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Saudis Thinking Beyond Oil in Asia Courtship

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King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s trip to Asia has been characterized as either a routine visit to bolster the already strong trading ties between Saudi Arabia and Asia, an effort to diversify ties away from the U.S. or as a way to attract investments into Saudi Arabia and promote its own. The reality is that it’s a combination […]

Elites Trying to Kill Trump?

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An attempt was made on President Reagan’s life only two months into his first term, and so far with all the security breaches – and the celebrities selling the idea it’s “cool” to kill Trump – are we seeing history repeat itself?  

Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

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Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. U.S. Navy commanders earlier accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by “harassing” warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said […]

US, in Reversal, Issues Permit for Keystone Oil Pipeline

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The Trump administration announced on Friday that it would issue a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a long-disputed project that would link oil producers in Canada and North Dakota with refiners and export terminals on the Gulf Coast. The announcement, by the State Department, reversed the position of the Obama administration. It […]

Kunstler: The Swamp Drains Trump

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The Washington political scene is looking less like The Apprentice and more and more like the old Marlon Perkins Wild Kingdom show, with giant crocodiles slithering down the muddy banks to encircle Donald Trump paddling fecklessly in his leaky dugout while a chorus of angry birds shrieks in the surrounding treetops. Yes, it really looks […]

Start Dealing

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Empires have one historical constant: they fail. President Trump likes deals and campaigned on his deal-making prowess. Negotiation requires parties who respect each other enough to bargain in good faith. It is a lost art in US foreign policy, replaced by imperatives: we tell you what to do and you do it. This makes the […]

Kunstler: Full Speed Ahead for Murphy’s Law

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You might not know it, given all the ambient noise of the moment, but beyond the torments of news and propaganda there is still something called the nation. It’s more than just a political compact. Until not long ago it was also a culture, an agreed-upon set of values, practices, and customs that amounted to […]

Lessons from the US for Australia’s energy crisis

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As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was convening an emergency meeting with gas producers last week to fix Australia’s looming “energy crisis”, The Wall Street Journal’s front page splashed with the headline that America’s “Natural Gas Glut Deepens”. Australia and the United States are two of the world’s richest endowed natural gas economies, but the difference […]

Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem.

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Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration […]

The Sad Reality Humanity Faces Today

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And we thought 2016 was bad… Another week of 2017 has gone by and we continue to witness the world’s population exercise their freedom of speech and expression. Defying the odds of the status quo, the young generation is pushing back against the current world powers that seem to be pursuing 20th century political tactics. […]

OPEC Cracks?

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One of my go-to analysts on oil production is former Italian oilman Leonardo Maugeri, who now works at the Belfer Center at Harvard University. In my book, The End of Doom, I cited his 2012 analysis Oil: The Next Revolution published when oil prices hovered around $100 per barrel in which he correctly predicted that […]

How Shale Is Reshaping The World: Three New Wars

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We recently met with geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan to discuss world events since the American election and his new book, “The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World without America.” In the book, Peter credits energy and resource innovations with reshaping the global geopolitical environment.   We covered so much ground in our visit […]

There’s ‘No Question’ Deep State at Work in Government

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Friday at the White House press briefing, when asked if there is a “deep state” of government employees possibly loyal to the Obama administration’s agenda, press secretary Sean Spicer said, “I think that there’s no question when you have eight years of one party in office, there are people who stay in government — and […]

Fossil vs. Renewable Energy: How to Not Get the Worst of Both

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Current US energy policies can be broadly summarized as strong support for renewable wind and solar, but no effective penalties for fossil fuels. The politics that have led to those policies are fairly obvious. We needn’t discuss them here. Less obvious, though, are the consequences. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that we’ve saddled […]

Opening Arctic for Drilling Is Trump Priority

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Senator Lisa Murkowski said President  Donald Trump is interested in opening up new coastal waters for oil and gas drilling and reversing Obama-era policies that restrict energy development in Alaska. Both Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are weighing ways to expand opportunities to drill in Arctic waters though the changes could take years to […]

China Official Says Two-Child Policy Showing ‘Notable Results’

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China’s two-child policy is showing “notable results” with the fertility rate expected to rise through to 2020, a senior health official said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, Wang Peian, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission said there were “notable results” in 2016, with […]

Kunstler: The Pause That Refreshes

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Let’s take a breather from more consequential money matters at hand midweek to consider the tending moods of our time and place — while a blizzard howls outside the window, and nervous Federal Reserve officials pace the grim halls of the Eccles Building. It is clear by now that we have four corners of American […]

