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Peak Oil and the Japanese-Russian Alliance

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a news conference held before the start of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, last September. | BLOOMBERG Keep in mind, Dimitri Simes is running American foreign policy through The Center for the National Interest:  NIXON CENTER— KREMLIN — TRUMP (The Center for […]

From The Ministry Of Truth: The US Will Export More ‘Freedom Gas’

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You don’t expect transcendent writing to emerge from the federal bureaucracy. But this would surely make George Orwell shake his head in disgust: Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. The quote is from […]

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are Destroying The World

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Subsidies for the fossil fuel industry should be eliminated as they help to “destroy the world” the United Nation’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told media this week, adding pollution should be taxed, as quoted by Reuters. “Many people still think that to give fossil fuel subsidies is a way to improve living conditions of people,” Guterres said […]

US energy department rebrands gas exports ‘molecules of freedom’

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US energy officials appeared to rebrand natural gas produced in the country as “freedom gas”, in a statement announcing an increase in exports. The US Department of Energy said the expansion of a Texas facility meant more “molecules of US freedom” could be produced and exported worldwide. The facility, based in Quintana, produces liquified natural […]

Trump won’t gamble with US strategic oil stocks despite supply disruption risks

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Keeping fuel prices low is a political priority for US President Donald Trump. Just don’t bet on him gambling with America’s emergency oil stocks to achieve a second term in office, at the risk of jeopardizing energy security for the world’s largest economy. Created in the early 1970s, soon after the oil shock caused by […]

Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’

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Saudi Arabia wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination” after last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, a senior official said, adding that the ball was now in Iran’s court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in […]

Kunstler: Rumors of War

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The race to economic collapse is an international competition sparking threats and tensions summoning the specter of war. The imploding center of this collapse is that of industrial technocracy based on fossil fuels. All the nations will go through it on differing schedules. It has been playing out slowly, painfully, and deceptively — hence, my […]

Why it (sort of) makes sense for the US to impose tariffs

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Nearly everyone wonders, “Why is Donald Trump crazy enough to impose tariffs on imports from other countries? How could this possibly make sense?” As long as the world economy is growing rapidly, it makes sense for countries to cooperate with each other. With the use of cooperation, scarce resources can become part of supply lines […]

9/11 connection remains cloaked in government secrecy, breeding suspicion of Saudi role in terror attacks

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The facts and the treatment of former Sarasota, Fla., residents Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji are extreme but not unique. Saudi Arabian born, raised in the fringes of palace aristocracy, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his family had lived for over a decade in a suburban home. In the hours after 9/11, Sarasota law enforcement was notified by […]

The Trump administration has already built its case for Iran war

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President Donald Trump may not need Congress to go to war with Iran. That’s the case his lieutenants have been quietly building as tensions between the two nations have escalated. The key elements involve drawing links between al Qaeda and Iran and casting Iran as a terrorist threat to the U.S. — which is exactly […]

Trump’s Energy Errors

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President Donald Trump clearly supports the oil and gas industry, but he made several false and misleading boasts about his impact on the energy sector. The president suggested that a change in federal policy was responsible for a newly operational natural gas export terminal, saying past leaders’ “anti-American energy” policies had led the company to […]

The plot to kill Venezuela

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And who is caught between an economy reliant on oil revenues and a sanctions regime designed to create suffering? The people caught in the squeeze of factors beyond their control. HUGO Chávez knew that Venezuela was very vulnerable. Its oil revenues account for 98 per cent of its export earnings. Chávez was familiar with the […]

That Time John Bolton Said It’s Good To Lie About War

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Journalist Whitney Webb recently tweeted a 2010 video clip I’d never seen before featuring US National Security Advisor John Bolton defending the use of deception in advancing military agendas, which highlights something we should all be paying attention to as Trump administration foreign policy becomes increasingly Boltonized. On a December 2010 episode of Fox News’ […]

Saudi Arabia oil stations attacked by drones

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Dubai:  Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack “an act of terrorism” that targeted global oil supplies. Falih condemned the attacks in a statment saying: “The latest acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arabian […]

Can Iraq rebuild its economy?

