Manuel Valdes

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How Saudi Arabia Turned Its Greatest Weapon on Itself

FOR the past half-century, the world economy has been held hostage by just one country: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vast petroleum reserves and untapped production allowed the kingdom to play an outsize role as swing producer, filling or draining the global system at will.<p>The 1973-74 oil embargo …

Oil

National Geographic Travel

Apple stock narrowly escapes the red for 2015

<b>Apple's (AAPL)</b> stock dive is starting to get ugly. Investors are now barely clinging onto their gains for the year.<p>Shares of the gadget maker Wednesday were down as much as 1.5% during the day - which had completely erased the stock's gains for the year. A broad market rally following the Fed's …

Why Richard Branson Dropped Millions on This Travel Company

It's like OpenTable for travel experiences and excursions.<p>It’s happened to us before: We’ve arrived in a country where we don’t speak the native language, have a hotel booked—but not much else—and want to go exploring. Without a concierge at hand, we’re on our own when it comes to picking …

Richard Branson

NASA satellite images: Which are the most polluted countries in the world?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States and Europe are among the world's largest emitters of nitrogen dioxide -- but both have also shown the most dramatic reductions in these emissions between 2005 and 2014, according to new global NASA satellite maps.<p>Nitrogen dioxide is a yellow-brown gas that is a common …

21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination

The results were based on increases in positive traveler feedback as well as increased interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.<p>This year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was ranked as the top US destination travelers should have on their radar. It also came in fourth place on TripAdvisor's …

Photographer Captures Stunning South Korean Landscapes Reflected in Mirror-Like Lakes

South Korean photographer Jaewoon U has gathered quite the following on 500px, and rightly so. His majestic landscape shots of his home country are nothing if not magical, overflowing with colors and rich details. The Seoul-based artist is particularly skilled at capturing beautiful outdoor scenery …

So You Wish You Could Travel?

One of the most frequent comments travelers hear about their lifestyle is, "[Insert excited exclamation here]! I wish I could do that!" This sentiment frustrates me to no end, mostly because the people expressing it have no great impediment keeping them from traveling. They simply don't, whereas I …

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