How Russia Is Making More in Oil Sales Now Than Before the War

With China and India buying the Russian oil shunned by the West in an effort to force an end to the Ukraine invasion, Moscow is earning more now than it did before the war.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #ukraine

Saudi Arabia Should Take a Mulligan on Golf. Here’s What It Can Do Instead.

There’s a better way to improve the kingdom’s international standing than starting a golf tour.

#golf, #khashoggi-jamal, #liv-golf, #mickelson-phil, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #norman-greg, #pga-tour-inc, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia

Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Is Set, but Energy Help Is Not

The White House formally announced that President Biden would visit the oil-rich kingdom in mid-July despite having denounced it as a “pariah” state after the assassination of a dissident.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #palestinian-authority, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

What Is LIV Golf? It Depends Who You Ask.

Bold new project or crass money grab? Even golf’s best players can’t agree on the new Saudi-financed golf tour. Here’s what you need to know.

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PGA Tour Suspends Players Who Joined Saudi-Backed LIV Golf Series

The PGA Tour commissioner said pros taking part in the new LIV Golf Series were now ineligible for his tour’s events, and he warned others thinking of joining that they would face the same discipline.

#garcia-sergio, #golf, #johnson-dustin, #liv-golf, #mickelson-phil, #monahan-jay-w-1970, #oosthuizen-louis, #pga-tour-inc, #saudi-arabia

U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #government-accountability-office, #houthis, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Biden Has ‘Only Bad Options’ for Bringing Down Oil Prices

The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to reduce oil and gasoline prices, and it is not clear that anything else he might do would work, either.

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Biden to Travel to Saudi Arabia, Ending Its ‘Pariah’ Status

As a candidate, President Biden vowed to punish the kingdom for the brutal assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. But now he wants to rebuild relations as he seeks to lower gas prices and isolate Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm

The House Oversight Committee is seeking documents related to the $2 billion investment by a Saudi fund in the private equity firm started by Mr. Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former adviser.

#affinity-partners, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #kushner-jared, #maloney-carolyn-b, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Welcome to the Disorderly, Dangerous World of Expensive Oil and Gas

The global energy crisis will get worse before it gets better.

#china, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #middle-east, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #ukraine

Yemen’s Houthis Went From Ragtag Militia to Force Threatening Gulf Powers

Iran’s cultivation of the Houthis over the years of war in Yemen has armed them with missiles and drones, endangering Washington’s partners and Tehran’s rivals, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

#defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #houthis, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

Before it committed $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s firm, Public Investment Fund officials questioned the justification for taking such a big risk.

#affinity-partners, #conflicts-of-interest, #foreign-investments, #kushner-jared, #mnuchin-steven-t, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Yemen War Connects to Saudi Arabia and Iran

Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country before its civil war began in 2014. Then a Saudi-led coalition joined the fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, spreading the ruin.

#bombs-and-explosives, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #iran, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #sana-yemen, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #yemen

Yemen’s President Steps Down, Hands Power to Presidential Council

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi abdicated days after a two-month cease-fire took effect, signs that his Saudi allies may be looking for a path out of the bloodshed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #yemen

Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

The move will almost certainly end the last trial aimed at serving justice for a heinous crime that caused global outrage.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

Women in Saudi Arabia Add a First: An Auto Rally

The Rally Jameel in Saudi Arabia celebrates a new first for women.

#automobile-racing, #automobiles, #rally-jameel, #saudi-arabia, #women-and-girls

Yemen’s Warring Parties to Begin First Cease-Fire in 6 Years

The two-month truce, brokered by the United Nations, offers hope for a reduction of violence in a war that has rattled the Arabian Peninsula and caused a humanitarian crisis.

#defense-and-military-forces, #houthis, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations, #yemen

Greg Norman Knows About Golf and Golf Homes

The former player shared his perspective on emerging golf locales and what makes an ideal golf home today.

