All Sorts of Things

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

Monthly Archives: February, 2013

Italy: As Goes Rome, So Does Europe?

This past week, Italian voters – staying true to their unpredictable history – once again shocked Europe by not giving any one political party the majority needed to form a … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Middle East: United Arab Emirates Procurement of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Signals More Opportunities for US Firms

Every defense contractor worth their salt knows that if they want to hit their sales targets, they should immediately move to the Arabian Gulf. With their enormous resources and real … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

United States: Sequestration’s Impact Limited, Unfair and Ineffective

Over the past few weeks, elected representatives and US federal agencies have been very vocal about how the US economy and security will be damaged by the congressionally mandated budget … Continue reading

February 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mongolia: Domestic Politics May Strip Rio Tinto of Share of Mine

Mongolia, the sparsely populated landlocked Asian country, is one of the world’s fastest growing economies; according to the International Monetary Fund, its inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 12.7 … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

India: Cuts in Defense Spending Neither Surprising or Permanent

New Delhi recently announced plans to cut its 2013-14 fiscal year defense budget by over $2.5 billion as part of an overall $21 billion spending reduction. These cuts are due … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Technology: Microsoft’s Newest Challenge is a Store from Google

Almost everyone – including the company’s chairman – agrees that Microsoft missed the mobile computing boat and surrendered this market to its competitors, primarily Google. The California-based company, which started … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pakistan: Use the Citizens’ Selfish Nature in Service of the Country

On February 16, 2013, over 60 Hazara Shias were killed when a bomb exploded in a crowded market in the western Pakistani city of Quetta. This was the second attack … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Technology: Apple’s Movement to Supply Chain Efficiencies Reflects Lack of Innovative Products

One of America’s most innovative companies is moving from the innovation to efficiency stage. This transition, which shouldn’t have surprised seasoned industry-watchers, seems to have caught the financial markets unawares. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Shadow of US Withdrawal Darkens Hopes for a Stable Future by Clouding the Hopes of the Middle-Class

US President Barack Obama is expected to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan in his upcoming 2013 State of the Union (SOTU) address. The president’s plan will … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Saudi Arabia: High Oil Prices Keeps Easy Money Flowing but Economic Absorption Questionable

Saudi Arabia’s official 2013 budget rose by 19 percent as Riyadh continues to disburse large amounts of funds to restrain unemployment and placate a restive populace. Over 20 percent of … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 4 Comments