Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Coping With Environmental Change

It seems to me…. “Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.” ~ John Delaney[1]. The old adage that “everyone” talks about the weather but no one does … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Carbon Capture, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Tax, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Conference, CO2, Coal, Coal, CO₂, COP21, COP24, Environment, Environment, environmentalist, Floods, Fossil Fuel, Fossil Fuels, France, France, Global Warming, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Infrastructure, Katowice, Kuwait, Little Ice Age, Maunder Minimum, Natural Gas, Oil, Paris, Paris Agreement, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Sea Level, Trump, UN, United Nations, United Nations, Weather, weather, World Meteorological Organization | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Aleppo, Arab, Assad, Bagdad, Bahrain, Bashar al-Assad, Bekaa Valley, Bush, Change, Climate, Climate Change, Crops, Daesh, Donald Trump, Drought, Drought, Education, Egypt, Egypt, Europe, Farming, Farms, François Georges-Picot, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Israel, Jihad, Kurds, Lebanon, Levant, Middle-East, Migration, Military, Muslim, Obama, Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Protest, Raqqa, Refugee, Sadam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite, Sir Mark Sykes, Sisi, Suez Canal, Sunni, Sykes, Syria, Taliban, Trump, Wahhabi, Wahhabi Salafism, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S.-Iranian Relations

It seems to me…. “Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.” ~ Hassan Rouhani[1]. The nuclear agreement signed with Iran on 14 July 2015, … Continue reading

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Confronting Terrorism

It seems to me…. “Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” ~ Jacques Chirac[1]. While ISIS tries to pretend they are a national state, rather than earning that recognition … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Allawite, Assault-type, Belgium, Chicago, Christianity, EU, Europe, Europe, European Union, France, France, George W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gun, Hamas, Handgun, Hezbollah, Illinois, Imams, Iran, Iran, Iraq, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Islam, Israel, jihad, Kurds, Lebanon, Libya, mass, Middle East, Middle-East, Moammar Gaddafi, Muslim, Muslim, Obama, Pakistan, Paris, Peshmerga, PKK, President Bashar, Russia, Sadam Hussein, San Bernardino, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite, shootings, Sunni, Syria, Terrorism, Turkey, Turkey, Wahhabi Salafism, Weapon, Yemen | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Iranian Nuclear Agreement

It seems to me…. “The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

It seems to me… “Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.” ~ Molly Ivins. On 7 January 2015 two Muslim religious fanatics entered the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, and murdered … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Allawite, Ayatollah Khomeini, banlieues, Blasphemy, Boko Haram, Charles de Gaulle, Charlie Brown, Charlie Hebdo, France, Freedom of Expression, Hadith, Hypercacher, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Jyllands-Posten, Kim Jong Un, Kurds, Libya, Madrasa, Middle-East, Military, Mohammad, Movies, Mujahidin, Mujahidin, Muslim, Newspaper, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Paris, Peanuts, Peshmerga, Qatar, Quran, Rights, Salman Rushdie, satire, Saudi Arabia, Sony, Syria, Terrorism, The Interview, Vincennes, Wahhabi Salafism, Writers, Yemen | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Loss Of Iraq

It seems to me… “I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way.” ~ George W. Bush. Immediately following George W. Bush’s … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Africa, al-Qaeda, Arab Spring, Arab Spring, Bagdad, Cheney, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Jordan, Kurds, Middle-East, Mohammad, Morocco, Mujahidin, Muslim, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Osama bin Laden, Peshmerga, Sadam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite, Sunni, Syria, Taliban, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments