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‘HOSTILE ACT’ Iran seizes British oil tanker in the Gulf with 23 crew

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A BRITISH-flagged Swedish owned tanker has been seized by Iran and is heading for the Revolutionary Guard base at Qeshm Island. Northern Marine, a subsidiary of Stena AB, confirmed “hostile action” had occurred before the tanker Stena Impero changed its course this afternoon. 7 The Stena Impero has been seized by Iran’s Revolutionary GuardCredit: PA:Press […]


Boomer generation must address climate change now

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I can understand the concern over Oregon’s cap and trade bill. I can also understand that it is controversial. However, as a professional engineer licensed in two states and a small woodland owner, I am not sure that the issue of energy use and climate change is fully understood by most. Please look at the […]


Iran will continue its oil exports under any conditions

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Iran will continue its oil exports under any conditions, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday, according to a statement on the Iranian foreign ministry website. Zarif also said Britain should quickly release the Grace 1 oil tanker, which was seized last week by […]


Kunstler: Nemesis Rising

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Where are Clintons, these dog days of summer? The Hamptons? Salty, sunny Martha’s Vineyard? Under a rock somewhere in the Chappaqua woods? Fate is turning in more than one uncomfortable way for the once-charmed couple of Boomerdom. There is, of course, the freshly re-issued Jeffrey Epstein underage sex scandal, come ‘round again with a vengeance […]


Going Dark and Fake Voyages: The Tricks Used to Dodge Trade Sanctions

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As the U.S. looks to enforce sanctions aimed at halting trade with states such as Iran and Venezuela, there’s increased scrutiny on the tricks being used to keep commodities flowing to and from blacklisted countries. Ships vanishing from tracking screens, clandestine transfers on the high seas and fake destinations are among some of the tactics […]


Iranians Despair over Nuclear Deal Confrontation

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Iran’s decision to further challenge the United States by boosting its uranium enrichment beyond limits in its 2015 nuclear deal has deepened fears among Iranians that their country will remain in crisis mode over the long term. The United States’ exit from the pact last year, under President Donald’s Trump’s campaign to squeeze Iran with […]


Persian Gulf Conflict Could Send Oil Beyond $325

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The possibility of Iran attempting to close the Strait of Hormuz to tanker traffic has increased significantly in recent weeks, as has the possibility of a Persian Gulf War, especially with the Islamic Republics’ intentional destruction of a U.S. surveillance drone on June 20. This act provides weight to Tehran’s threat that it will inflict […]


Saudi Arabia Holds Iranian Oil Tanker in Jeddah

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Saudi Arabia is holding an Iranian oil tanker in the port of Jeddah, sources in Tehran said yesterday. The tanker docked in Jeddah for emergency repairs following “engine failure and the loss of control” two months ago. Now the Saudi authorities are demanding that Iran should pay $200,000 for every day that the vessel has […]


In battle for Libya’s oil, water becomes a casualty

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While Libya’s oil lies at the heart of three months of fighting over Tripoli and years of power struggles before that, water is becoming a far bigger concern for its people. People fill gallons with water during a water shortage in Tripoli, Libya June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed Interruptions to water supplies are common after […]


War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene

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The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But the term has increasingly entered the scientific lexicon as increasing numbers of experts across myriad disciplines […]


Should we Pay Exxon to Leave Oil in the Ground?

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Today’s movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British and American governments took to abolish slavery in the 19th century, one peaceful and the other violent. Image: slaveryimages.org. This article is the second in a series that compares today’s fight for climate solutions with the successful movement to abolish slavery […]


Decolonising the economy

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We are connected on a planetary scale. All our resources, our infrastructure, our food, energy, clothing, our electronic devices, almost everything human-made that we see around us, contains some component that someone from somewhere else has worked on. Our economy is global. It affects not only every human but also every animal, our climate and […]


The Real Climate Debate

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“That lump in your throat you feel listening to someone laying down hard truth in a poetic way is actually the one piece of the human genome most likely to rescue us.“ Climate came up only briefly in the first two Democratic debates. In the first, Rachel Maddow asked whether the candidates had a plan […]


