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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 […]

Trump Says He’s Spoken to Saudi Arabia About Increasing Oil Flow

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President Donald Trump said he’s spoken to Saudi Arabia and other countries about increasing oil flow and that “all are in agreement.” Trump described the conversations in a tweet on Friday in which he also said a California tax on gasoline is causing “big problems on pricing for that state.” Spoke to Saudi Arabia and […]

How To Bury the Fossil Fuel Industry

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Keen eyes browsing through the Green New Deal resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in February might have noticed a concerning similarity between that document and the Paris climate agreement: Neither mentions fossil fuels. To be clear, the Green New Deal is probably the best shot we have at […]

Iran denounces ‘illegal’ US sanctions as oil waivers end

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Iran denounced US sanctions on its oil sector as “illegal” on Monday after the United States announced it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran’s oil customers. “Since the sanctions in question are principally illegal, the Islamic Republic of Iran did not and does not attach any value or credibility to the waivers given […]

Kuntler: An Empire of Bullshit

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After two years of gaslighting the public while it blew smoke up America’s ass, the Jacobin news media enjoyed its final feeding frenzy with the release of the 400-page Mueller report. They expected 1000 pounds of raw filet mignon, but it turned out to be tofu fried in olestra. The ensuing fugue of hyperventilating hysteria […]

Fragility In The World 2019

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Yemen is labelled as the most fragile country by Fragile States Index in 2019. Finland is now the least fragile country. Source: (Highlights from Fragile States Index) “This year, Yemen claimed the top position for the first time as a result of its civil war and humanitarian catastrophe. Although Yemen’s top ranking may provide cause […]

Can US sanctions on Venezuela work?

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The US Treasury Department has designated not just Venezuela‘s vital oil industry but its entire banking sector also as the target of sanctions, making it almost untouchable for companies and banks that do business with the United States. But in the last three months, President Nicolas Maduro‘s government has been busy finding ways to circumvent […]

Kunstler: Cascading Cat Litter

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And so now Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been dragged out of his sanctuary in the London embassy of Ecuador for failing to clean his cat’s litter box. Have you ever cleaned a litter box? The way we always did it was to spread some newspaper — say, The New York Times — on the […]

The Metal Venezuela Has; Gold For China; Invention Of Peak Oil

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Boost Oil, Gas Industry

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The orders make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects. President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Wednesday to host election fundraisers in two counties that were pro-Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. In between the events, he made an appearance at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education […]

The Geopolitics Of Oil In The Trump Era

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The United States have become the leading world producer of hydrocarbons. As from now, they are using their dominant position exclusively to maximise their profits, and do not hesitate to eliminate their major rivals in oil production, plunging their citizens into misery. Although in the past, access to Middle East oil was a vital necessity […]

Trump May Limit State Power Over Pipelines

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Developers have been trying for six years to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. Despite winning a federal approval in 2014, the project is still no closer to reality. Enter President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday is poised to issue an executive order to promote projects like the long-stalled Constitution […]

The Ultimate Pivot: Saudi Betrayal Of The Petrodollar

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Saudi Arabia has gone nuclear, threatening the petrodollar. Or has it? The report from Zerohedge via Reuters that Saudi Arabia is angry with the U.S. for considering a bill exposing OPEC to U.S. antitrust law is a trial balloon. The chances of the U.S. bill known as NOPEC coming into force are slim and Saudi Arabia would […]

Endgame 2019: Democracy Of Genocide

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In the documentary, Jones lays out the proof that a nefarious global combine of super-elites have plotted the downfall and culling of humanity for decades. In particular, the elites devised a scheme centered around carbon taxation engineered to dominate the conscientious minds of the average human whereby humanity is convinced to give up its freedom […]

Saudi Arabia threatens to ditch dollar oil trades to stop ‘NOPEC’

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Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar if Washington passes a bill exposing OPEC members to U.S. antitrust lawsuits, three sources familiar with Saudi energy policy said. FILE PHOTO: An oil tanker is being loaded at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia […]

Trump and Saudi Arabia at odds over oil prices

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U.S. President Donald Trump and the Saudi government have closely aligned views on most issues but they disagree significantly on the desirable level for oil prices, which could become a source of volatility in 2019/2020. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo […]

Kunstler: Wokester’s Nightmare

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The tides are shifting. Something’s in the wind. And it’s not just the fecund vapors of spring. The political soap opera of RussiaGate ended like a fart in a windstorm last weekend, leaving Mr. Mueller’s cheerleaders de-witched, bothered, and bewildered. And then a crude attempt was made to cram the Jussie Smollett case down Chicago’s […]

Venezuela returns to ‘Middle Ages’ during power outages

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Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago. El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash […]

Your Plans For Revolution Don’t Work. Nothing We’ve Tried Works

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All the old ideas for uprooting the status quo have failed. I point this out not to depress people, but to persuade them to stop twisting on locked doorknobs. The old ideas don’t work, so we need new ones. The political process has failed. Capitalism has failed. Socialism has failed. Libertarianism has failed. Marx has […]

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