Georgia (and Oil) On My Mind

In early August 2008, Russian officials ordered air strikes against Georgia, a republic directly south of it and bordered by Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, and sent tanks and troops into South Ossetia, a region in northern Georgia that had claimed its independence from the central government in Tbilisi.  The Russians explained that peacekeeping units they […]

Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?

In a recent blog, my esteemed colleague from the great state of Lester Maddox and Saxby Chambliss [and, coming from the state that's given us Tom DeLay, George W. Bush, and the best damned secessionist movement south of Todd Palin's snow machine, I say that endearingly] talked about torture and the so-called one-percent solution, i.e. […]

Plaintains and Fried Rice, Dollars and Yuan: Latin America, the PRC, and the United States

The ghost in the room, Cuba, was the most important topic when President Barack Obama, in his opening remarks at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, offered a “new beginning” with Havana.  The specifics at this point are not huge: family travel, remittances, perhaps Cuban membership in the OAS, but Obama has […]