Saudi Arabia

The Cardinal Sin Of International Finance

"...the prime directive of any organism - whether it’s an amoeba or a person or a corporation or a government - is to survive... That’s why the US government protects the petrodollar so zealously. It needs the system to survive..."

Oil Price Drop Imminent If Moscow Says "No" To Extension

As the November 30 meeting in Vienna of OPEC and its partners in the oil production cut deal nears, worry has returned among traders: one of the brokers of the deal might decide to walk out on the deal instead of participating in another extension.

Mainstream Media Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator As Roguish, Visionary 'Reformer'

"The cynical plan has been met, in some media quarters, with condemnation, but for many in the Western press, MbS' self-serving power grab is the action of a bold 'reformer', a roguish bad boy doing the messy but essential work of 'reforming' the kingdom - the 'anti-corruption' pretext of the purge largely repeated without qualification..."

Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a diplomatic drive this week in Sochi where he will meet with Erdogan and Touhani to outline the terms of the end to Syria's bloody civil war. Just as notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

France's Macron Covers For Saudi Aggression

"...Less charitably, what Macron is really doing is giving cynical cover to the Saudi rulers for their extraordinary acts of aggression towards Lebanon and their violation of that country’s sovereignty..."