Saudi Arabia

Do we still believe old oil’s sales pitch?

The FT article “Saudi Aramco chief warns of looming oil shortage” https://www.ft.com/content/ed1e8102-212f-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c is more interesting for the comments it now attracts than for the content. We’re no longer buying these sales pitches. Still, we do live in a world were we did buy these pitches for decades and where they mostly were right. Oil is vital …

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Woodrow Wilson and the United States of Arabia

David Gardner, Woodrow Wilson commissioned a group to see what the Arabs wanted post WW1. The outcome of this King-Crane report: the Arabs wanted a United States of Arabia. Instead they got the European Nation-State, a distinctly different creature, imposed upon it by the victorious French & British. The nation state is a European invention, …

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