George Santos and the sad state of modern politics

George Santos and the sad state of modern politicsThe U.S. Republican’s biography, work history and life story nothing more than a pack of lies and falsehoods Tim Russert served as the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press from 1991 to 2008. He asked longtime Republican Senator Bob Dole this question during an April 10, 2005 interview, “You’ve been on Meet the Press 63…

Saudi Arabia looking for a new security blanket?

Saudi Arabia looking for a new security blanket?U.S. commitment to Saudi security is waning, opening the doors to China Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Riyadh last week provided a sharp contrast to the one that U.S. President Joe Biden undertook to Saudi Arabia last July. Pomp, show, warmth and a consensus of views on geopolitical issues were very visible during the…

What the American midterms results really mean

What the American midterms results really meanThe media is spinning it as a win for the Democrats, but losing the House is rarely considered a victory Now that the dust has (more or less) settled from the American midterm elections, let’s take a look at what happened and what it might portend. The Democrats will retain control of the Senate –…

Political attacks on oil producers put votes before security

Political attacks on oil producers put votes before securityThe rest of the world has adjusted to the new reality. Why can't Trudeau and Biden?  What is the long-term future of a society that attacks its economic foundation for political gain? North Americans must ask this question. By putting politics first, some politicians in both the U.S. and Canada undermine North America’s core strengths…

Canada and the Indo-Pacific: Slow boat to Cold War 2.0?

Canada and the Indo-Pacific: Slow boat to Cold War 2.0?The Biden administration has clearly signalled it wants a new Cold War in Asia Under pressure from big business, the Trudeau government has requested to join a U.S.-led China containment pact called the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). The move will significantly affect economic development, peace, and Canada’s foreign policy. The IPEF is the Biden administration’s…

U.S., Saudi Arabia in a battle to control oil market

And that will have consequences for the rest of the world

U.S., Saudi Arabia in a battle to control oil marketThe United States and Saudi Arabia are locked in a bitter battle over oil, CNN Business reported last Friday. And it carries consequences, not only for the future of the global energy order but also for the future world order. Everything is at stake. Ever since the world began growing out of the COVID pandemic…

Saudi Arabia losing confidence in U.S. security blanket

Washington is not as important to Riyadh as it used to be

Saudi Arabia losing confidence in U.S. security blanketIn the mid-80s, it is said that U.S. President Ronald Reagan and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia colluded to destroy the oil markets by making it financially impossible for the then-Soviet Union to continue its Afghanistan venture. Oil markets crashed. The war on Afghanistan became untenable for Moscow. The Soviet Union disintegrated, and the world…

The CIA’s man in Cuba

Rolando Cubela was a key player in ongoing American plots to kill Fidel Castro

The CIA’s man in CubaAged 89, Rolando Cubela died in late August. If you’re wondering who he was, you’re probably not alone. But, at one time, Cubela was an important figure. As the CIA’s man in Havana, he was a key player in ongoing American plots to kill Fidel Castro. Cubela was born in Cuba in 1933, became involved…

Will OPEC oil price hike lead to a Saudi/U.S. “divorce”?

Ultimately – or after the U.S. mid-terms – the animosity will cool down

Will OPEC oil price hike lead to a Saudi/U.S. “divorce”?Oil is addictive. At least for addicts like me. While I took some time off over the last couple of weeks, the oil and energy world passed through major upheavals, with long-term geopolitical consequences. On Sept. 27, three offshore lines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system on the bed of the Baltic Sea sustained…

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis 60 years later

The narrative that emerged of American triumphalism was false. There had been a deal

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis 60 years laterI was a first-year university student in Dublin, Ireland, during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. But I don’t remember it as a time of great angst or agitation. True, the crisis dominated the news and there were certainly people who genuinely feared that nuclear Armageddon was on the doorstep. However, the daily life of…
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