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Key Republicans harden stance on role of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler after CIA briefing
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The Trump Team's Fawning Over Saudi Arabia Is Getting RidiculousWhy the Trump administration is unwilling to use the leverage it possesses to alter Saudi Arabia's damaging behavior is not clear.
          The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut Or Not To Cut       Cache   Translate Page      
To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing ahead of this year's December OPEC meeting. It seems like just yesterday when OPEC met in 2016 and decided to cut production by 1.8 million ...
          Lindsey Graham Is Furious at Saudi Arabia Now. But He May Still Be More Worried About Iran. - Slate      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Lindsey Graham Is Furious at Saudi Arabia Now. But He May Still Be More Worried About Iran.  Slate
  2. Saudi crown prince 'ordered, monitored' killing of Khashoggi, Corker says  CNN
  3. After CIA briefing, Republicans say 'no question' Saudi crown prince ordered killing  ABC News
  4. Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is a complete farce  The Washington Post
  5. Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis  The Wall Street Journal
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          Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death      Cache   Translate Page      
Senior U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter.

          Energy Secretary Perry to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he would soon visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a trip expected to occur after this week's meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will push the Senate to vote on a resolution that finds Saudi Arabia Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman complicit in the murder of Saudi [&hellip
          South Korea Shuts the Gates      Cache   Translate Page      

In late 2016, South Koreans took to the streets for months of massive protests against government corruption that became known as the “Candlelight Revolution.” At one point, crowds in Seoul were estimated at over 1 million. The overwhelmingly peaceful protests deposed President Park Geun-hye and landed her behind bars. The protesters achieved tangible results, garnering international praise for their organized, nonviolent political activism.

Now, hundreds of thousands of Koreans are back in the streets, and though they haven’t swelled to quite the same size as the anti-Park demonstrations, they are once again too large to ignore. These protests, which began in June, are against the presence of about 500 Yemeni refugees on the island of Jeju (the nation’s southernmost territory and a tourism hot spot billed as “Korea’s Hawaii”). On an island with 660,000 residents, and in a nation of over 50 million, it’s a negligible amount of people—especially considering that South Korea has the 11th-largest economy in the world. But 500 is considered far too many in a country that accepts fewer refugees than almost any comparable nation. (Only about 4 percent of applicants are accepted.)

More than 3 million Yemenis have been displaced by the brutal war between a U.S.-backed Saudi Arabia–led coalition and the Houthi rebels, and tens of millions more are at risk of cholera and malnutrition. The U.N. has dubbed it the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world. But many Koreans are convinced that the Yemenis are somehow “fake” refugees because they have cellphones and clean clothes.

For a country intimately familiar with wartime refugees resulting from its own bloody conflict, the hostile attitudes can be difficult for foreigners to grasp. Since 1953, up to 300,000 North Koreans have fled the country, and over 30,000 defectors currently live in South Korea.

The Yemenis began trickling in from nearby majority-Muslim country Malaysia (also featuring visa-free access, leading many Yemenis to seek refuge there initially) in December 2017, which is when budget carrier AirAsia began direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju. Previously, the resort island waived visa requirements for many foreign travelers to promote tourism (which has resulted in legions of Chinese travelers drawn by its famous beaches; this is yet another sore spot for locals). The government has since slammed that window shut, removing Yemen from the list of accepted countries for visa-free entry in June. The move elicited international criticism and appeared to be a concession to the protesters.

An anti-asylum online petition broke records last summer, drawing over 700,000 signatures and forcing President Moon Jae-in (himself a child of North Korean wartime refugees) to vow tighter screening and enhanced border control. The government has so far refused to grant the Yemenis official refugee status, instead giving them one-year residence permits and initially containing them to Jeju—where they have received a frigid reception for a subtropical volcanic island.

“I suppose I have a negative viewpoint because Muslims have had a lot of criminals and terrorists in other places” says Park Jong-hee, a 21-year-old college student. “I’m afraid of sexual violence against women.”

Song Jae-hyun, a 38-year-old entertainer, is somewhere in the middle. “Korea does need more policies to promote acceptance of different cultures. Yet there are also many foreign criminals in Jeju, and the people there are concerned about damage to their way of life.”

Widespread youth unemployment and economic disenfranchisement play a role in these sentiments, as does the monocultural country’s deeply ingrained xenophobia and racism. Like its neighbor Japan, South Korea is a country where the foreign population is below 5 percent. Some Jeju residents are so afraid of the asylum-seekers that they no longer allow their children to play outside. There is a widespread perception that the Yemeni refugees are potential job stealers, rapists, or terrorists—or simply that they won’t assimilate.

“The Yemeni refugees do not accept different cultures. My friends in Jeju have told me about this,” Park Jong-hee adds.

The debate over the refugees comes at the same time as a controversy involving K-pop’s biggest act, the boy band BTS. Last month they were featured on Time magazine’s cover, after previously being named one of the 25 most influential people on the internet. In September, the group was invited to speak at the U.N. General Assembly, following in the footsteps of entertainer-activists like Emma Watson. But the group has also come under fire for several incidents, including one where a member was photographed smiling and wearing a Nazi-era SS Death’s Head hat, and another where they posed for a crass photo shoot at a Holocaust memorial. More recently, another member wore a T-shirt depicting two atom-bomb mushroom clouds and a slogan appearing to celebrate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to more friction between the always-tense relations between Japan and Korea.

Lee Taek-Gwang Lee, a cultural critic and professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, told the Guardian these scandals are symptomatic of the nation’s struggle to reconcile nationalist sentiments with its growing global cultural presence: “BTS insist they are a global brand, but their identity is rooted in Korean nationalism, as it is with many young South Koreans,” he said.

Bigotry and xenophobia can’t shoulder all of the blame—economic conditions and insecurity about the future are also driving these protests. Youth unemployment nationwide is close to 10 percent, and that likely contributed to an all-time low of marriages in 2017. Like their American counterparts, young Koreans are putting off marriage until they feel more economically stable. A popular internet meme among young Koreans is “Hell Joseon,” (meaning “Hell Korea”) which can refer to economic inequality, youth unemployment, the notoriously brutal Korean work culture that is literally killing people, and a host of other social issues. Predictably, President Moon’s approval rating has been falling as the unemployment rate has risen.

Of course, the angriest voices are the loudest, but there’s certainly no shortage of Koreans with more sympathetic views. Lee Jin, a 36-year-old academic director at a private academy (or hagwon) views the refugees through a historical lens. “During and after the Korean War, we got a lot of international help from other countries. It’s important to do something in return, and help these refugees,” she says.

“Racism does contribute, but this young generation doesn’t have a clue about the past, and the favors our country was given—favors that we need to return to others. A lot of people simply don’t want to share even any little piece of the pie.”

Some Jeju residents have been welcoming, opening their homes to these asylum-seekers. Local civic groups, religious organizations, and expat teachers have teamed up to create the Jeju People’s Coalition for Refugee Rights, working to provide food, housing, and Korean language classes for the Yemenis.

Esmail al-Qublani, a 31-year-old Yemeni refugee currently still in Jeju, says that “overall, it was a great welcome. Because this is a tourist island, we actually haven’t encountered much xenophobia.” The hardest part for al-Qublani, a journalist in his home country, has been employment. “Finding work on Jeju island has been very difficult, but now there are more opportunities since a lot of us have traveled to the mainland.” So why are they being labeled “fake” by some Koreans?

“You’d have to ask them,” he says, his voice heavy with exhaustion. “We are only humans. We are refugees from a war. If they can get to know us, they will come to understand our reality by getting to know us one by one—if they want. We’re easy to make friends with.”

Lee Yu-lim, an unemployed 24-year-old woman, noted that “they came to Korea because their life was so hard. I feel empathy for them. And not all Islamic people are terrorists.” As far as the economic effects, Lee sees it as a positive: “They can start businesses, create more jobs, and help to grow the economy.” Indeed, a Yemeni restaurant opened in November: Wardah (Arabic for flower) already seems pretty popular with the locals.

But the hostility remains. Lee Hyang, the leader of an anti-refugee activist group in Jeju, told a Bloomberg reporter the refugees are “not only a threat to our people, but they’re also a threat to our future generation, because of our youth unemployment issue … they’re not even real refugees. If they were women or babies, I would believe them, but they’re able-bodied men. They’re fake, like fake news.”

The bottom line is that even after months, South Korea has refused to grant even a single Yemeni refugee status—although in October, 339 were granted the humanitarian visa. This means they can finally leave the island and travel within the mainland peninsula, but their ability to seek employment is curtailed, and they won’t receive rights that official refugee status would grant (among them health care, labor insurance, and the opportunity to bring their families into the country).

Though it’s one of the world’s richest countries, and one that was founded by a devastating war that sparked its own refugee crisis, many Koreans still aren’t ready to open their country’s door to others.

Benjamin Malcolm contributed reporting to this piece.


          Senators: Saudi Crown Prince Was Behind Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
After a briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel, Senate leaders promptly declared Tuesday they were convinced that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Khashoggi in the highest possible level," said Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. Graham was just one of several senators, Republican and Democrat, who delivered blistering attacks on Saudi Arabia and the crown prince following the closed-door briefing. The Saudis have acknowledged that government officials were responsible for the killing but describe it as a rogue operation and say the crown prince was not involved. "I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening," said Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican. "If he was in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty. So the question is, 'What
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          Missile Command Reboot Lets Players Sell Leftover Missiles to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      

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For most of human history, kinship was both the source and substance of political power. Except in a few out-of-the-way places like North Korea and Saudi Arabia, dynastic rule has now faded away, but it is nonetheless striking how important family connections remain in American public life. The Caseys of Pennsylvania (Robert, governor; Robert Jr., senator), the Cuomos of New York (Mario and Andrew, governors), the Daleys of Chicago (Richard J. and Richard M., mayors) are just a few of the names on the long list of America’s prominent political families. It may be misleading to describe these families as “dynasties” since most do not last more than two generations. Moreover, almost all of them remain closely tied to a particular city or region; only a few (the Kennedys and Bushes are the obvious examples) manage to succeed at the national level. Both these limitations are apparent in the remarkable careers of the Browns (Edmund J., known as Pat, and Edmund J. Jr., known as Jerry), the subjects of Miriam Pawel’s deeply researched and engagingly written book. The Browns’ political prominence, begun when Pat won his first election in 1943, will almost certainly end in 2019, when Jerry completes his fourth term as governor. Both father and son failed dismally when they tried to project their influence beyond the borders of their state. As the title of Pawel’s book tells us, the story of the Brown family is, above all, a California story.

For the Browns, California meant San Francisco, where Pat (in 1905) and Jerry (in 1938) were born and reared. Although “the city” prided itself on its cosmopolitanism (some even called it “the Paris of America”), pre–World War II San Francisco was an insular, provincial town. It was run by people who had known each other from childhood (my parents, members of Pat Brown’s generation, met in the first grade), went to the same schools (Lowell for Protestants and Jews, St. Ignatius or Sacred Heart for Catholics), belonged to the same clubs (Bohemian, Olympic, Family), and spent their summers on “the river” (Russian) or at “the lake” (Tahoe).

This small world, held together by a dense web of friendships and favors, was made-to-order for a man like Pat Brown. Smart, affable, and energetic, Pat had a natural politician’s ready laugh and long memory. By the time he was in high school (although a Catholic, he went to Lowell), his political aspirations were already apparent: he was elected president of no fewer than eleven student groups, having run for office, as he recalled, whether he was a member of the organization or not.

After establishing a modestly successful legal practice, Pat Brown patiently began to build a political base, calling on old friends, carefully cultivating useful allies, and joining every club he could. In his second try, he was elected district attorney in 1943, went on to be the state’s attorney general seven years later, and then became governor in 1958. After a successful first term, he soundly defeated Richard Nixon in 1962, the occasion for what many believed (and not a few hoped) would be Nixon’s final press conference; the former vice-president told the assembled reporters they “would not have Nixon to kick around anymore.” Pat’s popularity ebbed during his second term; in 1966, he was defeated by Ronald Reagan, the rising star in the conservative firmament.

Perhaps the most important source of Jerry Brown’s extraordinary success is his apparently inexhaustible capacity for self-invention.

Pat Brown’s political career ended in part because he had a run of bad luck, but mostly because the world of California politics was changing in ways he never truly understood. In an era of television, big money, and photogenic celebrities, the skills he had honed as an ambitious young lawyer in San Francisco were no longer enough. Pat, who went on to make a small fortune practicing law in Los Angeles, never quite recovered from his electoral defeat. From 1967 until his death in 1996, he had to satisfy his political appetites vicariously by observing, with a characteristically paternal mixture of affection, admiration, and perplexity, the changing fortunes of his third child and only son.

Jerry Brown needed special permission to attend his father’s inauguration as governor in January 1959. A seminarian at the Novitiate of the Sacred Heart, he was subject to the discipline that the Jesuits imposed on everyone who set out on the long and arduous path to the priesthood. Looking somber and somewhat out of place in his cassock, he had only a few hours with his family before returning to the novitiate’s strict routine. Jerry left the seminary a year later and would eventually drift away from the church. But for him (and, in a quite different key, for his father), Catholic values and rituals remained an important part of his identity, the starting point and an abiding presence in what would be a lifelong quest for a spiritual home. The Browns’ story is, among other things, a Catholic story.

Jerry was unlike his father in many ways: less amiable, more introspective, and less disciplined, he was not a natural politician. But the two shared both the capacity to inspire loyalty among those who knew them best as well as some core beliefs about the importance of public service, the evils of racial discrimination, and government’s obligation to protect society’s most vulnerable members. Above all, father and son shared an insatiable appetite for elected office. After a few fitful attempts to practice law, Jerry devoted more and more of his time and energy to campaigning, first for the Los Angeles College Board, then California Secretary of State, and finally, in 1974, for governor. After he was reelected by a substantial margin, Jerry’s popularity began to slip, in part because he could not resist the siren call of national politics, mounting a series of fruitless efforts to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency. In 1982, after deciding not to run for a third term as governor, he was defeated in a bitterly fought senatorial race. A year later, his somewhat quixotic attempt to restart a presidential campaign collapsed. Although he was just forty-five years old, it looked as though Jerry Brown’s political career was over.

Like his father, Jerry was the victim of some bad luck (for example, an infestation of the Mediterranean fruit fly and his very unpopular decision to delay combating it with a toxic chemical), as well as changes in the political climate. But here the resemblance ended: after a few years in the political wilderness, Jerry came back, slowly working his way up the electoral ladder until 2010 when he was, once again, elected governor; he was reelected with a nineteen-point margin four years later. Once the youngest governor in California’s history, he now became the oldest, a feat that is not likely to be matched any time soon.

Although written with the Brown family’s cooperation, Pawel’s book is not an authorized biography; she does not hesitate to point out, rather gently to be sure, her subjects’ faults and foibles, such as Pat’s highly profitable but unsavory connections to an Indonesian oil firm and Jerry’s stubborn refusal to abandon his doomed presidential ambitions. Overall, however, she provides a sympathetic and affectionate group portrait of the Browns, based on their own letters and diaries and on the testimony of more than seventy relatives and friends. Along the way, Pawel tells us a great deal about the issues that continue to confront the golden state—immigration, racial inequality, crime, water supply, environmental degradation—but her main subject is the complex interplay of public life and personal relationships within the Brown family. Considering their differences in character, temperament, and experience, and the incandescent intensity of their individual ambitions, the Browns managed to treat one another with an impressive amount of love and loyalty. Pawel argues that this was largely due to the influence of two remarkable women, Ida Schuckman Brown, Pat’s mother, and Bernice Layne Brown, his wife. The third remarkable woman in the Brown saga is Jerry’s wife, Anne Gust Brown, whom he married in 2005, just as the second act of his political career was getting under way. Unlike Ida and Bernice, she has been directly and actively involved in policy-making and deserves a good deal of credit for the accomplishments of her husband’s last two terms as governor.

Perhaps the most important source of Jerry Brown’s extraordinary success is his apparently inexhaustible capacity for self-invention. Like the California that he governed, he has been driven by a constantly changing vision of the future. This vision, it should be said, was not always clear and accurate, but in a career stretching across half a century, he has been more often right than wrong. For decades he has warned about the dangers of climate change and environmental catastrophe, and is now one of the most eloquent critics of the institutionalization of ignorance that characterizes so much of contemporary American politics. Jerry’s success depends on more than his commitment to prepare for a tomorrow that will not be like today. He has also been, as many of his fellow Californians have not, inspired by his awareness of the past’s enduring power, an awareness nourished by the spiritual values that he learned from the Jesuits, by his own broad and eclectic reading, and by his engagement with his ancestors, whose experiences have begun to play an increasingly important part in his public statements and private reflections.

Pawel begins and ends her book where the Browns’ own story began and apparently will end, in the rugged foothills of Colusa County where Jerry Brown’s great-grandparents first settled in the middle of the nineteenth century and to which he plans to return when he leaves office in January 2019. “It is nice,” the governor recently remarked, “to walk in the very footprints of your grandmother, and your great-grandfather.” The Browns always looked where they were going (often it was to the next election), but they never forgot where they came from. 

 

The Browns of California
The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

Miriam Pawel
Bloomsbury Publishing, $35, 496 pp.

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          A Model of the Critical Success Factors for the Neom Project in the Context of a Project Management Information System      Cache   Translate Page      

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 entails huge investments into developing mega-projects. The Neom Project is totally different from any other urban project in the world. Right now, it is under construction. Neom is the first independent special area spread over three countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan. This paper proposes a model of the critical success factors (CSFs) for the Neom Project in the context of a project management information system (PMIS). The researcher used case study analysis as the research methodology to develop the model. A total of four CSFs were identified from the four case studies.


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The worst monthly dynamics over the past decade has changed for oil, the best two-day increase since June, thanks to friendship. Warm meeting of Mohammed bin Salman and Vladimir Putin, as well as a joint dinner of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, inspire hope for solving several problems of the bulls in Brent and WTI. On the one hand, there are growing risks of production cuts following the OPEC meeting on December 6. On the other hand, the de-escalation of the trade conflict can have a positive effect on global demand for black gold. The market had a reason for the correction to the "bearish" trend, and he hurried to use it.

If Russia can afford lower oil prices, then for Saudi Arabia, this is highly undesirable. The question is, by what size will Riyadh persuade Moscow to cut production? According to Reuters, the Kremlin is ready for 140 thousand b / d, the cartel would like to receive from it 250-300 thousand b / d. In one of the previous materials, I noted that there was still a third player in the face of the United States, but the cooling of relations between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump after the incident in the Kerch Strait does not allow discussing the option under which the Russian Federation is increasing production. The states believe that they will do without Russia in such an important matter as the reduction of the cost of black gold. Let them continue to think so.

Dynamics of oil production growth

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The loud statements of Saudi Arabia on the eve of the OPEC summit on December 6 about the need to stabilize the market by joint efforts and that Riyadh alone does not intend to cut production, are focused more on the cartel. Formally, the meeting may be about a proportional reduction in production by 3-3.5% from October levels, however, it is obvious that each of the participating countries will bear an individual load. The total volume of cuts (together with Russia) can reach 1.3-1.4 million b / s.

From the point of view of the proposal, the support of the "bulls" for Brent and WTI was provided by Canada's statement to reduce production by 325 thousand b / d. The government intends to unload the warehouses and put an end to the crisis in the oil industry. The requirements of the official Ottawa to manufacturing companies will be valid until the end of 2019, although the volume of reductions is planned to be gradually reduced.

As for the truce in the trade wars, its influence on the black gold market is manifested in two main areas. First, the States will not temporarily impose duties on all Chinese imports. If this happened, the economy of the Middle Kingdom, according to the calculations of the Financial Times, already in 2019 would have slowed down by 1-1.5 pp China is the largest consumer of oil, so the positive news has become a catalyst for the attack of the bulls in Brent and WTI. Secondly, the de-escalation of the conflict leads to a weakening of the American dollar, which should also be considered as good news for black gold.

Technically, after reaching the target of 113% for the "Shark" pattern, a regular rebound followed. The probability of development of correction in the direction of 23.6%, 38.2% and 50% of the CD wave is high.

Brent, the daily chart

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WWE has confirmed to Pro Wrestling Sheet that Hulk Hogan will be at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on Friday as the host of the event.  As we previously reported, WWE.com added Hogan to the list of superstars set to appear at the event, but was removed once it was noticed by multiple websites. No word on when the deal was finalized to have Hogan appear at Crown Jewel.  In...

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          Qatar Quits Oil Club—Energy Journal      Cache   Translate Page      
Good morning. I’m Neanda Salvaterra, with today’s energy run-down. Qatar says it’s cancelling its membership to the exclusive oil club, OPEC. Meanwhile, oil prices showed signs of life after major producers Russia and Saudi Arabia committed to continue collaborating to reduce supply and balance the market. Investors were also cheered by news that the U.S. […]
          12/4/2018: REPORT ON BUSINESS: QATAR TO WITHDRAW FROM OPEC, FOCUS ON GAS EXPORTS      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar said it will quit OPEC to focus on gas in a swipe at Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the oil exporting group, which is trying to show unity in tackling an oil price slide. Doha, one of OPEC’s smallest oil producers but the world’s biggest...
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Houthi Ansarullah Delegation Departs Yemen for Peace Talks in Sweden
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Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, prepare to board a Kuwaiti plane and head for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, in Sana’a, Yemen, on December 4, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, have flown from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a to Sweden to attend UN-sponsored peace negotiations with representatives from the administration of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthis left aboard a Kuwaiti airliner on Tuesday, one day after 50 wounded fellow fighters were allowed to fly to neighboring Oman for treatment in a major boost to peace efforts.

An unnamed senior United Nations official said Griffiths offered to accompany the Ansarullah delegates after they voiced fears that the Saudi-led military coalition, which has imposed an aerial blockade on Yemen and is conducting a devastating aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country, might intercept the flight.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the Ansarullah movement, wrote on his official Twitter page that the Houthis “will spare no effort to make a success of the talks to restore peace and end the aggression.”

Ansarullah officials said that preliminary consultations with Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists could begin as early as Wednesday.

Although no date has been announced for the start of the talks, there are reports they could begin on Thursday.

Britain has presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen, and called on parties involved in Yemen’s crisis to restart peace negotiations.

“The conflict in Yemen can only be resolved though an inclusive political process,” the draft resolution said.

The draft sets a two-week deadline for warring Yemeni parties to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid, halt attacks on civilian areas and allow unhindered access to the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

Also on Tuesday, tens of Saudi-backed militiamen after Yemeni army troopers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, thwarted their offensive on al-Qatab area in the Nihm district of Yemen’s province of Sana’a.

Moreover, a young girl lost her life after Saudi military forces and their mercenaries targeted residential buildings in the al-Durayhimi district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah with a barrage of artillery rounds and mortar shells.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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After waging war in a manner that made deaths from hunger and disease inevitable, the Saudi prince should be tried for starvation crimes

There is a manmade famine in Yemen, even if it has not been officially acknowledged. The man who made it is Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and there is strong prima facie evidence that he should be charged with causing starvation in an international court.

Along with the comparably culpable Mohamed bin Zayed, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Bin Salman launched a war against Houthi rebels in Yemen in 2015, and pursued it primarily through actions intended to reduce people to desperation in areas under Houthi control, compelling them to submit.

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After a press briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel, Republicans Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) asserted they have no doubts that Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senators statements stood in contrast to the Trump administrationR...

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  1. Republicans rage at ‘guilty’ Saudi crown prince  POLITICO
  2. See Lindsey Graham's scathing rebuke after CIA briefing  CNN
  3. After CIA briefing, Republicans say 'no question' Saudi crown prince ordered killing  ABC News
  4. Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is a complete farce  The Washington Post
  5. Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis  The Wall Street Journal
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          George H.W. Bush - The Death of a War Criminal      Cache   Translate Page      

How the Mainstream Media Turn Villains into Saints



It is sickening the way the press eulogise dead war criminals and US Presidents in particular.  I can remember the BBC gushing over Ronald Reagan when he died and making a tribute programme to the man who unleashed the Contras in Nicaragua and supported the death squads in El Salvador. Ronald Reagan was seen as a beacon of hope for democracy even whilst he did his best to impoverish the poorest Americans.  But this is how our opinion makers work.
George Bush was the man who headed the CIA, a criminal organisation which subverted democratically elected governments in Latin America and brought the regimes of Pinochet and Videla to power in Chile, replete with their torture chambers and mass disappearances.  Bush represented all that was most vile in American politics and the fact that the Clintons are gushing all over his memory should teach us that when it comes to US politics there is no essential difference between Republicans and Democrats.

George Bush was the son of Senator Prescott Bush, a businessman and banker who made much of his fortune trading with Nazi Germany even after war was declared.  But as one of America's leading families, almost akin to  royalty, he escaped prosecution for aiding the enemy at a time of war despite financing Fritz Thyssen one of the largest steel and coal barons who organised finance for Hitler.
People won't remember the shooting down of an Iranian civil airliner Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes of the US Navy. 290 people, including 66 children, were murdered. George H W Bush was not the kind quirky, friendly soul that is made out today.  George H.W. Bush in 1988 responded to the mass murder by saying: "I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are." was his Trumpian response. 
The USS Vincennes
Below is an article by Mehdi Hassan on Bush’s legacy.

Tony Greenstein

December 1 2018, 4:38 p.m.

President George H.W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Jan. 16, 1991, after U.S. forces began military action against Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Storm. Photo: Charles Tasnadi/AP
The tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, have been pouring in from all sides of the political spectrum. He was a man “of the highest character,” said his eldest son and fellow former president, George W. Bush. “He loved America and served with character, class, and integrity,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney and #Resistance icon Preet Bharara. According to another former president, Barack Obama, Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.” Apple boss Tim Cook said: “We have lost a great American.”

In the age of Donald Trump, it isn’t difficult for hagiographers of the late Bush Sr. to paint a picture of him as a great patriot and pragmatist; a president who governed with “class” and “integrity.” It is true that the former president refused to vote for Trump in 2016, calling him a “blowhard,” and that he eschewed the white nationalist, “alt-right,” conspiratorial politics that has come to define the modern Republican Party. He helped end the Cold War without, as Obama said, “firing a shot.” He spent his life serving his country — from the military to Congress to the United Nations to the CIA to the White House. And, by all accounts, he was also a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather to his 17 grandkids and eight great-grandkids.

Yes I know this was written for his son but it is equally applicable  to the father
Nevertheless, he was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.
Consider:
He ran a racist election campaign. The name of Willie Horton should forever be associated with Bush’s 1988 presidential bid. Horton, who was serving a life sentence for murder in Massachusetts — where Bush’s Democratic opponent, Michael Dukakis, was governor —  had fled a weekend furlough program and raped a Maryland woman. A notorious television ad called “Weekend Passes,released by a political action committee with ties to the Bush campaign, made clear to viewers that Horton was black and his victim was white.
As Bush campaign director Lee Atwater bragged, “By the time we’re finished, they’re going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis’s running mate.” Bush himself was quick to dismissaccusations of racism as “absolutely ridiculous,” yet it was clear at the time — even to right-wing Republican operatives such as Roger Stone, now a close ally of Trump — that the ad had crossed a line. “You and George Bush will wear that to your grave,” Stone complained to Atwater. “It’s a racist ad. … You’re going to regret it.”
Stone was right about Atwater, who on his deathbed apologizedfor using Horton against Dukakis. But Bush never did.
He made a dishonest case for war. Thirteen years before George W. Bush liedabout weapons of mass destruction to justify his invasion and occupation of Iraq, his father made his own set of false claims to justify the aerial bombardment of that same country. The first Gulf War, as an investigation by journalist Joshua Keating concluded, “was sold on a mountain of war propaganda.”
For a start, Bush told the American public that Iraq had invaded Kuwait without provocation or warning.” What he omitted to mention was that the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, had given an effective green light to Saddam Hussein, telling him in July 1990, a week before his invasion, “[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”
Then there is the fabrication of intelligence. Bush deployed U.S. troops to the Gulf in August 1990 and claimed that he was doing so in order “to assist the Saudi Arabian Government in the defense of its homeland.” As Scott Peterson wrote in the Christian Science Monitor in 2002, “Citing top-secret satellite images, Pentagon officials estimated … that up to 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the border, threatening the key U.S. oil supplier.”
Yet when reporter Jean Heller of the St. Petersburg Times acquired her own commercial satellite images of the Saudi border, she found no signs of Iraqi forces; only an empty desert. “It was a pretty serious fib,” Heller told Peterson, adding: “That [Iraqi buildup] was the whole justification for Bush sending troops in there, and it just didn’t exist.”

