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Dec09

Saudi turns to Russia as OPEC influence wanes

By: Gregory Brew Source: The Conversation The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likes to look united. That’s evident when OPEC leaders meet in Vienna at the end of each year to decide how much oil its members will aim to produce the next year. There is always a show of togetherness and the appearance of the quasi-cartel’s ability to move markets. But the truth is, OPEC is in the midst of a major crisis made more evident by Qatar’s announcement that it would be leaving OPEC, partly to protest Saudi dominance over the group. My research has taken me through the history of oil, particularly the relationship between oil revenues, economic development and the geopolitical...

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Dec09

China, Brunei and regional economic diversity

By: Ralph Jennings Source: VOA News TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Brunei, an oil-rich nation in Southeast Asia, watched with near horror as world energy prices fell from 2014 to 2016. Reserves were running out. Its lifeblood of 80 years at stake, the tiny, wealthy country is looking for other sources of prosperity. China is offering to be a source, and it’s China that stands to prosper politically. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to support joint exploration with Brunei for oil and gas, likely in a rectangular block of the South China Sea extending from the Bruneian coastline on the island of Borneo. That’s Brunei’s exclusive economic zone, but China says some of it falls under its flag. A...

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Dec06

Spare me America’s tears for Jamal Khashoggi

  By: Robert Fisk Source: The Independent Can I be the only one – apart from his own sycophants – to find the sight of America’s finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? “Crazy”. “Dangerous”. A “wrecking ball”. A “smoking saw”. These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was happy to sign off on the torture of her Muslim captives in a secret American prison in Thailand, obviously knew what she was talking about when she testified about Mohammed bin Salman and the agony of Jamal Khashoggi. US government leaks suggest that Haspel knew all about the shrieks of pain, the suffering of Arab men who...

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