Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Geopolitics Behind the War in Yemen: The Start of a New Front against...

The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became very uneasy when the Yemenese or Yemenite movement of the Houthi or Ansarallah (meaning the supporters of God in Arabic) gained control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa/Sana, in September 2014. The US-supported Yemenite President Abd-Rabbuh Manṣour Al-Hadi was humiliatingly forced...

Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe

Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve the construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea,...

US confirms $60bn Saudi arms deal

Largest ever US arms deal includes 84 Boeing F-15 fighter jets and more than 100 attack helicopters. The United States plans to sell up to $60bn worth of military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, the US state department has announced, the largest US arms sale ever. Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of...

Coups and Color Revolutions: US Wages Geopolitical Warfare against Russia in Central Asia and...

The US is waging geopolitical warfare against the Russian Federation in Eurasia through preparing colour revolutions, coups, destabilisation operations and strategically-motivated alliances in an attempt to weaken Moscow’s position and isolate the nation. This complex strategy involves destabilising countries in Russia’s sphere of influence which creates numerous security problems for...

Islamic State extends its tentacles into Yemen

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s civil war is allowing the Islamic State (IS) to expand its presence there. Amid the spread of extremism engendered by the conflict between the Houthis and the central government, IS is becoming the main adversary for both the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). IS is strengthening...

Greece hopes to strike a deal with Gazprom soon

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom have reportedly agreed to set up a working group to promote the creation of a pipeline which will transport Russian gas to Europe via Greece. The Greek prime minister and Gazprom chief Alexei Miller held talks in Athens...

Crude Falls Below $35 per Barrel in New York for First Time Since 2009

Oil held gains after rebounding from the lowest price since February 2009 as the U.S. Congress sought to advance on a deal to allow unfettered crude exports for the first time in 40 years. Futures were steady in New York after rising 1.9 percent Monday, the first increase in seven...

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress

NSA's targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers. President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to...

Beauty Secrets of the Spies

CIA’s Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA. SKINCENTIAL SCIENCES, a company with an innovative line of cosmetic products marketed as a way to erase blemishes and soften skin, has caught the attention of beauty bloggers on YouTube, Oprah’s lifestyle magazine, and celebrity skin care professionals. Documents obtained by The...

Saudi Option of Yemen War to Blow Iran P5+1 Deal

The Obama White House pulled out all the stops this week to indulge the «insecure» Persian Gulf Arab oil sheikhdoms. The assurances lavished by President Obama on his guests – with meetings in the Oval Office and later at the presidential retreat Camp David – may assuage Arab feelings...

Nuclear deal means more Iran oil – just not this year

(Reuters) - A framework accord to curb Iran's nuclear program forged on Thursday could eventually allow Tehran to reclaim lost ground in the global oil market. Yet the deal all but guarantees that cannot happen before next year. By ensuring that sanctions remain intact until Western powers are satisfied Tehran...

Obama’s quiet nuclear deal with China raises proliferation concerns

It seemed like a typical day for President Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion NASCAR team on the South Lawn and met with the defense secretary in the Oval Office. Not so typical was something that didn’t appear that day on the president’s public schedule: notification to...

NSA Monitors Financial World

The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions -- sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels, internal documents from the US spy agency show. In the summer of 2010, a Middle Eastern businessman wanted to...

Pakistani militants pledge support to Saudi campaign in Yemen

ISLAMABAD — Militant Pakistani Sunni groups that trained alongside al-Qaida, fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan and launched terrorist attacks in India have pledged their support to Saudi Arabia, a key source of their funding, amid growing pressure on Pakistan to join the military coalition against Houthi rebels in...

A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War

In a September address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama spoke forcefully about the “cycle of conflict” in the Middle East, about “violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery.” The president was adamant: “It is time to acknowledge the destruction...

US delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

(CNN) - U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria...

Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The...

Desert ceremony celebrates Turkmenistan-China gas axis

BAGTYARLYK FIELD, Turkmenistan, May 7 (Reuters) - China cemented its position as the top importer of Turkmen gas, ahead of Russia, at a ceremony on Wednesday to open a new plant at a major field, attended by the Turkmen president seated on a lavishly gilt throne. The desert nation sits...
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Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling...

United Nations-brokered peace talks in Yemen's nine-month-old civil war are faltering, amid disputes between rival factions over the release of prisoners. Meanwhile, local officials have reported intensifying clashes and renewed airstrikes despite an ongoing ceasefire. Over the weekend, U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes killed 19 Yemeni civilians in their homes and...

Iraq invasion was about oil

Maximising Persian Gulf oil flows to avert a potential global energy crisis motivated Iraq War planners - not WMD or democracy. Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up...

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Outlines Plans: Transcript

Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait and five other Bloomberg journalists spent five hours talking to Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his palace compound in Riyadh. In the wide-ranging interview, Prince Mohammed discussed selling shares of Saudi Aramco, the National Transformation Program, energy markets and U.S.-Saudi relations. Below is...

Bob Graham and the Missing 9/11 Report Pages

The media has taken an increasing interest in the 28 pages that were redacted from the 9/11 Joint Congressional Inquiry Report. The stories usually feature one of the Inquiry’s leaders, former Senator Bob Graham, who has claimed that the missing pages point to involvement of the government of Saudi Arabia. Although Saudi complicity...

This Is Nuts – $5.3 Trillion Of Government Bonds Now Have Negative Yields

The level of complacency in world financial markets is downright astounding—–even stupid. Today there are two more signs of extreme mania——a brokerage firm calculation that there are now $5.3 trillion of government bonds trading at negative yields and the cross-over of eurolibor into the nether world of negative yields,...

Yemen’s President Emerges in Saudi Arabia After Fleeing Country

Yemen’s U.S.-backed president turned up in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, a day after he fled his country as Houthi militants closed in on his southern stronghold, Saudi state television reported. He emerged in the Saudi capital Riyadh hours after Saudi warplanes began airstrikes against the Houthis, a militant group that...

Afghanistan, the TAPI Pipeline, and Energy Geopolitics

As Western powers look for an end game in Afghanistan, that country’s role as a planned transit route for natural gas from Turkmenistan deserves scrutiny. The long-planned pipeline, named TAPI after the initials of the four participating countries (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India), has been prominently discussed in the...

Russia to join China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Moscow (AFP) - Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will...

Deadlock over Greek debt crisis could play into Russia’s hands

As Alexis Tsipras courts both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, diplomats fear the country’s economic woes are spiralling into a potential geopolitical threat. Greece’s battle to stay solvent and in the eurozone is becoming a game of dangerous brinkmanship. Beyond the war of words between Athens and Berlin, the dark...
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Russian military reveals details of ISIS-Turkey oil smuggling

Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants, says the Russian Defense Ministry, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq. The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning IS funding...

IS produces 40-50 million barrels of oil a day – Russian Foreign Ministry

Motives of the West's airstrikes on IS-controlled oil infrastructure facilities in Syria and Iraq raise questions, head of Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for new challenges and threats says. MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/ The Islamic State terrorist group produces 40,000 - 50,000 barrels of oil per day, head of Russian Foreign...

Russia may freeze Turkish Stream gas project – Gazprom

Russia may freeze work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project for several years in retaliation against Ankara for the shooting down of a Russian air force jet, two sources at Russian gas giant Gazprom told Reuters. The Kremlin has imposed trade sanctions on Turkey over last week's jet incident...

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