Let’s get rude with the crude! What’s up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolitical consequences for a whole lot of countries. The Professor points out the winners (USA! USA! USA!) and losers (sorry Russia!) of the precipitous petroleum plunge!
Keywords: oil, petroleum, OPEC, frack, fracking, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, supply, demand, China, Japan, EU, India, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Qatar , Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, North Dakota
Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when “Team West” was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions.
Keywords: WW2, World War 2, Normandy, Normandy Invasion, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Atlantic Wall, Allied Powers, Allies, Nazis, Europe, USA, Canada, UK, NATO, EU, UN, Omaha Beach
The big boys are all gathering this week…in St. Petersburg, Russia! The G-20 aka the Group of 20 are the world’s biggest 20 economies that send their actual heads of state to pow-wow once a year over all matters fiscal, economic…and sometimes even political! And that certainly will be the case this year in Russia, as the SYrian situation deepens, the US is contemplating action, a move that the Russians will certainly try to discourage. WHile they mostly are a talking shop of world economy, this summit is going to be getting Syri-ous on military maneuvers as well! Watch out Obama! Putin has home field advantage!
Keywords: G-20, Russia, St. Petersburg, USA, Putin, Obama, Syria, G-7, G-8
I’m making the call: a brand new 21st century arms race is on! The US and Russia are returning to their old Cold War mentalities by escalating competing defensive and offensive capabilities. Announced earlier this week, the US/NATO missile defense shield is now operable in Europe, which pisses off the Ruskies, who in turn tested a new type of faster sleeker missile to be able to penetrate the shield. Team West is planning massive increases in their missile shield development, and Russia promises massive increases in their offensive capabilities to render the shield useless. Yay! Massive arms spending between powers that have virtually no chance of actually ever attacking each other! A total win for defense industries everywhere! Sorry taxpayers, you will have to flip the bill for the fun!