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How Much Does The U.S. Spend On Defending Global Oil Supplies?

How Much Does The U.S. Spend On Defending Global Oil Supplies?

Sep 24, 2018 at 13:39 | Tim Daiss

President Trump’s insistence that the U.S. is unfairly shouldering the cost of protecting global sea shipping lanes for major oil producing nations received a new boost last week. A report…

Venezuela Can Wreck U.S.-Chinese Relations

Venezuela Can Wreck U.S.-Chinese Relations

Sep 21, 2018 at 17:10 | Irina Slav

When the New York Times earlier this month reported that President Trump had met with Venezuelan military officers unhappy with the country’s government to discuss a coup against Nicolas…

Saudis Expand Mining Sector As Part Of Diversification Push

Saudis Expand Mining Sector As Part Of Diversification Push

Sep 21, 2018 at 16:50 | Oxford Business Group

Mining grew by 6.3 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) in the first quarter of 2018, according to data issued by the General Authority for Statistics on July 2. Coupled with expansion in…

The U.S. Calls On Russia To Cap Soaring Oil Prices

The U.S. Calls On Russia To Cap Soaring Oil Prices

Sep 14, 2018 at 14:02 | Tim Daiss

As crucial mid-term congressional elections in November draw near, the Trump administration is feeling the heat over higher oil prices. London-traded global oil benchmark Brent breached the $80 per barrel…

How Iran Plans To Bypass The World’s Main Oil Chokepoint

How Iran Plans To Bypass The World’s Main Oil Chokepoint

Sep 07, 2018 at 17:33 | Viktor Katona

Iran Tries to Bypass the Hormuz Strait Global markets have recently gone into overdrive in anticipation of the US-Iran standoff’s outcome. President Trump is building up pressure on Tehran, his…

How Much Longer Can The Saudis Suppress Oil Prices?

How Much Longer Can The Saudis Suppress Oil Prices?

Sep 07, 2018 at 17:28 | Irina Slav

When earlier this week reports emerged that Saudi Arabia is striving to keep oil prices in the range of US$70-80 per barrel in a bid to balance its need…

Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

Sep 07, 2018 at 17:11 | Cyril Widdershoven

Major changes are never going without instability, conflict and possible crisis. Saudi Arabia’s dramatic change to diversify its economy away from an oil-based rentier state status is not going as…

Will The U.S. Let India Continue To Import Iranian Crude?

Will The U.S. Let India Continue To Import Iranian Crude?

Sep 07, 2018 at 17:09 | Tim Daiss

India is increasingly finding itself caught between competing alliances. On one hand, ties between Washington and New Delhi have improved in recent years in large part to what both sides…

Washington Announces Sanctions On Syrian Oil Industry

Washington Announces Sanctions On Syrian Oil Industry

Sep 07, 2018 at 09:11 | Irina Slav

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against five Syrian companies and four individuals on allegations of facilitating crude oil shipments and financing to the Assad government, Reuters reports,…

Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

Sep 05, 2018 at 15:33 | Cyril Widdershoven

Despite the fact that production and export figures presented by Iraqi sources are showing a significant improvement, optimism should be tempered. Iraq continues to head towards a major showdown between…

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