Category OPEC

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, And Pink Flamingoes To Watch In 2018

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingoes to Watch in 2018 mwi.usma.edu View Original December 28th, 2017 While driving along the shore of Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island in September 2011, I saw them for the first time. Black Swans. My wife and I pulled over, jumped out, and spent a half […]

The KGB Playbook For Infiltrating The Middle East

The KGB Playbook for Infiltrating the Middle East By Michael Weiss, www.thedailybeast.com View Original December 28th, 2017 This is the second article in a three-part series based on never-before-published training manuals for the KGB, the Soviet intelligence organization that Vladimir Putin served as an operative, and that shaped his view of the world. As former Director of […]

Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, At Last — “The Most Significant Reform Process Underway Anywhere In The Middle East… If It Succeeds…..Will Change Not Only The Character Of Saudi Arabia; But, The Tone & Tenor Of Islam Across The Globe

Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, At Last — “The Most Significant Reform Process Underway Anywhere In The Middle East… If It Succeeds…..Will Change Not Only The Character Of Saudi Arabia; But, The Tone & Tenor Of Islam Across The Globe   www.fortunascorner.com      The title above is from New York Times journalist and author, Tom […]

Senior Saudi Figures Tortured And Beaten In Purge

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-senior-figures-tortured-and-beaten-saudi-purge-1489501498 EXCLUSIVE: Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge #SaudiPurge   Several detainees taken to hospital with torture injuries, while sources tell MEE scale of crackdown is bigger than authorities have revealed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has overseen arrest of hundreds of people, including senior royals, ministers and tycoons (AFP) David Hearst Last […]

To Contain Iran, Protect its Interests & Prevent Regional War, U.S. Must Lead As Super Power Despite State Of Fatigue

INEGMA: Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Affairs (UAE) Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser. To Contain Iran, Protect its Interests & Prevent Regional War, U.S. Must Lead as Super Power Despite State of Fatigue Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA 08 November, 2017 Over the past two decades, the world watched the United […]

Shifting Sands:  The Arab Spring Comes To The House Of Saud

Shifting Sands:  The Arab Spring Comes To The House Of Saud   www.fortunascorner.com      As folk singer Bob Dylan once sang, “things, they are a’changing.”  The Arab Spring which ushered in a wave of revolutionary uprisings in late 2010 across North Africa and Middle East — but, seemed to bypass the kingdom of Saudi […]

The Saudi Crown Prince Just Made A Very Risky Power Play

Excerpts: MBS has chosen what’s likely to be a popular target with younger Saudis. Corruption has enfeebled Saudi Arabia for generations, draining the royal treasury and impeding the modernization the crown prince says he wants. MBS is betting he can mobilize these younger Saudis, hungry for a new kingdom, against the older princes. He’s hoping […]

Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal

Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal By David D. Kirkpatrick, www.nytimes.com View Original November 5th, 2017 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men, was reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Credit Ishara S.Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesPhoto by: Ishara S.Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Saudi Arabia announced […]

Chinese Oil Giants Win Brazil Offshore Auction

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2017-11/03/content_34059002.htm Chinese oil giants win Brazil offshore auction By Zheng Xin | China Daily | Updated: 2017-11-03 09:31   Visitors take photographs of an oil platform in Guanabara Bay in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil. Chinese oil majors are looking to expand investment in the South American nation.[Photo/Agencies]   Deal expected […]

Putting North Korea Over A Barrel

Putting North Korea Over A Barrel washingtontimes.com · by Joseph R. DeTrani  http://www.washingtontimes.com Illustration on negotiating with North Korea by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times more > ANALYSIS/OPINION: The theme of this year’s 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly is a world “striving for peace.” This meeting of 193 member states comes at a time when one of its […]