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Kasparov Warns Low Oil Prices Making Putin’s Russia More Aggressive

Posted on · Garry Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players in history. But for more than a decade, he’s been playing a much different, and potentially deadlier, game: Russian politics. He’s now in self-imposed exile after years as one of Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics. Kasparov is now chairman of the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation, based […]

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OPEC Calls for Lower Oil Production — What Would that Mean for Houston?

Posted on · Reuters last month reported OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, was concerned about dropping oil prices and wanted to open dialogue with member countries about cutting supply. Of course, no one wants to be the country that stops pumping first, especially in cash-strapped nations like Russia and Venezuela. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia — a […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets in the NBA All-Star Game & Olympic Hockey Thriller

Posted on · CultureMap Houston columnist MK Bower joins us to discuss the week in sports, including: How Houston Rockets members Dwight Howard and James Harden fared in the NBA All-Star Game; a thriller in Olympic hockey; and the Astros’ pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

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Hockey is Alive & Well in Houston — Despite Climate & Lack of a Major Pro Team

Posted on · Hockey is one the of high-profile events of any Winter Olympics, but is the sport as prominent in Houston – a city known for its heat and that last year lost the Aeros — its minor league hockey team? As we continue our week-long look at unlikely winter sports enthusiasts in the area, Houston Matters’ […]

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Skiing Is a Big Passion for Many Houstonians

Posted on · There’s a lot of physical activity you can engage in here in Houston. Biking, running, swimming, hiking. Skiing is harder to come by (which may be what prompted one Houston Matters listener’s suggestion of turning the Astrodome into a giant ski slope). That doesn’t mean there aren’t avid skiers here. With the 2014 Winter Olympics […]

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Figure Skating Is Still a Big Sport, Even in Balmy Houston

Posted on · The 2014 Winter Olympics are now underway in Sochi, Russia. Because of our warm weather climate, you wouldn’t automatically think of Houstonians engaging in winter sports. But a number of clubs here in the Bayou City are dedicated to pursuing some of the more popular events taking place at this year’s winter games. In the […]

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New Technology Partnership Forming Between Houston and Russia

Posted on · Houston’s Technology Center is forming a new partnership with Russia. The HTC says its new program with Moscow’s Skolkovo Foundation will open up opportunities for Houston to exchange technological ideas with Russia. Officials say this means new jobs for Houston and a chance for small businesses in technology to promote themselves abroad. We’ll talk with […]