Two dozen Amazon tribes people – men, women and children – camp under the open sky on the side of a freeway. The voiceover tells us that we are in Boa Vista, capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima, on the Venezuelan border. Poverty, begging and neglect; nothing new there, apart from the origin of these people, [Read more]
A critical component of the political confrontation that is influencing the sides’ behavior is the energy factor.
When the oil pipeline project between Canada and the U.S. was submitted to the White House for the first time, American oil production was at its lowest ebb. The oil price per barrel was averaging $140. This was in September 2008, and no one could have expected that shale gas and oil could revolutionize the country’s [Read more]
Barack Obama no longer wants to play the world's policeman, preferring to keep foreign policy in line with his 'light footprint' doctrine. However, we shouldn't interpret this strategic repositioning as backing down.