#content-type-personal-profile, #golf, #norman-greg, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #saudi-arabia, #vietnam

Prosecutor Asks Turkey to Turn Khashoggi Murder Case Over to Saudis

All 26 suspects accused in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist, in Istanbul in 2018 are Saudi nationals.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

Soaring Cost of Diesel Ripples Through the Global Economy

Russia’s war in Ukraine has caused a steep rise in a fuel essential to truckers, farmers and industry. Europe is hardest hit.

#agriculture-and-farming, #automobiles, #diesel-power, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #refineries, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #supply-chain, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #united-states-economy

OPEC and Russia to Meet as War in Ukraine Roils Oil Market

Big producers seem to be sticking to modest output raises and alliance with Russia.

#abu-dhabi-national-oil-co-adnoc, #angola, #atlantic-council, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #granholm-jennifer-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #houthis, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #middle-east-institute, #nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates

Warring Parties in Yemen Announce Overlapping Cease-Fires

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels said they would stop fighting, but further progress toward an end to the seven-year war in the country was uncertain.

#houthis, #iran, #persian-gulf, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

How to Defeat Putin and Save the Planet

The technology is here. We can now put Putin over a barrel. It is just a matter of leadership and national will.

#oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

Yemeni Rebel Attack Sets Saudi Oil Facility Ablaze

Saudi officials accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of launching the attack, which cast a shadow over a Formula One car race aimed at international spectators.

#defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #formula-one, #houthis, #jidda-saudi-arabia, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #saudi-aramco, #yemen

U.S. Accuses 4 Russians of Hacking Infrastructure, Including Nuclear Plant

The announcement covered hackings from 2012 to 2018, but served as yet another warning from the Biden administration of Russia’s ability to conduct such operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-security-service, #justice-department, #kansas, #monaco-lisa-o, #russia, #saudi-arabia

Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People

It was the kingdom’s largest mass execution in years. In many cases, the charges involved “not a drop of blood,” a rights activist said.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

Europe Must End Its Energy Dependence on Russia

The Ukraine crisis shows just how energy dependent Europe has become on Russia. 

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #canada, #coal, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #european-union, #germany, #great-britain, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Phil Mickelson Apologizes for Support of Saudi-Backed Golf League

Mickelson called his recent comments “reckless” and said he will consider taking a break from competing as KPMG, his longtime sponsor, announced it would no longer represent the golfer.

#dechambeau-bryson, #golf, #mcilroy-rory, #mickelson-phil, #pga-tour-inc, #saudi-arabia

Phil Mickelson Praises Saudi-Backed Golf Tour Despite Khashoggi Killing

A biographer quoted Mickelson as saying that though he knew of Saudi Arabia’s “horrible record on human rights,” a new golf tour it was funding was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

#golf, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mickelson-phil, #pga-championship, #pga-tour-inc, #public-investment-fund-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #sovereign-wealth-funds

Panel Approves Transfer of Saudi Engineer From Guantánamo Bay

The decision means that a majority of detainees at the wartime prison are cleared for transfer if U.S. diplomats can forge security deals with countries to receive them

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #saudi-arabia, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mentally Ill Detainee, Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11, Set for Transfer

A parole-like board for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay recommended repatriating the Saudi man, whom the military tortured and so could not be put on trial.

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Why Are Oil Prices So High and Will They Stay That Way?

Geopolitical tensions and a growing disparity between supply and demand have driven up prices. Here is what that means and what could happen next.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #exxon-mobil-corp, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As the U.S. Pulls Back From the Mideast, China Leans In

China is expanding its ties to Middle Eastern states with vast infrastructure investments and cooperation on technology and security.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #middle-east, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #persian-gulf, #saudi-arabia, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

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Russia Will Only Grow Stronger as the World Shifts to Cleaner Energy

The energy transition will make it possible for petrostates to wield significant geopolitical and economic power.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #europe, #global-warming, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #ukraine, #united-states

Did We Miss Biden’s Most Important Remark About Russia?

Putin has something bigger to worry about at home than anything that happens in Ukraine.

