A Momentous Opportunity To Embrace The Arab Peace Initiative
By BFP Staff Thursday, January 22, 2015
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
The Arab Peace Initiative (API) presents an unprecedented and vital opportunity to change the course of events in the Middle East by realizing an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. At no time since the API was introduced in 2002 by Saudi Arabia has the development of events in the region converged to create a new environment, making the API more relevant than before; Israel must urgently adopt it as the basis for peace negotiations.
Israel is approaching a historic crossroads, with a general election that may usher in new leadership and end the six years of deadlock in peace negotiations under Prime Minster Netanyahu, who deepened the conflict with the Palestinians while alienating Israel’s closest friend—the United States.
Oil Price Collapse Hurting Some More Than Others
By BFP Staff Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com
U.S. oil and gas rig counts dropped to their lowest level in over four years, falling by an additional 74 units for the week ending on January 16. The lower count provides fresh evidence that low oil prices are forcing drillers to pare back operations and slash spending.
While that may soon begin to cut into actual production figures, a new Wood Mackenzie report finds a lot of nuance in the oil patch, painting a complex picture of what to expect in 2015. The report identifies several trends beyond the simple narrative that low prices will force a cutback in drilling.
AKE raises Nigeria security risk rating
By John Drake Monday, January 19, 2015
PRESS RELEASE — LONDON - AKE Intelligence has raised the risk rating for Nigeria from 35 to 36 (Grave Security Concerns). Large-scale attacks and kidnappings by jihadist group Boko Haram have become a near daily occurrence and the country has fast become the site of the world’s most deadly terrorist incidents.
Boko Haram has stepped up its violent campaign to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria’s Lake Chad region over recent months, and in 2014 it committed some of the deadliest atrocities in the group’s six-year insurgency. It now controls 70 per cent of Borno state and has also seized a number of towns of neighbouring Yobe and Adamawa states.
Back To Basics: Why Conventional Drilling Makes Sense in 2015
By BFP Staff Thursday, January 15, 2015
By James Stafford of Oilprice.com
This New Year, an old trend may become a new trend as conventional drilling in North America is once again in the spotlight at a time when oil prices continue their slump and the unconventional becomes increasingly uneconomical.
Advanced horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking for extraction is much more expensive than conventional drilling. While these high-cost methods are the technology that ushered in the North American shale boom, in times of oil price troubles, plenty are moving back to the basics. Unexplored conventional plays are set for a mini-boom of their own.
Netanyahu’s Policies Are Fueling Anti-Semitism
By BFP Staff Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
I am no longer surprised by what Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu says or does. No leader with any pride and sensitivity would have tried to exploit for political gain the tragic deaths of four French Jews who were assassinated in a kosher supermarket in Paris. It is one thing to travel to France and demonstrate solidarity with the French people after the horrific execution of 12 journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo; it is an entirely different matter to use the occasion to call on French Jews to immigrate to Israel to avoid anti-Semitism and “live secure and peaceful lives.”
5 Ways To Play The Oil Price Plunge
By BFP Staff Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Andrew Topf of Oilprice.com
The collapse of the oil price has created losers and winners, and like every major movement in a commodity sector, the trick for investors is figuring out which side of the trade to be on. The most obvious victim of the slide in Brent and WTI prices over the last 6 months has been the major oil producers. Holders of these equities have seen price slides up to 33 percent. The question for oil company investors now is how to determine which of these companies are prepared to weather a sustained period of oil prices around $50 a barrel, or worse. Inevitably, those companies with high debt levels combined with high operating costs will be the first to get washed away. In contrast, low-leveraged companies with attractive cost structures are likely to survive. These companies will gain when the oil price comes back, and are the ones that investors should be eyeing right now.
Triangle in Anapoima Mandarino Tree Parrot Soap Opera of All Time!
By Judi McLeod Sunday, May 31, 2009
Step aside, Julio Iglesias and all you other romantic Latino singers, Paco the Parrot is here.
Bogota Free Planet (BFP) promised they would record for CFP the Parrots of Anapoima belting out the haunting refrain from the song “Cucurrucucu Paloma”, and that’s just what they did.Colombia gets 7 gold medals in one day
By Jorge Luis Pardo Friday, October 28, 2011
October 26 is a day to remember for Colombia: 7 gold medals in one day at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Athletics, skating, weightlifting and gymnastics are the winners.
Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us
By Dr. Gifford Jones Thursday, October 21, 2010
Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?
Today, we know that sailors of old, lacking vitamin C, died of this preventable disease. A shortage of fresh fruit in their diet resulted in degeneration of blood vessels, hemorrhage and death.
Networked Devices Spread Your Photos, Music Around
By Jim Bray Thursday, December 16, 2010
Media servers are becoming popular in this age of wireless home networks, delivering audio and video content from a computer or the Internet to whatever device you may want to use, within reason.
I usually use such devices to stream music, because most of the videos I watch are on Blu-ray and no matter how much hype you hear about downloads taking over, there are still bandwidth and file compatibility issues. I admit reluctantly to accessing YouTube and its ilk for some casual viewing sometimes, but media servers are increasingly playing back music in other rooms of my house.