain aloof any longer

Who will blink first in crude oil crisis?Energy diplomats are on overdrive, seeking to bring an end to the senseless global crude oil war. Russia and Saudi Arabia have flooded the market, driving down oil prices. A G20 virtual meeting of energy leaders is being urged, with International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol reportedly propelling the idea. Former U.S. Energy Information…
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