Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen | Reuters

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This breaking story, published by Reuters is deeply worrying. It’s a must-read. Check it out!

via Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen | Reuters.

As Obama‘s government negotiates with Iran on nuclear non-proliferation, Iran rebels meddle in Yemen, causing Saudi and Gulf allies to retaliate with air strikes. Meanwhile, Saudi and Israel hold similar views about Iran nuclear aspirations.

No doubt, John Kerry, the US Secretary State, will call a press conference and announce that everything is under control.

Let me ask an open question:

Has the Irani/Saudi conflict in Yemen precipitated an oil spike or a fear of a wider Middle Eastern War?

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Gulf states launch air strikes in Yemen – FT.com

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An enlargeable basic map of Yemen An enlargeable basic map of Yemen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This important article from the FT, is giving further detailed news on the escalating crisis in Yemen. It’s a recommended read.

via Gulf states launch air strikes in Yemen – FT.com.

It seems that the US is providing intelligence support for the Gulf states, including Saudi, which are attacking Yemen in response to Iranian actions.

In my earlier blog on the breaking Reuters story I questioned:

Has the Irani/Saudi conflict in Yemen precipitated an oil spike or a fear of a wider Middle Eastern War?

Views?

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Pulp Fiction Thursday: L. Ron Hubbard

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Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s much anticipated documentary about Scientology debuts on HBO this Sunday night. Before he was a minor league messiah, L. Ron Hubbard was a preposterously prolific pulp fiction writer. His followers keep buying his books so they’re still in print. The good news is that the re-issues have preserved the pulpy integrity of the cover art. Here are a few examples:

phantompatrolProfessorWasaThief_book-cover

I hope I’m not in trouble with John Travolta or Tom Cruise. I don’t want Travolta to smother me with his big ass toupee. As for Cruise, I’d prefer he not jump up and down on my sofa. It would disturb Oscar…

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Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen – NYTimes.com

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The old town of Aden, Yemen, situated in the c... The old town of Aden, Yemen, situated in the crater of an extinct volcano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map showing the location of the Gulf ... English: Map showing the location of the Gulf of Aden, located between Yemen and Somalia. Nearby bodies of water include the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this excellent article from the NYT, it seems that the Obama Administration had been involved in the planning of the Gulf States air assault on Yemen. This is a must-read article.

via Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen – NYTimes.com.

The NYT article gives a detailed description of the current crisis in Yemen, where Iran is sponsoring the rebels – the rebels seem to be winning in overrunning the legitimate government in Yemen which is supported by both the US and Saudi.

Thoughts?

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How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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English: Map of Spain English: Map of Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a powerful and insightful article from Spiegel. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Spain, like Ireland and Portugal is a case study on the effectiveness of reform and austerity policies. Economically, Spain is becoming a model, with powerful, internationally competitive industries. Unfortunately, unemployment continues to be a deep problem in Spain. The current conservative government in Spain has been responsible for the strong policies, in contrast to the deep damage done to Spain by the previous socialist government.

Spain, of course, is contrasted to Greece where there has also been austerity but less real reform. Meanwhile, socialists in Spain are looking to Greece as an example.

Thoughts?

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UK lags behind the rest of EU in cancer treatment | EurActiv

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The is a powerful story reported by Eur Activ. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via UK lags behind the rest of EU in cancer treatment | EurActiv.

The article cites evidence from Macmillan Cancer Support. Let me quote:

In the UK, five year survival rates for a range of common cancers are trailing 10 years behind other European countries. Austria had better lung cancer survival rates between 1995-1999 (14%) than Britain had between 2005-2009 (10%).

Of course, this is not completely new.

However, ahead of the general election, where the National Health Service (NHS) will feature highly, it begs some debate. The NHS was once the gold-standard of public healthcare but these days, it seems to have its own form of cancer.

The UK has the strongest economy in Europe right now but…

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Opinion – Jeremy Clarkson’s road to ruin on Top Gear – Sydney Morning Herald – John Gelmini

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The BBC are not being entirely honest, as they are about almost everything else. Jeremy Clarkson is a boorish, loudmouthed, prone to racist misunderstandings in his remarks, whose Repton school education should have taught him to know better.

The BBC’s Top Gear producers knew what Clarkson was and encouraged him to behave in this way because they knew from public attitude surveys that many of the UK public share Clarkson’s views. By allowing Clarkson to rampage about with his equally silly co-presenters, the BBC gained viewers of this ilk, including the Prime Minister and his friends in the Chipping Norton set, who are people with more money than sense who perhaps imagine that anything outside of a 60 mile radius of where they live is Outer Mongolia and that anyone who is not like them is an inferior species of human being.

The wider viewership of this uninformative…

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