President George H. W. Bush talks with Secretary of State James Baker III and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney during a meeting of the cabinet in the White House on Jan. 17, 1991 to discuss the Persian Gulf War. Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP

He committed war crimes. Under Bush Sr., the U.S. dropped a whopping 88,500 tons of bombs on Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, many of which resulted in horrific civilian casualties. In February 1991, for example, a U.S. airstrike on an air-raid shelter in the Amiriyah neighborhood of Baghdad killed at least 408 Iraqi civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, the Pentagon knew the Amiriyah facility had been used as a civil defense shelter during the Iran-Iraq war and yet had attacked without warning. It was, concluded HRW, “a serious violation of the laws of war.”

U.S. bombs also destroyedessential Iraqi civilian infrastructure — from electricity-generating and water-treatment facilities to food-processing plants and flour mills. This was no accident. As Barton Gellman of the Washington Post reportedin June 1991: “Some targets, especially late in the war, were bombed primarily to create postwar leverage over Iraq, not to influence the course of the conflict itself. Planners now say their intent was to destroy or damage valuable facilities that Baghdad could not repair without foreign assistance. … Because of these goals, damage to civilian structures and interests, invariably described by briefers during the war as ‘collateral’ and unintended, was sometimes neither.”
Got that? The Bush administration deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure for “leverage” over Saddam Hussein. How is this not terrorism? As a Harvard public health team concludedin June 1991, less than four months after the end of the war, the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure had resulted in acute malnutrition and “epidemic” levels of cholera and typhoid.
By January 1992, Beth Osborne Daponte, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau, was estimating that Bush’s Gulf War had caused the deaths of 158,000 Iraqis, including 13,000 immediate civilian deaths and 70,000 deaths from the damage done to electricity and sewage treatment plants. Daponte’s numbers contradicted the Bush administration’s, and she was threatened by her superiors with dismissal for releasing “false information. (Sound familiar?)
He refused to cooperate with a special counsel. The Iran-Contra affair, in which the United States traded missiles for Americans hostages in Iran, and used the proceeds of those arms sales to fund Contra rebels in Nicaragua, did much to undermine the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Yet his vice president’s involvement in that controversial affair has garnered far less attention. “The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete,”wrote Special Counsel Lawrence Walsh, a former deputy attorney general in the Eisenhower administration, in his final report on the Iran-Contra affair in August 1993.
Why? Because Bush, who was “fully aware of the Iran arms sale,” according to the special counsel, failed to hand over a diary “containing contemporaneous notes relevant to Iran/contra” and refused to be interviewed in the later stages of the investigation. In the final days of his presidency, Bush even issued pardonsto six defendants in the Iran-Contra affair, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger — on the eve of Weinberger’s trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. “The Weinberger pardon,” Walsh pointedly noted, “marked the first time a president ever pardoned someone in whose trial he might have been called as a witness, because the president was knowledgeable of factual events underlying the case.” An angry Walsh accused Bush of “misconduct” and helping to complete “the Iran-contra cover-up.”
Sounds like a Trumpian case of obstruction of justice, doesn’t it?

 A U.S. marshal, left, looking for a suspect, shows a mug shot to a man found allegedly using drugs in a crackhouse, according to police, in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 1989. The police raid was part of President George H.W. Bush’s war on drugs. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
He escalated the racist war on drugs. In September 1989, in a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, Bush held up a bag of crack cocaine, which he said had been “seized a few days ago in a park across the street from the White House . … It could easily have been heroin or PCP.”

Yet a Washington Post investigation later that month revealed that federal agents had “lured” the drug dealer to Lafayette Park so that they could make an “undercover crack buy in a park better known for its location across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House than for illegal drug activity” (the dealer didn’t know where the White House was and even asked the agents for directions). Bush cynically used this prop — the bag of crack — to call for a $1.5 billion increase in spending on the drug war, declaiming: “We need more prisons, more jails, more courts, more prosecutors.
The result? “Millions of Americans were incarcerated, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, and hundreds of thousands of human beings allowed to die of AIDS — all in the name of a ‘war on drugs’ that did nothing to reduce drug abuse,” pointed out Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2014. Bush, he argued, “put ideology and politics above science and health.” Today, even leading Republicans, such as Chris Christie and Rand Paul, agree that the war on drugs, ramped up by Bush during his four years in the White House, has been a dismal and racist failure.
He groped women. Since the start of the #MeToo movement, in late 2017, at least eight different womenhave come forward with claims that the former president groped them, in most cases while they were posing for photos with him. One of them, Roslyn Corrigan, told Time magazine that Bush had touched her inappropriately in 2003, when she was just 16. “I was a child,” she said. The former president was 79. Bush’s spokesperson offered this defenseof his boss in October 2017: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures.” Yet, as Time noted, “Bush was standing upright in 2003 when he met Corrigan.”
Facts matter. The 41st president of the United States was not the last Republican moderate or a throwback to an imagined age of conservative decency and civility; he engaged in race baiting, obstruction of justice, and war crimes. He had much more in common with the two Republican presidents who came after him than his current crop of fans would like us to believe.

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“If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said after a closed-door Senate briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel. In other words, Corker and his fellow Senators were convinced by the evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a rare instance of opposition against Trump, GOP senators are calling for an end to arms sales to the Saudis.

From the Washington Post:

In some of their strongest accusations to date, lawmakers said evidence presented by the U.S. spy agency overwhelmingly pointed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the assassination.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said while there was no smoking gun, there was a “smoking saw,” referring to the bone saw that investigators have said was used to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia in that country’s consulate in Istanbul in October.

Graham made clear that business as usual with the Saudis had come to end, and said the United States should come down on the government in Riyahd like “a ton of bricks,” adding that he could no longer support arms sales to the Saudis as long as Mohammed was in charge.

Image: Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Saudi Arabia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Read the rest


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  The G-20 meeting at the weekend had something for all commodities. News of a 90-day truce in the US-China trade war helped the agricultural sector, while metals benefited from the US dollar’s slide. Oil prices soared after Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to extend their pact to manage the oil market into 2019, raising […]
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Earlier today, CIA Director Gina Haspel delivered a private briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to a small group of Senators. Emerging from the briefing Senators said they were convinced that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was responsible.
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"We have to have a relationship with some players that we don't agree with," Stewart said of a continued U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Trong khuôn khổ cuộc họp G20 - G là group - G20 là Nhóm Nhị Thập Hùng- (20 cường quốc trên thế giới), hai nước lớn thuộc loại siêu cường -Mỹ và Tầu- tuyên bố đình chiến; cuộc chiến tranh giữa họ với nhau thuộc loại trade war -chiến tranh thương mại- do Tổng Thống Donald Trump khai chiến.

Trong bất cứ giai đoạn nào của lịch sử nhân loại, đình chiến vẫn là loại tin vui cho loài người. Chiến tranh thương mại bắt đầu vào lúc gần 5 giờ sáng ngày thứ Sáu mùng 2 tháng Ba, 2018 với bức chiến thư tổng thống viết và công bố, nhưng không thèm gửi cho quốc gia nào cả. 

Ông chỉ phổ biến một góc nhìn, một quan điểm của riêng ông, mà mọi người vẫn phải hiểu là ông hạ chiến thư.

Donald J. Trump: When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don't trade anymore-we win big. It's easy!

Dịch: Khi một quốc gia (như Hoa Kỳ) thua lỗ mỗi năm nhiều tỉ mỹ kim trong giao dịch ngoại thương với mọi quốc gia khác, thì một cuộc chiến ngoại thương là cần thiết, và thắng cuộc chiến đó là chuyện quá dễ. Một điển hình: Chúng ta thua lỗ $100 tỉ, trong giao dịch thương mại với một quốc gia nào đó, thì chỉ cần ngưng hoạt động ngoại thương với quốc gia đó là hết thua lỗ. Bí quyết thắng lợi chỉ giản dị như vậy thôi. Thật là dễ!

Mà quả dễ thật; bỏ không đến casino nữa là hết thua bạc; dễ mà còn vô cùng hợp lý. Tổng thống đã làm như vậy -ngưng giao thương với mọi quốc gia trên thế giới, đánh thuế nặng hàng hóa ngoại nhập để bảo vệ kinh tế Hoa Kỳ.

Ông khám phá ra nghệ thuật làm giầu cho Hoa Kỳ là ngưng ngoại thương bằng cách đánh thuế TARIFF nặng mọi mặt hàng từ bất cứ nước nào, gửi vào bán cho khách hàng Mỹ, như ông đã từng khám phá ra nghệ thuật làm giầu cho riêng cá nhân ông, là cứ đừng đóng thuế lợi tức hàng năm, dù lợi tức nhiều đến đâu.

Thuế TARIFF đem đổ vào ngân khố hàng trăm tỉ bạc -nguồn lợi mà mọi vị tiền nhiệm của Trump đều lười không chịu thu.

Nhưng chỉ 10 tháng sau -ngày mùng 1 tháng Chạp, 2018, tổng thống tuyên bố ngưng chiến với Tầu, quốc gia bán sản phẩm Tầu vào Mỹ nhiều nhất, nhưng cũng là quốc gia mua sản phẩm của Mỹ nhiều nhất.

Ông giận dữ, đeo mặt nạ ngồi đối diện với Tập Cận Bình, dự tiệc mừng tái lập ngoại thương, ngồi đó với họ Tập, nhưng ông vẫn thích đối diện với ông thái tử Saudi Arabia, -Mohamed- người có đôi tay đỏ máu, mầu mà tổng thống ưa thích.

Bữa tiệc vui tái lập ngoại thương, với Trump - người chủ chiến không vui.

Cả hai vị quốc trưởng đồng thanh kêu gọi “đình chiến,” tái lập giao thương, nhưng chỉ riêng ông Trump không vui; ông Tập Cận Bình chấp nhận sẽ mua thêm sản phẩm Mỹ để không làm gia tăng chênh lệch trên cán cân ngoại thương.

Cuộc thỏa hiệp được thực hiện trong bữa steak dinner đãi Nhóm Nhị Thập Hùng, và được công bố trong một tuyên ngôn của Tòa Bạch Ốc, như một bước đột phá đúng hơn là một cuộc chiến tranh bị ngăn chặn. 

Hai nhà lãnh tụ Tầu, Mỹ chỉ đồng ý ngưng chiến, chứ không thân thiện hơn trên mọi lãnh vực khác. Tuy nhiên, cái bắt tay gượng gạo giữa ông Trump và ông Tập vẫn được Bạch Cung gọi là một thành công lớn, làm tạm ngưng cuộc chạy đua dài về xung đột kinh tế.

Dù sao 'Nó' -cái bắt tay không thân thiện đó- vẫn trấn an thị trường tài chính đang hốt hoảng, và những nông dân Mỹ đang méo mặt, vì những núi nông phẩm không biết bán cho ai.

Không ai cần làm gì cả, tổng thống chỉ thản nhiên không thèm thực hiện lời đe là ông sẽ tăng thuế TARIFF từ 10% lên 25% đánh trên khối hàng trị giá $200 tỉ, nhập cảng từ Trung Quốc, trong lúc ông Tập cho quý vị tu sĩ Tầu không phải chấm rau lang trong nước muối nữa, vì đậu nành Mỹ sẽ lại tràn ngập thị trường Tầu, nước tương sẽ ê hề cùng với tình tự Mỹ-Hoa tiếp nối.

Để đỡ bẽ, tổng thống giao một kỳ hạn 90 ngày cho Trung Quốc để ký kết với Mỹ một thương ước toàn diện, nếu Tầu không lè lẹ, ông đổ quạu lại tăng thuế Tariff lên mức 25%.

Nhưng ông vẫn o bế ông Tập bằng một câu ông tuyên bố với truyền thông trong lúc hầm hầm ngồi đối diện với ông kia.

Tổng thống nói, “Liên hệ giữa chúng tôi vô cùng đặc biệt; tôi nghĩ là tình tương liên đó sẽ đưa đến một tình trạng tuyệt hảo cho Trung Quốc và cho cả Hoa Kỳ.”

Ông Tập đồng ý, "Chỉ bằng cách cộng tác với nhau, hai chúng tôi mới phục vụ được quyền lợi của nhân loại."

Tổng thống tha thuế cho ông Tập làm mọi người cùng vui, nhân viên của cả hai phái đoàn xúm lại vỗ tay hoan nghênh tổng thống; đối với tổng thống thì sự thỏa thuận này là một kết thúc lạc quan cho chuyến ông đến tham dư cuộc họp G-20.

Trong suốt buổi họp, tổng thống đã né tránh những người muốn làm thân với ông, đã lạnh lẽo cười nhạt với các lãnh tụ đồng minh, và hủy bỏ một cuộc họp báo, vịn cớ ông muốn giữ im lặng để tỏ lòng tôn kính Tổng Thống George H.W. Bush, vừa qua đời.

Hy vọng cuộc thí nghiệm 'chiến tranh kinh tế' dài 10 tháng giúp tổng thống trưởng thành hơn với bài học giao tranh, để thấu hiểu là khả năng gây tổn thất cho đối phương, không hề mang tính đơn phương.

Mỹ có khả năng đánh thuế Tariff lên hàng Tầu, thì Tầu cũng biết cách làm cho hàng Mỹ ế nhệ, không bán được vì quá mắc.

Đình chiến cũng giản dị như lý thuyết chiến tranh ngoại thương của tổng thống nêu lên trong bản twitter thượng dẫn mà thôi.

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December 4, 2018

NEW YORK, New York (NV) – Chỉ số Dow Jones hôm Thứ Ba, 4 Tháng Mười Hai, tụt xuống khoảng 800 điểm trong lúc giới đầu tư xem xét kỹ lại tình trạng “đình chiến,” do Tổng Thống Donald Trump của Mỹ và Chủ Tịch Tập Cận Bình của Trung Quốc đạt được tại cuộc họp thượng đỉnh G-20 ở Argentina mới đây.

Theo nhật báo The Wall Street Journal, sự hứng khởi của giới đầu tư đối với “đình chiến” 90 ngày sau ngày Thứ Hai giảm hẳn xuống, sau khi Tổng Thống Trump bổ nhiệm ông Robert Lighthizer, đại diện thương mại Mỹ, một người có quan điểm cứng rắn, đứng đầu nhóm thương thuyết với Bắc Kinh trong 90 ngày tới.

Ngoài ra, sự lạc quan của thị trường biến mất là do có những báo cáo thắc mắc điều gì thật sự xảy ra sau cuộc họp thượng đỉnh giữa ông Trump và ông Trump, sau khi có các chi tiết liên quan đến thông cáo báo chí do hai bên đưa ra, cho thấy lo ngại là có thể Bắc Kinh không chùn bước trước sức ép của Washington trong những ngày tới.

Chỉ số S&P 500 cũng rớt 70 điểm, tương đương 2.5%, chỉ còn 2,720 điểm trước lúc 11 giờ sáng Thứ Ba.

Chỉ số Dow rớt 659 điểm, hoặc 2.6%, còn 25,166 điểm, xóa hết 488 điểm tăng được trong hai ngày trước. Sáng sớm Thứ Ba, Dow rớt tới 805 điểm.

Nasdaq mất 217 điểm, tương đương 2.9%, xuống còn 7,224 điểm.

Thị trường chứng khoán Mỹ sẽ đóng cửa Thứ Tư để tưởng niệm cựu Tổng Thống George H.W. Bush qua đời.

Hôm Thứ Hai, Bloomberg News cho đăng so sánh giữa hai thông cáo báo chí của Mỹ và Trung Quốc, liên quan đến kết quả cuộc họp giữa hai nhà lãnh đạo cuối tuần qua.

Thông cáo của Mỹ do bà Sarah Sanders, phát ngôn viên Tòa Bạch Ốc, đưa ra. Còn thông cáo của Trung Quốc do ông Vương Nghị, ngoại trưởng của nước này, đưa ra.

Dưới đây là tuyên bố của Mỹ và Trung Quốc:

1-Mỹ:
Mức thuế nhập cảng mới của Mỹ đánh vào $200 tỷ hàng hóa của Trung Quốc sẽ không được áp dụng vào ngày 1 Tháng Giêng, 2019.
Trung Quốc:
Mỹ sẽ không tăng thuế nhập cảng. Ông Vương Thụ Văn, thứ trưởng Thương Mại Trung Quốc, nói Mỹ sẽ không đánh thuế nhập cảng hàng Trung Quốc vào ngày 1 Tháng Giêng, 2019.

2-Mỹ:
Thuế nhập cảng đối với số hàng này sẽ tăng lên tới 25% nếu hai bên không đạt được thỏa thuận sau 90 ngày.
Trung Quốc:
Không đề cập thời hạn 90 ngày.

3-Mỹ:
Không đề cập chuyện hai lãnh đạo sẽ thúc đẩy thương thuyết nhanh chóng, xóa bỏ toàn bộ thuế nhập cảng, để hai bên cùng có lợi.
Trung Quốc:
Lãnh đạo hai nước yêu cầu mỗi bên nhanh chóng thương thuyết, xóa bỏ toàn bộ thuế nhập cảng, để hai bên cùng có lợi.

4-Mỹ:
Mỹ và Trung Quốc sẽ thương thuyết ngay lập tức về chuyện các công ty Mỹ bị ép chuyển giao công nghệ, chuyện bảo vệ sản phẩm trí tuệ, hủy bỏ cản trở giao thương, và ngăn chặn ăn cắp trên mạng.
Trung Quốc:
Mỹ và Trung Quốc sẽ cùng làm việc với nhau để đạt đồng thuận trên các vấn đề thương mại.

5-Mỹ:
Trung Quốc sẽ mua “rất nhiều” sản phẩm nông nghiệp, năng lượng, kỹ nghệ, và các sản phẩm khác của Mỹ.
Trung Quốc:
Trung Quốc sẽ nhập cảng thêm hàng hóa của Mỹ.

6-Mỹ:
Trung Quốc sẽ ngay lập tức bắt đầu mua sản phẩm nông nghiệp của Mỹ.
Trung Quốc:
Không đề cập đến việc Trung Quốc sẽ ngay lập tức bắt đầu mua sản phẩm nông nghiệp của Mỹ.

7-Mỹ:
Chủ Tịch Tập Cận Bình sẽ tái xem xét việc cho phép Qualcomm mua NXP của Trung Quốc.
Trung Quốc:
Không đề cập đến thương vụ Qualcomm-NXP.

8-Mỹ:
Không đề cập việc viếng thăm song phương của hai lãnh đạo.
Trung Quốc:
Tổng Thống Donald Trump và Chủ Tịch Tập Cận Bình sẽ thăm lẫn nhau vào một thời điểm thích hợp.

9-Mỹ:
Trung Quốc sẽ quy định Fentanyl là dược chất cần được kiểm soát.
Trung Quốc:
Trung Quốc sẽ siết chặn việc quản lý dược chất Fentanyl, thay đổi quy định kiểm soát thuốc.

10-Mỹ:
Mỹ, Trung Quốc, và Bắc Hàn sẽ cùng làm việc để bán đảo Triều Tiên không còn vũ khí nguyên tử.
Trung Quốc:
Trung Quốc ủng hộ một cuộc họp thượng đỉnh nữa, giữa lãnh đạo Mỹ và Bắc Hàn.

11-Mỹ:
Không đề cập chính sách “một Trung Hoa.”
Trung Quốc:
Mỹ đồng ý tiếp tục chính sách “một Trung Hoa.”

12-Mỹ:
Không đề cập mở cửa thị trường.
Trung Quốc:
Mỹ và Trung Quốc đồng ý mở rộng thị trường.

13-Mỹ:
Không đề cập đến du sinh Trung Quốc.
Trung Quốc:
Tân Hoa Xã của Trung Quốc dẫn lời Bộ Ngoại Giao nói rằng Mỹ hân hoàn chào đón du sinh Trung Quốc đến sống và học tại Mỹ. (Đ.D.)







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The conflict tearing Yemen apart is a human catastrophe and a geopolitical mess. It's also providing a look at how today's shooting wars spill over into digital conflict, even in the poorer corners of the world, as two presentations at Wednesday's CyberwarCon in Washington, D.C., elucidated.

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The Hadi government built its AdenNet using Huawei routers. The Chinese telecommunications firm’s presence reflects China’s practice of using infrastructure assistance to secure valuable alliances (the Belt and Road initiative). Yemen is currently a war zone, but some day it will return to being a nation that controls important shipping lanes.

Accepting China's infrastructure aid comes at a cost. Huawei is believed by most Western countries to sabotage its own equipment to facilitate Chinese spying.

The influence campaign: The Houthi government is also running social media influence campaigns to pressure the West and Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Yemen, Johns Hopkins student Dan O’Keefe reported at CyberwarCon.

The campaigns use a "Twitter board" — essentially a massive collection of prewritten tweets focusing on a topic of the day.Citizens, including those directed to the boards from government websites, select tweets and post them rapid-fire to try to make issues trend.The campaigns suggest a maximum posting rate so the accounts don't get flagged as bots.

Though many big players are involved in bringing weapons to the region — with Saudi Arabia and Iran, both liberal users of surveillance technology, among them — it doesn't appear that there is a proxy war of surveillance tech underway in Yemen, yet.

Recorded Future notes that the level of devastation in the conflict reduces surveillance's payoff: The humanitarian crisis limits the amount of tech being used in Yemen and makes guns a more "useful" export.



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there's no doubt khashoggi is a psy-op (how many times did you hear the words 'bone saw' at your thanksgiving gathering?), the only question is how much of the story is false.

Khashoggi Case: A Massive PsyOp Concocted by CIA-MI6-Mossad -- SIBEL EDMONDS

Khashoggi is/was Not who the mainstream media has been portraying. Right from day one the media published and marketed a false portrayal of this so-called victim, and did so intentionally. Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist. He contributed less than a handful of fluff opinion pieces for the Washington Post (Of course a newspaper with a long history of CIA partnership). He was Osama Bin Laden’s partner and confidante through out the 80s. He’s been on the CIA team since 1982. In the 90s he worked as a liaison Intel officer for Saudi-CIA cooperation. Starting in the mid-2000s he was an active Arab Spring operative for several NGOs, many of them funded by George Soros and the CIA. Pretty much everything fed by the media giving Khashoggi and his background almost a saint-like status has been false. Intentionally.

I was the first and only person to debunk the media reports on the alleged Turkish fiancé. Only a few months before coming to Turkey, Khashoggi, while still married in Saudi Arabia, married an Egyptian woman in the US/Canada, with a public and publicized wedding- a sharia wedding. I obtained the pictures of his wedding and his new wife. The media, despite being fully aware of this, omitted this fact from their coverage. How could he meet this alleged Turkish woman and get engaged to her while on honeymoon with this new wife? Then there is the background of this fiancé as an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood, her time in Egypt, and her connections to Soros-Funded Arab Spring NGOs. And let’s not forget her ever-changing story and timeline for the day Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate. Again, for all the relevant documents, pictures, analyses and timeline on this alleged fiancé please go through my Pinned Khashoggi Thread with 600+ entries.

          A Vital Primer on the Push for War in Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

Want another thing to keep you up at night? Consider a conversation between longtime Middle East reporter Reese Erlich and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Charles Freeman, Jr. on the people currently directing the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran. Commenting on National Security Advisor John Bolton’s defense of the invasion of Iraq, Freeman says … Continue reading "A Vital Primer on the Push for War in Iran"

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          Saudi crown prince ‘ordered, monitored’ killing of Khashoggi, Corker says      Cache   Translate Page      
Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House’s timid response to the killing. GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the charge to offer new legislation that would rebuke Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as potentially limit US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, saying […]
          Verizon TravelPass gains support for 54 more countries      Cache   Translate Page      
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Verizon is beefing up its TravelPass feature for customers traveling internationally.

Verizon announced today that it's adding 54 more countries to its list of countries supported by TravelPass, bringing the total number of countries to more than 185. Some of the countries that've been added include Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya.

TravelPass is priced at $10 per day and allows you to use your phone just like you do at home. That means you get unlimited called and texting along with 4G LTE data usage for up to 0.5GB of usage per day, after which point speeds will be reduced. If you'd like more high-speed data, you can purchase it. Verizon also offers TravelPass for Mexico and Canada for plans that don't already include usage in those countries for $5 per day.

You can view all of the countries supported by TravelPass right here.

Also announced today is that Verizon's International Monthly Plans work in an additional 33 countries. These plans come in $70 and $130 versions, with the former offering 100 minutes, 100 sent and unlimited received texts, and 0.5GB of data while the latter includes 250 minutes, 1000 sent and unlimited received texts, and 2GB of data. Verizon says that these plans are "for occasional use when you travel in more than 185 countries".


           Video: Rand Paul says 'deep state' withholding Khashoggi information       Cache   Translate Page      
Rand Paul says the 'deep state' may be withholding information on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, protecting Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman. Donald Trump has questioned the Crown Prince's involvement, going against reports from the CIA.
          Lindsey Graham openly admits that he will let Trump officials get away with blatant corruption because they're not Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      
He's saying the quiet part out loud.

Remember when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was supposed to be one of the reasonable Republicans? Yeah, neither do I.

But as far off the deep end Graham has ventured thus far in his patently hypocritical alliance with President Donald Trump, his comments Tuesday about the administration's position on Saudi Arabia was shocking for its explicit level of partisanship and lack of interest in fulfilling the Senate's role in oversight of the executive branch.

Graham made the comments after senators were briefed by administration officials on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's role in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Despite the fact that Trump and the administration has publicly downplayed the evidence linking the prince to the murder, the senators emerged from the briefing more convinced than ever that the de facto ruler of the regime has a direct role in the assassination.

And yet Graham has no interest in exploring why top officials have engaged in a misinformation campaign about the killing.

"Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time," Graham told reporters. "It is zero chance — zero! — that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince. As to [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and [Defense Secretary James] Mattis, I have great respect for them. I would imagine if they were in a Democratic administration, I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia. But since I have such respect for them, I'm going to assume that they're being good soldiers. And when they look at the analysis, they're being technical in their statement — but they're not giving the assessment that I think the Senate will have."

This is truly a stunning admission. While it's long been obvious that Republicans treat their own administrations more favorably and Democrats do the same, the fact is that Congress is obligated to conduct rigorous oversight of the executive branch as part of its constitutional duties. And typically, lawmakers to at least pay lip service to this fact, and they will participate in investigations of their allies when the circumstances require it.

But Graham is here openly admitting that he will intentionally look away from what would otherwise appear to be an apparent case of a foreign power paying off national security officials to subvert the interests of the United States.

Take some time to appreciate how stunning that admission is.

Graham is making it clear: Even when it appears that the national security interests of the country are at stake, he puts party loyalty over country. The fact that he's willing to admit as much, and will likely face no serious reprimand, shows how warped the GOP's values have become.

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What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.


          CIA Director Gina Haspel finally addresses key senators in closed-door briefing on Jamal Khashoggi killing      Cache   Translate Page      
The CIA's findings reportedly contradict Trump's favored line.

CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong—and that MBS himself did not order the killing. But according to reports, CIA intelligence implicates MBS and indicates that Khashoggi’s killers were likely acting on direct orders from the Saudi crown prince.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, “I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince’s knowledge. I left the briefing with high confidence that my initial assessment of the situation is correct.”

The South Carolina senator continued, “Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, and the relationship is worth saving—but not at all cost. We’ll do more damage to our standing in the world and our national security by ignoring MBS than dealing with him. MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible. I think the behavior before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing, and I cannot see him being a reliable partner to the United States.”

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was equally convinced that MBS played a key role in Khashoggi’s murder—telling reporters after the briefing, “If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes.” And when a reporter asked Corker if it would be a murder conviction, he replied, “Yes.”

Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, however, have all asserted that there is no real proof that Khashoggi’s killing was ordered by MBS. But according to Graham, “(There is) zero chance—zero—that this happened without the crown prince.” And today’s briefing with Haspel seemed to reaffirm Graham’s belief that MBS was behind Khashoggi’s murder.

Some senators have complained about the way the briefing was handled today, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul—who asserted that he shouldn’t have been excluded from it and that the full Senate should have been briefed rather than strictly a handful of senators.

On November 20, Trump issued an official statement on U.S./Saudi Arabia relations, emphasizing that he still considered the Saudi royal family valuable allies and had no interest in imposing any sanctions on the Saudi government. And the Trump Administration’s support of MBS was equally evident during a November 27 briefing that Haspel was conspicuously absent from.

When Bolton was asked, at that November 27 briefing, whether or not he had listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing, Trump’s national security advisor responded that he saw no point in listening to it because it was in Arabic.

“Unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?” Bolton argued. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, in response, described Bolton’s assertion as “imbecilic.” And veteran Democratic consultant Paul Begala was equally critical of Bolton; in a November 29 article for CNN.com, Begala wrote, “Sure, (the) comments are in Arabic, but torture is a universal language.”

Last week, a combination of Republican and Democratic senators voted, 63-37, to advance a resolution to end U.S. support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

Khashoggi’s murder is a rare example of Senate Republicans—at least some of them—parting company with the Trump Administration on foreign policy. And for once, Graham and Democrats in Congress have found something they can agree on.


          Congressman Unfazed By Khashoggi Murder: 'Journalists Disappear All Over The Country'      Cache   Translate Page      

Here is a shining example of how craven the Republican party is these days. Even in the face of Senators from their own party expressing horror that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered on orders of the Saudi Arabian crown prince, leaving "a smoking saw" behind, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) shrugged it all off.

“We have to have a relationship with players we don’t agree with,” Stewart told CNN anchor Brianna Keilar, as if there were no middle ground in which accountability and relationships could meet. “Journalists disappear all over the country. 20 have been killed in Mexico. You don’t think it happens in Turkey and China? Of course it does. We have to have a relationship with these countries.”

Well, yes. So why is it that in this one single case, there's no space for accountability AND a relationship, I wonder. Stewart, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, should know better. By now one would assume he's gotten a lot of the facts around this horrendous, inhuman, brutal violation of human rights, you'd think.

Brianna Keilar wasn't content to leave the discussion there, asking Stewart whether there should be a commitment to telling the truth.

“It seems like what is bothering the senators, bipartisan among them including folks who supported Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration is that the Trump administration turned a blind eye to the facts,” she observed.

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          Haspel's Briefing Cements Division Between GOP Senators And Trump On Khashoggi Murder      Cache   Translate Page      
Haspel's Briefing Cements Division Between GOP Senators And Trump On Khashoggi Murder

CIA Director Gina Haspel has finally had the chance to brief a select group of Senators on what she and the CIA know about the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. The bipartisan group came out of the briefing more convinced than ever that their instincts were correct, in that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is responsible. According to Garrett Haake's reporting, the Republican Senators seemed even stronger in their "stinging rebuke" than the Democratic ones. (Perhaps because they'd invested more in slavishly backing up this lying, disgusting Administration?) Senator Bob Corker said if MBS was in front of a jury, he'd be convicted of murder within 30 minutes. Senator Lindsey Graham said there was a "smoking saw."

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said while there was no smoking gun, there was a “smoking saw,” referring to the bone saw that investigators have said was used to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia in that country’s consulate in Istanbul in October.

Graham made clear that business as usual with the Saudis had come to end, and said the United States should come down on the government in Riyahd like “a ton of bricks,” adding that he could no longer support arms sales to the Saudis as long as Mohammed was in charge.

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This is the moment Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is ignored at the G20 photocall by other world leaders following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
          Hcfc Refrigerant Market to Witness Huge Growth by 2018-2025 : Key Players: GFL, Limin Chemicals, China Fluoro Technology, Meilan Chemical, Yonghe Refrigerant      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Enterprise Network Firewall Market 2026 - AlgoSec, Cisco Systems, McAfee, AhnLab and Imperva      Cache   Translate Page      

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Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)
Application Firewall
Others
Market By Component

Hardware
Software
Services
Managed Services
Design & Consulting
Integration & Deployment
Others
Market By Deployment Model

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Cloud Based
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US
Canada
Mexico
Europe
UK
Germany
France
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
Japan
India
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa (MEA)
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
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CHAPTER 1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

1.1. Definition and Scope

1.1.1. Definition of Enterprise Network Firewall

1.1.2. Market Segmentation

1.1.3. List of Abbreviations

1.2. Summary

1.2.1. Market Snapshot

1.2.2. Enterprise Network Firewall Market By Types

1.2.2.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate Comparison By Types (2015-2026)

1.2.2.2. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share By Types in 2017

1.2.2.3. Conventional Firewall

1.2.2.4. Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)

1.2.2.5. Application Firewall

1.2.2.6. Others

1.2.3. Enterprise Network Firewall Market By Component

1.2.3.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate Comparison By Component (2015-2026)

1.2.3.2. Hardware

1.2.3.3. Software

1.2.3.4. Services

1.2.4. Enterprise Network Firewall Market By Deployment Model

1.2.4.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate Comparison By Deployment Model (2015-2026)

1.2.4.2. On Premise

1.2.4.3. Cloud Based

1.2.5. Enterprise Network Firewall Market by Geography

1.2.5.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate Comparison by Geography (2015-2026)

1.2.5.2. North America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate (2015-2026)

1.2.5.3. Europe Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate (2015-2026)

1.2.5.4. Asia-Pacific Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate (2015-2026)

1.2.5.5. Latin America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate (2015-2026)

1.2.5.6. Middle East and Africa (MEA) Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate (2015-2026)

CHAPTER 2. MARKET DYNAMICS AND COMPETITION ANALYSIS

2.1. Market Drivers

2.2. Restraints and Challenges

2.3. Growth Opportunities

2.4. Porter's Five Forces Analysis

2.4.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

2.4.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

2.4.3. Threat of Substitute

2.4.4. Threat of New Entrants

2.4.5. Degree of Competition

2.5. Value Chain Analysis

2.6. Cost Structure Analysis

2.6.1. Raw Material and Suppliers

2.6.2. Manufacturing Process Analysis

2.7. Regulatory Compliance

2.8. Competitive Landscape, 2017

2.8.1. Player Positioning Analysis

2.8.2. Key Strategies Adopted By Leading Players

CHAPTER 3. MANUFACTURING PLANTS ANALYSIS

3.1. Capacity and Commercial Production Date of Global Enterprise Network Firewall Major Manufacturers in 2017

3.2. Manufacturing Plants Distribution of Global Enterprise Network Firewall Major Manufacturers in 2017

3.3. R&D Status and Technology Source of Global Enterprise Network Firewall Major Manufacturers in 2017

3.4. Raw Materials Sources Analysis of Global Enterprise Network Firewall Major Manufacturers in 2017

CHAPTER 4. ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY TYPES

4.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Revenue By Types

4.2. Conventional Firewall

4.2.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.2.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.3. Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)

4.3.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.4. Application Firewall

4.4.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.5. Other

4.5.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

4.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 5. ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COMPONENT

5.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Revenue By Component

5.2. Hardware

5.2.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

5.2.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

5.3. Software

5.3.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

5.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

5.4. Services

5.4.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

5.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 6. ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY DEPLOYMENT MODEL

6.1. Global Enterprise Network Firewall Revenue By Deployment Model

6.2. On Premise

6.2.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

6.2.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

6.3. Cloud Based

6.3.1. Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

6.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast, By Region, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 7. NORTH AMERICA ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

7.1. North America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.2. North America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

7.3. U.S.

7.3.1. U.S. Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.4. Canada

7.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.5. Mexico

7.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

7.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 8. EUROPE ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

8.1. Europe Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.2. Europe Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

8.3. UK

8.3.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.4. Germany

8.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.5. France

8.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.6. Spain

8.6.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.6.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.6.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.7. Rest of Europe

8.7.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.7.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

8.7.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 9. ASIA-PACIFIC ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

9.1. Asia-Pacific Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.2. Asia-Pacific Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

9.3. China

9.3.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.4. Japan

9.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.5. India

9.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.6. Australia

9.6.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.6.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.6.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.7. South Korea

9.7.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.7.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.7.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.8. Rest of Asia-Pacific

9.8.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.8.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

9.8.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 10. LATIN AMERICA ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

10.1. Latin America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.2. Latin America Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

10.3. Brazil

10.3.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.4. Argentina

10.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.5. Rest of Latin America

10.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

10.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 11. MIDDLE EAST ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

11.1. Middle East Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.2. Middle East Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

11.3. Saudi Arabia

11.3.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.4. UAE

11.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.5. Rest of Middle East

11.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

11.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 12. AFRICA ENTERPRISE NETWORK FIREWALL MARKET BY COUNTRY

12.1. Africa Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue and Growth Rate, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.2. Africa Enterprise Network Firewall Market Revenue Share Comparison, 2015 & 2026 (%)

12.3. South Africa

12.3.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.3.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.3.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.4. Egypt

12.4.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.4.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.4.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.5. Rest of Africa

12.5.1. Market Revenue and Forecast By Types, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.5.2. Market Revenue and Forecast By Component, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

12.5.3. Market Revenue and Forecast By Deployment Model, 2015 - 2026 ($Million)

CHAPTER 13. COMPANY PROFILE

13.1. AlgoSec

13.1.1. Company Snapshot

13.1.2. Overview

13.1.3. Financial Overview

13.1.4. Type Portfolio

13.1.5. Key Developments

13.1.6. Strategies

13.2. Cisco Systems

13.2.1. Company Snapshot

13.2.2. Overview

13.2.3. Financial Overview

13.2.4. Type Portfolio

13.2.5. Key Developments

13.2.6. Strategies

13.3. McAfee

13.3.1. Company Snapshot

13.3.2. Overview

13.3.3. Financial Overview

13.3.4. Type Portfolio

13.3.5. Key Developments

13.3.6. Strategies

13.4. AhnLab

13.4.1. Company Snapshot

13.4.2. Overview

13.4.3. Financial Overview

13.4.4. Type Portfolio

13.4.5. Key Developments

13.4.6. Strategies

13.5. Imperva

13.5.1. Company Snapshot

13.5.2. Overview

13.5.3. Financial Overview

13.5.4. Type Portfolio

13.5.5. Key Developments

13.5.6. Strategies

13.6. Dell SonicWall

13.6.1. Company Snapshot

13.6.2. Overview

13.6.3. Financial Overview

13.6.4. Type Portfolio

13.6.5. Key Developments

13.6.6. Strategies

13.7. Barracuda Networks

13.7.1. Company Snapshot

13.7.2. Overview

13.7.3. Financial Overview

13.7.4. Type Portfolio

13.7.5. Key Developments

13.7.6. Strategies

13.8. Stormshield

13.8.1. Company Snapshot

13.8.2. Overview

13.8.3. Financial Overview

13.8.4. Type Portfolio

13.8.5. Key Developments

13.8.6. Strategies

13.9. PaloAlto Networks

13.9.1. Company Snapshot

13.9.2. Overview

13.9.3. Financial Overview

13.9.4. Type Portfolio

13.9.5. Key Developments

13.9.6. Strategies

13.10. Huawei

13.10.1. Company Snapshot

13.10.2. Overview

13.10.3. Financial Overview

13.10.4. Type Portfolio

13.10.5. Key Developments

13.10.6. Strategies

13.11. Fortinet

13.11.1. Company Snapshot

13.11.2. Overview

13.11.3. Financial Overview

13.11.4. Type Portfolio

13.11.5. Key Developments

13.11.6. Strategies

13.12. Juniper Networks

13.12.1. Company Snapshot

13.12.2. Overview

13.12.3. Financial Overview

13.12.4. Type Portfolio

13.12.5. Key Developments

13.12.6. Strategies

13.13. New H3C

13.13.1. Company Snapshot

13.13.2. Overview

13.13.3. Financial Overview

13.13.4. Type Portfolio

13.13.5. Key Developments

13.13.6. Strategies

13.14. GreyHeller

13.14.1. Company Snapshot

13.14.2. Overview

13.14.3. Financial Overview

13.14.4. Type Portfolio

13.14.5. Key Developments

13.14.6. Strategies

13.15. WatchGuard

13.15.1. Company Snapshot

13.15.2. Overview

13.15.3. Financial Overview

13.15.4. Type Portfolio

13.15.5. Key Developments

13.15.6. Strategies

CHAPTER 14. RESEARCH APPROACH

14.1. Research Methodology

14.1.1. Initial Data Search

14.1.2. Secondary Research

14.1.3. Primary Research

14.2. Assumptions and Scope

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          Power Management Development Kits Market 2018-2025 by Companies: Silicon Labs, Sensitec, Power Integrations, STMicroelectronics, Bourns      Cache   Translate Page      

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8.2.4 Silicon Labs Market Share of Power Management Development Kits Segmented by Region in 2018
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8.3.2 Power Management Development Kits Product Introduction
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          Gastrointestinal Videoscope Market – Growing Popularity and Emerging Trends 2018-2025: Huger Medical Instrument, Jinshangroup, Olympus Medical Systems      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs Market - Key Players Growth and Strategies 2018-2025: F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck, LG Life Sciences      Cache   Translate Page      

A closer look at the aspects including but not limited to Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs market segmentation by the end-user, end-use, geography, type, and application forms an integral part of the research report.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- A new market assessment report on the Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs market provides a comprehensive overview of the Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs industry for the forecast period 2018 - 2025. The analytical study is proposed to provide immense clarity on the market size, share and growth rate across different regions. The profound knowledge and extensive examination of the trends from the yesteryear and future aims at offering the stakeholders, product owners, and marketing personnel a competitive edge over others operating in the Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs market for the forecast period, 2018 - 2025.

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The major players covered in this report are
F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck, LG Life Sciences, Achillion Pharmaceuticals,, Johnson & Johnson, Angion Biomedica, Bayer, AbbVie, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead Sciences, Verva Pharmaceuticals, Phenex Pharmaceuticals, Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products, Raptor Pharmaceuticals, ProMetic Life Sciences

Most important types of Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs products covered in this report are:
- Oral
- Injection

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including:
- Hospital
- Clinic

Understanding the market size
The size of the Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs market is viewed in terms of the Share of Market, Total Available Market as well as Served Available Market. Not only does the study present the combined revenue for a particular market but also the market size for a specific geographic region. Analysis of percentage or the size of the Total Available Market based on the type of product, technology, regional constraints and others form an important part of the Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs report.

Knowing the trends influencing the industry performance
Stakeholders, marketing executives and business owners planning to refer a market research report can use this study to design their offerings and understand how competitors attract their potential customers and manage their supply and distribution channels. When tracking the trends researchers have made a conscious effort to analyze and interpret the consumer behaviour. Besides, the research helps product owners to understand the changes in culture, target market as well as brands so they can draw the attention of the potential customers more effectively.

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Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers in these key regions:
- North America
- Europe
- China
- Japan
- Southeast Asia
- India

We can also provide the customized separate regional or country-level reports, for the following regions:
North America, United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia-Pacific, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Rest of Asia-Pacific, Europe, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Rest of Europe, Central & South America, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Rest of Middle East & Africa

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The study objectives of this report are:
1. To analyze and study the global Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs capacity, production, value, consumption, status and forecast (2018-2025);
2. Focuses on the key Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
3. Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
4. To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
5. To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
6. To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
7. To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
8. To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
9. To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
10. To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Key elements from table of content:
8 Competitive Landscape
8.1 Competitive Profile
8.2 F. Hoffmann-La Roche
8.2.1 Company Profiles
8.2.2 Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs Product Introduction
8.2.3 F. Hoffmann-La Roche Production, Value ($), Price, Gross Margin 2018-2025
8.2.4 F. Hoffmann-La Roche Market Share of Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs Segmented by Region in 2018
8.3 Merck
8.3.1 Company Profiles
8.3.2 Liver Diseases Therapeutics Drugs Product Introduction
8.3.3 Merck Production, Value ($), Price, Gross Margin 2018-2025
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          Isomalto-Oligosaccharide Market by Top Key Players 2018-2025: Baolingbao Biology, Wellchen, New Francisco Biotechnology Corporation (Nfbc)      Cache   Translate Page      

A closer look at the aspects including but not limited to Isomalto-Oligosaccharide market segmentation by the end-user, end-use, geography, type, and application forms an integral part of the research report

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- A new market assessment report on the Isomalto-Oligosaccharide market provides a comprehensive overview of the Isomalto-Oligosaccharide industry for the forecast period 2018 - 2025. The analytical study is proposed to provide immense clarity on the market size, share and growth rate across different regions. The profound knowledge and extensive examination of the trends from the yesteryear and future aims at offering the stakeholders, product owners, and marketing personnel a competitive edge over others operating in the Isomalto-Oligosaccharide market for the forecast period, 2018 - 2025.

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The major players covered in this report are
Baolingbao Biology, WELLCHEN, New Francisco Biotechnology Corporation (NFBC), BioNeutra, Dancheng Caixin, Meiji Co., Ltd., Shandong Tianmei

Most important types of Isomalto-Oligosaccharide products covered in this report are:
- Natural
- Synthetic

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including:
- Drink
- Dairy products
- Cold drink
- Baked food

Understanding the market size
The size of the Isomalto-Oligosaccharide market is viewed in terms of the Share of Market, Total Available Market as well as Served Available Market. Not only does the study present the combined revenue for a particular market but also the market size for a specific geographic region. Analysis of percentage or the size of the Total Available Market based on the type of product, technology, regional constraints and others form an important part of the Isomalto-Oligosaccharide report.

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Stakeholders, marketing executives and business owners planning to refer a market research report can use this study to design their offerings and understand how competitors attract their potential customers and manage their supply and distribution channels. When tracking the trends researchers have made a conscious effort to analyze and interpret the consumer behaviour. Besides, the research helps product owners to understand the changes in culture, target market as well as brands so they can draw the attention of the potential customers more effectively.

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- North America
- Europe
- China
- Japan
- Southeast Asia
- India

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North America, United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia-Pacific, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Rest of Asia-Pacific, Europe, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Rest of Europe, Central & South America, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Rest of Middle East & Africa

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1. To analyze and study the global Isomalto-Oligosaccharide capacity, production, value, consumption, status and forecast (2018-2025);
2. Focuses on the key Isomalto-Oligosaccharide manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
3. Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
4. To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
5. To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
6. To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
7. To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
8. To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market.
9. To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
10. To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

Key elements from table of content:
8 Competitive Landscape
8.1 Competitive Profile
8.2 Baolingbao Biology
8.2.1 Company Profiles
8.2.2 Isomalto-Oligosaccharide Product Introduction
8.2.3 Baolingbao Biology Production, Value ($), Price, Gross Margin 2018-2025
8.2.4 Baolingbao Biology Market Share of Isomalto-Oligosaccharide Segmented by Region in 2018
8.3 WELLCHEN
8.3.1 Company Profiles
8.3.2 Isomalto-Oligosaccharide Product Introduction
8.3.3 WELLCHEN Production, Value ($), Price, Gross Margin 2018-2025
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          Tell The Black Eyed Peas: Cancel Your Concert in Saudi Arabia!      Cache   Translate Page      
People killin', people dyin', children hurt and you hear them cryin'. Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek?
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          Lindsey Graham openly admits that he will let Trump officials get away with blatant corruption because they're not Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      
He's saying the quiet part out loud.

Remember when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was supposed to be one of the reasonable Republicans? Yeah, neither do I.

But as far off the deep end Graham has ventured thus far in his patently hypocritical alliance with President Donald Trump, his comments Tuesday about the administration's position on Saudi Arabia was shocking for its explicit level of partisanship and lack of interest in fulfilling the Senate's role in oversight of the executive branch.

Graham made the comments after senators were briefed by administration officials on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's role in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Despite the fact that Trump and the administration has publicly downplayed the evidence linking the prince to the murder, the senators emerged from the briefing more convinced than ever that the de facto ruler of the regime has a direct role in the assassination.

And yet Graham has no interest in exploring why top officials have engaged in a misinformation campaign about the killing.

"Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time," Graham told reporters. "It is zero chance — zero! — that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince. As to [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and [Defense Secretary James] Mattis, I have great respect for them. I would imagine if they were in a Democratic administration, I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia. But since I have such respect for them, I'm going to assume that they're being good soldiers. And when they look at the analysis, they're being technical in their statement — but they're not giving the assessment that I think the Senate will have."

This is truly a stunning admission. While it's long been obvious that Republicans treat their own administrations more favorably and Democrats do the same, the fact is that Congress is obligated to conduct rigorous oversight of the executive branch as part of its constitutional duties. And typically, lawmakers to at least pay lip service to this fact, and they will participate in investigations of their allies when the circumstances require it.

But Graham is here openly admitting that he will intentionally look away from what would otherwise appear to be an apparent case of a foreign power paying off national security officials to subvert the interests of the United States.

Take some time to appreciate how stunning that admission is.

Graham is making it clear: Even when it appears that the national security interests of the country are at stake, he puts party loyalty over country. The fact that he's willing to admit as much, and will likely face no serious reprimand, shows how warped the GOP's values have become.

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          G20: You can smell tear gas in the streets as the oil industry squabbles      Cache   Translate Page      
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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          CIA Director Gina Haspel finally addresses key senators in closed-door briefing on Jamal Khashoggi killing      Cache   Translate Page      
The CIA's findings reportedly contradict Trump's favored line.

CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong—and that MBS himself did not order the killing. But according to reports, CIA intelligence implicates MBS and indicates that Khashoggi’s killers were likely acting on direct orders from the Saudi crown prince.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, “I went into the brief believing that it was virtually impossible for an operation like this to be carried out without the crown prince’s knowledge. I left the briefing with high confidence that my initial assessment of the situation is correct.”

The South Carolina senator continued, “Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, and the relationship is worth saving—but not at all cost. We’ll do more damage to our standing in the world and our national security by ignoring MBS than dealing with him. MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible. I think the behavior before the Khashoggi murder was beyond disturbing, and I cannot see him being a reliable partner to the United States.”

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was equally convinced that MBS played a key role in Khashoggi’s murder—telling reporters after the briefing, “If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes.” And when a reporter asked Corker if it would be a murder conviction, he replied, “Yes.”

Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, however, have all asserted that there is no real proof that Khashoggi’s killing was ordered by MBS. But according to Graham, “(There is) zero chance—zero—that this happened without the crown prince.” And today’s briefing with Haspel seemed to reaffirm Graham’s belief that MBS was behind Khashoggi’s murder.

Some senators have complained about the way the briefing was handled today, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul—who asserted that he shouldn’t have been excluded from it and that the full Senate should have been briefed rather than strictly a handful of senators.

On November 20, Trump issued an official statement on U.S./Saudi Arabia relations, emphasizing that he still considered the Saudi royal family valuable allies and had no interest in imposing any sanctions on the Saudi government. And the Trump Administration’s support of MBS was equally evident during a November 27 briefing that Haspel was conspicuously absent from.

When Bolton was asked, at that November 27 briefing, whether or not he had listened to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing, Trump’s national security advisor responded that he saw no point in listening to it because it was in Arabic.

“Unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?” Bolton argued. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, in response, described Bolton’s assertion as “imbecilic.” And veteran Democratic consultant Paul Begala was equally critical of Bolton; in a November 29 article for CNN.com, Begala wrote, “Sure, (the) comments are in Arabic, but torture is a universal language.”

Last week, a combination of Republican and Democratic senators voted, 63-37, to advance a resolution to end U.S. support for Saudi forces in Yemen.

Khashoggi’s murder is a rare example of Senate Republicans—at least some of them—parting company with the Trump Administration on foreign policy. And for once, Graham and Democrats in Congress have found something they can agree on.

 

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          Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.      Cache   Translate Page      
Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.
          Jamal Khashoggi Way      Cache   Translate Page      
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Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who last worked for The Washington Post. On 2 OCT 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, believing he was going to obtain documents needed prior to his wedding. Once inside, Khashoggi was murdered, in a premeditated attack, by a team of 15 Saudi operatives, including a forensic pathologist and members of the Saudi Royal Guard. Based upon evidence, including recordings made by Khashoggi's Apple Watch during the attack, the attack was planned an ordered by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has denied the claims.

In response, elected officials of the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. voted to change the name of New Hampshire Ave NW, which passes in front of the Saudi Embassy, to Jamal Khashoggi Way to honor the murdered journalist and show support by the District of Columbia.
          2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

The flurry of subpoenas came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a brisk schedule for discovery in the case alleging that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

The subpoenas target 37 entities, including 13 Trump-linked entities and the federal agency that oversees the lease for Trump's Washington hotel. Subpoenas were also being sent to the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture, all of which have spent taxpayer dollars at the hotel or have information on Trump's finances relevant to the case.

Other Trump entities that officials plan to subpoena include those related to his Washington hotel and its management. Eighteen private entities including restaurants, venues and hotels that compete with the Trump hotel are also being subpoenaed to "illuminate the unfair nature of that competition," said Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh.

"We're seeking to confirm the information that everybody already knows: Trump's violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution," Frosh said. "He's received numerous payments from foreign governments and state governments and they've been funneled, at least in part, through the Trump (hotel) in D.C."

While news organizations have reported how groups representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Philippines have hosted events at Trump's D.C. hotel since he took office, the subpoenas offer the best chance to get a complete picture of which foreign and domestic governments are spending at the hotel, how much they are spending and where that money is going. They're also trying to determine how Trump's hotel is affecting the hospitality industry in D.C. and Maryland.

The subpoenas seek to prove that hotel revenues are going to the president through his affiliated entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. Most of the records are being requested back to Jan. 1, 2015.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Neither Trump's personal attorney on the case, William S. Consovoy, nor the White House responded to a request for comment Tuesday.

Trump's Justice Department lawyers filed a notice to the court Friday indicating it plans to challenge the Maryland judge's decision to allow the case to move forward. Justice lawyers have argued that earnings from business activity such as hotel stays don't qualify as emoluments and that any discovery would "be a distraction to the President's performance of his constitutional duties."

The president's notice that he may seek a writ of mandamus – to have the appeal heard by a higher court – is considered an "extraordinary remedy" that partly rests on showing Messitte's decisions to be clearly wrong.

Because the president has not released his tax returns, any responsive records would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump's business empire as well as his Washington hotel.

There is no indication yet that Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, both Democrats, would push for the president's tax returns, at least in this initial round of legal discovery, given the sensitive nature of such a request and likely additional delays it would cause. But tax returns for some of Trump's business entities, including the state and federal tax returns for the Trump Organization, are also being requested.

Co-counsel on the case is Washington-based nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Treasury Department is being subpoenaed to determine not only whether its officials patronized Trump's hotel but also to learn more about Trump's promised donations of profit of foreign government spending at his hotel and similar businesses to the Treasury. In February, The Trump Organization donated $151,470 – what it said was the total amount of spending in Trump's first year in office. The subpoena requests "all communications" regarding that payment.

State officials earlier told The Associated Press that the IRS would likely be subpoenaed, but it was unclear if that would happen on Tuesday or whether it would happen at all.

"We're certainly not ruling that out, just like we're not ruling out seeking the president's tax returns," Frosh said.

The Trump Organization said in an emailed statement to the AP that the company had "voluntarily donated" the profits and "intend to make a similar contribution in 2019." The company did not comment on the case otherwise.

There is a separate federal lawsuit involving the General Services Administration, which oversees the lease for the hotel with the Trump Organization. Democratic lawmakers want to know how Trump was approved by the GSA to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president.

The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit."

Maine is also expected to receive a subpoena, likely because its governor, Republican Paul LePage, stayed at Trump's D.C. hotel when he had official business to conduct, including discussions with the president. LePage's office did not respond to a request for comment.

On one of those trips last year, Trump and LePage appeared together at a news conference at which Trump signed an executive order to review orders of the prior administration that established national monuments within the National Park Service. President Barack Obama had established a park and national monument in Maine over LePage's objections in 2016.

If there are no delays, legal discovery would conclude in early August.