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Iraq is looking to strengthen its economy after decades of war, sanctions, sectarian division and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). It has achieved some progress in recent years thanks to its oil industry; Iraq is the second-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and […]

Kunstler: The Trend is Not Your Friend

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The be-Muellered, bothered, and bewildered American public may find US-China trade talks about as interesting as a rain delay in an Orioles-Chisox game, but the Friday collapse of negotiations may be marked by historians as the day that the global economy died. The Big Box blue-light-special orgy of bargain shopping ran about thirty years, with […]

Saudi oil tankers including one bound for US hit by ‘sabotage attack’ amid Iran standoff

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TWO Saudi oil tankers were hit by a “sabotage attack” off the United Arab Emirates, it was announced this morning – as tensions flare between the US and Iran. The ships were struck off the coast of the port of Fujairah – with one of the tankers due to be loaded with Saudi crude oil […]

Oil May Hold The Secret To Ending The Trade War

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On Wednesday, U.S. president Donald Trump crushed any hopes of a trade deal with China when he announced that China “broke the deal” and that, as a consequence, the U.S. will enforce even higher tariffs on some imports from China starting on Friday, May 10. When the world’s first and second largest economies are quarrelling, […]

Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln Passes Through Suez Canal On Route To Iran As Tensions Soar

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Image Credits: U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers. Tehran tried to call Washington’s bluff on Wednesday when it threatened to start stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water again – which would constitute a violation of the JCPOA’s terms – unless the treaty’s signatories abide by their commitments to buy oil and offer […]

IEA: Renewables Growth Is Stalling

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Renewable energy deployment stalled out last year, raising alarm bells about the pace of the clean energy transition. In 2018, total deployment of renewable energy stood at about 180 gigawatts (GW), which was the same as the previous year. It was the first time since 2001 that capacity failed to increase year-on-year, according to the […]

The Saudi Shia: Between an Iranian rock and a Saudi hard place

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Last month, Saudi Arabia quietly beheaded 37 people, mostly Shia men from the country’s Eastern Province. They had all been sentenced in what international human rights organisations called “grossly unfair” trials – some for “spying” for Iran and others for “joining a terrorist” group. Many of them had alleged they were tortured into signing false […]

Crisis? What Crisis?

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For the Progressive Democratic “Resistance” (PDR), post-Modernism is in full flower. They have ruled objective reality inadmissible. There are only stories — his story, her story, they’s story, zhe’s story, and you must believe them because they come out of lived experience — for instance the lived experience of having lost a sure-thing presidential election […]

The oil route that could be at the center of a U.S. warning of ‘unrelenting force’ against Iran

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After what national security adviser John Bolton called “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” the U.S. government said Sunday that it was deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command (Centcom) region. Centcom’s operational area includes the Middle East and Central Asia, […]

Venezuela: Establishment Talking Points Translation Key

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Things keep heating up in Venezuela, with possible “military options” now being seriously discussed at the Pentagon. And of course you know what that means! That’s right, it means we can expect to see even more lies and manipulations from the political/media class as the narrative managers try to get their rapey little fingers into […]

Israeli Forces Mass on Gaza Border

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Nine Palestinians and three Israelis killed, as Israelis forces mass on Gaza border, stoking fears of ground invasion. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered “massive strikes” on the Gaza Strip after a two-day escalation that killed nine Palestinians and three Israelis. Israeli warplanes and gunboats continued to target the Gaza Strip on Sunday as fighters […]

Iran Warns OPEC Collapse Is Likely

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Iran’s oil minister warned that OPEC is in danger of collapse as some nations seek to undermine their fellow members, an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia’s pledge to fill the supply gap created by U.S. sanctions on Iranian exports. “Iran is a member of OPEC for its interests and any threat from member states won’t […]

Yes, American Democracy (Really) Is Dying

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What Democracy Needs to Be Nourished With, and How America Didn’t Do It One of the things I find myself thinking a lot about these days is why American democracy’s dying. “It’s not dead yet! It’s still alive!”, you cry. You’re right. Yet if it’s not dead, it’s not exactly in good health, either. It’s in […]

If The Agenda To Oust Maduro Was Honest Instead Of Dishonest

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Juan Guaido: I would like to be regarded as the interim president of Venezuela because the current president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, stands opposed to the interests of the political bodies with which I have aligned myself. Also, he stands opposed to my own personal ambitions of becoming powerful. Washington, DC: We too would like for […]

US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports

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The Trump administration on Monday told five countries – Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India – that they would no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continued to import oil from Iran after their waivers ended on May 2. “We’re going to zero. We’re going to zero across the board,” US Secretary […]

Crisis capitalism will never survive

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As Parisians watched Notre Dame’s spire, engulfed in flames, crash the iconic rooftop, a collective wail rose from the crowd. From Omaha to Rangoon, the gothic church bells and gargoyles, cinematic confidants to Chaney’s and Laughton’s Quasimodos, symbolize permanence. Fortunately, Notre Dame will be rebuilt because westerners, inexplicably soothed by stasis, abhor change, even denying […]

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