PEMEX BLUES

//Pemex Blues: The Downside to Mexican Energy Reform// Originally appeared in the Huffington Post, January 2, 2014 It’s easy to tell that 2013 has been an impasse year for Mexico, capped off by Mexico’s historic energy reform this month that will open the doors of the state-controlled energy industry to foreign investment , making North…

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CHINA & SYRIA

//China’s Syria Strategy// Originally appeared in the Huffington Post, September 16th, 2013 With Russia’s position on Syria being widely publicized as of late, it’s easy to forget that China, too, has played a pivotal role in shaping the discussion over Syria, voting with Russia against American and British sponsored U.N. resolutions aimed at imposing sanctions…

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BRAZIL

//A Tale of Two Brazils: The Protester and the Champion// Originally appeared in the Huffington Post, July 2, 2013 In my fiction classes, I teach my students that the writer’s obligation, first and foremost, is to observe the world around them, even in sports — especially in sports. It’s amazing to me how many writers…

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LOS SPURS

//The San Antonio Spurs:  The National Team of the Immigrant// Originally appeared in the Huffington Post, June 2, 2013 When my grandfather wasn’t watching Lucha Libre or Santos Futbol or sexy ladies dancing in lacy things on Univision, he was watching the San Antonio Spurs. If you would look behind the smoked glass window of…

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