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WASHINGTON – Senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is “zero chance” the crown prince wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s death.

“There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,” Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Graham said “you have to be willfully blind” not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince’s command.

But President Donald Trump has equivocated over who is to blame for the killing, frustrating senators who are now looking for ways to punish the longtime Middle East ally. Senators overwhelmingly voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing U.S. backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

It’s unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward. The vote last week set up debate on the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say.

Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she didn’t attend a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last week.

Pompeo and Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration’s broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

The two men also echoed Trump’s reluctance to blame the crown prince. Pompeo said there was “no direct reporting” connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mattis said there was “no smoking gun” making the connection.

After that briefing, Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said.

That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37.

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin said the briefing with Haspel “clearly went in to an evaluation of the intelligence” and was much more informative.

“I went in believing the crown prince was directly responsible or at least complicit in this and my feelings were strengthened by the information we were given,” Durbin said.

Some senators were frustrated that they were not invited to the briefing with Haspel. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some lawmakers is “the very definition of the deep state” and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some lawmakers to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what U.S. officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the U.S. and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

In a column for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed “astounding arrogance entitlement” and disregard for international norms.

“We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country’s long-term interests, values and reputation,” wrote Graham, a frequent ally of the president. “After all, someone’s got to do it.”

Even if the Yemen resolution passes the Senate, it appears unlikely to advance in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan last week said the Yemen resolution “isn’t the way to go.”


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Late at night in a little motel in eastern Afghanistan, Australian actor Sam Smith nervously stared at his door with a knife under his pillow and passport in his pocket. Smith was waiting for someone to barge in as gunshots rang outside.

This wasn’t for a scene. This was the reality of shooting “Jirga.”

“The film is a very mellow version of what actually happened in real life,” Smith told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of the movie. “Jirga,” Australia’s entry into the Oscar foreign film race, was directed by Benjamin Gilmour, and both he and Smith were in attendance for the screening.

“Jirga” is a drama that traverses the country of Afghanistan on location behind former soldier Mike Wheeler (Smith). Without knowledge of the language or culture, Wheeler enlists a local taxi driver (Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad) to take him to an Afghan family in a rural town. Wheeler is warned about the danger he will put himself in, but he insists on making amends after he regretfully killed the father of the family years ago while on duty.

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Gilmour told the audience at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles that his decision to make the movie came after his time as a paramedic in Pakistan. There, Gilmour had a chance to see a culture that had “room for forgiveness,” something that isn’t covered on the news. While it is war-torn with Taliban presence, the Middle East also has well-meaning people that should be represented in film.

“The [Afghan ethnic group] Pashtun people believe that if someone comes to them for forgiveness, you embrace them,” Gilmour said.

The film and the complicated history behind the making of it have already made headlines. On Sunday “Jirga” won best “indie” film during Australia’s equivalent of the Oscars, the AACTAs. With the win, questions began to arise on just how they shot the film in such a volatile place.

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Gilmour said he had originally planned to film in Pakistan, but the Pakistani authorities refused permission to film at the last minute. With little money and waning hope, Gilmour moved the shoot to Afghanistan with just the actors and a camera he bought at a mall.

“The intensity activates that creativity,” Gilmour said of the circumstances of the shoot. “Get it done without getting killed.”

Now in Afghanistan, Gilmour would soon get a call from the Australian ambassador to Afghanistan to leave immediately. He was informed that an Australian had recently been held for ransom and that they should try any way they can to move the shoot to Morocco.

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They compromised. Gilmour would continue their shoot in Afghanistan — a two-month odyssey with only 20 days of actual filming — as long as the ambassador can send the U.S. satellite images of where they were filming. Among their many fears, Gilmour worried about them being attacked in friendly fire by mistake.

With all the variables in play, Gilmour needed a lead actor who he could trust and who would be a good companion. Smith was that person, even preparing long before the shoot by talking to military members who have killed while on duty.

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Smith would even strike a friendship with the Afghan actor that played the taxi driver.

“We don’t share a language, but I just felt that connection with him,” Smith said.

On Nov. 19, Lightyear Entertainment announced it had acquired the U.S. rights to “Jirga,” with plans for a theater release in spring 2019.

Gilmour also said he plans to show the film in Afghanistan by teaming up with a local TV station. A theatrical release may not be possible due to fear of Taliban retaliation.

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'12 Strong' Film Review: Chris Hemsworth Leads the Charge in a Powerful Afghanistan Story

Making a Terrorist: 'The Journey' Director Explains How He Created Evil on Screen


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Following a special briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel Tuesday on the murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, GOP senators said they were convinced that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the brutal killing.

“It’s not a smoking gun, it’s a smoking saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters, referring to the bone saw investigators believe was used to dismember the journalist dissident. “I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible.”

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, said he had “zero question” that the crown prince, known colloquially as MBS, ordered the killing and monitored it.

Also Read: Trump Defends Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi Murder: 'We May Never Know All of the Facts'

“If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” Corker said.

Haspel’s briefing came about a week after Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo similarly failed to stave off outrage among leading lawmakers with their own briefing on U.S.-Saudi relations, urging them to vote down a resolution that would end support for the war against Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Senators were outraged that Haspel did not show for the meeting last week, blaming the White House for her absence and voting to advance that Yemen resolution.

Khashoggi disappeared in October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. After denying any knowledge of his whereabouts (and insisting Khashoggi left the consulate on his own accord), the Saudi government eventually admitted that he was murdered by a team of Saudi officials with close connections to the government.

Also Read: CIA Says Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Killing of Jamal Khashoggi (Report)

The CIA concluded that the Saudi crown prince likely ordered the killing, basing their assessment on intercepted communications, according to the Washington Post.

Haspel’s closed briefing comes days before the Senate is expected to begin debating the Yemen resolution, which calls on the U.S. to withdraw its support for the Saudi’s war in Yemen.

Tuesday’s briefing was limited to the Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the Senate’s Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Intelligence Committees and the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, which drew ire from some rank and file lawmakers, who were excluded from the meeting.

“I can’t even ask to be included in it because I didn’t know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. “That’s not the way it should be.”

The vote on the Yemen resolution could come as early as Thursday and is expected to pass.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Canadian Officials Have Heard Tape of Jamal Khashoggi Murder, Justin Trudeau Says

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Khashoggi Death a 'Heinous Crime That Cannot Be Justified'

Turkish President Calls Khashoggi Death 'Premeditated Murder,' Challenging Saudi Account


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SINGAPORE, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Agoda, one of the world's fastest growing online travel agents (OTA), and Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) supporting the Kingdom's vision of 2030 goal to increase its capacity to over 30...


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Abu Dhabi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday addressed the India diaspora in UAE and highlighted the closeness in the relationship between the two countries.

The event, organised by India's Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was started with the rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan -Vaishnav Jan To and Raghupati Raghav Rajaram by an Emirati singer, as part of the Father of the Nation's 150 birth anniversary celebrations.

Swaraj talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build relations with Muslim countries.

She further highlighted that a request has been made to the UAE government to take cognisance of the exploitation of Indian women in the nation, "who are brought to the UAE on tourist permits which are later converted to work permits leading to their exploitation." "I have requested the UAE authorities to put an end to this, and advised the youth to follow safe migration and skilled migration," she added.

Swaraj talked about the steps the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken by directing Chief Ministers of the Indian states in nabbing scamsters who trick Indian citizens by sending them to gulf nations on false job promises. "MEA has rescued over 2,33,000 Indian citizens, from all around the world, who were duped by scamsters on false promises of jobs," she noted.

Bringing attention to the increasing investments between the two countries, Swaraj also talked about UAE and India's decision to move towards co-production in the energy sector.

She thanked the Indian community for making the country proud due to their law-abiding and amiable nature while shedding light on the MEA's work in ensuring the safety and protection of the Indian diaspora in foreign nations.

She also shed light on India-Saudi relations and the cooperation showed by Saudi Arabia during the Yemen rescue, where "India rescued almost 5000 Indian citizens along with over 2000 citizens of various nations caught in the crossfire between the Arab coalition and Houthi rebel forces."

Swaraj had a long day full of engagements, including co-chairing the 12th Joint Commission Meeting between UAE and India and the inauguration of the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in the UAE capital.


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Several senators emerged from a meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel saying they had no doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Several senators emerged from a meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel saying they had no doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Several senators emerged from a meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel saying they had no doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Saudi Arabia is seeking to persuade Russia on Wednesday to cut oil production substantially with OPEC next year in an attempt to arrest a decline in the price of crude and prevent another global glut.

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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: Amid reports of a deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut crude production, Indian state-run oil firms continued to lower transport fuel prices for the eleventh straight day on Sunday, with petrol prices touching the lowest level in the ongoing fiscal across the major metros.

In the national capital, petrol price fell to Rs 72.23 per litre, against Saturday's level of Rs 72.53, according to data on the Indian Oil Corp's website.

The price in Delhi was the lowest recorded level in 2018-19 so far, with the previous low being Rs 73.73 on April 1.

In other metros too, petrol prices fell by around 30-40 paise on Sunday and recorded the lowest prices in the current fiscal.

Prices in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai on Sunday are Rs 74.25, Rs 77.80 and Rs 74.94 per litre, respectively, against the previous day's respective levels of Rs 74.55, Rs 78.09 and Rs 75.26 per litre.

The previous lows for the current fiscal in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were Rs 76.44, Rs 81.59 and Rs 76.48 per litre, respectively, recorded on April 1.

Diesel prices also declined on Sunday in tandem with the cost of petrol.

In Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, diesel per litre was sold for Rs 67.02, Rs 68.75, Rs 70.15 and Rs 70.77, respectively, compared to Rs 67.35, Rs 69.05, Rs 70.50 and Rs 71.12 on Saturday.

The fall in domestic fuel prices comes amid the recent decline in crude oil prices.

As per the country's dynamic pricing mechanism, the domestic fuel prices depend upon international fuel prices on a 15-day average and the value of the rupee.

The price of the benchmark Brent crude oil, which declined over the past one month, has fallen further despite expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) may decide to reduce supply in its meet next week.

The OPEC is expected to announce a supply cut of one million barrel per day to curb the fall in oil prices, according to market analysts.

State Capitals (Applicable from 6:00 a.m. on 03-12-2018) Petrol Current Price(Per Lt) Petrol Previous Price(Per Lt) Change(Rs)
Petrol price in DelhiRs.72.23 Rs.72.53 -0.30
Petrol price in KolkataRs.74.25 Rs.74.55 -0.30
Petrol price in MumbaiRs.77.80 Rs.78.09 -0.29
Petrol price in ChennaiRs.74.94 Rs.75.26 -0.32
Petrol price in FaridabadRs.71.54 Rs.71.84 -0.30
Petrol price in GurgaonRs.71.25 Rs.71.52 -0.27
Petrol price in NoidaRs.71.66 Rs.72.00 -0.34
Petrol price in GhaziabadRs.71.54 Rs.71.78 -0.24
Petrol price in AgartalaRs.69.10 Rs.69.26 -0.16
Petrol price in AizwalRs.68.60 Rs.68.88 -0.28
Petrol price in AmbalaRs.70.77 Rs.71.04 -0.27
Petrol price in BangaloreRs.72.79 Rs.73.09 -0.30
Petrol price in BhopalRs.75.19 Rs.75.47 -0.28
Petrol price in BhubhaneswarRs.71.12 Rs.71.63 -0.51
Petrol price in ChandigarhRs.68.25 Rs.68.53 -0.28
Petrol price in DehradunRs.72.06 Rs.72.30 -0.24
Petrol price in GandhinagarRs.69.75 Rs.70.04 -0.29
Petrol price in GangtokRs.75.55 Rs.75.85 -0.30
Petrol price in GuwahatiRs.71.88 Rs.72.19 -0.31
Petrol price in HyderabadRs.76.57 Rs.76.89 -0.32
Petrol price in ImphalRs.68.36 Rs.68.64 -0.28
Petrol price in ItanagarRs.65.93 Rs.66.21 -0.28
Petrol price in JaipurRs.72.80 Rs.73.39 -0.59
Petrol price in JammuRs.71.59 Rs.71.89 -0.30
Petrol price in JalandharRs.77.25 Rs.77.65 -0.40
Petrol price in KohimaRs.69.16 Rs.69.00 0.16
Petrol price in LucknowRs.71.43 Rs.71.79 -0.36
Petrol price in PanjimRs.64.27 Rs.64.78 -0.51
Petrol price in PatnaRs.76.44 Rs.76.84 -0.40
Petrol price in Port BlairRs.62.42 Rs.62.67 -0.25
Petrol price in RaipurRs.70.76 Rs.70.84 -0.08
Petrol price in RanchiRs.70.70 Rs.70.93 -0.23
Petrol price in ShillongRs.69.60 Rs.69.89 -0.29
Petrol price in ShimlaRs.71.22 Rs.71.89 -0.67
Petrol price in SrinagarRs.74.62 Rs.74.91 -0.29
Petrol price in TrivandrumRs.75.59 Rs.75.80 -0.21
Petrol price in SilvassaRs.70.55 Rs.70.68 -0.13
Petrol price in DamanRs.70.46 Rs.70.69 -0.23
Petrol price in PondicherryRs.71.41 Rs.71.64 -0.23

Source for prices: Indian Oil Corporation


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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

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Earlier today, CIA Director Gina Haspel delivered a private briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to a small group of Senators. Emerging from the briefing Senators said they were convinced that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was responsible.
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar says it will pull out of OPEC. OPEC is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. It's a cartel designed to manage oil prices for its members' benefit. Qatar is a tiny country with enormous energy supplies. It is withdrawing from the cartel amid a dispute with another OPEC member, its neighbor, Saudi Arabia. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Qatar's energy minister, Saad al-Kaabi, announced the pullout at a news conference in Doha. State oil producer Qatar Petroleum confirmed the decision to withdraw in a post to its Twitter account. The energy minister says the reason for pulling out of the 15-member bloc is that Doha intends to focus on increasing its production of natural gas. Qatar is aiming for a major increase in its gas production, from 77 to 110 million tons, and al-Kaabi says it makes sense to focus on that instead of oil. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SAAD
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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.
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Saudi Arabia is seeking to persuade Russia on Wednesday to cut oil production substantially with OPEC next year in an attempt to arrest a decline in the price of crude and prevent another global glut.

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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

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Turkey on Wednesday said Saudi Arabia needed to be transparent with the international community about the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that Ankara would willingly take part in an international probe.

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WASHINGTON – CIA Director Gina Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief key senators on the agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Haspel had faced mounting pressure to speak to lawmakers and more fully explain the CIA’s findings, which President Donald Trump has said don’t conclusively show that Mohammed was involved in the assassination.

Haspel was noticeably absent last week from an all-senators briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Lawmakers complained that the Trump administration was depriving Congress of key information about the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, by refusing to order Haspel to go to the Hill and explain the CIA’s assessment.

The CIA has concluded that Mohammed likely ordered the killing, based in part on intercepted communications involving him and a key aid, who is alleged to have overseen the team that killed the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, according to people familiar with the matter.

The spy agency also analyzed other intercepted communications, listened to audio provided by Turkey from inside the consulate, and assessed that an audacious operation that involved killing a Saudi citizen in a foreign country could not have been executed without the crown prince’s knowledge, people familiar with the CIA’s conclusions said.

Haspel provided the closed briefing just days before the Senate is expected to begin debating a resolution to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a confidant of President Trump, said he would refuse to support “any key vote” until Haspel spoke to lawmakers. Graham will be part of Tuesday’s briefing. Some senators had accused the White House of barring Haspel’s participation in last week’s briefing with Pompeo and Mattis. But CIA spokesman Timothy Barrett said nobody told Haspel not to appear.

Haspel will speak only to Senate leaders and the heads of national security committees with an interest in Saudi policy regarding Yemen and the intelligence surrounding Khashoggi’s killing, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

Bipartisan leaders from the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee and the Appropriations subcommittees that fund the State and Defense departments are expected to be included.

Some rank-and-file senators were furious they were excluded from the briefing.

“I can’t even ask to be included in it because I didn’t know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media. That’s not the way it should be. She should have come and testified in front of all senators,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said. “If you have some senators who are more equal than others, that is not democratic representation.”

Last week, the Senate took the historic step of voting to take up a resolution, spearheaded by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, to end American support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and, according to the United Nations, millions are at risk of starvation.

For some of the 14 Republicans who supported the procedural step last week, the vote was intended as a warning shot to Trump, to inspire him to start openly condemning Mohammed or withholding military support from the Saudis.

Haspel’s briefing may placate some of those senators. But it is not expected to deter Senate Democrats – or the handful of Republicans who believe Saudi Arabia should be rebuked – from supporting the Yemen resolution beyond its next step, a vote expected to take place in the next few days.


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  1. Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis | TheHill  The Hill
  2. Saudi crown prince 'ordered, monitored' killing of Khashoggi, Corker says  CNN
  3. Saudi Prince ‘Complicit’ in Khashoggi’s Murder, Senators Say After C.I.A. Briefing  The New York Times
  4. Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is a complete farce  The Washington Post
  5. Lindsey Graham’s Plan for Regime Change — in Saudi Arabia  Bloomberg
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          Raja Mandala: Rethinking the Gulf (GS 2,IR,UPSC IAS Mains)      Cache   Translate Page      
India’s relations with the key Gulf countries have never been as good as they are today. The deepening energy interdependence is marked by growing volumes of energy imports into India and the prospect of substantive investments from the Gulf into the Indian hydrocarbon sector. The number of Indian migrant workers in the region stands at more than 7 million. The Gulf is among India’s top trading partners.

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Meanwhile, a high-level engagement between India and the Gulf has blossomed in recent years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj have travelled frequently to the Gulf and there has been a steady stream of senior Gulf leaders visiting India. The expansion of the political engagement has been matched by the growing security cooperation, especially on counter-terrorism. India and its Gulf partners are also taking tentative steps towards defence cooperation.

There is no question that Delhi’s political neglect of the Gulf has ended during the last few years. Yet, India’s relations with the Gulf have been constrained by too strong a focus on the bilateral. Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the Gulf in regional affairs and the strategic possibilities that it opens up for India.

To be sure, Saudi Arabia has long been a pivotal state. As the nation with one of the world’s largest petroleum reserves and capable of modulating its oil production, Riyadh has played a critical role in shaping the world energy markets since the 1970s. As the home to Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia has a unique place in the Islamic world. Since the late 1960s, Riyadh has exercised significant political influence in the evolution of the Middle East.


The rise of the UAE, in contrast, has been less noticed. What differentiates the UAE from other petrostates is a rare purposefulness that has turned it into a strategic actor of consequence in the Middle East and beyond. The cathartic events of 9/11 and the Arab Spring have convinced Abu Dhabi that it must act boldly and generate the capabilities to survive amidst the regional turbulence.

Consider for a moment the defence budget of the UAE. Some reports put it around $22 billion, which is nearly 40 per cent of India’s defence spending of about $52 billion. The UAE was the fourth-largest importer of weapons during 2013-17.


The UAE is also a major player in the global logistics market, thanks to the successful development of Dubai as a major port and aviation hub. It is now striving to emerge as a centre of art, higher education and technological innovation. As the home to multiple nationalities from around the world, the UAE has become a small but important cosmopolitan centre.

If Delhi looks beyond the bilateral, it will find two very important axes of potential partnerships in the Middle East. One is the idea of a “moderate Arab centre”. The UAE leadership has made the construction of a moderate bloc in the region its highest regional priority. It sees the construction of such a core around Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi believes that only a coalition of moderate Arab states can move the region out of its current deeply troubled state.

Abu Dhabi also believes that the values of cultural openness, religious tolerance, women’s empowerment, and economic opportunities for younger people — which helped the Emirates succeed — can be extended to other parts of the Middle East. By any measure, this is an ambitious project. And there are many obstacles to its realisation — especially the deepening divisions within the Gulf.

But the idea of a moderate Arab centre should resonate deeply with India’s natural ethos and its traditional empathy for modernising forces in the Arab world. Helping the construction of a moderate Arab centre envisaged by Abu Dhabi, then, is very much in India’s interest.

Second is the growing impact of the Gulf countries in the Indian Ocean region. Nowhere is this more evident than the Horn of Africa. The recent success of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in brokering peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea who had been locked in a prolonged conflict underlines the positive role of the Gulf in Africa. Others point to the destabilising impact of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the one hand and Qatar and Turkey elsewhere in the region, most notably in Somalia and its rebel provinces.

Alliances, military bases, interventions and peace-making have long been considered as the preserve of great powers. But the Gulf countries today are bringing a combination of financial resources and political will to shape the geopolitics of their neighbouring regions. Some of the Gulf countries like the UAE are eager to collaborate with India on development assistance and the construction of strategic infrastructure in the Indian Ocean littoral. If India continues to be disinterested, they are bound to look for other partners.

The Gulf states have relied in the past on the Anglo-Americans for their security. As America and Britain gaze at their own navel, the Gulf states are taking greater responsibility for managing the regional order. The conditions under which India could afford to take a purely bilateral approach to the Gulf nations are beginning to disappear. India needs an integrated regional strategy to secure its ever-rising stakes in the Middle East and the Western Indian Ocean.


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Crown Prince Salman ordered Khashoggi’s murder: US Senators

Two key US Republican senators said they have “zero” doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince directed the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Hawaii's Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard has aptly called Trump Saudi Arabia's/MbS' "bitch." King -- and at least 99 percent of the entire Occupied WashDC establishment -- are the Ziomonster's "bitch," on steroids. Good on Ireland! -- and especially, it appears, on Senator Frances Black! Palestine Is Still THE Issue!
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Human extinction: Not with a bang but a sore throat...

     I just got a small taste of what it's gonna be like here on Planet Earth in the year 2028 -- and, frankly, it scared the holy crap out of me.  "So.  What happened," you might ask.  Long story.

     First of all, a massive curtain of toxic smoke from that huge NorCal wildfires slowly descended on my own hometown recently.  We all struggled around in gas masks and it became rather hard to breathe.

     Next I foolishly started thinking, "What's a little haze in the air?  I'm young.  I'm strong.  I don't need no stinking gas masks."  Ha.

     And then I got a horrible sore throat.  My eyes watered.  My nose ran.  I constantly coughed.  I took to my bed.  I truly thought that I was going to die.

     But I didn't.

     But I could have.

     And that, dear readers, was my own personal sneak-preview experience of what death by climate catastrophe will be like in the year 2028.

     Your experience could be different, of course.  You could freeze to death -- or drown in a flood or get hit by a tornado.  But for most of us?  It will be one long, painful and ignominious Death by Sore Throat.

PS:  And what will be the main cause of this massive human-extinction event?  No, it won't be because you or I didn't drive a Prius or because we forgot to recycle or even because we took too many jet plane rides on vacation.

     No, Extinction '28 will be mostly caused by all those petty little "wars" that our idiot leaders in Washington DC, London, Tel Aviv and Saudi Arabia are so very fond of.  https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/01/if-you-murdered-a-bunch-of-people-mass-murder-is-your-single-defining-legacy/

     Their constant and heartless mega-bombing of Yemen not only murders school children in Sanaa but it also is murdering us too -- only slower.  https://theintercept.com/2018/12/01/u-s-military-says-it-has-a-light-footprint-in-africa-these-documents-show-a-vast-network-of-bases/

     Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Palestine, Gaza, Ferguson....  Every single bomb dropped, every single tank on the ground and every single F16 in the air brings all of us just that much closer to Extinction 2028. 
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Saudi Arabia sought to persuade Russia on Wednesday to cut oil production substantially with OPEC next year in an attempt to arrest a decline in the price of crude and prevent another global glut.

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US senators leaving a briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel have said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in “about 30 minutes”. Senator Lindsey Graham, who demanded the briefing with Ms Haspel, said there is “zero chance” the crown prince was not involved in Mr Khashoggi’s death. “There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,” Mr Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Mr Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mr Graham said “you have to be wilfully blind” not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organizSed by people under the crown prince’s command. But President Donald Trump has equivocated over who is to blame for the killing, frustrating senators who are now looking for ways to punish the longtime Middle East ally. Senators overwhelmingly voted last week to move forward on a resolution curtailing US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It was unclear whether or how that resolution will move forward. The vote last week set up debate on the measure, which could happen as soon as next week, but senators are still in negotiations on whether to amend it and what it should say. Ms Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and top Democrats on the key national security committees, after senators in both parties complained that she did not attend a briefing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US defense secretary Jim Mattis last week. Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with the resolution, saying US involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration’s broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. The two men also echoed Mr Trump’s reluctance to blame the crown prince. Mr Pompeo said there was “no direct reporting” connecting the crown prince to the murder, and Mr Mattis said there was “no smoking gun” making the connection. After that briefing, Mr Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Mr Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37. Mr Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. US intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Mr Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. He has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices. In a column for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Mr Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed “astounding arrogance entitlement” and disregard for international norms. “We are a coequal branch of government exercising leadership to safeguard the country’s long-term interests, values and reputation,” wrote Mr Graham, a frequent ally of the president.

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CIA director Gina Haspel has briefed US Senate leaders on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ms Haspel met with a small group of senators, including the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees. Senators from both parties were angry last week that Ms Haspel did not attend a closed-door session with top administration officials about Mr Khashoggi’s killing and the US response, which many senators have said is lacking. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis led the earlier briefing and tried to dissuade senators from punishing Saudi Arabia with a resolution to curtail US backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. After that briefing, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham threatened to withhold his vote on key legislation until he heard from Ms Haspel. “I’m not going to blow past this,” he said. That afternoon, senators frustrated with the briefing and the lack of response to Mr Khashoggi’s killing overwhelmingly voted to move forward with consideration of the Yemen resolution, 63-37. The CIA said Ms Haspel did not attend because she had already briefed congressional leaders on Mr Khashoggi. The agency later agreed to do an additional briefing with a select group of senators. Mr Graham was expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting, along with the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and intelligence panels and a few others. Some senators were frustrated that they were not invited to the briefing with Ms Haspel. Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a critic of Saudi Arabia, said that excluding some is “the very definition of the deep state” and that he suspected that the Trump administration is attempting to get some senators to switch their votes on the resolution by giving them information. Mr Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two months ago. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime. He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate for marriage paperwork. US intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot, but President Donald Trump has equivocated over who was to blame. Mr Trump has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

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MBS’ Mixed Reception at the G20 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continued his tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina last week in an effort to restore his international reputation amid condemnation for his suspected role in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. After a brief stop in Mauritania, MBS arrived in Algeria on Sunday for two days of meetings that will focus on “Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors,” Reuters reports. Algeria maintains comfortable relations with many of the Middle East’s feuding players, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Turkey. The visit to Algiers follows stops in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia on the way to Buenos Aires; though MBS has tried to polish his image with shows of regional support, he was greeted by crowds of protesters in Tunis.…
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 2018.A Turkish court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri.
          It’s Too Early To Cheer the So-Called End of Iran’s Notorious Ban on Women in sports stadiums      Cache   Translate Page      

In early November, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in Iran for the finals of the Asian Football Confederation tournament. This was his second visit this year to Tehran’s Azadi “Freedom” Stadium, where women have been banned since 1981.

“Today is a historic and festive day for football, a real breakthrough,” Infantino declared, hailing images of several hundred women in Azadi stadium, which holds 100,000 fans and is one of the world’s largest. Infantino continued lavishing praise on the Iranian government. “So much credit must go to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran for their co-operation and support in staging this memorable final,” he said, adding, “I was delighted to personally witness that, for the first time in 40 years, Iranian female football fans were allowed to attend an official match again.” Dozens of global media outlets picked up Infantino’s statement as if he had personally overturned the stadium ban for women.

Unfortunately, Iran’s ban on half the population enjoying soccer in stadiums still stands.

#Watch4Women of Iran

After the 1979 Iranian revolution, women lost many rights they once enjoyed. Laws segregated the sexes and literally sidelined women—who now can’t even watch sports in stadiums. That ban was extended to volleyball in 2012, a hugely popular sport in Iran. Since then, Iranian women have been fighting this ugly discrimination—even risking jail. Iran’s ban violates women’s rights, the Olympic Charter, and even the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) own constitution.

