Gem of the day

Former BP chief Tony Hayward's take on the operating environment for oil companies in Kurdistan, where he's quietly excelling as CEO of Genel Energy as the memories of Deepwater Horizon fade away (via BBC):

"If you like, it's conventional Middle Eastern oil and gas exploration - pretty straightforward, and pretty low-cost."

In that case what passes for "conventional" in the Middle East must mean something quite different from in other parts of the world, if we believe this Kurdish observer (via Independent):

"We Kurds have one of the most complicated political situations in the world."

Or even better:

"I call it ‘Corruptistan’," said one woman.

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