Oil and Energy

Yemen is a strategically key geopolitical stretch of land at the connecting point of the Red Sea which links to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean. It’s the site of one of the world’s most strategic shipping choke points, the Bab el Mandab, a narrow passage a mere 18 miles distance from Djibouti in the Horn of Africa
Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas, if all goes to plan. The giant Leviathan natural gas field, in the eastern Mediterranean, discovered in December 2010, is widely described as “off the coast of Israel.”
Mali at first glance seems a most unlikely place for the NATO powers, led by a neo-colonialist French government of Socialist President Francois Hollande (and quietly backed to the hilt by the Obama Administration), to launch what is being called by some a new Thirty Years’ War Against Terrorism.
The entire eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves. What are the geopolitical and military implications?
The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran By David William Pear, December 12, 2018
Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC. Towards a Tectonic Shift in the Global Energy Market? By Federico Pieraccini, December 12, 2018
Alberta Tar Sands Production Cuts Here to Stay: Indigenous-led Movement Will Make Sure of It By Stewart Phillip, December 10, 2018
In Another Blow to Keystone XL, Judge Rules TransCanada Can’t Conduct Pre-Construction Work By Jessica Corbett, December 09, 2018
EPA Sued for Records of Andrew Wheeler Meetings with Oil Lobbyists By Center For Biological Diversity, December 06, 2018
“Persian Gulf of Tonkin” Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran? By Whitney Webb, December 06, 2018
The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut or Not to Cut Production By Irina Slav, December 05, 2018
Trump Administration to Auction Off 900,000 Acres for Fracking in Nevada By Center For Biological Diversity, December 04, 2018
Qatar: We’re Quitting OPEC in 2019 By Middle East Eye, December 04, 2018
Journey into Obsolescence: Australia’s Adani Carmichael Mining Project By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, December 02, 2018
A Dangerous Distraction: Seven Myths Industry Uses to Sell “Renewable Gas” By Corporate Europe Observatory, November 30, 2018
Amnesia, Lack of Accountability Reign as Wall Street Celebrates Halliburton’s 100-year Anniversary By Lauren Smith, November 30, 2018
US-Saudi Ties: Drenched in Blood, Oil and Deceit By Joyce Chediac, November 30, 2018
The Yellow Vests Rebellion, Fierce Political Opposition in France. Emmanuel Macron’s Harsh Hikes in Fuel Prices By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, November 25, 2018
Video: Khashoggi and the Take Down of Saudi Crown Prince MBS Global Research interviews Whitney Webb By Michael Welch and Whitney Webb, November 25, 2018
USA Prepares to Add Venezuela to Its Terrorism List – Its Got a Lot of Oil You Know By True Publica, November 21, 2018
Putin Visits Turkey to Inaugurate New ‘Strategic’ TurkStream Pipeline By Ayse Karabat, November 19, 2018
Global Oil Price Deflation 2018. The Drift Toward Global Recession is Underway By Dr. Jack Rasmus, November 19, 2018
Environmental Disasters Foretold: Toxic Waste from Mining Disasters. Tailings Dam Spills at Mount Polley and Mariana By Judith Marshall, November 14, 2018
Are Actions Against the Venezuelan Government Really About Oil? By John Foster, November 14, 2018
The Biggest Threat to Dollar Dominance By Irina Slav, November 13, 2018
Who Is Afraid of American Sanctions? By Dr. Elias Akleh, November 12, 2018
Court Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Off California By Center For Biological Diversity, November 12, 2018
Federal Judge Rejects Trump’s Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline By 350.org, November 12, 2018
Iran Sanctions – Trump Gives Waivers to Iran’s Major Customers? By Peter Koenig and Press TV, November 11, 2018
Remember Obama’s 2008 Climate Promises? By Brendan Montague, November 07, 2018
Iran Is Preparing for a Long Siege as the Global Squeeze Begins By Elijah J. Magnier, November 06, 2018
China Vows to Continue Iran Trade Despite U.S. Oil Sanctions By Tsvetana Paraskova, November 06, 2018
Video: Pompeo Announces Iran Sanctions ‘Waivers’ By Zero Hedge, November 06, 2018
Are Oil Prices Rising or Falling? By Marwan Salamah, November 04, 2018
Hillary Emails Reveal NATO Killed Gaddafi to Stop Libyan Creation of Gold-Backed Currency By Sheep Media, November 04, 2018
Harsh US Sanctions to Have Limited Effect on Iran? By Stephen Lendman, November 03, 2018
New Iran Sanctions Risk Long-term US Isolation By Patrick Lawrence, November 02, 2018
Iranian
Stiff New US Economic Sanctions against Iran Imminent. Implications for the EU. Circumventing Dollar Transactions. Will Brussels Bypass the SWIFT Interbank Financial System By Stephen Lendman, November 01, 2018
Ottawa Doubles Down on Double Standards. Canada’s $15 Billion Armaments Deal with The Saudis By Jim Miles, October 29, 2018
America’s Worst Ever Ecological Disaster? The Gulf of Mexico Taylor Energy Platform By Stephen Lendman, October 26, 2018
The EU, Russia, China Plan to Avert Iran Oil Sanctions: New Banking Architecture, Bypass US Dollar Trade By F. William Engdahl, October 24, 2018
