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War On Yemen: Where Oil And Geopolitics Mix – OpEd

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya Everything about the war on Yemen is a smokescreen. Concealed behind the smoke is a tale of geopolitics and petro-politics that aims to control the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Aden. The House of Saud and a military coalition that consists mostly of anachronistic monarchies are claiming to bomb Yemen as … Continue reading

In Chile, Cash Remains King — But Its Days Could Be Numbered

By Juan Felipe Espinosa and Bernardo Batiz-Lazo For more than a year now, Chileans have endured a crisis of cash access. Despite global moves toward new forms of payment such as contactless and mobile transfers, the crisis in Chile highlights the continuing importance of ATMs in today’s payment ecosystem for many people worldwide – particularly those with … Continue reading

The Money Trail: How the U.S. Fostered Yemen’s Separatist Movement

By Sputnik News As Saudi Arabia and its allies have begun the bombing campaign against Yemen, in the south, a separatist movement calling for a “State of South Arabia” is emerging. Fostered by the US, it will leave the Houthis with two hostile states at their borders and locked access to the sea, if it … Continue reading

Nigeria: The Dynamics Of An Oil Crisis

By Daniel Djouder The new trend of low oil prices has rapidly escalated, carrying negative effects for producers and positive effects for the economies of importers, though these have been slow to become apparent. In this complex scenario, the oil-dependent country of Nigeria finds itself in a very peculiar position owing to a specific mix of … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia, Gulf Allies Launch Military Operation In Yemen As Civil War Ignites Regional Firestorm

Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other Gulf Arab allies, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. said. According to Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday night. Adel al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia … Continue reading

Ukraine’s Economy Contracts By 25% Amid Conflict, Yatsenyuk Says

Ukraine’s economy has contracted by 25 percent amid conflict in the country’s eastern regions and hundreds of businesses have been forced to close, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Tuesday during a conference call with regional governors over budget fulfillment, Russian news media reports. “We have lost a quarter of the Ukrainian economy. Because of the war … hundreds of companies have been closed,” … Continue reading

Will Democracy Survive In Nigeria?

By Joseph Benzekri Nigeria’s deadly insurgent group Boko Haram declared its allegiance to ISIS on March 7, following what was reported to be female suicide bombings killing over 50 in Maiduguri. Much like ISIS, the equally nihilistic Boko Haram appears to be edging closer to its own caliphate in northern Nigeria. In light of increasing violence … Continue reading

Neo-Medievalism: Austerity And Extremism In Greece

John Rapley believes that ‘neo-medieval’ forms of governance are appearing on the global stage. In fact, this phenomenon may not be confined to the developing world. Embryonic forms of neo-medievalism have appeared in Greece and could spread to the rest of Europe. By John Rapley During the negotiations over an extension of Greece’s bail-out, the … Continue reading

As An Economic Crisis Deepens In Venezuela, Maduro’s Iron Fist Tightens

By Marco Aponte-Moreno and Lance Lattig Since the death of Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s political leadership has moved from charisma to authoritarianism. Support for Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution has fallen from 65% when the populist leader died to 22% today. The revolution’s erstwhile steward is Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s current president and Chávez’s hand-picked successor. Maduro lacks his mentor’s extraordinary … Continue reading

Venezuela’s Continuous Coup – OpEd

By Alfredo Lopez When Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma was arrested last week, charged with organizing and leading a coup, the U.S. State Department’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false. The United States does not support … Continue reading

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