The Saudi-Russian oil price war tag team: Are things what they seem?

I believe that the Saudis and the Russians are trying again to destroy the shale oil industry in the United States with their dance of uncertainty. As of this writing, the world has been told that the Saudis’ on-again, off-again fight with the Russians is off-again resulting in a new deal to cut production.

Hope rises for Nigerian economy after OPEC, Russia approve biggest ever oil cut amid coronavirus pandemic

London, April 12, 2020 (AltAfrica)-OPEC, Russia and other oil producing nations agreed on Sunday to cut output by a record amount, representing around 10% of global supply, to support oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hope rises for Nigerian economy after OPEC, Russia approve biggest ever oil cut amid coronavirus pandemicNigeria is already looking at … Continue reading “Hope rises for Nigerian economy after OPEC, Russia approve biggest ever oil cut amid coronavirus pandemic”

COVID-19: Devastated Saudi Royal Family Seeks to End Yemen War

5th UPDATE: At least 150 members of the Saudi royal family have been infected and as a result Riyadh is seeking to end its five-year disastrous assault on Yemen. *** As the coronavirus continues its assault on members of the … The post COVID-19: Devastated Saudi Royal Family Seeks to End Yemen War appeared first … Continue reading “COVID-19: Devastated Saudi Royal Family Seeks to End Yemen War”

Saudi King Offers Bill Clinton Asylum, Minimum Four Wives

The Clintons recently donated 400 pizzas to New York hospitals as a gesture to the medical staffs there fighting Covid-19. Several nurses and doctors, however, said that the gesture may not have been what it looked like. “There was a note inside the pizza, signed by Bill Clinton” one nurse said, “It was a desperate … Continue reading “Saudi King Offers Bill Clinton Asylum, Minimum Four Wives”

Russia’s oil output goes 17 years back

The terms of the agreement between OPEC and other oil exporters, approved on April 9, will take oil production in Russia back to levels 17 years ago. Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production by 2.5 million barrels, while 11 million barrels per day were chosen as the starting point. In this regard, Moscow … Continue reading “Russia’s oil output goes 17 years back”

Putin, Trump, Saudi King Salman Discussed Situation in Oil Markets, OPEC+ Talks – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have discussed the situation on oil markets and confirmed their wish to coordinate moves on stabilizing oil markets and minimizing the negative impact on price volatility, the Russian president’s press office said in a statement. “Russian President Vladimir Putin … Continue reading “Putin, Trump, Saudi King Salman Discussed Situation in Oil Markets, OPEC+ Talks – Kremlin”

Requiem pour l’Opep : L’Algérie devra consolider la transition énergétique

«Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia), who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 million barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be great for the oil & gas industry !» Un scoop en forme … Continue reading “Requiem pour l’Opep : L’Algérie devra consolider la transition énergétique”

Russia Missed Opportunity to Remove Sanctions & Restore US to Arms Control Agreements, by Paul Craig Roberts

The Kremlin held a winning hand in oil negotiations and did not play it. Washington and Saudi Arabia desperately needed Russian agreement to their plan to raise the price of oil by cutting production and reducing the supply of oil. Russia can tolerate $20 or $25 barrel of oil, but the highly leveraged and bankrupt…

US Banks Prepare to Seize Energy Assets as Shale Boom Goes Bust

Major U.S. lenders are preparing to become operators of oil and gas fields across the country for the first time in a generation to avoid losses on loans to energy companies that may go bankrupt, sources aware of the plans told Reuters. [Pretty sure they’re still going to get losses but from drilling.] JPMorgan Chase, … Continue reading “US Banks Prepare to Seize Energy Assets as Shale Boom Goes Bust”

Orange King COVID

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Listen to Paul Street on this week’s edition of CounterPunch Radio. One of the reasons to have joined Refuse Fascism and other activists in the streets demanding the end of the lethal Trump-Pence regime for the last three years and three months was the danger that the demented president and … Continue reading “Orange King COVID”

Ouragan sur le marché pétrolier

Depuis la mi-mars, la consommation de pétrole s’effondre dans le monde, et les capacités de stockage sont saturées. La guerre de positions sur les niveaux de production continue de faire rage entre l’Amérique de Donald Trump, la Russie de Vladimir Poutine et l’Arabie saoudite de Mohamed Ben Salman. Et l’accord obtenu le 9 avril entre l’OPEP … Continue reading “Ouragan sur le marché pétrolier”