Even at the time of Infantino’s visit, activists confirmed that women could not freely purchase tickets. Evidence circulated on social media that many others were excludedAccording to journalist Zahra Alipour, male fans can be heard yelling, “It’s a lie –it’s a lie,” in published footage. And as Human Rights Watch has documented, admitting some hand-picked women while excluding others is a deceptive tactic Iran has deployed before at international volleyball tournaments.

Infantino may have overstated the progress because of the debacle when he visited Iran in March and 35 women and teenaged girls, including journalists, were arrested for attempting to see a major tournament, the Derby. Iranian women had been convinced they would be admitted to the stadium because the global leader of soccer would be in the stands. Instead, they ended up in a police station.

Indeed, for decades, Iranian women have put themselves in danger to document their exclusion from stadiums, which they see as a denial of women’s rights to be part of public spaces and the life of the country. As brilliantly depicted in Jafar Panahi’s award-winning 2006 film Offside, teenage girls still come to stadiums dressed as men to cheer for their teams, and have also attempted dangerous stadium wall climbs.

On October 17, Iran’s chief prosecutor Mohammad Javad Montazeri warned, “The presence of women in stadiums is harmful” and a sin.

Activists from @OpenStadiums and #NoBanForWomen have written FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation for years with evidence of the country’s discrimination to demand that the federations uphold their own rules. Before Infantino’s visit, Iranian women delivered a Change.org #NoBan4Women petition to FIFA with more than 210,000 signatures calling for FIFA to pressure Iran to overturn the ban.

Yet after the tournament, Infantino bizarrely gave credit to Iran’s government and federation. Such glowing statements of praise should go only to the women who have worked for years to upend the unjust ban — not to the violators who have excluded half the population for decades. The women who signed and delivered the petition put themselves at substantial risk in a country where women who even try to enter a stadium could find themselves in jail.

FIFA’s commendations to Iranian officials are especially ill-advised because of the broader human rights picture in the country: Iran has stepped up repression of women’s rights defenders in recent months, summoning many to the country’s notorious Evin prison.

Moreover, FIFA has adopted the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which require staff to assess risks and provide a remedy for human rights abuses, especially when dealing with a government that has shown a willingness to make sports federations complicit in their discrimination and endangerment of women and girls.

There is still reason to hope for real progress in overturning Iran’s stadium ban: Tehran is a true outlier now that Saudi Arabia started allowing women in stadiums in January. Even Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that he is in favor of lifting the ban.

This week, FIFA’s own Human Rights Advisory Board told FIFA leaders that they need to set a deadline for ending the ban and impose sanctions. In a report published Monday, the independent experts said that Iran’s ban on women fans violates FIFA’s own ethics code, which “specifically prohibits discrimination including on the basis of gender.”

Meanwhile in Iran, there have been a dozen league games since Infantino’s visit — all without women attending.

FIFA leaders should not declare victory until they have proof that all women in Iran can freely buy tickets and attend safely — and not just when Gianni Infantino is there watching.

Minky Worden is director of Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch, and oversees the organization’s work on human rights and sports. Follow her on Twitter here.


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“If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said after a closed-door Senate briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel. In other words, Corker and his fellow Senators were convinced by the evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a rare instance of opposition against Trump, GOP senators are calling for an end to arms sales to the Saudis.

From the Washington Post:

In some of their strongest accusations to date, lawmakers said evidence presented by the U.S. spy agency overwhelmingly pointed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the assassination.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said while there was no smoking gun, there was a “smoking saw,” referring to the bone saw that investigators have said was used to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia in that country’s consulate in Istanbul in October.

Graham made clear that business as usual with the Saudis had come to end, and said the United States should come down on the government in Riyahd like “a ton of bricks,” adding that he could no longer support arms sales to the Saudis as long as Mohammed was in charge.

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From Uber and WeWork to Saudi Arabia, SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son had an outsized influence over the startup world in 2018.
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  • Asian markets tumbled Wednesday after President Donald Trump reignited trade-war tensions. His tweet Tuesday calling himself "Tariff Man" preceded a bloodbath in US stock markets. He later threatened "major tariffs" against China.
  • Trader sentiment has dragged as fears about global growth and the US economy resurfaced.

European equities took a hit Wednesday, following Asian stocks lower as economic and US-China trade-war jitters gripped financial markets.

In the US, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 each tumbled more than 3.2% on Tuesday amid growing doubts that a trade deal could be thrashed out between the US and China. A wonky indicator called the "yield curve" also flattened, signaling a weaker outlook for economic growth and fears about a US recession.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called himself "Tariff Man" on Twitter and later threatened to place "major tariffs" on Chinese goods entering the US, demolishing an uplift in market sentiment after last week's G20 summit in Argentina.

Read more: The bond market just flashed a major 'red flag' — and it could be signaling a US recession

The Shanghai Composite index closed down 0.6% Wednesday. European shares followed, with the Euro Stoxx 50, Germany's DAX, and France's CAC all down 1%. Fears remain that a US-China trade deal will not be struck in the 90-day negotiating window agreed on by the two sides.

Some analysts suggested that Monday's gains were overdone, given Trump's previously barbed comments.

A minor relief rally in US index futures may be masking continued market uncertainty amid the longest bull market since the depths of the financial crisis.

"There is a strong chance now that the buy the dip mentality has flipped into a sell the rally approach," said Neil Wilson, the chief markets analyst for Markets.com.

Oil-investor sentiment tracked that of equities. Brent crude was down 1.6% as of 8:45 a.m. in London (3:45 a.m. EST) as renewed uncertainty about Saudi Arabia's plans to freeze or cut supply lingered on markets ahead of the OPEC summit set to take place in Vienna on Thursday.

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Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who last worked for The Washington Post. On 2 OCT 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, believing he was going to obtain documents needed prior to his wedding. Once inside, Khashoggi was murdered, in a premeditated attack, by a team of 15 Saudi operatives, including a forensic pathologist and members of the Saudi Royal Guard. Based upon evidence, including recordings made by Khashoggi's Apple Watch during the attack, the attack was planned an ordered by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has denied the claims.
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Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist who last worked for The Washington Post. On 2 OCT 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, believing he was going to obtain documents needed prior to his wedding. Once inside, Khashoggi was murdered, in a premeditated attack, by a team of 15 Saudi operatives, including a forensic pathologist and members of the Saudi Royal Guard. Based upon evidence, including recordings made by Khashoggi's Apple Watch during the attack, the attack was planned an ordered by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has denied the claims.

In response, elected officials of the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. voted to change the name of New Hampshire Ave NW, which passes in front of the Saudi Embassy, to Jamal Khashoggi Way to honor the murdered journalist and show support by the District of Columbia.
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Miss Lindsey nicely summarizes the major problem in "Modern" Conservatism and its political subsidiary, the Republican Party: Like the Mafia, they take actions based on family - the Republican family.  No matter what, family loyalties are all that matter.  If you're in, you're in!  And if you're in, you win.  As long as you're loyal, you'll be taken care of - and so will your family if something should happen to you. But if you're from another family, you are the enemy.  No mercy will be shown you! And so, tRUMP, the most criminal president* in our history, and his (mis)administration - easily the most corrupt in US history - can skate on not sanctioning Saudi Arabia, its leader,  MbS, and his ordering the brutal murder of Khashoggi. But if a Democratic president and his/her administration did the identical thing - NOTHING - NO SKATING FOR YOU!!!   Instead of skating, Miss Lindsey'd make sure "dey'd be sleepin' wid the fishes!"
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Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


One of a dozen stories about Trump acting "presidential" for George HW Bush's funeral would go here if we cared. Bush wasn't awesome, Trump is a spiteful moron, and we're not waste your time with stupid stories. Consider this our hat tip for this "national day of mourning," and our warning that the post office is fucking closed.

Michael Flynn has been such a good boy that Robert Mueller isn't asking to LOCK HIM UP. Last night Mueller released a heavily redacted sentencing memo for Flynn that left legal Twitter in a bit of a flutter as everyone tried to speculate all the things he might squealing about. Nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia? Russian fuckery? Trump's pee hooker problem? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Roger Stone is pleading The Fifth after members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked for documents related to his time on the 2016 Trump campaign. Stone is now running all over the media landscape and talking to anyone who will listen in a desperate attempt to convince people that he's more than a rat-fucking sleazebag with Richard Nixon tattooed on his back.

Yesterday markets fell off a cliff AGAIN after Trump started shitposting that he was a "tariff man." Shortly thereafter, the world realize he'd cut no deal with China to end his trade war, and pencil pushers faced a hard truth: Trump has no grasp on the most basic concepts of economics and he is bringing the global economy closer to -- at best -- an economic recession.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has signed an order extending troop deployments to the Southern border through January in order to push back the horde of Mexican-Muslims babies attempting to invade San Diego with taco trucks. It remains unclear what the majority of soldiers are actually doing beyond missing their families for the holidays.

Republicans seem to be throwing in the towel on the farm bill. The rumor mill on the Hill is that the 2018 farm bill will not only legalize hemp, it will also let hemp producers apply for federal subsidies. There's nothing about work requirements for SNAP recipients (thank Crom!), but that's not stopping the Trump administration! Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says they still want to rob from the plates of the poor, and give it to the rich.

With so many women coming into Congress you'd think that the old men who just lost their jobs might try to protect their legacies by passing a sexual harassment bill. According to Roll Call, some members of the old boys club don't think they should be held personally liable for games of grab-ass.

A Texas newspaper is suing the Calhoun Port Authority in Port Lavaca for giving super gross disgraced former bro-caucus Rep. Blake Farenthold a cushy job and taxpayer dollars to keep playing grab-ass. According to the paper's attorney, the port doesn't want to go to trial because we'd learn how they ALLEGEDLY hired Farenthold illegally, despite his history of being a boozy creeper.

Politico is reporting that former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has decided he's not running in 2020 because he's making way more money in the private sector than he ever would wading into the swamp.

Michael Avenatti has finally decided to fuck right off with his 2020 crap after it became impossible to get booked on any late night cable news shows. In a statement posted to Twitter, Avenatti says his decision is out of respect for his family, and yada, yada, yada.

Axios' co-founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen took a break from gargling Trump's balls to write 800 mindless words about Democrats running in 2020. Apparently there's a lot of them! Some of them are women, and some of them are men. Some are rich, and and some are brown. Some wear hats, and some have cats. There's even some who like cats in hats who hunt rats! But none of them are as useless as Axios.

Y'all better grab a chair and check out this story in the New Yorker about the electoral clusterfuck in North Carolina's 9th. It involves backstabbing rednecks, yokels criming, "wads of cash," video games, "harvesting ballots," bribes -- and that's on top of the vote rigging!

Little Rock, Arkansas, just elected 35-year-old Frank Scott for mayor, and now all the white supremacists are angry a majority of voters didn't see a problem voting for a black guy.

Georgia will be able to keep rigging its elections after Republican Brad Raffensperger won a run-off to succeed Brian Kemp as secretary of state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is rattling his sabers and threatening a new arms race following Trump's announcement he'll pull out of the landmark INF Treaty that banned medium-range ballistic missiles. This follows reports from NATO that Russia had already broken the treaty by recreating and testing the very same missiles. Remember, duck and cover!

Deaths from terrorism declined for the third straight year, according to some nerds at the Institute for Economics & Peace who wrote this year's 2018 Global Terrorism Index. The report says overall terrorism events are down 27 percent this year, but notes "far-right terrorism is a growing concern." REALLY? We hadn't noticed!

Trump's TV lawyer and "cyber advisor" Rudy Giuliani accidentally misspelled something in a tweet last week that automagically created a link to a nonexistent website. A web designer promptly bought the rights to that website and wrote, "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country" on its front page. Because he's a very stable genius, Giuliani then accused someone of invading his text (LOLOL), and started railing about "anti-Trumpers" at Time Magazine.

The Chicago branch of The Satanic Temple has installed a "snaketivity" scene depicting an arm holding an apple with a snake coiled around it inside the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol. A plaque on the display reads, "Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift." You're welcome, America!

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          GOP's Spine Suddenly Not Bone-Sawed In Half Over Khashoggi Murder      Cache   Translate Page      


The strangest goshdarned thing happened in the Senate today. Senators on both sides of the aisle have been pissed off that CIA Director Gina Haspel wasn't originally made available by the White House to brief them on the murder of bone-saw-murdered Washington Post journalist and legal US resident Jamal Khashoggi, at the almost certain orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had testified to the Senate -- after we learned he traveled to Saudi Arabia just after the murder to help the Saudis cover it up. Defense Secretary James Mattis put his credibility in a lockbox for safekeeping and testified to the Senate. Both said we just can't be extra certain MBS ordered that particular bone-sawing. And of course none other than the president of the United States has said there are bad people on both sides of bone saws. (Or something like that.)

But weirdly, the senators just weren't satisfied. It was like they wanted to hear from the director of the CIA or something, the person who was most closely read in on the intel, who had traveled to Turkey to see and hear the evidence, who heads the agency that said pretty unequivocally that MBS was behind the murder.

Gina Haspel showed up at the Senate today. Behind closed doors, no bone saws allowed.

And Lindsey Graham (R-Trump's Secret Santa) came out of the room with the most memorable quote of all:


Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said while there was no smoking gun, there was a "smoking saw," referring to the bone saw that investigators have said was used to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia in that country's consulate in Istanbul in October.

SMOKING BONE SAW. Lindsey mad, y'all!

That's not all he said:

Bob Corker said words too, and as a Tennessee Democrat, we hate to say this, but when Marsha Blackburn is sworn in, we're gonna be missing some Bob Corker, if only a little bit:

"If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

And that's all Bob Corker needed to say about that. Oh wait just kidding he said more too:

Um, pretty sure Bob Corker just accused Jim Mattis and Mike Pompeo of lying to the Senate. Is that a thing we care about anymore in Trump's America?

GOP Alabama Senator Richard Shelby said the briefing with Haspel "confirmed a lot of our thoughts about the reprehensible killing to begin with," by which he meant their "thoughts" about how MBS outright ordered the bone saw assassination.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins accurately summed up where we find ourselves right now:

There was, of course, drama, because not all the senators got to go see Gina Haspel today. Rand Paul was a REAL doofus about it.

"I can't even ask to be included in it because I didn't know it was going to happen, except for reading about it in the media. That's not the way it should be. She should have come and testified in front of all senators," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. "If you have some senators who are more equal than others, that is not democratic representation."

Oh for Christ's sake, Rand, it was for Republican and Democratic leadership on certain committees, and yes, we get why the whole Senate should be briefed, but when you start whining about how some senators are "more equal than others," that's when it's time to STFU and go mow your lawn and hope your next-door neighbor isn't angrily lurking around.

Anyway, if the Trump administration thought it would shut up the senators on the GOP side -- who also seem to be kind of concerned about our continued support for the Saudi war in Yemen, as they should be -- it sounds like maybe this didn't work.

Or maybe they'll all roll over and die because Trump says mean things about them on Twitter, like they usually do.

Who the fuck knows.

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          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Wrong Side of History, Over 4 Million Slaughtered if Syria Falls w/Senator Richard Black Pt. 2      Cache   Translate Page      
EpisodeThis is the 2nd part of my interview with Senator Richard Black. We discuss Syria, Russia, North Korea and other foreign policy issues.   IMPORTANT: What people do not realize is the mass slaughter that will occur if Syria falls. Over 4 million innocent Christians, Jews, moderate Islamic rebels and other groups will be slaughtered in the region when/if Syria falls. We are fighting on the side of 3 of the worst regimes in human history: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. History will jud ...
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology      Cache   Translate Page      
EpisodeWorld War III is building up in the Middle East as 20 countries participate in a military “exercise” dubbed “Northern Thunder”. The exercise includes 350,000 soldiers, 20 thousand tanks, 2450 warplanes, and 460 military helicopters supplied by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius. While this is occurring, Turkey has been bom ...
          Qatar’s Opec exit deepens rift with Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
Departure of first Arab country comes as oil cartel faces pressure from Donald Trump
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: What's Really Behind the Low Oil Prices? Is it Russia, Saudi Arabia, or Simple Market Conditions?       Cache   Translate Page      
EpisodeGasoline prices have been in free-fall with some states in the U.S. landing under $2 a gallon. This is a boom for consumers and for many businesses. But for the oil industry, it is not good news. Most companies are highly leveraged and cannot absorb the record low prices. This episode, we bring on Rons Dixon, founder of ShaleExperts.com. He gives us insight into what is really going on with oil from both a pure economic perspective and a geo politically perspective. You can reach Mr. Di ...
          'Khashoggi Way' road sign appears outside Saudi Arabia embassy in Washington DC      Cache   Translate Page      
The sign was accompanied by an inflatable rat made to mimic President Donald Trump
          US senator: Saudi crown prince 'ordered, monitored' killing of Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House's timid response to the killing.

          Khashoggi murder: UN human rights chief demands international inquiry as Turkey tells Saudi Arabia to extradite all suspects for arrest - The Independent      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Khashoggi murder: UN human rights chief demands international inquiry as Turkey tells Saudi Arabia to extradite all suspects for arrest  The Independent
  2. US senators: we're certain Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder  The Guardian
  3. Jamal Khashoggi: First arrest warrants issued for Saudi crown prince allies  Mirror Online
  4. Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is a complete farce  The Washington Post
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"GOP Rep. Chris Stewart On Khashoggi Killing: ‘Journalists Disappear All Over The Country’ “We have to have a relationship with some players that we don’t agree with,” Stewart said of a continued U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia." https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-rep-chris-stewart-jamal-khashoggi-killing-journalists-disappear-all-over_us_5c06e0dde4b0a6e4ebd91905 "Report Says Saudi-hired Lobbyists Give Millions to Influence US Congress" (VOA Oct 30, 2018) https://www.voanews.com/a/report-says-saudi-hired-lobbyists-give-millions-to-influence-us-congress/4635576.html "The analysis of 2017 Foreign Agents Registration Act filings conducted by the Center for International Policy found that while a quarter of the money was given to political action committees, more than $1.5 million of the contributions were funneled to individual campaigns, with nearly $400,000 going to 75 members of Congress whom the lobbyists contacted on behalf of Saudi Arabia." See https://www.ciponline.org/images/uploads/actions/Saudi_Lobby_How_the_Kingdom_Wins_in_Washington.pdf
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Kidnapped: The Lost Princes: Saudi Arabia - a key ally of the UK and America - has been ruled as an absolute monarchy since its foundation. Any opposition in the country is often brutally oppressed. BBC Arabic has been investigating allegations the Saudi monarchy has operated a system of illegal abduction and capture of dissident princes who have criticised the government, including evidence of princes kidnapped in Europe and forced back to Saudi Arabia, where they've not been heard from since. ...
          To solve the economic crisis, PTI will have to move beyond optics and IK’s persona      Cache   Translate Page      

The Pakistani rupee plunged against the US dollar yet again last week, this time by almost Rs10. The sudden fall of the rupee, which traded for around Rs140 against the dollar, gave birth to speculation and as a result also led to the stock exchange witnessing a sharp decline in index points. On Monday, the Karachi Stock Exchange saw another bloodbath as it lost 1,355 points. The premier’s statement regarding the possibility of early elections and the forecast by the State Bank of Pakistan that 2019 will slow economic growth from the projected 5% to 4% played a crucial role in the stock exchange crash. But what was perhaps more surprising was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that neither he nor his finance minister were aware of the devaluation of the currency and only came to know of it when the news broke on TV. One wonders how the premier can claim to govern the country and how on earth investors are supposed to trust an economy where the leaders claim to not be informed before important decisions that impact our economy are taken. A prime minister unaware of the financial crisis and a finance minister whose sole strategy to avert the current crisis remains criticising the former government only send the message to the local and international business community that the current government is non-serious and inept when it comes to dealing with the crisis at hand. After all, the continuous devaluation of the rupee and the frequent stock exchange crashes are not a joke; these result in losses worth billions of rupees for investors and the business community at large, and yet our premier casually informed the nation he remains unaware when such integral steps are taken. Ever since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) assumed power, it has faced the daunting task of decreasing the current account deficit. Adding to their worry is the balance of payments crisis, while the trade deficit per month stands at around $2.93 billion. The $1 billion of cash flow from Saudi Arabia has not proven sufficient in fixing the current account deficit problem. The government is facing another challenge in the form of repaying external debt servicing as well. According to a report, Pakistan will pay $9.3 billion in external debt servicing for the current fiscal year, including to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As we seek yet another bailout package, the projected debt servicing for the current year will be $12.7 billion, while the total external debt will exceed $103 billion. This means that whenever one rupee is devalued against the US dollar, it causes billions of rupees to rise in our actual debt amount. Devaluation also leaves a devastating impact on the production sector, and as a result the production costs of imported items rise, leading to price hikes overall and inflation. The rupee has been devalued around 10 to 12% during the first 100 days of the PTI government, and many analysts believe it will further devalue in the future. This will leave the PTI government no option but to seek more loans from friendly countries, even after seeking a bailout from the IMF. The sudden drop in our currency was not a surprise. Pakistan’s currency was overvalued, and the former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government kept it overvalued by pumping dollars into the market through loans and investments. However, PML-N was not able to address the root cause of our economic woes, and it seems that PTI too has no answer. Finance Minister Asad Umar is also hoping the IMF bailout package will shrink the current account deficit and will thwart a potential financial breakdown for the time being. What PTI and Umar need to understand is that by no means will an IMF bailout or loans from China and Saudi Arabia avert the financial crisis in the long run. In a press conference, Umar rightly pointed out that the PML-N government artificially controlled the dollar rate against the rupee, but he conveniently did not mention that at the same time the PML-N was also able to bring in investments in the power and energy sectors in order to be able to do so. He also did not get into the absence of a Standing Committee of Finance in the National Assembly, which only results in the inexperienced PTI staying deprived of consultation and advice from members of the opposition. Had there been a Standing Committee, it could have advised the PTI to not to devalue the currency in a hurry, only to create panic in the market and amongst investors. We saw the chaos when the rupee fell and the stock market crashed. After all, a stable currency is the sign of a healthy and progressing economy that attracts investment, while a currency losing its value so abruptly causes overall concern. According to David Malpass, US Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, the PTI government needs a strategy different from that of its predecessors. Its failure and the current uncertainty are not stemming from its indecision over IMF, but from the lack of a stabilisation strategy once the 100-day period was over. Malpass has hit the nail on the head. No one can accuse the PTI of causing the currency crisis or the growing economic woes, but instead of tackling them by devising a new policy to actually address structural problems, PTI has been wasting everyone’s time through optics. From the austerity drive to claims of getting billions of dollars from friendly states, we have only seen optics from the sitting government to somehow offer a feel-good ‘victory’ to its support base. However, optics will not help the PTI avert the economic crisis, and if it continues to devalue currency without taking investors and the concerned quarters into confidence, the PTI will never fulfil Imran’s vision to rely on investments instead of carrying a begging bowl. The recent rupee plunge should raise alarm bells for the PTI that they are losing the plot, as its finance wizards continue to waste time by repeating the policies of former governments. Soon we could be facing a financial crisis that will not be averted by loans and grants alone. However, on the day of the stock market crash, instead of addressing the issue and giving confidence to investors, Imran chose to give an interview to his favourite journalists and revealed that early elections are a possibility. These statements clearly show the PTI does not understand the impact the statements of a leader can have at a time when the country is facing financial turmoil and its masses are feeling increasingly helpless. Such statements and ineptitude on the government’s part will only signal that investors and businesses should stay away until there is some stability in Pakistan’s current situation. Foreign remittances are one way to stabilise the currency and to address our economic woes in the long run, but in the absence of any visible financial policy to address this issue, the PTI will not be able to impress any investors on the basis of optics or the persona of Imran alone.



          Why Lies About the War on Yemen Matter      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. Tony Badran takes another crack at justifyingTrump’s subservience to Saudi Arabia. Inevitably, this means telling lots of lies about Iran and Yemen: The lead paragraph of Trump’s statement identifies Iran’s destructive regional role, and correctly assigns to it, in the first line, responsibility for the extended war in Yemen. … Continue reading "Why Lies About the War on Yemen Matter"

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          Rand Paul: Don’t Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      

On CNN today, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says Saudi Arabia will only listen to the US if the US stops selling them weapons.

The post Rand Paul: Don’t Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.


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          Global stocks drop after Trump trade-war jitters spark US bloodbath      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Asian markets tumbled Wednesday after President Donald Trump reignited trade-war tensions. His tweet Tuesday calling himself "Tariff Man" preceded a bloodbath in US stock markets. He later threatened "major tariffs" against China.
  • Trader sentiment has dragged as fears about global growth and the US economy resurfaced.

European equities took a hit Wednesday, following Asian stocks lower as economic and US-China trade-war jitters gripped financial markets.

In the US, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 each tumbled more than 3.2% on Tuesday amid growing doubts that a trade deal could be thrashed out between the US and China. A wonky indicator called the "yield curve" also flattened, signaling a weaker outlook for economic growth and fears about a US recession.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called himself "Tariff Man" on Twitter and later threatened to place "major tariffs" on Chinese goods entering the US, demolishing an uplift in market sentiment after last week's G20 summit in Argentina.

Read more: The bond market just flashed a major 'red flag' — and it could be signaling a US recession

The Shanghai Composite index closed down 0.6% Wednesday. European shares followed, with the Euro Stoxx 50, Germany's DAX, and France's CAC all down 1%. Fears remain that a US-China trade deal will not be struck in the 90-day negotiating window agreed on by the two sides.

Some analysts suggested that Monday's gains were overdone, given Trump's previously barbed comments.

A minor relief rally in US index futures may be masking continued market uncertainty amid the longest bull market since the depths of the financial crisis.

"There is a strong chance now that the buy the dip mentality has flipped into a sell the rally approach," said Neil Wilson, the chief markets analyst for Markets.com.

Oil-investor sentiment tracked that of equities. Brent crude was down 1.6% as of 8:45 a.m. in London (3:45 a.m. EST) as renewed uncertainty about Saudi Arabia's plans to freeze or cut supply lingered on markets ahead of the OPEC summit set to take place in Vienna on Thursday.

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          Saudi crown prince was behind Khashoggi’s murder, senators say      Cache   Translate Page      
Both Democratic and Republican senators who have been briefed by the CIA on the matter say they’re more convinced than ever that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump earlier called the crime against Khashoggi “terrible” but stopped short of pointing blame at Saudi Arabia.
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          The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut or Not to Cut Production      Cache   Translate Page      

To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing ahead of this year’s December OPEC meeting. It seems like just yesterday when OPEC met in 2016

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          Major investment intrigues that can be resolved before the end of this year      Cache   Translate Page      

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According to experts, the past month in the financial markets was rather boring, except for the continued strong fall in oil prices. However, in recent days, the movement in many instruments has noticeably intensified, as if they have found a second wind. It is assumed that by the end of this year, 3 investment intrigues can be resolved, each of which is likely to provide traders with the opportunity to earn extra money before the holidays.

1. Will oil save from collapse?

The fate of the price of black gold should be determined this week in Vienna, where a meeting of the countries participating in the OPEC + agreement will take place on December 7. The decision taken at this meeting will determine where the quotes will go in the next few months.

The main intrigue now is that in the run-up to the December summit, the participants in the transaction receive contradictory information. Earlier, the media reported that Saudi Arabia is negotiating with partners in OPEC + to reduce the production of raw materials by at least 1 million barrels per day. At the same time, in a number of publications, figures of 1.4-1.5 million barrels per day could be found.

However, it is not long to wait, and depending on what the production quotas will be and by what value the "oil club" will be ready to reduce, by the end of the year, prices will either return to levels of $ 68-72 per barrel, or remain in the range of $ 60 -65 a barrel, if it turns out that for a complete balancing of the market, the volumes have not been reduced sufficiently.

2. Will the dollar weaken?

We can probably get an answer to this question when the last meetings of the ECB and the Fed are held this year. It is not yet clear how the market will respond to decisions, and especially to the rhetoric of financial regulators based on these meetings.

It should be noted that representatives of the IMF have long been talking about the overvaluation of the American currency, and many banks and large investment funds predict a weakening of its position. A dear dollar may not be necessary for the White House either, since it almost nullifies the effects of tax cuts and the imposition of customs duties.

