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  • And you're wondering why the Economy isn't Improving? Read the facts

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 21 Jul 2010

    “We have had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.” I wish these words, spoken in 1936 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, were not as true today as then. Yet over the past eighteen...

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  • Are we repeating the same mistakes which led to the Fall of the first global Superpower; the Spanish Empire?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 18 Jul 2010

    Taking a walk down memory lane or for those who don’t know that Spain was the first global Superpower with gold and silver flowing in from its American colonies, the Hapsburg dynasty became the dominant power in Europe. It controlled rich parts of Italy through Naples and Milan, and Central Eur...

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  • Why Reshaping the Federal Reserve is Today an Absolute Must

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 15 Jul 2010

    Regardless of one’s opinion on Ben Bernanke, there is no denying the extraordinary impact he has had on the Federal Reserve since taking over as Chairman in 2006. A case can be made that the very nature and scope of the Fed has changed under Bernanke’s stewardship. Originally envisioned as a ...

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  • Is Deepwater Oil Drilling a National Security Issue?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 12 Jul 2010

    Why are oil companies like British Petroleum being allowed to drill so deeply in hazardous conditions under the Gulf? In other words, why has the government been so supportive of deepwater drilling in the Gulf? The answer is that there is a tremendous amount of more oil deep under the Gulf, and t...

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  • On the New Power Elite Shaping the New World Order

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 09 Jul 2010

    There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world today. It is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers...

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  • Is Water The New Gold?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 06 Jul 2010

    It is a fact that water use is today rising at double the rate of global population growth owing to urbanization, more water-intensive agricultural products, growing industrialization of emerging markets and the impact of climate change. The supply of fresh water is relatively static; hence, the rap...

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  • What if the Iranian-Israeli War Scenario ever materializes? Some global geo-economic implications to consider

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 01 Jul 2010

    I am frequently asked by friends how I foresee the Middle East’s near future given the rising political tensions and the alarming buildup of arsenal throughout the region. Although I am neither a “crystal ball” reader nor “Dr. Doom” , I am afraid that “War” is inevitable; given the ...

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  • Private Equity Investing - Setting the record straight

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 29 Jun 2010

    We at Blackhawk meet on the average over 500 entrepreneurs a year; and the question that keeps recurring at all times by every one of our entrepreneurs seeking funding is: Why is every private equity fund we meet trying to take advantage of us? We are much more comfortable in dealing with family off...

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  • How smart is your Social Networking?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 26 Jun 2010

    I am frequently asked by people what I think of social networking at large (having such a high profile on the World Wide Web), how on earth do I have the time to get involved given the incredible pressures I face on a daily basis running Blackhawk Partners and what do I really have to say that would...

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  • Why we need the rich: A message to Americans and our leaders in Washington DC on wealth creation

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 23 Jun 2010

    It has an often repeated axiom that a person can learn a whole lot about a society by how it treats its poor. But just as much can be learned by looking at how that society treats its rich. Indeed, the economic future of the poor – and our nation – will be determined in the coming decades by how...

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