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Saudi Arabia, China to expand energy technology cooperation

Saudi Arabia, China to expand energy technology cooperation

ABU DHABI — Officials said China and Saudi Arabia were cooperating in technological development. They said the cooperation was based on massive Saudi oil supplies to Beijing. “The kingdom is the largest producer of oil, while China is the second largest country in the world, which has a great energy demand,” Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al […]

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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

By Brian M Downing The Persian Gulf has been critical in U.S. strategic thinking since the rise of oil production there in the 1930s. Three things, however, are calling its importance into question. First, U.S. oil and gas production, owing to the exploitation of shale formations inside the U.S., has risen markedly, making self-sufficiency a […]

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It's the oil, stupid: The coming energy revolution

It's the oil, stupid: The coming energy revolution

By Sol W. Sanders If we can get your attention off Dred Scott II — the Supreme Court decision on health care costs with its byzantine political implications — something perhaps as fundamental for the U.S. and world economies is happening: a second fossil fuel revolution. The Saudis are pumping oil like mad. The world’s […]

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Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

ByBrian M Downing A few months ago, Saudi Arabia lowered oil production and attributed it to excess world supply. Oil experts saw this as odd because Libyan and Syria production were way down and Nigerian production was thought in jeopardy from bombing incidents. Some thought the long awaited “twilight in the desert” might be nigh, […]

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In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

By Sheda Vasseghi The latest Saudi official assassination conspiracy implicating the Islamic Republic of Iran brings chills to Iranian nationalists as it is a reminder of many examples in history whereby in the scheme of things a small trigger causes global warfare and carnage. Accusations against the Islamists in control of Iran triggering potential backlash […]

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Saleh operation called success; Yemen opposition opposes his return

Saleh operation called success; Yemen opposition opposes his return

SANAA – Yemen’s opposition vowed Sunday to prevent the return of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh from a Saudi hospital, as tens of thousands of protesters celebrated despite doubts over who holds the reins of power in Sanaa. “We will work with all our strength to prevent his return,” parliamentary opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan told […]

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Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com [From the upcoming edition of East-Asia-Intel.com]   As Chairman Mao Zedong’s faithful follower, President Hu Jintao evidently understands well this popular adage of the Great Helmsman’s: “Turn a bad thing into a good thing.”   This perhaps explains the extraordinary lengths to which the Hu Jintao leadership has gone in venting the […]

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Document: Saudis pushed U.S. for 'Arab force'

WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia proposed an Arab military force to battle the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. A U.S. government report said the Saudi leadership lobbied for the formation of an Arab League military mission that would battle Hizbullah in Lebanon. The Arab force was designed to receive military and intelligence assistance from both NATO and the […]

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Package bombmaker targeted: 'For the House of Saud this is personal'

Package bombmaker targeted: 'For the House of Saud this is personal'

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com Disclosure that Saudi intelligence was the source behind the discovery of two package bombs sent from Yemen on American freight company jets highlights the kingdom’s all-out effort to find and stop Al Qaida bombmaker Ibraham Ashiri, who is credited with manufacturing the bombs. The reason: Asiri was behind the suicide […]