‘We only want to sell our oil,’ Iran official says before nuclear talks

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Iran’s main demand in talks aimed at saving its nuclear deal is to be able to sell its oil at the same levels that it did before Washington withdrew from the accord a year ago, an Iranian official said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad […]


How To Destroy A Civilization

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There are lots of ways to kill off a civilization. Wars, politics, economic collapse. But what are the actual mechanics? It might be a useful thing to know whether or not we are killing ourselves off. Ancient Rome is a good place to start. They had an advanced civilization. They had running water, sewers, flush toilets, […]


Boomers Ruined America

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The Baby Boomers ruined America. That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it’s one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle. American society is going through a strange set of shifts: Even as cultural values are in rapid flux, political institutions seem frozen in time. The average U.S. state […]


Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare

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“We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday,” President Trump tweeted today. “I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again – The sooner the better!” Iran’s economy is already floundering due to the steadily mounting sanctions that the Trump administration has been […]


Trump says Iran made ‘big mistake’ by taking down US drone

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President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to rising fears of open military conflict. Asked about a U.S. response, the […]


Downing of US drone a ‘clear message’ to Washington — Iran’s IRGC commander

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The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards says the downing of a US drone over its territory was a “clear message” to Washington, proving Tehran will react strongly to any military aggression. Just hours earlier, Iran claimed to have shot down a US RQ-4 spy drone over Hormozgan Province. This “was a clear message to […]


Oil Prices Up After Iran Drone Attack

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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil futures surged Thursday following the downing of a U.S. Navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for oil tankers entering and exiting the Persian Gulf. The July WTI contract price added $2.89 Thursday, settling at $56.65 per barrel. The benchmark traded within a […]


Iran paralysed

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The United States and the United Kingdom accuse Iran of the sabotage of six petrol tankers in the Gulf, without presenting the slightest proof except an indecipherable US video. According to the accusers, the video shows a craft of the Guardians of the Revolution recuperating an unexploded limpet-mine from the hull of one of the […]


Iranians fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

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© Iranian Students News Agency via AP An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy […]


OIL TANKER ‘TORPEDO’ ATTACKS IN HORMUZ USA BLAMES IRAN

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THE US said tonight that Iran was behind the “torpedo attack” on an American-linked oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Both the Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous – which was reportedly bombed – burst into flames and were forced to evacuate in the troubled region this morning. 11 A huge fire rages […]


Trump says there is ‘always a chance’ of war with Iran

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War between the US and Iran is a possibility, President Donald Trump stated in an interview with Piers Morgan. However, he stressed that he is not seeking armed conflict with Tehran. When pressed by Morgan about rising tensions with Iran and the likelihood of war, Trump acknowledged that nothing could be ruled out. There’s always […]


Iran has no plans to leave OPEC

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Iran has no plans to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries despite being treated like an enemy by some fellow members, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in an interview published on Saturday. “Iran has no plans to leave OPEC…and regrets that some members of OPEC have turned this organization into a political forum […]


Kunstler: Going Where, Exactly?

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In response to what has become a nation of shameless racketeering, vivid wealth disparity, and shocking destitution on display in city streets, the party of the common man seeks remedies in the redistribution of capital. Seems more than fair to many. It’s not for nothing that they style it “social justice,” the cutting edge of […]


The people refusing to have kids, because of climate change

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Climate change is rapidly changing the environment we live in. But how far would you be willing to go to help save the planet? Would you skip school? Eat pig’s feet? Deliberately get arrested? How about forgo having kids? For 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino the latter is a reality. Her fears about climate change […]


Russia, China Prepare To Dump Dollar, Agree To Bilateral Trade In National Currencies

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Just one month after conducting joint military exercises, Russia and China are set to sign an agreement which would boost the use of their national currencies in bilateral and international trade in an attempt to mmove away from the current dollar-denominated financial system, according to Russian state-owned news outlet TASS. It is planned that Russia and China […]


Is The Future Fascist?

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Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Inequality, and Stagnation All Fuel Fascism. But Those Define This Century. Now What? There’s a difficult and uncompromising question that I think needs to be asked at right about this juncture in human history. Given the resurgence of global nationalism, extremism, fascism — America, Germany, Poland, Hungary, France, to name just a few — is it […]


Society Is In Decay – When The Worst Is First & The Best Is Last

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If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and […]


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