Grand Renaissance Dam
Kuwait-Turkey Military Cooperation Alarms Saudi Arabia By Abdus Sattar Ghazali, October 21, 2018
NATO’s Upcoming 40,000-soldier Arctic Drill Is a Message to Russia and China By Andrew Korybko, October 20, 2018
Bypassing US Sanctions. Russia to Refine Iranian Oil for Export By Stephen Lendman, October 16, 2018
Maduro
Why Is the CBC Lying About Venezuela? Trudeau Government Favors US Intervention By Alison Bodine, October 15, 2018
US Sanctions on Riyadh Would Mean Washington Is Stabbing Itself By Turki Aldakhil, October 15, 2018
Vanadium
The Electric Revolution: Move Aside Lithium, Vanadium Is the New Super-Metal for Bigger Batteries By James Burgess, October 12, 2018
Kuwait Stops Exporting Crude to the U.S. By Irina Slav, October 11, 2018
India
Keeping Modi in Power: Why India Might Secure an Anti-Iranian Sanctions Waiver From the US By Andrew Korybko, October 10, 2018
NAFTA 2.0
Review of the Renegotiated NAFTA: Benefits and Drawbacks to Canada By Professor John Ryan, October 10, 2018
Chevron, Corporations and the Law Versus Life and Lives By Harry Glasbeek, October 09, 2018
Oil Price Rally Boosts Electric Car Sales By Tsvetana Paraskova, October 09, 2018
India
India Buying Russian S-400s Air Defense Systems, Defies US Sanctions Threat By Stephen Lendman, October 06, 2018
Open Letter From UK Academics: The Harsh Sentencing of Anti-fracking Campaigners Sets a Dangerous Precedent By Andrea Brock, Dr Amber Huff, and Prof. Lyla Mehta, October 03, 2018
Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb for Oil Markets By Dr. Cyril Widdershoven, October 02, 2018
Oil Market Shocked as China’s Top Refiner Halves Iranian Oil Imports By Tsvetana Paraskova, September 30, 2018
Grand Renaissance Dam
Ethiopia Saudi Arabia Relations: Geopolitical and Economic Alignments, Will Ethiopia Become a Member of the GCC+ By Andrew Korybko, September 29, 2018
The Day Fracking Protest Became a Jailable Offence — In Pictures By Mat Hope, September 27, 2018
Towards an Oil Price Spike? $100 Oil a Barrel Is a Distinct Possibility By Nick Cunningham, September 26, 2018
Indiana Utility Chooses Solar and Storage Over Coal: An Ecological Transformation Starts to Emerge? By Roy Morrison, September 24, 2018
Saudi Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Power and Profit By James M. Dorsey, September 20, 2018
Aramco IPO
Saudi Imperatives and The Two-Trillion Bubble: What Aramco IPO Reveals About Crown Prince MBS’s 2030 Vision By James M. Dorsey, September 19, 2018
The Currency War Will Escalate as China’s ‘Petro-Yuan’ Challenges the U.S. Military-Backed ‘Petro-Dollar’ By Timothy Alexander Guzman, September 16, 2018
Iraq
Washington’s “Divide and Rule Strategy” in Basra, Home of Iraq’s Biggest Oil Fields By Dr. Dina Y. Sulaeman, September 15, 2018
Hurricane Florence: Flood Danger to Brunswick Nuclear Plant on North Carolina Cape Fear River By Roy Morrison, September 14, 2018
Will the U.S. Let India Continue to Import Iranian Crude? By Tim Daiss, September 12, 2018
We Can No Longer Afford a Fossil Fuel Economy By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, September 10, 2018
Invasion and Interference: US Designs on Venezuela By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, September 07, 2018
Oil Change International Responds to Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal’s Quashing of Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline’s Cabinet Approval By Oil Change International, August 31, 2018
Killing for Coal (Literally) By Basav Sen, August 30, 2018
China and the Planetary Environment, Climate Change By Shane Quinn, August 28, 2018
Trump Moves to Open 1.6 Million Acres of California Public Lands to Fracking By Olivia Rosane, August 27, 2018
Greenhouse Gases Continue Their Massive Rise By Shane Quinn, August 21, 2018
BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the “Climate Cliff” By Andy Rowell, August 20, 2018
My Lai 50 Years Later, The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King, Remembering Michael Ruppert By Michael Welch, William Pepper, Colonel Ann Wright, Yves Engler, Michael Ruppert, Mark Robinowitz, Mimi German, and Carolyn Baker, August 20, 2018
Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – The Final Demise of Dollar Hegemony? By Peter Koenig, August 18, 2018
Living Forests: Ecuador’s Kichwa People of Sarayaku Launch Defence of Indigenous Territories Worldwide By Bethany Pitts, August 16, 2018
As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change Is Fake By Andy Rowell, August 15, 2018
Destabilizing Impacts of US Policies. The End of the US Unipolar Moment Is Irreversible By Federico Pieraccini, August 15, 2018
Destruction of the Biosphere, Timeframe of Global Climate Change: A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival By Robert J. Burrowes, August 14, 2018
Russia Finance Minister: We May Abandon Dollar in Oil Trade as It Is Becoming “Too Risky” By Zero Hedge, August 13, 2018
U.S.
Why Trump Cancelled the Iran Deal By Eric Zuesse, August 12, 2018
“Life Canada” vs. the Kinder-Morgan Oil-Tar Scheme By Prof. John McMurtry, August 10, 2018
Is Oily Econo-Politics Behind Saudis’ Crude Canadian Diplomacy? By Whitney Webb, August 10, 2018