Oiling For War: The Houthi Attack On Abqaiq By Binoy Kampmark

16 September 2019 — Oriental Review

The attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia southwest of Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran had a few predictable responses.  Given that the facility has a daily output of some 5.7 million barrels, damaging it was bound to cause a spike in the price of oil.

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The Black Swan Is a Drone By Charles Hugh Smith

15 September 2019 — Of Two Minds

What was “possible” yesterday is now a low-cost proven capability, and the consequences are far from predictable.

Predictably, the mainstream media is serving up heaping portions of reassurances that the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities are no big deal and full production will resume shortly. The obvious goal is to placate global markets fearful of an energy disruption that could tip a precarious global economy into recession.

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Have you heard of the CIA’s Iran mission center? by Vijay Prashad

19 June 2019 — MROnline

Operation AJAX cartoon from the book, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Mike de Seve (Author), Daniel Burwen (Illustrator), Stephen Kinzer (Foreword)

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was adamant—just hours after it happened—that the explosions on two Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers were the responsibility of Iran. Iran did this, he said, and Iran would have to pay the price. The United States government offered no evidence for this claim, apart from a grainy video that showed little that seemed conclusive. Pompeo took no questions.

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How Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” Campaign Against Iran Now Works Against Him

16 June 2019 — Moon of Alabama

There is no evidence that Iran was behind Friday’s attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

There are many parties in the Middle East and in the United States who are interested in goading the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran. Most of these parties have the capability to launch clandestine attacks on civilian vessels. That the U.S. government would blame Iran for any such attack is obvious. But even Israeli analysts doubt that Iran is responsible for the recent incidents. The German government doubts that video the U.S. presented shows anything of significance. Others point at the suspicious timing of the incident.

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Secret tripartite summit in Jerusalem by Thierry Meyssan

11 June 2019 — Voltaire Network

A summit of the national security advisors from the USA, Israël and Russia has been announced in Jerusalem. The aim of this conference is to untangle the imbroglio around the Axis of Resistance, guarantee the security of all the States in the Middle East, and establish a shared suzerainty of the United States and Russia over all the actors, including Israël.

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Nikolaï Patrouchev and John Bolton meet in Jerusalem, in the presence of Meir Ben-Shabbat.

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Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

14 May 2019 — RT

Iran calls recent tanker attacks in UAE nothing but ‘Israeli mischief’

Al Marzoqah tanker is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019 © Reuters / Satish Kumar

The recent damage sustained to four commercial vessels off the UAE coast is nothing but Israeli meddling, an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, as US-Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to heat up.

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