Meanwhile, until the end of the cycle of increase in interest rates in the United States, about a year remains, and all future increases, apparently, have already been laid in the course of the American currency.

3. Will the pound stand?

After a lengthy negotiation process with the European Union, the UK authorities managed to secure the approval of the draft Brexit agreement by the remaining countries of the alliance. Now the British parliament has to decide whether to give the green light to the "divorce" contract.

On the eve of the House of Commons launched a five-day debate, anticipating scheduled for December 11 vote on a deal with the EU. Opening them, Prime Minister Theresa May stressed that a "divorce" from Brussels should not split the country into two camps.

"We will be able to take advantage of this moment (exit from the EU) only if we are able to implement such a Brexit, which will again unite our country," she said.

If the lawmakers do not approve the document, the fluctuation corridor of the GBP / USD pair may expand to 1.25-1.30, and then everything will depend on the development of the situation, whether the "tough" Brexit, the resignation of the prime minister and the second referendum follow.

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To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing.
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          RBI likely to maintain repo rate in Wednesday's review      Cache   Translate Page      

Mumbai: The RBI is expected to keep its key interest rate unchanged at its

penultimate monetary policy review of the fiscal on Wednesday at a time when inflation - the

central bank's key concern - has softened, as has GDP growth, according to the figures

for the second quarter ending in September.

At its previous bi-monthly review in October, the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Monetary

Policy Committee (MPC) held its repo, or short term lending rate, unchanged at 6.5 per cent

in a context of rising crude oil prices posing an inflationary risk as well as a weakening

rupee.

Official data earlier showed that the consumer price index (CPI), or retail inflation in

October, fell to its lowest in a year at 3.31 per cent owing to lower food inflation, from 3.7 per cent in the previous month.

Besides, from the depths it had plunged, the rupee has since appreciated to a level of just over 70 to the US dollar.

Moreover, global crude oil prices have softened sharply from $86 per barrel in October to

currrent levels of around $60 amidst reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have reached a deal to cut output so as to shore up falling prices.

Meanwhile, official data on November 30 showed the pace of India's GDP growth slowed

during the July-September quarter to 7.1 per cent, from 8.2 per cent in the previous one,

mainly on the back of a drop in manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

"RBI may get the much needed elbow room to keep the policy rate unchanged in the

forthcoming bi monthly policy review on December, 5," said US rating agency Fitch Group subsidiary India Ratings and Research Chief Economist Devendra Kumar Pant.

"Based on the September quarter GDP growth and likelihood of lower growth in the second

half of the year, chances of fiscal slippage are very high. The central bank is expected to

stay on hold," he added.

Belying market expectations of a rate hike in October, the RBI held its repo rate unchanged

in the context of an uncertain global economic scenario but turned hawkish in its stance,

moving to one of calibrated tightening from the 'neutral' it has maintained over its six

previous policy reviews.

Elaborating on the change of stance to "calibrated tightening", RBI Governor Urjit Patel said that it implied that "in this cycle, a rate cut is out of the table and we are

not bound to increase rates every time we meet.

"With this stance we have two options, we can either increase rates or hold them," he said.

A "neutral" stance allows the RBI to move either way on rates.

On the decision to hold the repo rate, Patel said that "actual inflation outcomes, especially

in August, were below projections as the expected seasonal increase in food prices did not

materialise and inflation excluding food and fuel moderated".

The RBI has lowered its inflation projection for the July-September quarter to 4.0 per cent,

and between 3.9-4.5 per cent for the second half of the fiscal "with risks somewhat to the

upside".

India's budgetary fiscal deficit for the April-October period at Rs 6.49 lakh crore has exceeded the target for the full fiscal, accounting for 103.9 per cent of the budgeted target of Rs 6.24 lakh crore, mainly owing to slow revenue growth.

The RBI's policy review is coming at a time of slowdown in growth and private investment, and soon after the ongoing liquidity crunch has provoked a tiff between the government and the central bank.

The government's differences with the RBI centres on four issues - the former wants liquidity support to head off any credit freeze risk, a relaxation in capital requirements for lenders, relaxing the prompt corrective action (PCA) rules for banks struggling with accumulated non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, and support for micro, small and medium enterprises.

The current liquidity crunch, particularly among non-banking finance companies, follows a series of defaults last month by the privately-run Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services and banks hesitating to lend after a series of scams, most notably the Rs 14,000 crore fraud on state-run Punjab National Bank reported in February.



          Body Language Analysis No. 4364: Vladimir Putin's and Mohammed bin Salman's High Five at the G20 - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)      Cache   Translate Page      



Putin has never smiled so sincerely on the world stage. And in spite of increasingly disturbing details continuing to emerge regarding the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Crown Prince was similarly celebratory.

In a nonverbal amalgam of a High-Five and a Bro handshake, Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman conducted more than a bit of theater in Buenos Aires on Friday, 30 November 2018. Their actions could easily be substituted for two athletes - jubilant after scoring a goal.

Both Putin and the Prince have had journalists and their political enemies killed - and yet both men have gone unpunished. Moreover, Russia has recently renewed its military aggression against Ukraine - while the Saudi-led War in Yemen continues to kill tens of thousands of civilians via explosives, disease, and massive starvation.

What follows is a detailed nonverbal analysis of this G20 moment.


In this screen-grab, we can see Putin's:

• Eyelids are momentarily closed
• Forehead is relaxed
• Lower eyelids are evanescently furrowed
• Cheek muscles are vectored primarily upward
• Upper teeth are showing (while his lower teeth are not exposed)
• Face is blushing

Vladimir's smile is NOT feigned - rather it's quite sincere. Moreover, there's also a component of laughter. In this moment, the Russian is experiencing true joy-happiness.

The elevation of their hands is also quite significant - for the higher the hands, the greater the joy. 


A split second later, their hands enthusiastically meet. Donald Trump, in the background, appears to be looking briefly at the two men.


Mohammed bin Salman then pats the back of Vladimir Putin's right hand three times. While in serious contexts, such momentary double hand clasps would be a dominance display - in the midst of true joy-happiness, this action augments their jovial emotions - similar to back-slapping. It also serves as a bonding agent.

Note that Putin's eyelids are still completely closed - a characteristic common to significant and sincere laughter.


The majority of times, during traditional handshakes, most people make the profound mistake of making very little eye contact. Yet, as the Crown Prince continues to pat President Putin's hand, the Russian reestablishes eye contact.

These two additional handshake components - the Prince's hand patting and Putin's repeated eye contact - are crucial and drive home the significance and true sincerity of this moment.


As they turn to sit down and Mohammed bin Salman turns his face in view of the camera, we can see he also has a sincere smile of true joy-happiness (aka a Duchenne Smile). His closed/almost closed eyelids also signal a component of true laughter.


As he sits down Putin gives the Prince another round of eye contact.


And another.


After they sit down, they once again shake hands in the bro-handshake - common to younger men in informal settings. Mohammed bin Salman crescendos into more intense laughter - while Putin continues his sincere smiling.


In another intriguing moment, both men simultaneously readjust in their chairs. This behavior, termed Mirroring, is a signal they are of similar mindsets, they like each other - and indeed are in sync.


The Saudi Crown Prince then rapidly rotates his head once quickly to his right (0:22 - 0:23) - very much nonverbally celebrating/exclaiming to his partner, "Can you believe it! This is too good to be true!" - as the Russian President looks on.


Putin then clears his throat (0:23) as he displays just a bit of post-performance anxiety - signifying the thought-emotion of, "Okay, that bit of acting is over".

SUMMARY: There's no doubt that Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman at least partially choreographed their greeting at the G20 for all the world to witness. And in so doing, they were very deliberately giving the middle finger to the rest of the planet - particularly the United States, the U.S. Senate - and especially President Trump.

If you were directing a film and desired to signal to your audience that these two characters had indeed planned this scene - look no further than Putin and the Crown Prince for an example. But, it's crucial to note, that although their performance was planned, at the same time both men were quite sincere in their displays of true joy.

Acts some people find to be heinous and reprehensible - are those in which others will take pleasure.

You may very well despise Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman - but here's the Rub: to note similar times when someone who you like, believe, and/or trust - exhibits identical nonverbal behavior (e.g., in everyday scenarios). If we fall victim to confirmation bias - would we then be able to spot the lie? The Insincerity? The manipulation? No - most people would be fooled.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4363: Ivanka Trump's GMA Interview 

Body Language Analysis No. 4361: Donald Trump "Jokes" about leaving office

Body Language Analysis No. 4359: Trump and Putin in Paris

Body Language Analysis No. 4357: Donald Trump's response, "What a stupid question"

Body Language Analysis No. 4353: The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi and Trump's Defense of Saudi Arabia

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4312: South Korea Defeats Germany at The World Cup

Body Language Analysis No. 4299: Bill Clinton confronted regarding Monica Lewinsky Affair

Body Language Analysis No. 4287: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Why Do We Kiss with Our Eyes' Closed (most of the time)

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          Senators call for action over Khashoggi killing after CIA briefing      Cache   Translate Page      
After a briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, US senators say they are even more convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "If he was in front of a jury he'd be convicted in 30 minutes," said Tennesse's Republican Senator Bob Corker. Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to punish Saudi Arabia but are unsure precisely how. They are putting pressure on the Trump administration to condemn the crown prince, who has become one of the president's most vocal allies. Khashoggi is thought to have been murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. The Saudis have charged 11 people over the killing.
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          G20: You can smell tear gas in the streets as the oil industry squabbles      Cache   Translate Page      
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Từ ngày 30.11 tới ngày 1.12.2018, Đại diện 20 quốc gia thành viên của Nhóm G20 đã tham dự Hội nghị thượng đỉnh lần thứ 13 tại Buenos Aires, thủ đô nước Á Căn Đình. Sau 50 tiếng thương thảo căng thẳng về các vấn đề thương mại, biến đồi khí hậu và di dân các vị nguyên thủ cuối cùng đã đồng ý thông qua một bản tuyên bố chung. 

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Nhóm G 20 quy tụ Liên minh Âu châu (EU) và 19 quốc gia phát triển kinh tế  ( Mỹ, Trung Hoa, Nhật, Đức, Pháp, Ba Tây, Anh, Ý, Nga, Gia Nã Đại,n Độ,Úc, Mễ Tây Cơ,Nam Hàn, Nam Dương, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, Saudi Arabia, Á Căn Đình vả Nam Phi). Thành phần tham dự Hội nghị ngoài các nguyên thủ quốc gia, chủ tịch Hội đồng liên minh EU, chủ tịch Ngân hàng trung ương Âu châu, các bộ trưởng tài chính và các thống đốc ngân hàng quốc gia thành viên còn có Giám đốc Qũy tiền tệ quốc tế  (IMF), chủ tịch ngân hàng thế giới cũng như chủ tịch Tổ chức hợp tác và phát triền kinh tế (OECD). Đại diện Chí Lợi, Jamaika, Hoà Lan, Ruanda, Senegal, và Tân Gia Ba  cũng được mời  dự Hội nghị lần này.

Từ năm 1999, Nhóm G20 hoạt động như một diễn đàn hợp tác kinh tế và tài chính. Nhóm đại diện 2/3 dân số thế giới, trên 85%  tổng sản lượng nội địa (GDP) toàn cầu cũng như 3/4 lượng thương mại thế giới.

Dung hoà bất ngờ trong nhiều vấn đề.
Cải cách Tổ chức thương mại thế giới (WTO).
Kết quả tích cực được ghi nhận trong tuyên bố là các quốc gia thành viên cam kết xúc tiến cải cách Tổ chức thương mại thế giới (WTO). Mỹ và Liên minh EU cáo buộc Trung cộng đã không mở cửa thị trường nội địa và bao cấp doanh nghiệp nhà nước trái với các quy định của  WTO

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Ngoại trừ Mỹ, các quốc gia thành viên khẳng định cam kết trong thoả ước khí hậu Paris  2015 là giới hạn nhiệt độ toàn cầu ít hơn  2 độ.

Tranh cãi áp thuế
Tại Hôị nghị, Trung cộng, Nhật và các quốc gia Âu châu đã chỉ trích Mỹ theo đuổi  đường lối bảo hộ  kinh tế và đơn phương áp thuế  nhập cảng để bảo vệ các doanh nghiệp trong nước. Sau các lời cáo buộc nhau, các bên đòi hỏi các nước tránh.

Cuộc xung đột Ukraine
Tại Hội nghị, nhiều nước đã chỉ trích Nga  giam giữ 3 tầu hải quân và 24  thủy thủ Ukrain sau cuộc đụng độ  trên biển Ayov. Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump trước đó lên tiếng hủy bỏ cuộc gặp Tổng thống Nga Wladimir Putin  với lý do Nga còn giam giữ  các thủy thủ Ukrain. Thủ tướng Đức bà Angela Merkel đề nghị Đức sẽ trung gian tổ chức đàm phán cấp cố vấn an ninh và đối ngoại giữa Pháp, Đức, Nga và Ukrain để tìm giãi pháp  hòa bình cho cuộc xung đột Ukrain

Xét laí hệ thống thuế quốc tế
Vì các đại công ty Mỹ như Amazon hay Apple đạt nhiều lợi nhuận ở Âu châu nhưng lại trả rất ít thuế. Liên minh EU đòi phải thay đổi tình trạng này.. Tuyên bố chung ghi nhận  sẽ tìm giải pháp đồng thuận cho vấn đề này.

Quỹ tiền tệ và nạn gian lận thuế
Nhóm G20 nhìn nhận gia tăng trao đổi dữ liệu tài chính  để chống nạn gian lận thuế  cũng như tăng cường hỗ trợ Quỹ tiền tệ quốc tế IWF trong việc  ngăn ngừa khủng hoảng tài chính.

Trường hợp Khashoggi  
Hoàng tử Mohammed bin Salman, đại diên nước Saudi Arabia tham dự hội nghị đã khiến mọi người kinh ngạc vì ông bị cáo buộc đã ra lệnh thủ tiêu ký giã đối lập Jamal Khashogi. Các quốc gia Âu châu đòi hỏi Salman phải để quốc tế theo dõi,  quan sát các cuộc điều tra về án mạng này.

"Đình chiến" trong cuộc chiến thương mại Mỹ-Hoa

Cuộc gặp giữa Tổng Thống Mỹ Trump và Chủ tịch nước Trung cộng Tập Cận Bình  bên lề hội nghị G20 được xem là một tín hiệu  đưa tới "đình chiến" trong cuộc chiến thương mại của hai cường quốc kinh tế. Phó thủ tướng đặc trách thương mại Lưu Hạc lạc quan nói hai bên có thể đạt thoả thuận chấm dứt căng thẳng trong tháng săp tới. Bộ trưởng tài chính Steven Mnuchin cũng có nhận định tương tự.

Một Hội nghị thành công
Trước ngày Hội nghị thượng đỉnh G20 khai mạc, dư luận lo ngại cuộc chiến tranh thương mại Mỹ –Hoa có thể biến diễn đàn G20 thành G2  và cuộc xung đột Nga-Ukraine sau biến cố trên biển Ayov  sẽtác động tới sự đồng thuận  của Hội nghị. Và hơn nữa, cũng trong năm nay  Hội nghị thượng đỉnh nhóm G7 của các quốc gia kỹ nghệ tiên tiến diễn ra  tại Gia Nã Đại và Hội nghị Diễn đàn hợp tác kinh tế Á châu- Thái Bình Dương (APEC)  tại Papua New Ginea  chấm dứt không có tuyên bố chung. Nên  Hội nghị G20  tại Buenos Aires  cuối cùng với một tuyên bố kết thúc  được xem như thành công. Hội nghị kế tiếp sẽ được tổ chức từ ngày 28-29.06.2019 tạ Osaka, Nhật Bản.
 
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          Press Releases: On the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council      Cache   Translate Page      
Special Briefing
Senior State Department Official
Washington, DC
December 4, 2018


MODERATOR: (In progress) He’s going to speak with you on back ground as a senior State Department official. [Senior State Department Official] just exited the meeting that was held on Ukraine and Georgia in which the Secretary spoke and a lot of others spoke, so [Senior State Department Official], go right ahead.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: So as [Moderator] said, I just came out of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Black Sea security. This is the format focused on Georgia and Ukraine. You may remember, and I want to call everyone’s attention to the fact, that Hungary has been blocking participation of Ukraine in certain formats at NATO, a habit that we strongly object to. This is a format, a Black Sea format that – it’s now the second time this format has met, and it is a format that we put together to have these two countries continue to engage NATO, but it’s a workaround to Hungary’s blockage, which we continue to object to.

In that session, there were strong expressions of support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia. The United States in particular sent a very clear and strong message of support for both of these countries, joining them in their stand against Russian aggression, both externally with regard to territorial acts of aggression and internally with regard to the building of democracy and continued efforts at reform.

There was a special focus in the NAC session just now on the November 25th incident outside the Kerch Strait. I know all of you have followed that closely and are aware of everything that happened. It’s a serious concern for the United States for a couple of reasons. One is Ukraine itself. It marks an unmistakable escalation of the conflict there, not least because it’s the first time that the Russian Government has openly and unapologetically used its own forces without any attempt at claiming it was done by so-called separatists; but secondly the demonstration effect of what happened in Kerch. There are a lot of international passage – maritime passageways in the world – Middle East, Asia. We have principled reasons to be concerned about a demonstration like – the demonstration effect like this sinking in, but also very practical and interest-based reasons to be concerned about a lot of places in the world where U.S. troops and commerce pass through, and we don’t want this precedent to stick.

Today the U.S. reiterated that we condemn this Russian act of aggression, call it for what it is; that Crimea is Ukraine; and that the Russian action in Kerch is both a clear military escalation and a violation of international law and freedom of the sea. Long before this latest incident in Kerch, the United States has been raising our concerns about Russian behavior in Azov and with the construction of the Kerch Bridge. We’ve had State Department statements on Kerch and Azov on numerous occasions, most recently in May, August, and November prior to this incident. We have raised concerns about Azov and Russian behavior there in the OSCE Permanent Council on five occasions since last year.

I think all of you know – you have followed the President’s decision some months ago to reverse the previous administration’s blockage of lethal aid to Ukraine – we’ve provided two cutters to enhance maritime security of Ukraine, and a senior State Department official was present at the handoff ceremony. We recently held a meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission, which I chair, co-chaired with Minister – Foreign Minister Klimkin, and that included a special focus on Azov.

I would also note that the Russian entities who are involved in the Kerch Bridge construction and who are operating in Crimea, a number of those – at least a dozen by my count – are already sanctioned entities. In the period since this incident, we demarched all 28 EU members as well as Russia. We have pressed publicly and privately alongside allies for release of the crew and a reopening of the strait. The Secretary has made very strong and clear statements about this and has tweeted about it on numerous occasions. The President has spoken about this. Ambassador Haley made a statement about this. I think all of you know that the President canceled a Putin meeting because of his concern about this incident. We put out a G7 foreign ministers statement, we had a NATO-NAC statement on November 27th, and we’re now working very closely with allies to assess the way forward.

And the final thing I would say is I think the Russians have this message; but if they don’t, it should be abundantly clear to them that for as long as they hold these crew members, we will continue to raise the costs. They need to release the crews, return the ships, and this is not something that we’re going to turn our attention away from.

QUESTION: How has – how have you risen --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: First question, please.

QUESTION: How have you risen the costs since the incident? Other than statements, I don’t know where, but (inaudible) – how has --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: So the – you haven’t heard the final word on this matter. We’re in close coordination.

QUESTION: Tell me. What is it?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I don’t have a final word for you on this matter.

QUESTION: Oh, oh, oh. (Inaudible) you were saying.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: We’re closely coordinating with allies on a way forward and we have complete consistency in our concerns and messaging with allies, and right now we’re assessing how to get the crew and ships out. There’s a variety of options for that, but as I said, it’s not an issue that’s going to go away.

QUESTION: I understand, but you said that the – you’re going to continue to raise the cost to the Russians if they don’t do this. So I’m just – “continue to” – I don’t see how the cost has risen since the incident has happened, so there’s nothing that they can get in return for releasing the crew and the ships except for you guys stop writing mean letters, right?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Yeah, thank you for that characterization of our policy.

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I mean, look, there should be no doubt whatsoever, because if you look at our actions over the last two years, there should be no doubt about cost imposition and this administration’s focus on cost imposition for Russian aggression.

QUESTION: I’m not --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: And this is the latest example of Russian aggression.

QUESTION: I’m not questioning that. I’m not questioning that.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: So as I said, right now our focus is on working with our allies, because European allies have a principal responsibility for something that happens in their own backyard.

QUESTION: Yes, but my only question – I’m not doubting that you’re tough on the Russians. I’m saying what have you done in response to this specific incident that raises the costs so that they will think again --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I just gave you a really long list of a variety of things that we’ve done over the last two years, and I think for where we stand right now, I’m just going to call your attention to that list. I think it speaks for itself in communicating our resolve to get the crew out, unblock the strait, and not let the precedent stick.

QUESTION: But the crew hadn’t been taken --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Next question.

QUESTION: -- hadn’t been taken and the strait wasn’t blocked four months ago.

MODERATOR: Let’s move on. (Inaudible.)

QUESTION: So were you happy when MBS did a high-five with Vladimir Putin? Given all of your concerns about Putin’s behavior over the last several years, given all the things that you’ve done to raise that, to talk to – to increasingly isolate the Russians on the international stage, one of your closest allies had a enthusiastic, almost bear hug-like high-five with Putin at the G20, where both were sort of obviously gleeful. Is that the sort of messaging that you think is appropriate by one of your closest --

MODERATOR: I think the question about Saudi Arabia should be not addressed to [Senior State Department Official] and that was your (inaudible).

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: It was about – look --

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

MODERATOR: Hold on. You can certainly answer – ask the – that question to the Secretary.

QUESTION: Okay.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Look, let me answer that in part from an EUR perspective. Vladimir Putin is determined to increase Russian influence in the Middle East and the Russians, make no mistake, have a strategy to exercise greater influence over things like the price of oil. This is a big part of the reason why, when we look at policy both in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East, we have to be cognizant of the fact that Putin is an opportunistic player looking to cement stronger strategic relations with countries like Saudi Arabia that’s a close U.S. friend and partner. So it’s part of the reason that I think Secretary Pompeo has been clear there’s a lot of equities that we have in the Saudi relationship, and we have to balance those wisely.

So I would say your question points to something that I hope our friends in the media are cognizant of, that we have to prevent Putin from having opportunities like this to cement relations with Saudis, among others.

MODERATOR: Next question.

QUESTION: There were reports this morning that the Russians were easing their blockade of Ukrainian seaports. Was that mentioned? Do you see that as a sign of progress? And then you’ve been repeatedly saying the Europeans should be doing more here since this is in their backyard. Have any solid commitments been made? And what specifically more (inaudible)?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Yeah. So on the first part of your question, even a partial blockage from our standpoint is unacceptable, both under international law and the obligations that the Russians have to the Ukrainians from their own agreements on how they – bilateral agreements on how they manage that passageway. So we don’t see that as success.

On your second question, I would answer that a lot like I did earlier, that we are talking and working very closely with European allies right now to chart a unified way forward where the West is not only speaking with one voice, which I think we are right now, but what we’re working on and a big part of why we’re here today is charting the way forward in terms of actions.

QUESTION: Is it consensus that that’s unacceptable, that it’s not a victory – the partial unblockage, or is that just the U.S.?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I can only speak from the perspective of U.S. policy. I would refer you to numerous other foreign ministries.

QUESTION: Well, that didn’t come up in the – did – it didn’t come up in the NAC meeting?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Did what come up?

QUESTION: The partial unblockage, and did you all come to consensus that this is not good enough, that they have to --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: A lot of those developments are very, very recent, right, so over the last few hours. Several of the ministers who spoke up noted that, but they didn’t note it by way of saying we’re out of the woods. But people are aware of the fact – I think across the alliance are aware that this is a fluid situation.

I mean, I’ll go out on a limb and say I think generally from a NATO-wide perspective no one would see that as a satisfactory move or the end of a matter.

MODERATOR: [Senior State Department Official] only has a few more minutes. Nike, go ahead.

QUESTION: Yes. Thank you very much. First I would like to know if – do you see any indication of Russia – (phone rings). Sorry. Do you see any indication on Russia stepping up interference in Ukraine in the run-up to the – excuse me – in the presidential and parliamentary election next year? And separately, was Georgia’s bid to become a NATO member addressed?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: We see a noticeable uptick in already very high levels of Russian interference inside Ukraine. I think the Russians, and I should specifically say the Russian Government – and I think these decisions are coming from Putin – sees Ukraine as a very vulnerable target and is attempting through a variety of means to undermine confidence in democratic institutions. A lot of Russian cyber activity. As you may know, the State Department has provided a lot of practical support to the Ukrainians. Our post is very active there, but we’ve also targeted a lot of our recent aid at bucking up Ukrainian cyber defenses. So we’ve rolled up our sleeves and we work with them on a daily basis in making Ukraine and its institutions more resilient against those attacks.

QUESTION: On Georgia?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Georgia. So from the U.S. perspective, and I think we’ve been clear on this, that we stand by the Bucharest 2008 declaration affirming that Georgia has a future in NATO. Georgia has made tremendous strides in reform, particularly in the defense sector, is an outsized contributor to international security missions, so our policy position has not changed.

And we are happy to see that the presidential elections went off as smoothly as they did. We are concerned about numerous irregularities that we saw in those elections but are very watchful now in how the Georgians implement their new constitution, and I think the early part of next year will be a test for democratic institutions in Georgia.

MODERATOR: Guy.

QUESTION: Yeah, well I just want to remind you – thanks so much, this is really insightful. But I want to remind you that it’s on background, so nobody reading this knows who said it.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Thanks for the reminder.

QUESTION: Yeah. I mean --

MODERATOR: This is what we typically do at State Department, previews with some of our experts.

QUESTION: Oh, I understand. Of course, but --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Do you have a question?

QUESTION: My question is I want to give you an opportunity to tell us what exactly was achieved here today vis-a-vis Ukraine in a simple statement. Was there – is there anything that – I mean, yesterday you told us that the goal – or we were calling on European allies to show leadership, we want to see European allies take greater responsibility for a security problem that is just a few hundred miles from Germany’s border. Was there any movement towards that? And I’m not trying to insinuate that there wasn’t. Just here’s the shot to give us --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Since we’re on background, I’ll offer an observation that when the United States and particularly this administration is – when we get criticized from the media, it’s often for not coordinating enough with allies. When we coordinate with allies, we get criticized for coordinating with allies. So as I’m sure you can appreciate, although diplomacy probably works on a little bit different time schedule than some other things, not everything is resolved in a 55-minute meeting.

I think the NAC statement a few days ago was crystal-clear. What we do not see NATO doing right now is what NATO did at the onset of the Georgia war – sticking its head in the sand, not speaking up. Speaking up counts for something. As the Secretary said earlier today, words matter. And I think post-Kerch incident, the words of the United States are crystal-clear. As you’ve seen on our Ukraine and on our Russia policy, our words and actions match, and I’ve given you a long list of the ways in which they match. As I said a minute ago, you haven’t heard the last word on this matter, and we want the Russians to absorb the message that they need to release the crews or there will be consequences and the pain will grow over time. As – and I think that’s been our consistent message to the Russians across the board for various forms of aggressive behavior, and this will be no exception.

MODERATOR: Joel, go ahead.

QUESTION: A very quick question.

MODERATOR: Joel was ahead of you. Go ahead, Joel.

QUESTION: You said you want unified action, not just words. So have you found that the – are the Turks limiting the range of motion, so to speak, in response to the Kerch Strait incident in light of – to the growing relationship between Erdogan and --

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: The Turks are very helpful on this matter for a couple of reasons. First, there is a large Tatar minority community in Crimea. The Turks have been consistent in their commitments in a NATO context on not recognizing the annexation of Crimea. They’ve actually been one of the more forceful in raising concerns about human rights violations inside Crimea. But also, as I said a minute ago at the beginning of my remarks, they look at the broader implications of developments in a narrow passageway because they have one that they sit next to and are very cognizant of the precedents that could be set there. So we’ve been very pleased with the Turkish reaction to this and are stitched up really, really closely with them.