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at Prison in Yemen, Officials Say

The strikes, which also knocked out the country’s internet, came after Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked the U.A.E., a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting in Yemen for years.

#doctors-without-borders, #houthis, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #sana-yemen, #saudi-arabia, #yemen

OPEC Plus and Other Oil Producers Aren’t Keeping Up With Demand

OPEC Plus, the United States and others have been slow to ramp up output, lagging production goals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #saudi-arabia, #united-states

Saudi Princess Is Released From Jail After 3 Years

The Saudi government has not said why it detained or released Princess Basmah bint Saud, a daughter of a former king who has been a vociferous critic of the country’s authorities.

#basmah-bint-saud, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #royal-families, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

As Other Arab States Falter, Saudi Arabia Seeks to Become a Cultural Hub

While conflicts and crises have battered Arab cultural capitals, Saudi Arabia is hosting film festivals and bankrolling new movies.

#actors-and-actresses, #arabic-language, #arabs, #censorship, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #movies, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #television, #theaters-buildings, #web-original-programming

How Do Saudis Celebrate Christmas? Quietly, but Less So.

“Am I in Saudi Arabia?” Once officially banned, Christmas is coming out of hiding in the kingdom, as its ultra-constrictive religious rules are eased.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #saudi-arabia, #shariah-islamic-law

Progress for Saudi Women Is Uneven, Despite Cultural Changes and More Jobs

Women say Saudi Arabia has advanced significantly in just the past year, with more choices regarding work, fashion (including colored abayas) and social spaces, but restrictions remain everywhere.

#dress-codes, #fashion-and-apparel, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #labor-and-jobs, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslim-veiling, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

#amphetamines, #assad-bashar-al, #assad-maher-al, #bekaa-valley-lebanon, #damascus-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #greece, #hezbollah, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #italy, #jordan, #latakia-syria, #lebanon, #malaysia, #mediterranean-sea, #methamphetamines, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #ports, #saudi-arabia, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #syria-report-the, #war-and-armed-conflicts

OPEC Faces Omicron Uncertainty and Rebellious Customers

The oil cartel and Russia want to bolster prices after a 10 percent drop last week. But they also need to consider the release of reserves by the U.S. and other countries.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #saudi-arabia, #strategic-petroleum-reserve-us

Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.

#affinity-partners, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #israel, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #persian-gulf, #private-equity, #qatar, #saudi-arabia, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Strike on U.S. Base Was Iranian Response to Israeli Attack, Officials Say

Iran has not acknowledged the attack, but U.S. and Israeli officials said it was retaliation for Israeli airstrikes, drawing the U.S. into Iran’s shadow war with Israel.

#assad-bashar-al, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hezbollah, #homs-syria, #international-relations, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #lebanon, #middle-east, #military-bases-and-installations, #oman, #palmyra-syria, #saleh-midhat-1967-2021, #saudi-arabia, #ships-and-shipping, #syria, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Saudi Court Blocks Execution of Man Convicted of Crime Committed at 14

Rights groups said the death sentence for Abdullah al-Huwaiti ran contrary to the kingdom’s claimed legal reforms. Now he’ll be retried.

#attacks-on-police, #capital-punishment, #confessions, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #saudi-arabia

OPEC and Russia Will Ponder Oil Output Under Pressure From Biden.

Big oil producers decided to stick with a scheduled increase, rejecting calls for a bigger boost in production.

#abdulaziz-bin-salman-prince-of-saudi-arabia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #politics-and-government, #russia, #saudi-arabia

Gulf States Withdraw Ambassadors to Lebanon Over Criticism of Yemen War

With a few stray comments from a minor minister, Lebanon once again found itself caught in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, underscoring just how vulnerable it is to the whims of its more powerful neighbors.

#aden-yemen, #aoun-michel-1935, #bahrain, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hezbollah, #kuwait, #lebanon, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

Saudi Finance Official Is Missing From Conference He Hosts

The unexplained absence of Yasir al-Rumayyan, who oversees the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, has highlighted concerns about a lack of transparency.

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