Reading Time: 6 minutes Charlotte Dennett’s latest book explores America’s early intelligence forays into the Middle East.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite decades of promises by US presidents to reduce reliance on oil and gas, consumption has only increased. How did we get here, and what might it mean if the economics of oil growth are operating in the red?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Since fracking began, Oklahomans have been subjected to man-made earthquakes. Now the state has one question: Who will pay for the damage caused by these not-so-natural disasters?
Reading Time: 19 minutes The extraordinary, yet somewhat predictable, story of how the Iraqi people lost out as their country’s oil wealth was squandered as a result of corruption, deceit, political infighting, Western meddling and tribal conflicts.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Every time you fill up your tank or buy the latest smartphone, chances are that you are putting bullets in a gun thousands of miles away. In this podcast, Leif Wenar, the Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London, reveals the true ugliness behind the marriage of resource-seeking corporations and the most corrupt despots. He also proposes an ethical alternative — Clean Trade — that benefits everyone but the tyrants.
Reading Time: 15 minutes If you want to know the who, what, why of how things got so bad in the Syria (and, in some ways, the rest of the Middle East)—read this excerpt from Syria Burning by Charles Glass, a book so beautifully written you will hardly know you are reading. It is more like seeing.
Published by OR Books, New York and London, 2015.
Reading Time: 9 minutes In 2010, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa became the first national leader in the world to rule out drilling for oil in a major petroleum field for ecological reasons. Less than five years later, however, he has backtracked on his promise, and the future of the environmentally important Yasuni National Park is up in the air, as the debate rages on.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A 2014 ruling that all but absolved Chevron for one of the worst oil spills in South American history is being challenged in a New York appeals court. Video tapes showing Chevron officials laughing at the environmental destruction they caused in the rainforest—tapes that were not permitted as evidence in the 2014 trial—may be the long-sought “smoking gun.”
Reading Time: 5 minutes The drug war brought U.S. commandos into Mexico, but the opening of the country’s once publicly-owned energy resources to foreign investors may provide justification for the secretive American presence there to escalate—especially if the cartels are successfully painted as “narcoterrorists.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes As the US and world debate whether expanded foreign intervention in Syria is justified—and why, we thought this primer on the unspoken issues in another war theater might provide food for thought. Here, then, we repost a September, 2012 WhoWhatWhy article looking at less noble reasons for the Afghan conflict. While you read this, you may feel like taking a hard look at Syria and asking: Is this situation truly different, or are strategic and financial concerns again the justification the political and media establishment will not openly discuss?