Notes From The Editor Posts


"Human behaviou...
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley"- Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Last week Norwegian press sources reported that the largest cyber attack in the country's history had taken place and been repelled.
"Great emergencies and crises sh...
On Monday 28th July, the British government opened its first oil and g...
Editorial: the grand chessboard
Published: 2014-07-15
"Birth was the death of him." - Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989)
Editorial: black gold in Iraq
Published: 2014-07-08
"The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people." - Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006)
Editorial: ISIL, ISIS, IS
Published: 2014-06-30
As battle rages for Saddam Hussein’s home town, the Ba’athist stronghold of Tikrit, the world’s newest state has been declared on the banks of the Euphrates.
The Kurdish conundrum
Published: 2014-06-24
"The very future of Iraq depends on choices that will be made in the next days and weeks."
"Football – bloody hell!" Sir Alex Ferguson (1941 - ) In two days time, the largest spectacle in the global sporting calendar will kick off at the Arena Corinthians in Brazil’s most populous city, Säo Paulo....
"If opportu...
"Without cont...
"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him." - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)
"Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject."
The Donetsk domino effect
Published: 2014-04-08
"Even Napoleon had his Watergate." Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (1925 - )
Editorial: baiting the Ukranian bear
Published: 2014-03-31
"There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail" Will Rogers (1879– 1935)
Daylight saving & hydrocarbons
Published: 2014-03-28
This weekend clocks across Europe and the Middle East will spring forward by an hour as daylight saving time (DST) kicks in across the globe.
Editorial: oil and gas gravedigging
Published: 2014-03-25
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Confucius (551-479 BC)