Peter C. Maffitt

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Understanding Ukraine and Crimea Issues

Understanding Ukraine and Crimea Issues

Events in Ukraine and Crimea are difficult for Americans to understand. There are three books which help explain some of the historical and contemporary issues. Begin with Orlando Figes’sThe Crimean War, A History. One of the consequences of the Russian

'Heart Of A Soldier': An Opera Worth Seeing

David Gockley, general director of the San Francisco Opera, has commissioned an opera, “Heart of a Soldier,” on the life of the hero Rick Rescorla, the man who predicted the NY World Trade Center 9/11 attack. The director is Francesca

Mexican Oil Production: The Coming Crisis

Crude oil production and revenue are essential elements to a stable Mexico. The Rice University James A Baker Institute for Public Policy Energy Forum has just presented a compressive study on “The Future of Oil in Mexico.” It was financed

America's Southwest Border Is A 'Threat'

Congressman Michael T. McCaul of Texas There is growing concern regarding the security of our US-Mexican border. In 2006 our Homeland Security Committee did a report on the issue. It is available on the web site of Congressman Michael T.

The Great 2011 Floods

There is a potential natural disaster developing with the water deluge creating flood conditions along the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Black River, etc. Will the Mississippi River peak around May 14th and will the levies hold? In 1927 the levies

U.S. Mexican Border Is A War Zone

In early April (PIT/TIP) Policia International Transfonteriza and The Transborder International Police had their 5th annual Training Conference in Houston, Texas. Few Americans have a full appreciation for the degree of Drug violence along the US Mexican border. The mission

Iran Primer: Take a Look

Land borders: Afghanistan – 585 miles Armenia – 22 miles Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan exclave – 112 miles Azerbaijan – 270 miles Iraq – 911 miles Pakistan – 568 miles Turkmenistan – 620 miles Turkey – 312 miles 2010 population: 74.5 million Ethnic

Spain's Debt Crisis Bodes Ill for Our Own

Events in Spain need to be watched closely. Spain is in the midst of a credit crisis, a major debt crisis. The reality is Spain has tapped the financial markets through borrowing treasury bills. Spain is paying more than a

India Nuclear Power Development

India just announced a $9 billion nuclear power deal with France. India’s Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL) currently has 17 atomic plants which only produce 3% of India’s power. That will change. AREVA, the French national nuclear power company, just closed

Mexican Demographics and the Coming Crisis

What is not understood in Washington, and by most US citizens, is that Mexico, our closest neighbor, is our most important strategic foreign policy and economic trade nation. Mexican demographics both in Mexico and of Mexican-Americans in the US are

'Chosin' DVD

US Marine Corps Capt Brian IGLESIAS, director, and Anton Sattler, co writer, have produced an outstanding DVD on the Nov/Dec, 1950, Chosin Reservoir battle in North Korea. Iglesias enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was promoted to Captain. He

US Population 2050

The United States is experiencing a major population revolution, largely unrecognized by our voting public. For several years I have followed US population projections, which really are quite interesting. For example in 1987 the US Census Bureau projected that the

Global Staph and Germ Infection Prevention

With all the international advances in modern medicine international staph infections and germs are still a major problem, including potential germ warfare. I was discussing the staph infection and germ problem with a friend and he said ” remember Dr.

The Forgotten Highlander

Re: The Forgotten Highlander, My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East, by Alistair Urquhart, Little Brown, 2010, library # D805 .J3 U77 2010 I just finished an extraordinary book written by a surviving former private

A Lesson from WWII The Bombing of Berlin

In early 1942 a group of Texas petroleum geologists were invited to Washington an assigned a classified study- “How to Shut Down the Nazi Industrial War Machine.” Before their deaths, three Houstonians give me a first hand view of the

Armageddon or Peace?

The Iranian Ahmadinejad regime repeated announced goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. The goal of the State of Israel is survival. Israel feels it has the absolute right to defend itself against a potential nuclear attack. Iran

The Battle of Britain: August/September, 1940

Germany was just 24 hours away from winning the “Battle of Britain” when Goering made a fatal strategic error. He shifted their bombsights from Britain’s aerodromes to London’s civilian population, galvanizing the nation into exuberant cheerleaders for the Royal Air

The Era of Cheap Crude Oil Is Over

Crude oil is a commodity. For centuries commodities have been traded on international commodity markets. For decades the Texas Railroad Commission had monthly Proration Meetings and in essence set the price of world oil. When the US became less important

United States Crude Oil Supply (Part 2)

The US began supplying a Strategic Oil Reserve in 1975 which currently is the largest in the world. However, the problem is a large percentage of our reserve crude oil is Mexican Mayan high sulfur crude oil, which is difficult

Our Greatest National Enemy

Sun Tzu about 500 BC wrote The Art of War. One of his main points is a nation must know its enemy thoroughly. There are several critical military issues being debated in Washington today. Should the US have a combat