MODERATOR: We’ll go to the last question, Jessica Donati.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) question, just – I know you can’t specify the details, but can you give us a sense of the timeline that you’re looking at, what kind of urgency? Is this days, weeks, or months from action?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: All I can tell you – and I know from your perspective it’s probably not very satisfying, but I can tell you it is the highest priority that my bureau is working on. And as I said a minute ago, we are closely coordinating with allies. We’re stitched up inside USG. And beyond that, I don’t want to give you a crystal ball.

MODERATOR: Thanks, everybody.

QUESTION: Thanks, [Senior State Department Official].

(Break.)

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I should have said more about Nord Stream 2. I never miss a messaging opportunity on Nord Stream 2. I think you could – look, Kerch incident should be a reminder to all of our European allies on why Nord Stream 2 is such a bad idea. And to put an even sharper point on it, I mean, by way of background, I would put it this way: I would say the Kerch incident is a reminder that the less infrastructure you have, the less gas infrastructure you have bypassing Ukraine because of Nord Stream 2, the weaker the deterrent – deterrence is to Russian acts of military aggression.

So there are practical energy-related reasons we don’t want Nord Stream 2 to go forward. There are also security and Ukraine-related reasons that we don’t want Nord Stream 2 to go forward, and this is a startling reminder.

QUESTION: Did the Germans get that reminder?

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: We raise Nord Stream 2 with the Germans on every occasion, and I will say I think that Kerch – I mean, when you have a naked act of aggression like that, I think it resonates in German public opinion. And we’ve seen some indications in our recent conversations with German officials that they’ve absorbed that message more plainly after Kerch. It’s harder for them to just say this is a commercial project.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thanks, guys.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Thanks, guys.


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          Press Releases: Briefing With Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James F. Jeffrey      Cache   Translate Page      
Special Briefing
James F. Jeffrey
Special Representative for Syria Engagement 
Washington, DC
December 3, 2018




AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Hello, folks. Here to talk a bit about Syria today and take your questions. Can you all hear me?

QUESTION: Yes.

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Okay. Let me review the bidding since the Astana meeting last week on Thursday of Turkey, Iran and Russia trying to focus on the political track. And I will focus my remarks on the political track because we’re at a critical juncture on that important track in this month. I’ll explain a little bit why and where we are on it.

We also just completed today a meeting of what we call the small group, which is an informal group of European states – Germany, France, and Britain – and Middle Eastern states – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt – who work with us and consult with us on this issue. They met with Under Secretary David Hale, and they also met with the head of the Syria negotiating committee – commission, rather, Nasr Hariri, who is basically the senior, and his senior staff from the Syrian political opposition, who are very much involved in this whole process.

So what I’d like to do is to take you through what happened last week and where we are now with the small group. As you may remember, the summit in Istanbul over a month ago now saw Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, President Macron, and President Erdogan meet together to discuss Syria. They discussed primarily two very contentious issues: the Idlib deconfliction zone of ceasefire, and particularly the political process, specifically the constitutional committee which is to be stood up, and it’s something that three countries, known as the Astana group – Turkey, Iran, and Russia – took upon themselves a year ago to try to stand up, because the regime was not being cooperative.

That’s all under the aegis of UN Resolution 2254 from December of 2015, which is the basic core document that is trying to resolve this terrible and very dangerous conflict, and we see indications of the danger of it all of the time. I can’t confirm or deny the reports that were in The Washington Post today of strikes against terrorists. I can’t confirm or deny reports of Israeli contacts a few days ago. But we get these things all of the time because this conflict is a very dangerous conflict, and as I’ve said before, you have the five military forces, outside military forces in close proximity.

Okay, so we were hoping – following up from the Istanbul conference – that the Russians, the Iranians, and the Turks would be able to finalize the third list of members to this constitutional committee, and that was a primary goal of the Astana meeting last Thursday. They didn’t succeed. They issued a statement that basically did examine the Idlib de-escalation area, they call it, and stressed the importance of a lasting ceasefire while underlying the necessity to continue the effective fight against terrorism. That is good news because the Idlib ceasefire, as President Trump notably and other senior officials have said, is very, very important to the overall hope for stability in Syria.

But they did not take any significant action on the constitutional committee. Rather, they stated once again that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, but all they did was reaffirm their determination to set up joint efforts to launch the constitutional committee in Geneva. But they didn’t even say “by the end of the year”; what they said was “the soonest possible time,” which tends to be waffling.

As a result of that, you may have seen that the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, who was present at the conference, issued his own statement. It begins, “Staffan de Mistura appreciates the work done at the Astana meeting by the three guarantors to ensure the Idlib de-escalation arrangements are sustained.”

He then issued for the UN at this point in the process quite a strong statement: “However, Special Envoy de Mistura deeply regrets that at a special meeting in Astana with the three Sochi co-conveners, there was no tangible progress in overcoming the 10-month stalemate on the composition of the constitutional committee. This was the last occasion of an Astana meeting in 2018 and has, sadly for the Syrian people, been a missed opportunity to accelerate the establishment of a credible, balanced, and inclusive Syria-owned, Syria-led, UN-facilitated constitutional committee.”

We then issued a statement by Heather, “No breakthrough” on the Astana meeting, pointing out what had happened, making reference to Staffan, and basically saying that this is not a process we think has come to its end.

Today with the Syria small group, we first of all reviewed implementation of a UN-facilitated, Syrian-led, and Syrian-owned political process that would create a permanent, peaceful, and political end, in line, again, with 2254. There was support, as you can imagine, for UN Envoy de Mistura’s statement regarding the November 28th, 29th Astana meeting which I just read to you, particularly the importance of sustaining the Idlib de-escalation arrangements, the efforts to meet the December 31st deadline to convene the Syrian constitutional committee, and we are looking forward to de Mistura’s December 14th report to the Security Council.

That will be the key point where we see whether we are going to have the political process moving forward under the UN, facilitated perhaps by the Astana guarantors putting pressure on Damascus, or whether we’re going to be in another stalemate and then with a new Syrian UN envoy, Geir Pedersen, coming on board right thereafter. We’ll all have to re-examine where we’re going on this extremely important, extremely dangerous issue.

So I’ll stop there, having brought you up to date on the situation.

STAFF: (Inaudible) AFP.

QUESTION: Thank you for doing this. Do you – we are now December 3rd. Do you really think that it’s possible to convene the committal – constitutional committee before the end of the year? You have already pushed that deadline back other times, so do you think that this time you can do it, or you are going to say by the end of January and then by the end of February?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: We are staying with, as the Istanbul summit states, the end of the December. I’m sure that if Staffan de Mistura got a green light from the regime or the Astana people that there was a list that he could accept and verify as credible, that on the 14th he could announce a December convening, and I believe it would convene.

STAFF: Nadia, Al Arabiya.

QUESTION: Good to see you, Ambassador. As you just explained and elaborated, there seem to be a political stagnation. What does it take to have a breakthrough, especially that some people say the U.S. is playing a secondary role and Russia and Turkey are leading?

And if – allow me as well, I have a question on Russia. Yesterday, they accused the U.S. of playing a dangerous game, as they said, or playing the Kurdish card, especially now that the SDF are trying in the final push to clear an area from ISIS. Are you playing a dangerous game?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: That’s about – first of all, we’re not playing a dangerous game. Russia is playing a dangerous game accusing us of playing a dangerous game. We are totally committed to defeating Daesh along the Euphrates. Our local ally in that, as you know, since 2014, has been the SDF, as everybody else knows. They are involved in a very, very tough battle. This is not an organization that has been totally destroyed. We think that we’ll be able to finish the job in the months ahead, but there’s very heavy fighting there and we’re putting a lot of our own effort and the effort of our friends and allies and partners into it.

In terms of – can you give me the first half of your --

QUESTION: What does it take to have a breakthrough in this since we have political stagnation versus --

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah. Oh, yeah, I know, that – are we playing a secondary role. There’s about six questions there, so I’ll try to pull each of them out.

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: We think we’re playing a primary role. I think you should ask the others and get their opinions because we’re always going to think we’re playing a primary role. Ask any of the other participants in this process the role of the United States overall in Syria. I think they’ll say it’s a very, very active role with many aspects.

Now, in terms of a breakthrough, we’ve been in a stalemate since this whole Sochi – Astana/Sochi process began in December of 2017, following on six years of stalemate. What we’ve seen in the last few months is a ministerial at the small-group level at the UN putting pressure on the UN and on the Astana group to come forth. Then we saw the Istanbul summit where, for the first time, Russia said that they would try to get this thing done by the end of the year. Up until that point, they would be saying there’s no artificial deadline, when in their minds any date is an artificial deadline, so we got them to move on that. And there’s at least a possibility that they will move by the 14th with de Mistura.

So I would say while I still think that the chances are not great, I would say they’re better now than they were three months ago or six months ago.

QUESTION: Thank you.

STAFF: (Off-mike.)

QUESTION: Ambassador, thank you very much for doing this. One zoomed-in question and then one zoom-out.

Zoom-in: Idlib itself, the fighting, what are you tracking? Are you seeing the collapse of the stalemate itself in terms of the fighting on both sides?

And then zoom-out: Last time you and I had a conversation about the strategy in Syria, one of the three pieces of the strategy was the removal of all Iranian-commanded forces from the entirety of Syria. Is that still part of the strategy and is there any progress on that?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: That is part of the overall strategy. I would say we have made progress hammering that particular goal to everybody. We think that the people who need to listen are listening. I don’t – again, have nothing to announce. I have no specific thing to point to. But this is in play, and again, as I mentioned at the time, it’s in the context of a political solution to the overall conflict and the withdrawal of all the other forces that have arrived since 2011.

Now in terms of Idlib, we still believe (a) that it is a very good thing that there is this de-escalation zone. We believe it is holding. All of our conversations, not just with the Turks but with the Russians, indicate it is. We had one incident a week ago with alleged use of chemical weapons by terrorists from Idlib, and the Russians then conducted a strike. We cannot, I want to underline, corroborate any chemical weapons attack based on that incident, and we’ll try to have more for you as soon as possible.

STAFF: (Off-mike.)

QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, good to see you again. My question is about Idlib. Contradict to Manbij roadmap, there are some reports indicating that there are a good amount of YPG/PYD militants still in Idlib right now. And also, what’s your –

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: YPG/PYD in Idlib?

QUESTION: Yeah, according to some of the reports from the field. And my question is --

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Not Manbij? You said Idlib.

QUESTION: I’m sorry, Manbij. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, Manbij. You’re right. I’m sorry.

So my question is: What’s your solution to preventing a possible attack from the group against Turkish troops? And I mean, they constantly are showing solidarity with PKK terror group and also threatening Turkish groups on the field, so --

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Sure. First of all, some – it’s over 50 – we’ve confirmed over 50 members of those organizations have left Idlib, and we passed that number on to the Turks. We’re also in the process now under what we call the Manbij roadmap that Secretary Pompeo and his counterpart Foreign Minister Cavusoglu agreed in June to vet senior leadership in the Manbij Military Committee, which is the military side, and in the Manbij Council – this is some, oh, 70, 80, 100 people – to vet them jointly by our two countries to ensure that there is nobody there who might be threatening the Turks.

In terms of an attack out of there, again, we have a quite significant force there. We have, under the Manbij Roadmap, joint patrols with the Turks, and – I’ve been out there myself – very good observation of everything that is going on. That region is, as regions go in Turkey – rather, correction – in Syria quite secure, at least north of where the regime is.

QUESTION: Have you personally talked to YPG/PYD leadership about this?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: I talk to whoever I need to talk to to accomplish my job.

STAFF: Barbara.

QUESTION: Thank you. Ambassador, if, as you seem to think it’s possible or likely on the 14th the Staffan de Mistura doesn’t come through with the breakthrough, then what happens next? Is there a Plan B if the whole Astana/Sochi process doesn’t segue into the UN process and the regime doesn’t agree to this third committee? What happens then?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Well, again, the first address to such a question is the UN, because the UN has been charged by the Security Council to carry out this political process under 2254 and specifically to the new successor to de Mistura, Mr. Pedersen. But our suggestion, and I think I would reflect the views of many of the other major UN countries that are concerned and interested in Syria, is that we do not continue with this rather strange Sochi/Astana initiative, for them to take over the job of putting together a constitutional committee and presenting it on a platter to de Mistura. They tried and they failed, or at least up to this point they failed. And if they are still failing by the 14th, the U.S. view, as we indicated in Heather’s comment or Heather’s press release on Thursday, is let’s pull the plug on Astana.

QUESTION: And then what?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: And then we go back to the UN.

QUESTION: And the UN comes up – and the UN gets the regime to the table how?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Well, that’s a good a question because we’ve been trying now for six years. First of all, the regime has shown some flexibility. Again, is this is a stalemate? Yes. Are we quite as stalemated as we were a few months ago? I don’t think so. I think that particularly in Astana the Turkish Government has held its position and not succumbed to pressure by the other two to sign up to a third list that would be pro regime. That’s very important.

You’ve seen on the ground, be it al-Tanf, be it in Idlib, be it in some of the alleged Israeli actions, be it in some of our actions in the northeast, you’ve seen an unwillingness to yield to pressure from the regime or from the regime’s allies. And you’re in a different conflict now, a conflict – not a conflict, but you’ve got a situation where you’ve got a number of outside countries that are present on the ground or in the air over Syria, and that gives you fewer actors to deal with.

At one point John Kerry, when he was trying to do this in 2016, was trying to get a ceasefire among 400 opposition groups. Now the opposition groups are basically in a much different situation, and it’s much easier to get them to stop shooting, as we’ve seen in Idlib and other areas. So that’s the first thing why I’m somewhat more optimistic.

The second thing is it’s very clear that the Damascus regime, and particularly the Russians and the Iranians, want to see what I call the three Rs: refugees essentially pushed back to Syria; reconstruction aid, perhaps up to 400 billion according to the UN, to flow into the country from the West – us, Europe, international organizations; and the regime to be recognized by the world as legitimate. None of those things are happening, and they’re not going to happen until the political process makes progress, as far as I can see. And I don’t see a change in that, and I think that’s dawning on at least the Russians.

STAFF: (Off-mike.)

QUESTION: Thank you for your time, Mr. Ambassador. My question is what will be the U.S. policy on the Kurds in Syria.

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Our policy is to work with the people of the northeast first of all to defeat ISIS. We have to do some basic humanitarian work and local stabilization work in order to have a platform for this defeat of ISIS. We have no political agenda either with the Kurdish groups, with the Arab groups, or with any other groups inside Syria. Our position is (a) the territorial integrity of Syria under its present borders; (b) we will work with all political forces that are willing to recognize and accept the UN political process and the basic criteria of all of these UN initiatives since 2012 on Syria, which is no threat to the neighbors, no threat to the population, no use of chemical weapons, no support for terrorism, no mass slaughter of one’s own civilians, and accountability for war crimes. That’s our position with everybody and anybody.

STAFF: Right here.

QUESTION: Ambassador Jeffrey, last – during your last briefing you stated that the forces under the command of Iran were not as active as previously. Is that still the case? And what do you know about what they’re actually doing on the ground in Syria?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Well, right now there is a relative lack of combat in Syria other than the most active is against the ISIS forces around Hajin, around the Euphrates close the Iraqi border, which is an operation that we are leading with the SDF. There have been some very limited regime operations against ISIS or Daesh in the southwest of the country but not very much. So apart from that there hasn’t been much military activity. That has an impact on the activity levels of the Iranians or anybody else, but I would just say that we’re monitoring the Iranian situation closely. We’re not the only ones monitoring the Iranian situation closely.

QUESTION: Does it look like they’ve maybe shrunk in terms –

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: I would say we’re monitoring the Iranian situation closely.

STAFF: Said.

QUESTION: Thank you. Thank you, Ambassador. I wanted to ask you – I mean, we’re a bit confused on the position of the United States as far as Syria is concerned. On the one hand they say we will be there forever, on the other hand that your operation is limited and so on. Could you just give us like a vignette of how and when will the United States forces leave Syria?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Well, the United States forces are in Syria for one mission, which is the enduring defeat of ISIS/Daesh. That is a military mission that flows from congressional authorization in 2001 against terror post-9/11. That’s the military mission of our military there.

When we say we’re going to be present not forever in Syria but present until our conditions – enduring defeat of ISIL, as was said earlier, the withdrawal of all Iranian-commanded forces from the entirety of Syria, and an irreversible political process. We’re saying the United States as a whole, that the President as the Commander-in-Chief and as the leader of our foreign policy has various options that involve military involving our forces. Remember we were present not in northern Iraq but over northern Iraq in Operation Northern Watch for 13 years. That can be a UN force. Under 2254 there is language on a UN-managed and operated ceasefire. That can be partner forces. That can be other countries’ forces.

Then there’s the diplomatic initiatives that we do with the Small Group in the UN, then there is the actions of our friends and allies. For example, the Istanbul summit we weren’t there, but we were working with the French, the Germans, and the Turks, and we got a good result from it. That’s an example of the kind of tools we use.

Also economic, both sanctions on this regime every way possible – we’re announcing them all of the time, including particularly our focus is on oil transfers from Iran to Syria and money back. We’re pursing that very aggressively.

And finally, our position, which has an awful lot of support, not to push refugees back, not to recognize the regime, and in particular not to allow reconstruction funds to flow to Syria until we see real progress on these other tracks.

So that’s the summary of all of the tools we have that under the rubric of we will stay on in Syria until we get these goals.

QUESTION: Thank you.

STAFF: Tracy, did you have a question?

QUESTION: Oh yes, you just mentioned the sanctions. I wanted to ask about that. I think it was two weeks ago you all sanctioned – I think it was Russian and Iranian companies that were supplying oil to the Government of Syria. Does that kind – I mean, does that kind of sanction have an impact? Do you have any sense of seeing that that has reduced the shipments of oil to Damascus?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yes.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you want to elaborate?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: No. (Laughter.)

STAFF: Okay I think we have – last question. Michelle.

QUESTION: With the ultimate goal of removing Iranian influence from Syria --

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: I didn’t say that. I would – I wish I could say that, but that’s not U.S. policy. It’s Iranian-commanded forces.

QUESTION: Okay.

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Nice try.

QUESTION: But given that’s part of it and finance – and squeezing them financially would be a part of that --

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yes.

QUESTION: -- what progressive effect have you seen on the continued sanctions regime on Iran in light – the effect of the Iranian involvement in Syria right now? Would you say that there has already been some effect?

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: All I can say is – that’s the problem if you leave government and you become an outside analyst, commentator, and think tanker. There is things you’ve written. I was ambivalent and probably leaning against pulling the plug on the JCPOA as late as a year ago. I have to say, from everything I have seen in coming back in, it was an absolutely valid decision in terms of putting pressure on Iran where it really hurts, which is in the financial area. It’s still early. As you know, it’s less than a month since we imposed the NDAA oil sanctions on Iran, but we have seen a dramatic drop in both international firm engagement in Iran, in the banking sector’s activities and their ability to use the international financial system, and we’ve seen a huge drop of over a million barrels of oil. I mean, Brian Hook comes down here and does the briefings far better than I. I’m just doing the top level.

And I’m seeing some impacts of this on Syria, which I can’t get into. It’s another way of answering the same question, the other one asked a few minutes ago.

STAFF: All right, I think we have to wrap up now.

AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Okay, that’s fine. Thank you.

QUESTION: Thank you.


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Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are bristling at the close ties between Saudi Arabia and Russia as the group looks to cut output to offset falling crude prices.
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OPEC and Russia moved closer on Wednesday to agreeing cuts in oil production from next year despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude. OPEC meets on Thursday in Vienna, followed by talks with allies such as Russia on Friday. OPEC's de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, has indicated a need for steep output reductions from January, fearing a glut, but Russia has resisted a large cut. "All of us including Russia agreed there is a need for a...
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  1. Brother of Saudi crown prince returns to the U.S.  NBC News
  2. See Lindsey Graham's scathing rebuke after CIA briefing  CNN
  3. After CIA briefing, Republicans say 'no question' Saudi crown prince ordered killing  ABC News
  4. Saudi Arabia’s investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is a complete farce  The Washington Post
  5. Lindsey Graham’s Plan for Regime Change — in Saudi Arabia  Bloomberg
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What about clitodirectomy? Are these female converts letting their clit cut off like unjust Muhammad commanded to? Where is the ambition for justice, love, truth & freedom from religion, where the passion for justice for atheists & other non-Muhammadists tortured, oppressed, mass-murdered & imprisoned by Muhammadist organisations, where the passion to free African slaves enslaved today from racist Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon & so on to Mauritania. Justice, truth, love, friendliness, human rights, ecology, freedom from religion, liberation, global imperialism, these are values that must take a more important role in our life.
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OPEC’s crude oil production increased by 40,000 bpd from October to 33.08 million bpd in November, as Saudi Arabia pumped at record highs, more than offsetting—together with the UAE—the drop off in Iran’s oil production, the monthly Platts OPEC survey showed on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf ally the United Arab Emirates set all-time highs in their production in November, the month on which U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil snapped back, according to the S&P Global Platts survey of shipping data, industry officials,…
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OPEC is trying to persuade Libya and Nigeria to join cuts if the cartel agrees to reduce production, delegates told S&P Global Platts, while the OPEC and non-OPEC leaders of the deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia, are still discussing how much to cut and how to share these cuts out. Libya and Nigeria, exempted from the deal forged in November 2016 because of violence that had severely disrupted their respective production, have recovered their output and have been raising production in recent months. The two countries are seen reluctant to cut because…
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Several senators emerged from a meeting with CIA Director Gina Haspel saying they had no doubt Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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The Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and AC Milan will go ahead in Jeddah on Jan. 16. The Italian Super Cup clash between Juventus and AC Milan will take place in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 16, organisers Serie A have announced. The two clubs had been asked by Amnesty International to boycott the event in protest at the country's poor human rights record -- with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi heightening tensions. "It is clear that countries like Saudi Arabia are well aware of the potential for sport to subtly 'rebrand' a country," a spokesperson for Amnesty had told...
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Trump’s gleeful celebration of death is surreal.

This article was originally published by Filter, a magazine covering drug use, drug policy and human rights. Follow Filter on Facebook or Twitter.

A little before 9 am on December 5, President Trump tweeted the following about his recent fentanyl agreement with China:

One of the very exciting things to come out of my meeting with President Xi of China is his promise to me to criminalize the sale of deadly Fentanyl coming into the United States. It will now be considered a “controlled substance.” This could be a game changer on what is.......

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018

.....considered to be the worst and most dangerous, addictive and deadly substance of them all. Last year over 77,000 people died from Fentanyl. If China cracks down on this “horror drug,” using the Death Penalty for distributors and pushers, the results will be incredible!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018

People immediately pushed back against that figure of over 77,000 supposed fentanyl deaths. It’s incorrect. It seems likely that Trump got “70,000” from federal data released last week—the number of people who died from all drug overdoses in the US last year, not just fentanyl—and added 10 percent for good measure, to hype up support for his inconsequential “deal” with China.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl were in fact involved in approximately 30,000 deaths in the US in 2017—still a staggering number, but less than half of the figure that Trump blithely shared with his 56.1 million followers.

Could Trump have been referring instead to some kind of global figure? Well, no. It’s impossible to find accurate global estimates of fentanyl-related fatalities, as definitions and reporting vary so much by country. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime states in its 2018 report: “Some 450,000 people died in 2015 as a result of drug use. Of those deaths, 167,750 were a direct result of drug use disorders [mainly overdoses], in most cases involving opioids.”

Worse than statistical innaccuracy, by describing fentanyl as a “horror drug,” Trump continues to exploit the US overdose crisis to rationalize brutal policies—whether advocating for the death penalty in China or the US, or for human rights abuses against refugees arriving from Mexico. “STOP THE DRUGS,” Trump tweeted on December 3, as a rationalization for building “the Wall.”

We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall. Either way, people will NOT be allowed into our Country illegally! We will close the entire Southern Border if necessary. Also, STOP THE DRUGS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018

Trump’s gleeful celebration of death is surreal, though not new. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called the death penalty“barbaric,” and demanded that the US—the world’s eighth most enthusiastic executioner—abolish the practice. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” he said in October 2017. Among US citizens, support for the death penalty is at an all-time low.

China carries out the highest number of known executions in the world—thousands in 2017, although exact figures are hard to come by due to state controls. Four other countries—Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan—accounted for 84 percent of the confirmed executions in the rest of the world in 2017.

With no regard for the American people or the UN’s perspectives, Trump has repeatedly said that he “loves” the idea of the death penalty for drug dealers. He has also expressed an affinity for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, whose murderous drug war has resulted in the killings—without trial—of over 12,000 peoplesuspected of drug-law violations. In 2017 Trump reportedly congratulated the Philippine president for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”

Despite Trump’s inaccurate number, he’s correct that the fentanyl overdose crisis is real. His sadistic strategies, however, will only make things worse.


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Senators said a closed C.I.A. briefing only solidified their belief that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
           Comment on CIA report says Saudi crown prince sent text messages to Khashoggi killer by Nathan Smith       Cache   Translate Page      
Let's think about this. The CIA just leaked this intel knowing full well everyone in Riyadh will burn their communications methods. The leak also continues to undermine Mr Trump's ability to use the situation to gain a better pro-US relationship with Saudi Arabia. After all, Mr Trump could say to MBS that all will be forgotten if he buckles on X or Y issue. Now he can't do that, which is tantamount to the CIA committing the "T" word. The question isn't why would the CIA do these things, but why would it want both of these consequences at the same time?
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A Significant Chunk of Senate Republicans Are Seriously Challenging Trump Over Saudi Arabia
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          Serie A to stage Supercoppa match in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
Italy's Supercoppa match between Juventus and AC Milan will be staged in Saudi Arabia next month, the Serie A league said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid Al-Faleh before the meeting of the OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, according to the Russian Energy …
          GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Are NA's dwindling Democrats seeking to wrest control of city elections from the county? Lame, but at least they're not suggesting HWC Engineering do it.      Cache   Translate Page      

When the Green Mouse drained his double well Scotch in one gulp, I knew something was on his mind.

"I keep saying that Gahanism can't possibly get any weirder, or the Floyd County Democrats any more panic-stricken, and I keep waking up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat, hearing Rod Serling's voice."

"What's he saying to you, Mouse?"

"It goes something like this: 'New Albany is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Gahan Zone.' "

"That's purely terrifying."

"Horrible! You know, I need a little break from Dickey World. Someone told me Saudi Arabia's great around Christmas. Wanna go check it out?"

"Nah, think not. At this point I'm paranoid about leaving the elevator on the third floor."

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Eventually the Green Mouse settled down and passed along the latest morsel from the rumorama -- and he wasn't joking when it comes to weirdness, panic and Democrats coming undone.

The rumor goes something like this: With the Democratic Party's hold on local power having dwindled to the mayor, four council lackeys (five if you count Neville Barksdale) and the city clerk, with the 2019 municipal election cycle fast approaching, and with His Gahanic Majesty's system of fruit-basket-laden political patronage threatened with an entirely unexpected loot-by date, the party's zany elders have resolved a protocol to shift the authority for conducting local elections from the county clerk to city clerk.

I know; the idea is nutzoid, and maybe we can chalk it up to a steady diet of Rice Krispies Treats and Kool-Aid, but then again, the Democrats are donkeys on the edge. They're hanging by a thread in the normally secure urban stronghold, and the party's about to lose control of the county clerk's office, which runs elections.

On November 6, Danita Burks, a Republican, defeated Christy Eurton, the Democrat. Vicki Glotzbach (D) is city clerk; she's up for re-election in 2019, and may not even be aware of the brain bland trust's scheming over Bud Light Lime Pomegranate-A-Ritas at the Roadhouse.

The state of Indiana has this to say about it:

County:

Indiana’s local government includes election administration and voter registration offices in each of the state’s 92 counties. Each county is divided into election precincts, with a total of more than 5,000 precincts in Indiana. All 92 counties have a circuit court clerk elected by the voters and a county election board, which includes the circuit court clerk, to administer local elections.

