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Argentina Credit Rating Nears 'Junk' Status
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 10:03 PM

Argentina is refusing to pay off its American creditors, which could spiral the nation into default.

According to the BBC News, "The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Argentina's legal defeat in its fight against hedge fund investors may have wider implications."

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CNN Provides Interview Prep for Hillary Clinton
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 08:01 PM

Can CNN stoop any lower when it comes to its media respectability? Now, they are lucky to arrange exclusive interviews with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but only if they consent to submit their questions in an interview prep format.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hillary Clinton refused to say what policies she disagrees with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and insisted such matters should be kept private."

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EU May Sidestep Ukraine on Gazprom Deal
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 11:38 PM

The European Union (EU) may soon throw the Ukraine under the bus in order to receive reliable natural gas shipments from Gazprom in Russia.

The Journal of Turkish Weekly, "If Ukraine disrupts Russian gas transit via its territory, the European Commission is ready to negotiate increased deliveries through the Opal pipeline, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Monday."

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Azerbaijan Seeks Closer Partnership with Russia
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 10:31 PM

Azerbaijan is pursuing a larger presence on the global stage.

According to the Voice of Russia, "There is a fairly realistic prospect that Azerbaijan will join either the Eurasian Economic Community or the CIS Customs Union, which includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia at present, Russia’s Regional Development Minister Igor Slyuniayev announces in the interview, published on Tuesday by the Russian Business Gazette."

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Hillary Clinton Refuses 'No Spy Agreement' with Germany
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 10:07 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angered the entire nation of Germany by refusing to support a "no spy agreement" with one of the USA's most supportive allies.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Clinton, meanwhile, said she understood Germany's anger at revelations that the US Natural Security Agency (NSA) had listened into Merkel's mobile phone as part of its large scale surveillance of electronic communications in Germany, America's close ally."

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Higher Taxes Crush Norwegian Oil Industry
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 09:15 PM

Norway had been enjoying a robust economy, due to its booming oil & gas industry. However, the Norwegian government implemented new tax hikes and now energy invstors are fleeing the country in droves.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Oil and gas companies operating in Norway, western Europe’s biggest producer, predict investments will plunge 21 percent next year amid rising costs and increased political interference over offshore developments."

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BP 'Not Trustworthy' on Texas Oil Contracts
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 08:00 PM

BP (British Petroleum) has proven to be unreliable about fulfilling the terms of its contracts with Texas companies.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Fluor Corp. is suing BP over millions of dollars in workers’ compensation claims related to cleanup efforts after the Gulf oil spill in 2010."

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Hillary Clinton's 'Dead Broke' Investments Profile
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 02:37 AM

Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) (Spouse) Abu Dhabi, UAE $500,000

Bank Administration Institute (Spouse) Chicago, IL $200,000

HSM Americas, Inc. (Spouse) New York, NY $175,000

Deloitte Services LP (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

Highland Capital (Spouse) New York, NY $175,000

TD Ameritrade (Spouse) Las Vegas, NV $200,000

American Express (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

World Market Center SPE, LLC (Spouse) Las Vegas, NV $175,000

UBS Wealth Management (Spouse) Dallas, TX $165,000

Jeffries & Company, Inc. (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

Magic Dreams Productions, Inc. (Spouse) Panama City, Panama $325,000

Fundo Comunitario of Keren Hayesod Sao Paulo (Spouse) Sao Paulo, Brazil $200,000

World 50, Inc. (Spouse) New York, NY $175,000

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

UBS Wealth Management (Spouse) Los Angeles, CA $150,000

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Spouse) $200,000

Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCOC) (Spouse) Toronto, Canada $175,000

Beaumont Health Systems (Spouse) Troy, MI $260,000

HCL America, Inc. (Spouse) Orlando, FL $200,000

Hualuo CEO Forum (Spouse) Shanghai, China $550,000

Telefonaktiebolagel LM Ericsson AB (Spouse) Hong Kong, China $750,000

Masie Center (Spouse) Orlando, FL $200,000

Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) (Spouse) Boston, MA $175,000

Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Spouse) Washington, DC $204,000

Silicon Valley Information Business Alliance (SVIBA) (Spouse), Santa Clara, CA $200,000

City of Surrey (Spouse) Surrey, BC, Canada $175,000

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) (Spouse) Las Vegas, NV $200,000

Achmea (Spouse) Achlum, Holland $600,000

Yum! Restaurants International (Spouse) Vancouver, Canada $160,000

Highstar Capital (Spouse) Washington, DC $175,000

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (Spouse) $255,000

Cambridge Energy Research Associates $175,000

Business and Finance Media Group (Spouse) $125,000

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Spouse) $200,000

Kuwait America Foundation (Spouse) $175,000

RSA, Security Division of EMC (Spouse) San Francisco, CA $175,000

Hualuo CEO Forum (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

Barclays Capital (Spouse), Davos, Switzerland $325,000

Tanmiah Commercial Group (Spouse) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $300,000

Bridgestone America Tire Operations (Spouse) Huntington Beach, CA $175,000

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) (Spouse) Chicago, IL $170,000

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Spouse) Kiawah Island, SC $210,000

Leaders and Company Ltd. (THISDAY Newspaper Group) (Spouse) Lagos, Nigeria $700,000

Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation (CGDC) (Spouse) Vienna, Austria $500,000

Ilau BBA USA Securities, Inc. (Spouse) New York, NY $175,000

TD Bank (Spouse) Fredericton and Antigonish, Canada $260,000

Fidelity Investments (Spouse) Orlando, FL $175,000

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH) (Spouse) San Diego, CA $260,000

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. (Spouse) Key Largo, FL $200,000

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) (Spouse) Jersey City, NJ $200,000

Goldman Sachs (Spouse) New York, NY $200,000

Whisky Productions (Spouse) Grand Cayman $225,000

Nideias Comunicacao Ilimitada Ltda (Spouse) Manaus, Brazil $390,000

JP Morgan Custody Account (Cash) $50,001 - $100,000

Random House (Spouse) - My Life $50,001 - $100,000

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (Cash Value - Whole Life Policy) (Spouse) $5,001 - $15,000

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (Cash Value - Whole Life Policy) $5,001 - $15,000

Simon & Schuster, Inc. - Living History $2,501 - $5,000

US Treas NTS 4.875% 8/15/16 BOND $2,501 - $5,000

US Treas NTS 4.625% MAT 2/29/12 Bond $1,001 - $2,500

Fed Home Ln MTG 4.875% 11/15/13 Bond $201 - $1,000

US Treas NTS 5.00% 2/15/11 BOND $201 - $1,000


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Hillary Says USA Politics Worse than North Korea
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jun 15, 2014, 07:32 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was touting the Stalinist regime of North Korea by claiming that American politics is more brutal than anywhere else in the world.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Asked about the prospects for female candidates in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton made a dramatic claim on Sunday."

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Xiamen University Journalism School Welcomes Dallas Blog
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Jun 13, 2014, 01:48 AM

BEIJING:  The Dallas Blog's Tom McGregor has been graciously invited to teach a five days' seminar program on 'Commentary Writing' at the Xiamen University School of Journalism. the seminar is scheduled for the first week of July. He is author of the novel, Drilling Dialogues: The Hope Series, which is now available for sale on Amazon as an ebook.

"I have visited the campus before and met many aspiring journalists there. I was impressed with their passion for more 'hard news' reporting and willingness to write and ask questions to uncover truth in this world," McGregor said.

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