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US Chamber of Commerce Chief Dealmaking in Cuba
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 11:56 PM

President Thomas Donohue of the United States Chamber of Commerce is  abig fan of the Communist Castro regime of Cuba. He paid a visit to its capital city, Havana to encourage U.S.-based conglomerates to invest in Cuba.

According to the BBC News, "A delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce has begun its first visit to Cuba in 15 years. Chamber president Thomas Donohue said he was in Cuba to assess the economic changes taking place under President Raul Castro."

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Japan to 'Get Bossy' over Asia, Says PM Abe
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 10:40 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is pledging to "Get Bossy" in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The BBC News reports that, "Japan will push for a greater role in Asian security at a regional summit on Friday, in a move set to anger China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to promote Japan as a counterbalance to China at the three-day Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore."

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More Hi-Tech Skills Needed for Energy Jobs
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 10:10 PM

Oil & Gas companies must do a better job of training their employees to handle hi-tech equipment. Opening up more energy tech training trade schools and courses could be the wave of the future, since these jobs are really needed and offer high pay as well.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hiring in the oil and gas industry rose globally in the first quarter of 2014, led by Africa, Russia and North America, according to the Hays Oil & Gas Job Index. However, the report came with a caveat: A shortage of key skills in the general workforce continues to threaten the industry’s growth, as new projects and business investments demand higher headcounts."

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Eagle Ford Booming for Mexican Drug Cartels
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 08:59 PM

The Eagle Ford shale gas boom in South Texas is boosting the finances of Mexican drug cartels.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The rapid development of the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas is leading not just to a huge oil boom, but also to a boost for drug gangs in the area, according to federal officials. Customs and border protection agents told the National Journal that the vast array of new infrastructure in the area means drug cartels have a web of new smuggling routes open to them."

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Learn the Real Hillary Clinton; Read Drilling Dialogues
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 29, 2014, 07:36 PM

Let's be honest, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will introduce her 'Hard Choices' memoirs to the public on June 10. But, she's a slick politician who hired a 'Big Business' marketing team to work on her behalf. In other words, Hillary will not reveal her true personality. That's why 'Hillary Observers' should read The Drilling Dialogues: The Hope Series, by Tom McGregor and learn more about the behind-the-scenes character of President Shelly Hackles, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Hillary.

In the novel, the character Jim Dudley, a smooth-talking Texas GOP operative, describes Hackles' communication skills. "She cusses out people worse than a Russian sailor does," he said.

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Libyan General Smacks Down Benghazi Terrorists
by Tom McGregor    Wed, May 28, 2014, 10:17 PM

A Libyan general is earning legendary heroic status for smashing Benghazi terror cells. Nevertheless, President Barry Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are criticizing Gen. Khalifa Haftar for allegedly "going rogue."

The BBC News reports that, "Libyan forces loyal to a renegade general have bombed government-funded Islamist militia in the eastern city of Benghazi. Witnesses say aircraft targeted a base of the February 17th Brigade, one of the main armed groups in the area."

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Obama Doctrine: 'Direct Action' Drone Strikes
by Tom McGregor    Wed, May 28, 2014, 09:17 PM

President Barry Obama is touting new foreign policy directives called the 'Obama Doctrine,' which call for more "direct action" drone strikes.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will continue to "take direct action" by ordering drone strikes and capture operations against suspected terrorists "when necessary to protect ourselves."

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Exxon 'Business as Usual' in Russia
by Tom McGregor    Wed, May 28, 2014, 08:43 PM

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has disclosed that Obama sanctions on Russia have caused no negative impact on the corporation's business operations in Russia.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The CEO of Exxon Mobil says U.S. sanctions against Russian officials are having no effect on his company's activities there. Rex Tillerson also says that he is skeptical of sanctions and has discussed his view with U.S. government officials. Tillerson made the comments Wednesday after Exxon Mobil Corp.'s annual meeting."

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