All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Pakistan: Bilwal’s Ascension Increases Zardari’s Control of the Party but Changes Nothing for the International Community

The assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, is a milestone event for Pakistan and the Bhutto family. As a dynamic albeit corrupt leader, her return from exile was … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Greece: Positive Developments Mask Taxpayer Funded Profiteering and Distract from Long-Term Solutions

The Greek financial crisis has hurt almost everyone in that country and throughout Europe. It has ended one political administration, numerous careers and industries, and destroyed the Greek social net. … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

India: Growth Potential Remains Subservient to Infrastructure Deficiencies

The Indian economy and population continue to rise but infrastructure development has not kept pace with this growth. As a result, energy shortages and traffic gridlocks are a daily occurrence … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Taliban’s Desire to Come in from the Cold Likely Due to the Weather and Not the Season

The New York Times recently reported that Taliban representatives have floated the idea of working with the Afghan government and opposition officials, and adopting “the current American-financed army as their … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

France: Adieu Depardieu, They’ll Always Love You

Almost every European and American government is trying desperately to raise revenues while attempting to contain spending and manage the anger of its residents. The US legislature, for example, is … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Turkey: Arrival of NATO’s Patriot Missile Batteries Increases Number of Foreign Troops in the Country

It goes without saying that the ongoing Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, shows no signs of ending. While this increasingly violent conflict has, heretofore, remained largely contained … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movies: The Bourne Legacy is The Phantom Menace of the Bourne Series

Movie trilogies are tricky because they almost always implode under the weight of self-designed expectations. In most cases, the first film is not designed to be part of a trilogy … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Global Economy: Settlement Exposes Underlying Weakness in Global Financial System but Offers No Solution

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) are the benchmark interest rates used to set short term interest rates for over $10 trillion in loans … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Politics: Sandy Hook Tragedy Calls for Effective not Superficial Legislative Changes

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has given gun-control proponents yet another opportunity to demand new legislation from their elected representatives. Obviously, this is not a surprise … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Politics: Conservative Belief in Religion Supersedes Spirituality

Conservatives have come up with a number of reasons to explain their loss in the 2012 presidential election. Some of these theories are quite valid – appeal to a limited … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment