Why History Is Repeating Itself Here in the Jungle

by | published November 25th, 2015

Here at Iguazu Falls, the landscape is breathtaking. So is the rainfall. Of course, if you are being drenched by cascades over 300 feet high (in the local Indian dialect, “Iguazu” means “big water”), some precipitation hardly makes much difference. Even if it comes down in sheets.

And judging from the lush jungle vegetation all about us, there is plenty of rain here.

The falls divide the Iguazu River into upper and lower sections. The upper level is in Brazil (as is most of the river’s travels); the lower is in Argentina (with Paraguay’s border close by).

This water delineation was once a major contention between two empires (the Portuguese in Brazil and the Spanish in Argentina), ultimately requiring that Rome intervene. Jesuits on one side of the border had discouraged enslaving the local Guarani Indians; the Portuguese side of the Falls had profited from a heavy trade in humanity.  

In the 1750s this came to a head, and a papal emissary was sent to mediate. At stake in Europe was an ongoing power play within the Church and between colonizing nations. The Guarani lost.

But history repeats itself, and today another struggle is ensuing at Iguazu Falls…

Why One of My “Seven Wonders of the World” Is Hanging in the Energy Balance

by | published November 19th, 2015

My wife Marina and I travel a great deal, bringing you here at Oil & Energy Investor along for the ride.

Like many others, we have devised a personal list of the most extraordinary places we want to see – our own "Seven Wonders of the World." These destinations are truly unique and awesome. They stand apart from all the other interesting and beautiful locations we have visited over the years.

We’ve already visited two of the seven destinations – taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and trekking up the mountains at Delphi in Greece. That leaves five.

On Monday, we will be flying out via Lima to one of the most inspiring spots in the world. It’s located in the jungle on the border between Brazil and Argentina (with Paraguay close by).

There is simply nowhere else like it. And it’s currently a hotbed of energy controversy..