Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 05-11-15

Salient to Investors:

Fareed Zakaria said:

  • There is increasing evidence that the military backbone of ISIS is made up not with Islamic Zealots but high-ranking officers from Saddam Hussein’s army.
  • ISIS recruits primarily because of the rage and rebellion of the Sunnis of Iraq and Syria. Sunni dominated areas will remain in turmoil and ISIS will be able to capitalize that.
  • The allure of ISIS, like other radical Islamic groups, fades under medieval barbarous governing and ever-increasing repression.
  • ISIS hopes the US will come to the Middle East to fight them on their terrain.
  • ISIS’ gruesome videos work on alienated young men who seek revenge, glory and gore.

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  • ISIS people are completely brainwashed.
  • ISIS wants to provoke the US into sending grounds troops – their dream is the ultimate fight against Americans.

Thomas Friedman  at The New York Times said ISIS’ value proposition appeals to young males who never held a job, power, or a girl’s hand by offering them a wife, a salary, and power over others.

Watch the video at http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/category/gps-episodes/ or read the full transcript

at http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1505/11/fzgps.01.html

A Pump War? – New York Times 10-14-14

Salient to Investors:

Thomas Friedman writes:

  • Is the US and Saudi Arabia engaged in another global war with Russia and Iran like when they pumped the former Soviet Union to death? Oil export revenues account for 60% of Iran’s government revenues and more than 50% of Russia’s.
  • Oil producers Libya, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria are in turmoil, Iran is hobbled by sanctions, yet oil prices are falling, in contrast to 10 years ago when oil prices surged on such turmoil.
  • Citigroup says that since 2007, net oil imports to the US have fallen by the near equivalent of total Saudi and Nigerian exports.
  • Energy technology is producing unprecedented gains in energy efficiency and productivity.
  • If the US would reform the tax code and replace payroll and corporate taxes with a carbon tax, it would possess a formula for resiliency and success far better than our adversaries.

Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/opinion/thomas-friedman-a-pump-war.html

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