Category Archives: General

Koizumi Yukon: Canadian General Election 2011

Yesterday was the 41st Canadian General Election to elect members to the House of Commons of Canada in which the conservative government won what I would call a Koizumi-esque victory. The election saw a number of historical firsts, and may … Continue reading

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How Osama Bin Laden was found and killed

It was announced several hours ago that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid on his private compound on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The raid was almost a year in the making, but the raid itself was over … Continue reading

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The 2011 Geography of the Mexican Drug War

STRATFOR has a status update on the Mexican drug cartel wars, with an interesting animated map on developments over the past year. The full report is only for subscribers, but the most important point in the summary report is: all … Continue reading

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Another connection between the Royals in Jordan and Britain

Last year, I wrote about how Jordan’s King has an English mother. Now, we see a somewhat similar reversal — the newest member of the British Royal Family, and the likely future queen, spent two-and-a-half years as a young child … Continue reading

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How a lone hen turkey saved our relationship with the Saudis

This is a story from more than six months ago being noticed in the Middle East — how a lone hen turkey on Bush’s ranch saved our relationship with then Crown Price and Regent of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul … Continue reading

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In Defense of Dubai

Reuters has as one of its “pictures of the day” a photo of Sunil. Sunil is a 14 year-old working at a brick quarry in western India. He is paid two Indian rupees ($0.04) for each brick he carries out … Continue reading

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Kuwait House of National Memorial Museum, Part 1

Kuwait is not well known for its tourism. Indeed, I have heard it called one of the most boring countries you can visit. (When I visited, I was most excited by the ruined oil fields.) Yet one of the country’s … Continue reading

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OPEC, Evil Genius Cartel?

I was somewhat surprised to see this recently appear in a report on the future of energy published by HSBC. In a summary of that report just provided to me: OPEC plays a tantalising game of making oil just about … Continue reading

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Fourteen Centuries of the Arab Homelands

In my trip to Lebanon last year, I spotted in an Arabic language school this timeline of the Arab world since the growth of Islam. The chart was published in the late 1980s, and the timeline goes up from 530 … Continue reading

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Trip to the Enclave of the Enclave

I previously posted on the pages of these blog an explanation of the enclave of an enclave (or is that an enclave of an exclave?), by which a small part of the UAE, called Nahwa, is located in a small … Continue reading

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