Covid-19, darwinisme social et entraide populaire #2

Cet article recence quelques brèves et infos sur l’évolution de la situation d’urgence liée au Covid-19, entre darwinisme social et entraide populaire…Vous pouvez nous aider à mettre cet article à jour en partageant vos brèves, infos, témoignages, sur les effets de la crise actuelle dans le monde. Jeudi 9 avril Allemagne La Rhénanie-Nord-Westphalie, le plus … Continue reading “Covid-19, darwinisme social et entraide populaire #2”

Sanders’ Departure

With the departure of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders from the Democratic nominating contest, the hapless U.S. voters are facing a most unfortunate choice. They can A) vote for an elderly, uninspiring, middle-of-the-road white male Zionist; B) re-elect the most unstable, erratic and dangerous president every to occupy the White House, or C) select a third-party … Continue reading “Sanders’ Departure”

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Like Other Global Catastrophes, Reveals the Limitations of Nationalism

We live with a profound paradox.  Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems.  Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces when dealing with planetary problems. As we have seen in recent weeks, the coronavirus, like other diseases, … Continue reading “The Coronavirus Pandemic, Like Other Global Catastrophes, Reveals the Limitations of Nationalism”

Fear and Loathing In Coronaville Volume 3: Forced Social Media Distancing

It has recently become abundantly clear that Facebook hates my fucking guts. I’ve suspected as much for a while now but this week it became pretty much undeniable. After posting my praise for the latest victories of the fabulous Houthi rebels, those faceless censors at America’s biggest social media juggernaut regretfully informed me that I … Continue reading “Fear and Loathing In Coronaville Volume 3: Forced Social Media Distancing”

Saudi Government and COVID Come to Agreement Over Yemen

In a ground-breaking first for medical science, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and COVID-19, the disease caused by the newest respiratory virus, have agreed to share responsibility for the devastation of Yemen. A spokesman for the Kingdom commented, “We’ve been at this for five years, and to be frank it’s not exactly been ‘Mission Accomplished’. … Continue reading “Saudi Government and COVID Come to Agreement Over Yemen”

Germ Warfare: How Trump Is Weaponizing Covid-19

As the United Nations implores countries to cease hostilities and wars to help fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is finding ways to use the COVID-19 pandemic to fight its wars. While Saudi Arabia promises to begin a ceasefire in Yemen in response to the U.N. call for … Continue reading “Germ Warfare: How Trump Is Weaponizing Covid-19”

Kyrgyzstan’s civil society mobilises to fight COVID-19

Ordinary people are supporting each other in ways which the state cannotVolunteers in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, display food packages ready for distribution to needy people under lockdown. Photo (c): Bakhtiyar Kubatbekov and Mikhail Dudin / National Headquarters. Used with permission. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. Even before the … Continue reading “Kyrgyzstan’s civil society mobilises to fight COVID-19”

Pétrole : conférence exceptionnelle des pays producteurs pour relever le prix du baril

Les principaux pays producteurs de pétrole, ceux de l’Organisation des pays exportateurs de pétrole (Opep) en tête, se retrouvent ce 9 avril par écrans interposés pour tenter de s’accorder sur des baisses de production afin de soutenir les prix du baril qui se sont effondrés alors que sévit la pandémie de Covid-19. Cette conférence exceptionnelle prévue à 14 heures … Continue reading “Pétrole : conférence exceptionnelle des pays producteurs pour relever le prix du baril”

Trump veut parler

avec Poutine Par Andrei Martyanov − Le 30 mars 2020 − Source Reminiscence of the Future Bien sûr, je suis d’accord avec lui − le dialogue est bon. Comme le rapporte Ria (en russe), les sujets du prochain appel téléphonique seront le Covid-19, le commerce (???) et, vous l’avez deviné, les prix du pétrole. Oui, à … Continue reading “Trump veut parler”

American Exceptionalism in the Face of Covid-19

Food takes a special place in times of universal distress. Amid this Covid-19 pandemic, food insecurity and hunger are growing exponentially. Here in the US, the richest society on Earth where the forces of wealth and greed are aligned against poverty, there has been a run on food pantries and food banks. ( “A perfect … Continue reading “American Exceptionalism in the Face of Covid-19”

