Disease, war, corruption, and famine are the first images that come to mind when most people think of Africa. Beneath this veneer of negativity, however, lies a very different and positive story. Entrepreneurship is thriving, governance is improving, hunger is dissipating, and economic growth is...

Earlier this week, I took a trip to Southern Maine. The sheer volume of snow has brought most of the region’s activities to a halt – except one. A visit to Perkins Cove (a traditional summer destination for tourists and Lobster aficionados) revealed many lobster...

2014 was an action-packed year: Russia invaded Crimea, US energy production surged, the South China Sea disputes escalated, Hong Kong students protested, Malaysia literally lost an aircraft with hundreds of passengers, Scotland denied the UK independence (an admittedly Scottish interpretation), Spain had a succession movement,...

On January 1st, California’s Proposition 2 and Assembly Bill 1437 related to egg production go into effect. The regulations mandate that egg-laying hens be given adequate space to lie down, stand up, extend their wings, and turn around. 116 square inches—the approximate footprint of a...

Very few asset markets have escaped the recent oil price plunge unscathed. The African growth story now seems suspect and countries such as Russia and Venezuela appear on the verge of economic collapse (see my October piece “Saudi Sows Budget Busts” HERE). Is it possible...

A mere ten years ago, very few professionals paid meaningful attention to energy’s fringy folks fiddling with hydraulic fracking technologies. It’s too bad more of us didn’t, because the US energy renaissance unleashed by the fracking revolution has had global ramifications that continue to be...

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