According to IC 3-5-3-1 the counties and municipalities are responsible for the payment of election expenses including “expenses of voter registration and for all election supplies, equipment and expenses out of the county treasury in the manner provided by law.”

County Clerk, County Board of Registration and County Board of Elections can be found on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.in.gov/elections.

The exact formula for the alchemy by which our increasingly intemperate municipal Democrats might secede from their firmly Republican state's own election rule book remains obscure.

Can anyone remember a time when city Democrats maligned the management skills of a county clerk when the latter was a Democrat?

Are Democrats implying that clerk-elect Burks is dishonest when she's yet to be sworn in?

And, if so, isn't the Political Hypocrisy Meter sounding furiously given the self-contradictory chicanery foisted by municipal Democrats on John and Jane Q. Public at every turn?

Speaking personally, this rumor is far-fetched even by New Gahanian standards. Still, the hell of it is that is sounds precisely like something the ruling elites might try to do.
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          Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal      Cache   Translate Page      


While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending to create the epidemic through the U.S.-Saudi war on Yemen. And what may turn out to be the most widespread poisoning of water sources around the globe ever is the use of chemicals on U.S. military bases — chemicals that are not needed, used on bases that are worse than not needed.
Yemen
Many of us have been trying to halt senseless counterproductive mass-murder in Yemen since it was a “Constitutional scholar” president doing it with robotic airplanes. The legislation currently in play in Congress leaves a loophole you could fly a thousand drones through. But, as a step, it is well worth taking. Already having moved from 55 to 37 senators voting for endless, unquestioned, and undebated genocide was a step worth taking between last March and last week. When public pressure and Congress blocked Obama from a massive bombing campaign on Syria five years ago, that too was a step worth taking. But refusing to bring something to a vote because it would fail (as with Syria) doesn’t have the same precedent-setting ring to it as passing legislation to end a crime long underway. That’s what may be possible now on Yemen.
The shortcomings of the current Congressional action must be known if we are to build on it. The Senate still must vote on cloture, on — likely both good and terrible — amendments, and on final passage. And then there’s the House, and then there’s the threatened veto, and then there’s the question of expecting compliance from a president explicitly granted immunity from impeachment by Nancy Pelosi, by preemptive strike as it were. And then there’s that loophole that allows any war to roll on that claims to be against Al Qaeda. The fact that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been partnering with Al Qaeda on the destruction of Yemen is absolutely no reason the White House won’t claim the war is against Al Qaeda.
Understanding all of that should make clear to us that a long-term and relentless public education and mobilization campaign is needed locally and globally, and that the notion of a “good war” must be disallowed and defunded along with the murdering of Yemeni families. We must encourage Congress to get a move on with each step it takes, even while condemning legislation that violates the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact by claiming to allow certain varieties of the crime of war. The notion that Saudi Arabia should not be helped out in the murder of tens of thousands and potentially millions of people because it murdered one particular person (Jamal Khashoggi) must be permitted to accomplish whatever good it can, even while we work to help people see through the idea that selling bombs only to nations that don’t “violate human rights” is a piece of grotesque nonsense, as there is no use of bombs that respects human rights. Banning weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, for whatever reasons, is a step that must be taken in addition to — and if possible by amendment to — the legislation that would cut off U.S. military participation in the slaughter.
All of that being grasped, the fact remains that there is a reason that Trump has threatened a veto, and a reason that he sent Pompeo and Mattis scurrying over to the Senate to beg and plead for genocide, even though they apparently had nothing whatsoever to use to persuade even some of the most bloodthirsty senators ever to have lived. The White House and Pentagon and State Department are horrified at the prospect of the Congress, after a couple of centuries of ever increasing slumber, waking up and doing its job and stopping a war. Imagine if this were to really happen. What would prevent some Congress member’s brain from stumbling across the thought that if one war could be ended, another might be as well? What would prevent ending a half dozen of the ghastly horrors? What would prevent Congress members from hearing people’s screams immediately upon the start of each new war and voting immediately to block any war? This is the nightmare that keeps weapons profiteers tossing and turning in their gold-plated beds.
Why were 55 Senators for Genocide reduced to 37? Three reasons: public pressure, the murder of Khashoggi, and the fact that the Pentagon told a bunch of simplistic lies and made a bunch of baseless promises eight months ago and didn’t think up anything new to explain them away this time around. Each of these three reasons is encouraging and worth building on.
1. The relentless lie that the corruption is complete and that the public cannot have any influence has to be torn down as many times as it takes. If people were aware that public pressure was a big influence on last week’s vote, there would be a 100-fold increase in public pressure.
2. While it seems ridiculous to turn against the murder of thousands of people because of the murder of one person, that very sort of nonsense has always been available in every war. U.S. war efforts and those of their allies are always accompanied by vicious outrages outside of the framework typically thought of as the war. Saudi Arabia publicly murders or whips people in small numbers all the time. Ukrainian Nazis are no better. (An anniversary of the Odessa Massacre is coming up.) Allies in Afghanistan and Iraq make the Mafia look like a peace and justice club. Allies being courted for a hoped-for war on Iran make Ukrainian Nazis look like a pink pussy-hat march. More study is needed of how a particular atrocity can be forced into the U.S. corporate media.
3. When a White House loses credibility even with U.S. Senators, something else is going on that needs to be encouraged and promoted. The U.S. public may not have rushed into the streets when Obama’s wars became Trump’s, but certain parts of the corporate elite and the silent middle-class and even of the U.S. government have lost their faith in the redemptive power of genocide. Any wedge that can now be placed between Congress and the White House that could lead to Congress actually doing its job might work wonders.
Bases
The war on Yemen is killing directly through violence, but more so through the cut-off of supplies and through environmental destruction and the destruction of public resources — results that lead to starvation and disease. People don’t have food. People don’t have clean water. People are afraid to leave their houses. In comparison with this state of affairs, fairy tales about Muslim Mexicans stealing your job seem downright charming.
A Congress that actually did its job would be subpoenaing and making public U.S. military plans for major permanent U.S. bases in the aftermath of Yemen, which I’d bet you a MAGA hat do exist. Most of the rest of the world has been coated with U.S. bases. A major global conference was just held in Ireland on the topic of how to close U.S. bases. A U.S. coalition just announced a proposal on Capitol Hill. The strugglesagainst U.S. bases in Japan and many other places are at fever pitch.
Foreign bases are not just provokers and instigators of war. They’re not just tools for propping up brutal dictatorships. They’re not just the secrets to be hushed up during each future chorus of “But why do they hate us?” They’re not just zones of rape and drunkenness and resentment. They’re not just carcinogenic chemical leaks living under legal immunity. They’re not just would-have-been EPA Superfund Sites to never benefit from any minor pretense of a cleanup because they’re not in the United States. They’re also this: a threat to global water supplies. Pat Elder has summarized this latest toxic development:
“The water in thousands of wells in and around U.S. military installations across the globe have been tested and have been shown to contain harmful levels of PFOS and PFOA. The health effects of exposure to these chemicals include frequent miscarriages and other severe pregnancy complications, like long-term fertility issues. They contaminate human breast milk and sicken breast-feeding babies. PFOS and PFOA contribute to liver damage, kidney cancer, high cholesterol, decreased response to vaccines, an increased risk of thyroid disease, along with testicular cancer, micro-penis, and low sperm count in males.”
Is there some constituency that array of maladies doesn’t concern? Are there certain groups who, after thoughtful consideration, place flags and war slogans above that entire list of illnesses? Of course there are. Until I say this: The “U.S. military installations across the globe” include thousands across the United States. It’s OK to pretend that last sentence isn’t what finally grabbed your attention. That pretense suggests a positive tendency.
Progressive Except for Peace
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s big new speech and article on foreign policy last week pretended that a war on Iraq that killed over 1 million people had killed 6,000; proposed to end wars in order to be more prepared for other wars; dishonestly demonized other nations; advocated “better” weapons; urged that U.S. troops be brought back from Afghanistan “starting now” (rather than ending now — it’s been starting over and over again for more than a decade), and generally promoted militarism while rhetorically opposing it. There was no proposed military budget, no proposed joining of any treaties, no proposed actual ending of any wars, no concrete policy at all, no draft legislation the way one might expect on any other topic.
Senator Bernie Sanders, while helping to lead the push on Yemen, otherwise continues to promote militarism and to address other topics as if militarism were unrelated. Last week over 100 scholars and activists signed a letter to Sanders that thousands of others have since added their names to. Part of the letter — which is addressed to Sanders but could be addressed with minor changes to any other Senator — reads:
“Your recent 10-point plan omits any mention of foreign policy whatsoever. We believe this omission is not just a shortcoming. We believe it renders what does get included incoherent. Military spending is well over 60% of discretionary spending. A public policy that avoids mentioning its existence is not a public policy at all. Should military spending go up or down or remain unchanged? This is the very first question. We are dealing here with an amount of money at least comparable to what could be obtained by taxing the wealthy and corporations (something we are certainly in favor of as well). A tiny fraction of U.S. military spending could end starvation, the lack of clean water, and various diseases worldwide. No humanitarian policy can avoid the existence of the military. No discussion of free college or clean energy or public transit should omit mention of the place where a trillion dollars a year is going. War and preparations for war are among the top destroyers, if not the top destroyer, of our natural environment. No environmental policy can ignore them.”
No environmental policy can ignore them. But every environmental policy does.
A Green New Deal
Have you actually read the Green New Deal — I mean the Democrats’ version under the same name but radically different from the Green Party’s version.
It includes: “decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries,” but does not mention the top producer of carbon around, the U.S. military — or for that matter that the main problem with agriculture is methane, not carbon.
It includes: “decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure,” but no mention of military bases.
It includes “funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases,” but no mention of the military as a top emitter of carbon, and no mention of the military as the place where all the money goes that could be most easily moved into any useful “massive investment.” Instead, the Green New Democrats’ Deal reads:
“Many will say, ‘Massive government investment! How in the world can we pay for this?’ The answer is: in the same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments, new public banks can be created (as in WWII) to extend credit and a combination of various taxation tools (including taxes on carbon and other emissions and progressive wealth taxes) can be employed.”
To read this as anything other than a conscious and explicit commitment to continuing to dump $1 trillion per year into the most environmentally destructive program ever devised, while seeking out any other possible way to pay for a “green deal” would be delusional. If the military budget’s existence were going to be acknowledged, it would have been acknowledged here.
The exclusion of the world’s worst environmental destroyer from environmentalism is not new. It is enshrined in the Kyoto and Paris agreements. It is embodied in the work of all of the biggest environmental organizations. Leading up to the April 2017 Climate March in Washington, D.C., many of us raised as much hell as we could, until a little peace ghetto was permitted in part of the march. I’m not sure that doing that for the upcoming December 10th rally for the Green New Deal makes sense. I think Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues should either admit that the military exists and act accordingly, or not. Here’s what I said at the Climate March:
Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.
Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.
And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels.
And it’s without even considering the fossil fuel consumption of the world’s leading weapons makers, or the pollution caused by the use of those weapons all over the world.
The U.S. is the top weapons dealer to the world, and has weapons on multiple sides of most wars.
The U.S. military created 69% of super fund environmental disaster sites and is the third leading polluter of U.S. waterways.
When the British first developed an obsession with the Middle East, passed along to the United States, the desire was to fuel the British Navy.
What came first? The wars or the oil? It was the wars.
Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil.
But the wars are indeed fought for control of oil. So-called foreign intervention in civil wars is, according to comprehensive studies, 100 times more likely — not where there is suffering, not where there is cruelty, not where there is a threat to the world, but where the country at war has large reserves of oil or the intervener has a high demand for oil.
We need to learn to say
No More Wars for Oil
and
No More Oil for Wars
You know who agrees with that? Pre-presidential campaign Donald Trump. On December 6, 2009, on page 8 of the New York Times a letter to President Obama printed as an advertisement and signed by Trump called climate change an immediate challenge. “Please don’t postpone the earth,” it said. “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
In fact, Trump is now acting to speed up those consequences, an action prosecutable as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court — at least if Trump were African.
It’s also a crime impeachable by the United States Congress — at least if there’s some way to involve sex in it.
Holding this government accountable is up to us.
No More Wars For Oil
No More Oil for Wars
Say it with me.

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          Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels to hit record levels in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Data: Global Carbon Atlas; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are projected to rise by more than 2% in 2018 to the highest levels in recorded history, according to a new study by the Global Carbon Project.

Why it matters: The data clearly shows that the rapid growth in low carbon technologies, such as solar and wind power as well as electric vehicles, are not yet sufficient to cause global emissions of planet-warming gases to peak or decline.


The report comes as climate negotiators gather in Katowice, Poland, for the latest round of UN climate talks, and shortly after other research has warned that progress to cut emissions is happening far too slowly to prevent potentially catastrophic levels of global warming.

Details: The growth in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry is expected to be about 2.7% in 2018, the report estimates, with a range of between 1.8% and 3.7%, given the range of uncertainty.

  • "The growing global demand for energy is outpacing decarbonization efforts. This needs to change, and it needs to change quickly," said Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in the U.K., in a statement.

The new data for 2018, published Wednesday, shows that global emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to hit 37.1 billion metric tons in 2018, a record high and the second straight year of growth that followed 3 years of a flat trend.

The trend: This year’s rising emission figures are largely due to an uptick in coal use, while oil use is also growing in most regions, including the U.S.

  • The 10 biggest emitters in 2018 are China, the U.S., India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Canada, the report finds. The EU as a whole region of countries ranks third.

By the numbers: A recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that to limit global warming to the Paris Agreement's goal of 1.5°C, or 2.7°F, above preindustrial levels, emissions would need to be cut by 50% by 2030, and slashed to net zero by 2050.

The new report underscores the fact that we're headed in the opposite direction from what scientists and many world leaders say is needed.

The bottom line: "We are not doing enough! It is not enough to just support solar, wind, or electric vehicles," Glen Peters, research director at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo who led the emissions analysis, told Axios via email.

"Unless policies are in place to stop carbon going into the atmosphere, we will never meet our climate goals. We have to support new technologies, while at the same time discouraging old technologies."


          Here’s What Happened to the “Khashoggi Way” Sign      Cache   Translate Page      
At 11 AM Wednesday, Claude Taylor was frankly shocked to see that his Khashoggi Way sign had lasted nearly twenty-hours outside of the Saudi Arabian Embassy on New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. Taylor’s group Mad Dog PAC, a crowd sourced organization that, in Taylor’s words, does “anti-Trump stuff,” installed the sign at around 11 AM yesterday […]
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www.Jobz.pk announced Nurses Jobs 2019 For Hospital in Saudi Arabia jobs. Medical, health, mbbs and experienced candidates f... This Overseas job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Express newspaper of dated 05 December 2018, Wednesday for region Saudi Arabia Pakistan, located in Saudi Arabia Hospital Clinic. To see full details of this job and many more visit www.Jobz.pk now.

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www.Jobz.pk announced Construction Labors Jobs 2019 in Saudi Arabia jobs. Experienced and strong persons for the posts of Sh... This Overseas job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Express newspaper of dated 05 December 2018, Wednesday for region Saudi Arabia Pakistan, located in Saudi Arabia Al Abbasi Enterprises. To see full details of this job and many more visit www.Jobz.pk now.

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Congratulations to Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Bone Joint and Spine Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for attaining accreditation as a MORE >

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          12/2/2018: POLITICS & THE NATION: Pompeo, Mattis stand by U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      

The Trump administration’s determination to maintain warm ties with the Saudi royal family came into clear focus this week when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis showed up at the Senate. Senators wanted to know more about...
          Comment on Khashoggi Case Is No Moral Issue for China or Russia by Rafa Santisteban      Cache   Translate Page      
Has anyone ever done a cost accounting of supporting Saudi Arabia (and similar regimes)? The interesting question is : which pays better - supporting or rejecting super immoral regimes ? The assumption tends to be that realpolitik obviously pays much better than moralpolitk. I wonder. Hasn't Saudi A. been v. expensive for the US and others? - The twin towers disaster led to an extremely expensive war. Saudi support of ISIS led to another extremely expensive war for the US, Syria and many others. It's possible the Yemen war may also be come to be v. expensive for the US and the West It's obviously v. difficult to answer such questions, but they should be asked and pursued. My hypothesis is that moralpolitik - supporting and dealing with free democratic countries (and democratisation) - and resisting regimes of all kinds - is vastly more rewarding every way long term even if more expensive in the short term.
          A Brazilian pilot converts to Islam while flying above Saudi Arabia (video)      Cache   Translate Page      
A Brazilian pilot is making headlines in the Arab world after he reportedly took a brief break from guiding the plane to convert to Islam as he flew a passenger jet above Saudi Arabia. Captain Amalo, a Brazilian pilot for an unidentified airline, was filmed reciting the Shahada, an Islamic creed accepting the religion, in […]
          Michael Flynn is Getting Off Easy       Cache   Translate Page      

As we await Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s court filing on Michael Flynn, you may enjoy the opportunity to refresh your memory about him and his possible significance to the Russia investigation. I wrote about Flynn incessantly from the moment on November 18, 2016 that he was announced as the incoming National Security Advisor until he became a cooperating witness on December 1, 2017 and went completely off the grid.

This is actually just a sampling of the pieces I did on Flynn, but they collectively cover all the really good stuff. There are his notorious “Flynn Facts” that were basically made up crap he told his staff while serving as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. There is his seat at Putin’s head table during the 2015 RT network gala dinner. There’s his suspicious relationship with a Russian woman named Svetlana Lokhova at Cambridge University that aroused the interest of the counterintelligence community. There’s the Peter W. Smith suicide story. There’s the plot to kidnap Fethullah Gülen from his Pennsylvania home and secretly ship him to Turkey for execution. There’s the undisclosed lobbying and floated nuclear proposals in Saudi Arabia.  There are Trump Tower meetings with latter-day Austrian Nazis who have since made a formal alliance with Vladimir Putin. There is so much more.  Indeed, Michael Flynn was the worst staffing decision ever made.

Of course, Flynn has so far confessed only to making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI. If he expects to get off “Scott Free” on all this other stuff, I hope he at least had a good story to tell Robert Mueller.

Discuss


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(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi was announced on Monday to have been scheduled for December 10-12 to host the 9th edition of SIAL Middle East 2018.Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain will be takin...
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Theresa May: The right hon. Gentleman ranged over a number of issues. Let me pick out some key ones. First—as I have made entirely clear in my conversations with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the Foreign Secretary’s conversations with King Salman himself, in my conversations with King Salman, and in other interactions with Saudi Arabia, we have been absolutely robust in our response in relation...
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          Istanbul prosecutor seeks arrest of Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing      Cache   Translate Page      
The move also comes a day after senior U.S. senators said they were more certain than ever that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter.
          US senator: Saudi crown prince 'ordered, monitored' killing of Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House's timid response to the killing.
          Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez Reacts To Briefing On Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: All right, let's bring in one of the senators who was at this classified briefing today, New Jersey's Robert Menendez. He is the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. He's on the line now from his office on Capitol Hill. Senator Menendez, welcome back. ROBERT MENENDEZ: Good to be with you. KELLY: Now, I know you can't get into classified details of this classified briefing, but give me your top line. Having now heard from the CIA, is there any gray area, any room at all to doubt that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? MENENDEZ: Well, before I went to this briefing, I was pretty much convinced that the crown prince had an intricate role, probably was the one who directed it at the end of the day. And all of those who were involved - this serves certainly under his universe of influence and leadership. And so I am, after this briefing, resolute in that view and also resolute
          Former CIA Officer Discusses Agency's Conclusions On Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Let's talk next about 11 electronic messages, messages sent by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sent to a key aide in the hours during which that aide is believed to have been overseeing the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. We know about these messages because a secret CIA assessment has leaked. This was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The assessment concludes that Crown Prince Mohammed probably ordered the Saudi journalist's death. I want to bring in Bruce Riedel. He is a career CIA officer with a lot of experience in the Middle East. Bruce Riedel, good to speak with you. BRUCE RIEDEL: Great to speak with you. KELLY: How unusual is it for an intercept like this to leak? RIEDEL: Unfortunately not that unusual. The American national security community is enormous. Even if this material is more closely guarded than most, we're still probably talking about thousands of people who have access to it or who have access to
          Horn of Africa, Gulf State Politics, US and China      Cache   Translate Page      
The American Conservative posted on 3 December 2018 a commentary titled "What Is Saudi Arabia Up to in the Horn of Africa?" by James Jeffrey, freelance journalist.

The author argues that as Gulf State politics increasingly roil the situation in the Horn of Africa, the United States is focusing less on counterterrorism and more on political and economic challenges from China and Russia.
          After CIA briefing, GOP senators castigate Trump administration for covering up Khashoggi's murder      Cache   Translate Page      

Both Democratic and Republican senators emerged Tuesday from a classified briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel about the Jamal Khashoggi murder issuing stinging rebukes of the White House's course of action on Saudi Arabia.

The Republican chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said there's no question that if Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stood trial, he would be put behind bars for the Saudi journalist’s assassination in Turkey in October. 

"If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes: guilty," Corker told reporters resolutely after hearing the full CIA estimate of Khashoggi’s gruesome killing. Corker also said he was completely convinced the Crown Prince both "ordered the killing" and "monitored the killing." (Note: that may be the first mention of MBS monitoring the killing.)

Usual Trump booster Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was no less sparing in his assessment of the briefing. "There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw," Graham asserted, adding that the U.S. should come down on Prince Mohammed like a "ton of bricks."

CIA officials, including Haspel, had been blocked by the White House from last week's Senate briefing on Saudi-U.S. relations, leaving the job to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Following that briefing, both administration officials covered for Trump's refusal to hold the Crown Prince accountable for Khashoggi's murder.   

"We have no smoking gun that the Crown Prince was involved," Sec. Mattis offered last week, while Sec. Pompeo claimed there was "no direct evidence" implicating Prince Mohammed.

Senators were incensed that the CIA, which had concluded the Crown Prince was responsible for the killing, had been kept out of the briefing. Their reaction to the information provided this week by Haspel is a shameful comment on the efforts of both Pompeo and Mattis to do Trump's bidding on the issue. Trump has repeatedly said he believes the U.S.-Saudi alliance is too valuable to sacrifice, nearly always quoting bogus information to buttress his assertion. 

After the briefing, Graham disagreed. 

"Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally and the relationship is worth saving, but not at all costs," he said, adding that he can no longer support doing business with Saudi Arabia if the “crazy” crown prince continues to run the country.

On Mattis and Pompeo, in particular, Graham charged, "If they were in a Democratic administration, I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia.” Yep.

Check out video of the senators’ reactions below.


          Rand Paul warns political killings will continue in Saudi Arabia if no consequences for Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Rand Paul warned that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi would only be the first political slaying in Saudi Arabia if the U.S. does not take action over his brutal assassination.

Speaking to The Washington Times' Tim Constantine in an interview released on Wednesday, Mr. Paul stressed that ...

          12/6/2018: FRONT PAGE: After briefing, senators blame Saudi crown prince for killing      Cache   Translate Page      
Key Senate leaders emerged from a briefing Tuesday with CIA Director Gina Haspel convinced that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was complicit in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and that Congress must respond by penalizing the...
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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Among the things Saudi Arabia wants from the United States is support for its war on Yemen and permission to buy from US arms corporations state-of-the-art military weaponry. Both things are now in peril, as key Republican senators reacted to a secret briefing by Gina Haspel, director of the Central […]
          CIA director to hold Senate briefing on Khashoggi's case on Tuesday      Cache   Translate Page      
Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel will brief US Senate leaders on Tuesday morning regarding CIA's findings about the death of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Following last week's briefing by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, many US senators requested to hear directly from the CIA chief about the killing. Both secretaries said Washington has no direct evidence proving that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi's murder. Last month, a CIA leak to several news outlets revealed the agency concluded with "high confidence" that Khashoggi's murder was ordered by the Saudi crown prince. However, US President Donald Trump has said that the CIA did not have any definitive answer on whether bin Salman had been aware of the Washington Post columnist's murder.
          Turkey issues arrest warrants for two Saudis regarding Khashoggi's murder      Cache   Translate Page      
The two Saudis held high posts in the kingdom, but were sacked after Riyadh announced that Jamal Khashoggi had been killed in a "rogue operation". Saudi Arabia insists that no members of the royal family were connected to the crime. The Turkish Haber Turk TV channel reported that the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office has issued arrest warrants for two Saudi citizens - Ahmad Asiri, a former deputy head of Saudi intelligence and Saud al-Qahtani, a former media consultant for the crown prince. According to the TV channel, the Turkish attorney general suspects that the two orchestrated the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. It remains unclear whether Turkish prosecutors have found any new evidence that led them to believe that Asiri and al-Qahtani were responsible for the murder.
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Heavy rain and hail hit Saudi Arabia's northern province of al-Jawf on December 4, according to local weather reports. Teaching was suspended in some schools due to the extreme weather in the city of Sakakah, Sakaka News reported. Footage here shows an icy flash flood in Sakakah left in the wake of a hailstorm.
          CIA's Haspel Briefs Senate Leaders On Khashoggi Assessment       Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to shift gears now to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are calling for the U.S. to take a harder line on Saudi Arabia for its involvement in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed a small group of senators yesterday on the agency's assessment. And while Haspel herself isn't talking about it, several lawmakers are. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Yeah, and they are not happy about what they heard in that briefing. Republican Senator Bob Corker was there. And he said he now has no doubt that Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BOB CORKER: I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince, MBS, ordered the killing, monitored the killing. GREENE: Now, that stands in contrast to what we've been hearing from the Trump administration. This is Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis last week. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)
          Opec and oil supply: pipe dreams      Cache   Translate Page      
Assuming Saudi Arabia still needs US support, a big reduction in quotas looks unlikely Reported by FT.com 4 hours ago.
          The 2nd. US/British War of Colonialism…this time “The Colonies” Are In the Middle East      Cache   Translate Page      
Britain, America and the battle for mastery of the Middle East    The legacy of the countries’ rivalry lives on in today’s bitter struggles for influence in the region and the fight for its resources A billboard in Riyadh in May 2017 welcoming Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia for his summit with King Salman © […]
          Germany and Saudi Arabia: Weapons for a 'strategic' partner      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia is one of the German arms industry’s top customers, despite human rights concerns over Yemen. It took the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi for Germany to temporarily halt arms exports. DW investigates.
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OPEC’s crude oil production increased by 40,000 bpd from October to 33.08 million bpd in November, as Saudi Arabia pumped at record highs, more than offsetting—together with the UAE—the drop off in Iran’s oil production, the monthly Platts OPEC survey showed on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf ally the United Arab Emirates set all-time highs in their production in November, the month on which U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil snapped back, according to the S&P Global Platts survey of shipping data, industry officials,…
          OPEC Urges Nigeria, Libya To Join Oil Production Cuts; Iran Balks      Cache   Translate Page      
OPEC is trying to persuade Libya and Nigeria to join cuts if the cartel agrees to reduce production, delegates told S&P Global Platts, while the OPEC and non-OPEC leaders of the deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia, are still discussing how much to cut and how to share these cuts out. Libya and Nigeria, exempted from the deal forged in November 2016 because of violence that had severely disrupted their respective production, have recovered their output and have been raising production in recent months. The two countries are seen reluctant to cut because…
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Saudi Aramco has let a stimulation and well-testing contract to Baker Hughes to optimize production from new and existing wells across conventional fields in Saudi Arabia. The 3-year contract includes the option of two 1-year extensions and is expected to begin ... more ... Statistics : 1 Post || 33 Views Post by NewsPoster

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MARKET WATCH: NYMEX, Brent crude prices jump $2/bbl OGJ Production News

Crude oil benchmarks on markets in New York and London jumped to close more than $2/bbl higher Dec. 3 on news reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia are working toward an agreement to cut crude production in efforts to ... more ... Statistics : 1 Post || 42 Views Post by NewsPoster

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          Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants Over Khashoggi Murder      Cache   Translate Page      
Two former close aides to the Saudi Crown Prince are accused of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to Newshour, the UN Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, calls for an international criminal investigation into the murder: Also in the programme: how to provide for a world of 10 billion people. (Photo: file photo of demonstrator holding a poster with a picture of Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal)
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