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a “war” has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise. France’s president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the “invisible, elusive enemy”, making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks. China’s Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the “people’s war”, suggesting … Continue reading “Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War”

Coronavirus : l’Arabie saoudite annonce un cessez-le-feu de deux semaines au Yémen

En raison de la pandémie mondiale de coronavirus, l’Arabie saoudite, qui intervient au Yémen en soutien aux forces gouvernementales, a annoncé un cessez-le-feu de deux semaines qui débute ce 9 avril. Si le Yémen n’a pour le moment recensé aucun cas d’infection, le pays ravagé par presque six années de guerre pourrait être durement touché. «La coalition … Continue reading “Coronavirus : l’Arabie saoudite annonce un cessez-le-feu de deux semaines au Yémen”

Coronavirus : des dizaines de membres de la famille royale d’Arabie saoudite contaminés

Pas moins de 150 membres de la famille royale saoudienne auraient contracté le coronavirus, affirme ce mercredi soir le New York Times qui cite des sources proches de la famille et des sources hospitalières en Arabie saoudite. Le gouverneur de Riyad, le prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a été admis en soins … Continue reading “Coronavirus : des dizaines de membres de la famille royale d’Arabie saoudite contaminés”

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

Many of these unfair actions violate international lawSaudi women’s rights activist Loujain Alhathloul is one of many human rights defenders who remain in jail in the Middle East, despite multiple calls to release them amid COVID-19 fears. Photo credit: Loujain Al-Hathloul via OTRS system / CC BY-SA. This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of … Continue reading “Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East”

Amid Plague, Sanctions are Genocide

Sanctions have long been indefensible; now in the time of Covid-19, more so than ever. Nor are they some minor phenomena. Over a quarter of humanity lives under U.S. economic sanctions. That means millions of people lack untroubled access to food and medicines during a lethal pestilence. Thus in Iran, where the government fears millions … Continue reading “Amid Plague, Sanctions are Genocide”

Golfe-Syrie. Normalisation à l’heure du coronavirus

Le prince héritier des Émirats arabes unis Mohamed Ben Zayed (MBZ) a assuré vendredi 27 mars au président syrien Bachar Al-Assad que la Syrie, « pays arabe et frère, ne sera pas seul en ces circonstances particulières et critiques » de pandémie du coronavirus. Un geste médiatiquement relayé qui entérine un retour progressif des relations entre les pays … Continue reading “Golfe-Syrie. Normalisation à l’heure du coronavirus”

Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle

Welcome back to TRNN’s Climate Crisis News Roundup. In the coming weeks, this column will focus on the intersection between COVID-19 and the climate crisis. If you have a story you think deserves a spot in the roundup, get in touch with me at steve@therealnews.com or on Twitter at @SteveAHorn. You can read last week’s … Continue reading “Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle”

Saudi Arabia to Cut Off Everyone’s Hands to Combat Coronavirus Spread

A representative of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) announced that the Kingdom will now be cutting everyone’s hand as if they were thieves. The new policy, however, ensures that both hands will be removed, just as a precaution. The new law is being implemented to tackle handshakes, which can lead to the spread … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia to Cut Off Everyone’s Hands to Combat Coronavirus Spread”

Les États-Unis et la Chine sont-ils piégés dans une guerre hybride ?

Les retombées de la pandémie du Covid-19 mettent les États-Unis et la Chine sur des trajectoires de collision Par Pepe Escobar − Le 17 mars 2020 − Source Asia Times Parmi les innombrables effets géopolitiques bouleversants du coronavirus, l’un d’eux est déjà évident. La Chine s’est repositionnée. Pour la première fois depuis le début des réformes de Deng … Continue reading “Les États-Unis et la Chine sont-ils piégés dans une guerre hybride ?”

Saudi Crown Prince Releases COVID-Safe Guidelines on Murdering Political Opponents

In an effort to follow Word Health Organization (WHO) regulations on avoiding close personal contact, especially any exchange of bodily fluids, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), announced today a new set of safety guidelines on how to murder political opponents without contracting the novel coronavirus. The guidelines encourage all contract killers to … Continue reading “Saudi Crown Prince Releases COVID-Safe Guidelines on Murdering Political Opponents”

Israël, serait-il menacé par les dons qataris offerts à la bande de Gaza ?

