OPEC Producers Shouldn’t Panic Yet About Slowdown in China

Op Ed Oil and Gas

Concerns that the slowdown in China’s economic growth will curb Asia’s energy demand from the Middle East and beyond could be premature. Yes, any hint of weakness in the world’s largest net importer of crude and its second largest economy rings alarm bells in OPEC capitals and in boardrooms across the globe. India and Southeast Asian economies are also flourishing …

Baltimore and the Economics of Violence

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

Baltimore is a city colored by the ripples of the economic ‘race to the bottom’ which defined the last quarter of the 20th century. As cheap labor and ‘heavy strings attached’ Foreign Direct Investment turned several Late Developing Countries into hubs for the transfer of working and middle class American jobs, densely populated urban centers, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested, were turned into zones of desolation.

Iraq’s instability makes for huge oil profits for all – including ISIL

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Since the declaration of the war on terror by George W. Bush following the horrific events of September the 11th, subsequent events such as the invasion of Iraq, the meteoric rise of Iranian influence, the Arab Spring, as well as the brutal crackdown on dissent in Syria have created the perfect haven for the thriving of terrorist groups such as …