On Thanksgiving, the United States celebrates the Plymouth Colony, but few know that New England's colonization was a response to major geopolitical pressures.
The painting "Desembarco de los Puritanos en America," or "The Arrival of the Pilgrims in America," by Antonio Gisbert shows Puritans landing in America in 1620. By Antonio Gisbert (1834-1902) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“Rouhani has been facing rising dissent, not just from the traditional IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] camp, but from a large segment of the public that is growing disillusioned with his policy because they’re not seeing the level of economic relief they were promised,” said Reva Bhalla, the vice president of global analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.
“They’re saying there was no intelligence failure, but there was certainly a protective intelligence failure,” says Fred Burton, a former DS special agent and deputy chief for counterterrorism. “They appeared to have no indication these guys were coming over the wall.”
Oil is “the most geopolitically important commodity,” said Reva Bhalla, vice president of global analysis at Stratfor, an advisory company in Austin, Texas. “It drives economies around the world” and is located in some “usually very volatile places.”
One of Venezuela's mechanisms to sell foreign currency to firms that request it, the Sicad 1, has not had an auction in since Oct. 14, when it dispersed some $550 million, Ultima Noticias reported Nov. 26.
French President Francois Hollande is set to sign military cooperation deals with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, including a 1 billion euros contract to sell four Gowind warships to the Egyptian navy, Anadolu Agency reported Nov. 26.
In a pre-suit discovery court filing Nov. 25, ConocoPhillips subsidiary ConocoPhillips Petrozuata accused Venezuela of trying to sell state owned oil firm Citgo Petroleum Corp, or Citgo, to avoid paying a billion-dollar arbitration award, Courthouse News reported.
Two suicide bombs went off almost simultaneously in the International Market area of Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing 34 people in what was believed to be an attack by Boko Haram, Anadolu Agency reported Nov. 25.