It is not just the West that views the Middle East through the lens of oil, neighbours like India share this fault as well.
Reading the 499-page torture report just released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was a disgusting experience.
It is incongruous that China, as a nation that prides itself on being the centre of global civilisation, has consistently refused to accept that it has a moral obligation to participate in global humanitarian missions.
They are now increasingly focused on evoking international sympathy to their cause, but have failed time and again to appeal to the Israeli public, which matters the most to realize their stated objective of a Palestinian state.
Since 2001, Norway's oil production has fallen by almost half, from around 3.5 million barrels per day down to about 1.8 or 1.9 million bpd in 2014.
It makes sense for Australia not to hold a tender if the Government wants an in-production submarine rather than a risky drawing board design.
The Common Declaration constitutes an impassioned plea on behalf of 1.2 billion Catholics and 300 million Orthodox Christians world-wide for concerted international action to eradicate Islamic State.
Netanyahu really believes that he has been ordained to pursue this 'sacred mission' to shape Israel's destiny regardless of any domestic or international opposition.
Although agricultural R&D spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries.
Yet to the bestowing of unconstrained sainthood there remains a huge elephant in the room, one mentioned by but a few and emphasised by even fewer.
The advancement of women's rights has been held up as one of the most tangible gains of the intervention in Afghanistan, but these gains remain fragile.
I believe there has been an increase of anti-Semitism among some of the community arts activists on Facebook postings I have been following during the last Gaza-Israel conflict.