Houston Matters

How World Events Affect Houston — From Oil Prices to Personal Lives

In an ever more connected world, events around the globe can impact our lives here in Houston in any number of ways. Take recent developments in the Middle East: they can impact us economically, in ways as obvious as the price of gasoline to more subtle impacts on industries and consumers. International events of course can also be highly personal […]

In an ever more connected world, events around the globe can impact our lives here in Houston in any number of ways.

Take recent developments in the Middle East: they can impact us economically, in ways as obvious as the price of gasoline to more subtle impacts on industries and consumers. International events of course can also be highly personal to Houstonians whose family and friends are swept up in them.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore how world events do – and sometimes don’t – influence us here in Greater Houston. We use developments in Iraq as our example, and consider the economic impacts with Houston Public Media’s Business Reporter Andrew Schneider. Then, we talk more about those personal connections with Atir al-Attar, a native of Baghdad who worked for the State Department during Iraqi reconstruction, and has lived here in Houston since 1991. And we talk with Dr. Medhi Alavi, President and Founder of the Houston-based Peace Worldwide Organization.

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