Le journal israélien Maariv a déclaré que les dons offerts par le Qatar à la bande de Gaza, menaçait Israël, car ils permettaient de prolonger le mandat du régime du Hamas et lui offraient une force pour s’attacher à ses positions politiques. Lors d’un article rédigé par Ksenia Svetlova, spécialiste israélienne des affaires arabes, le … Continue reading “Israël, serait-il menacé par les dons qataris offerts à la bande de Gaza ?”

Révoltes à Champ-Dollon

“Liberté”, “Liberté”, “Liberté”. Le 3 avril des personnes détenues à la prison de Champ-Dollon se sont révoltées ! Leur voix sont importantes, cruciales, puissantes. On ne pourra parler de solidarité tant qu’on ne prendra pas en compte les personnes que le système réprime le plus. Nous étions sur place, entre 19h00 et 22h30, et ce … Continue reading “Révoltes à Champ-Dollon”

Middle East Peace at Risk as Jared Distracted

News that the President’s son-in-law – and Westworld robot voted “most unconvincing” three years in a row – Jared Kushner, is taking a leading role in the fight against COVID-19 has been met with dismay in Middle Eastern capitals. A Saudi government spokesman commented, “Well what are we going to do now? We were really … Continue reading “Middle East Peace at Risk as Jared Distracted”

Levée des sanctions contre Rosneft : Trump prêt à tout pour sauver l’industrie pétrolière américaine

«Si Rosneft Trading n’a rien à voir avec le Venezuela, alors les sanctions qui sont basées sur sa conduite au Venezuela ou à l’égard du Venezuela devraient être levées», a déclaré ce 2 avril, en conférence de presse, le représentant spécial des Etats-Unis pour le Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Un «deuxième responsable américain» cité par l’agence … Continue reading “Levée des sanctions contre Rosneft : Trump prêt à tout pour sauver l’industrie pétrolière américaine”

COVID-19 Death Toll Soars Among Saudi Journalists

Every day brings new information about those who are most at risk of serious complications from the novel coronavirus. This group includes those who are over sixty and anyone with heart, respiratory or immune conditions. Nonetheless, new data, which has been collected at various embassies and consulates, suggests that the group most likely to die … Continue reading “COVID-19 Death Toll Soars Among Saudi Journalists”

Russia and Saudi Arabia finally ready to discuss oil production again. Trump is happy

After oil prices collapses, Saudi Arabia convened an emergency OPEC+ meeting to agree on a new “fair” oil production cut with Russia and other large oil-producing countries, US President Donald Trump said. It appears that the parties are now ready to sit down at the negotiating table again. It took them a little less than … Continue reading “Russia and Saudi Arabia finally ready to discuss oil production again. Trump is happy”

Guerre du pétrole : Poutine ne cillera pas le premier …

… il  rejette « l’intervention » des États-Unis dans la guerre pétrolière russo-saoudienne Par Tyler Durden − Le 25 mars 2020 − Source ZeroHedge « Nous ne pensons pas que quiconque devrait intervenir dans ces relations », a déclaré vendredi le bureau de la présidence russe à propos de ses « bonnes relations » et de son « partenariat » avec les Saoudiens, répliquant … Continue reading “Guerre du pétrole : Poutine ne cillera pas le premier …”

Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi Capital

The United States has deployed Patriot anti-air batteries to the bases hosting US troops in Iraq, AFP reported on March 30 citing US and Iraqi sources. The first Patriot battery was delivered to Ain al-Asad last week, while the second … The post Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi … Continue reading “Video: US Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems in Iraq. Houthis Attack Saudi Capital”

Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis For Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Turkey prepared the charges while internally grappling with the coronavirus, accusing Saudi Arabia of hiding the spread of COVID-19 after finding new cases in returning Turkish citizens. The post Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis For Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Amidst COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on The Real News Network.

Oil industry Exploits Pandemic as Excuse to Dodge Federal Regulations, Fees

Photograph Source: Phil Dolby – CC BY 2.0 In an act of appalling hubris, the oil and gas industry is asking the federal government to loosen enforcement of federal regulations on public lands in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Kathleen Sgamma of the Western Energy Alliance, one of the petroleum industry’s primary lobbying groups, was … Continue reading “Oil industry Exploits Pandemic as Excuse to Dodge Federal Regulations, Fees”