Saudi Crown Prince Flies To Washington To Meet With Donald Trump

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, responsible for the kingdom’s reforms, left on Monday for Washington to meet President Donald Trump on a visit expected to pitch the world’s top oil exporter as an attractive investment destination. It will be the first meeting since Trump took office in January between the U.S. President and […]

The Strategic Triangle That Is Changing The World

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While the world continues to decipher, or digest, the new Trump presidency, important changes are afoot within the grand strategic triangle that lies between Russia, Iran and China Away from the current chaos in the United States, major developments are progressing, with Iran, Russia and China coordinating on a series of significant moves crucial for […]

When This All Blows Up…

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This report marks the end of a series of three big trains of thought. The first explained how we’re living through the Mother Of All Financial Bubbles. The next detailed the Great Wealth Transfer that is now underway, siphoning our wealth into the pockets of an elite few. This concluding report predicts how these deleterious […]

DOE economist talks SPR exports, storage and sales

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The presenter who arguably received the best questions at Wednesday’s Crude Oil Quality Association meeting in New Orleans was the US Department of Energy’s economist, Kenneth Vincent. His presentation was part overview, such as the locations of the four salt caverns that hold the more than 700 million barrels of US oil – Texas and […]

The Conflict Within The Deep State Just Broke Into Open Warfare

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The battle raging in the Deep State isn’t just a bureaucratic battle – it’s a war for the soul, identity and direction of the nation. When do the unlimited powers of the Intelligence/Security agencies threaten America’s domestic and global national interests? The CIA and its political enablers claim the agency’s essentially unlimited powers, partially revealed […]

The king of Saudi Arabia’s Asia tour

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The size of Saudi King Salman’s entourage on his tour of Asia has been stealing the show, but there are big business and political priorities that are driving this month-long journey. Those priorities can be broken down into three categories: Energy, diversification and geopolitics. But the overarching theme is: Asia is a big deal to […]

How Russian oil giant Rosneft could claim U.S. oil

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Rosneft, an oil corporation majority-owned by the Russian government, says it has the right to claim an ownership stake in U.S. oil company Citgo Petroleum if Citgo’s cash-strapped parent company defaults on billions in loans, according to a lien Rosneft recently filed in Delaware. If that claim succeeds, Rosneft, which is run by one of […]

Saudi Arabia Warns Oil Market: ‘Will Not Allow Itself To Be Used By Others’

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Asia “is still thirsty for oil” and demand for petroleum imports will continue to grow steadily in the developing world Khalid al-Falih said, “Saudi Arabia will not allow itself to be used by others. Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s energy and industry minister, speaks during the 2017 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, […]

Counter-Coup Spookmaster Dr. Steve Pieczenik Discusses Destruction Of CIA And Game Changing Implications Of #Vault7

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This is as close to a real life spy novel as you’re going to get… Dr. Steve Pieczenik is a legend. For those of you who don’t know – he’s the guy Tom Clancy based Jack Ryan on. He’s served 5 U.S. Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and the 1st Bush) and was co-founder of Delta Force. Pieczenik served as […]

Trump To Undo Fuel Efficiency Standards

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The Trump administration is set to undo one of former President Obama’s signature achievements. On Tuesday, the EPA and the Transportation Department are expected to jointly announce the rollback of fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s auto fleet, a move that will not require the approval of Congress. In the wake of the financial crisis […]

Kunstler: Great Expectations (Not)

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Halloween’s coming super-early this year and it will be a shocking surprise to those currently busy looking for Russians behind every potted plant in Washington DC. First, accept the premise that your country has lost its mind. This is what happens when societies (and individuals) can’t face the true quandaries of a particular moment in […]

Syrian Army storms Jazal oil field near Palmyra

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After weeks of demining activities in the largely uninhabited desert of eastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally stormed the ISIS-held Jazal Oil Field northwest of Palmyra. Following the second liberation of Palmyra, the SAA shifted its attention to this oil-rich site on Sunday evening and captured all hills south of the Jazal Oil […]

Deep State – OilEmpire.US

Public Policy 15 minutes the full show (an hour) is at the link below, my interview starts 45 minutes into the show Trump and the Deep State Global Research News Hour Episode 167 By Michael Welch, Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Mark Robinowitz, and Jack Rasmus Global Research, January 22, 2017 Region: Asia, USA Theme: GLOBAL RESEARCH NEWS HOUR, US NATO War Agenda In-depth Report: U.S. […]

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