Private Blog – Market Report 9-12: Article 7 and the Rise in Oil

I have a new Private Blog post up on Patreon for patrons discussing Article 7 proceedings against Hungary as well as what's happening in the Far East.  Also a long-term look at oil prices. If you are interested in what these market reports look like there are a few of them available publicly on YouTube … Continue reading Private Blog – Market Report 9-12: Article 7 and the Rise in Oil

Next Stage of Pressure on Iran – Lower Oil Prices

President Trump is stepping up his attack on Iran.  He's now planning the long-game for maximum pressure.  The news that Trump quietly asked Saudi Arabia to ramp up output by 1 million barrels a day is the key. From the analysis at Oilprice.com: Saudi Arabia and some of its close Arab allies in the Gulf, … Continue reading Next Stage of Pressure on Iran – Lower Oil Prices

Saudi Arabia’s Needs Have Become Iran’s Problems

While Israel has been the barking dog pushing hostilities against Iran, it is the Saudis that are truly most threatened by Iran's return to the global economy.  They are as much, if not a bigger, agitator for tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal as Israel has been. A report earlier this week from the International … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Needs Have Become Iran’s Problems

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump's presidency was over.  As a practical matter it is.  His yielding to his 'advisors' on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can't or won't stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him. This morning's article at the Deep State Washington … Continue reading The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

Is Putin Winning the War of Attrition with the U.S.?

The news that President Donald Trump offered to hold a meeting with his counterpart in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, has the political world in an uproar. Furiously keyboards are chattering away as laptop bombardiers are worried that perpetual war for perpetual empire will end if Trump and Putin see eye to eye on anything. From … Continue reading Is Putin Winning the War of Attrition with the U.S.?

Iran and India: Belt and Road by Another Name

Don’t tell the Iran hawks in D.C., isolating Iran won’t work.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi this week and the two signed a multitude of agreements. The most important of which is India’s leasing of part of the Iranian port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman.  This deal … Continue reading Iran and India: Belt and Road by Another Name

Rosneft End-Runs U.S. Kurdish Policy in Iraq

In what can only be seen as smart geopolitics, Russian state oil giant Rosneft just paid the recently vanquished Iraqi Kurds $1.3 billion for E&P (Exploration and Production) rights in their region. Remember that both Syrian and Iraqi Kurds enjoy nearly complete autonomy to govern themselves within those countries. Baghdad isn't happy, but this is … Continue reading Rosneft End-Runs U.S. Kurdish Policy in Iraq