How China Won the Middle East Without Firing a Single Bullet

“If oil and influence were the prizes, then it seems China, not America, has ultimately won the Iraq war and its aftermath – without ever firing a shot.” — Jamil Anderlini

China Middle East Feature photo

A much anticipated American foreign policy move under the Biden Administration on how to counter China’s unhindered economic growth and political ambitions came in the form of a virtual summit on March 12, linking, aside from the United States, India, Australia and Japan. Although the so-called ‘Quad’ revealed nothing new in their joint

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A Manufactured Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Uses Oil to Bring Yemen to its Knees

By manufacturing an oil crisis in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is able to foment political chaos in the country and stir up popular discontent against domestic oil companies, many of which are run by the Houthi-led resistance

Yemen Oil Feature photo

HODEIDA, YEMEN -- Yemen’s oil is in thrall to a complex, intertwined network of elites that control the smuggling of fuel imports and new, thriving black markets. Starving Yemen of petroleum products has always been a conspicuous feature of Saudi Arabia’s nearly six-year-long war on the country, however, the most recent blockade is significantly

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Mexico to Renationalize Oil Next Year If Current Laws Fail to Save Reeling PEMEX

AMLO first hinted at the prospect of re-nationalizing Mexico’s oil industry in August and recently doubled down on the idea as well as leaving open the possibility of refinancing the energy sector’s enormous debt.

AMLO PEMEX Feature photo

Faced with thousands of conservative opposition demonstrators camping out in the streets of Mexico City since he took office, the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is under renewed pressure to come up with a strategy to address the nation's tottering energy sector, which has reached a critical juncture in the

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While Trump Berates Portland Looters, the US Gov’t Continues to Plunder Syria with Impunity

President Trump has lashed out at rioters and looters in Portland and Kenosha, yet halfway around the world, the US military is busy plundering what’s left of Syria’s wealth on a vastly greater scale and with little publicity.

Syria Oil Feature photo

The United States and Turkey have been plundering Syrian infrastructure for years. Beginning in late 2012 and continuing through 2013, some 300 industrial factories were dismantled and taken to Turkey from Aleppo, the industrial capital of Syria. "Machinery and goods were loaded on trucks and carried off to Turkey through the Cilvegozu and

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To Capture and Subdue: America’s Theft of Syrian Oil Has Very Little To Do With Money

Years of US support to Al-Qaeda and ISIS and efforts to effect regime change in the country have culminated in the theft of Syria’s oil, but is that really America’s coup de gras in Syria?

Near the end of July, one of the most important recent developments in U.S. foreign policy was quietly disclosed during a U.S. Senate hearing. Not surprisingly, hardly anybody talked about it and most are still completely unaware that it happened. Answering questions from Senator Lindsey Graham, Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed that the State

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Shadowy US Firm Run by Former Diplomat Cinches Syria Oil Deal with Kurds

A Delaware-based company formed by a former American diplomat, a CEO of a private mercenary company and an old hand in the oil business has inked a deal with U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels to develop crude in Syria.

Syria Oil Feature photo

In November of last year, the Pentagon's assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs assured reporters during a press briefing that "the revenue from [Syrian oil fields] is not going to the U.S. [It] is going to the SDF", adding that the purpose of the mission was "to defeat ISIS" and that "securing of the oil fields [was] a

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