All Sorts of Things

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

Monthly Archives: September, 2013

Technology: Choice of Margins vs. Market Penetration for Apple

The conventional wisdom regarding Apple is that it has lost its way and these complaints have only grown louder following the release of the company’s two new iPhones, the 5S … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

India: Economy Slows but Defense Sales Retain Potential

Reflecting the structural weakness of the Indian economy, the country’s currency (Indian rupee) has fallen 20 percent since the beginning of the year. Consequently, the initial $37.7 billion defense budget … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: Russia Outmaneuvers the United States but …

Yesterday’s news that the former Soviet Union and Syria had agreed to an off-hand proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry that Damascus turn over its chemical weapons to … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia: The Syria Bombing’s Biggest Benefactor and Beneficiary

Last week, I wrote a post on how it was unclear how Jordan would benefit from the US bombing Syria. Today, I want to focus on the one country that … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dubai: Here We Go Again

A few years ago, when the Arab emirate of Dubai was facing the brunt of the global financial crisis, the government of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum blamed rampant real … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jordan: Unclear how US Bombing would Lessen Threat from Syria

One of the arguments being made by the US administration for intervention in Syria is that it will protect US allies and Syrian neighbors from Damascus and its dangerous agenda. … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Culture: Get Ready for the Horror of the Fall Movie Season

Most suicides in the United States take place in the fall and holiday season. Experts have suggested a number of reasons for this spike: everything from people having no friends, … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · Leave a comment