Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 4:07 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 It survived the 1973 oil embargo. It endured 15 Saudi nationals who were named as hijackers in the 9/11 attacks. Can the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia weather the apparent killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist who lived in the U.S.? Khashoggi is presumed dead after he disappeared on Oct. 2. after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The case has brought intense pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened. It has also led to new scrutiny of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was dispatched to Riyadh on Tuesday and on Wednesday he will visit Turkey's capital Ankara to discuss the Khashoggi case. More: Trump tweets that Saudi prince ‘totally denied any knowledge’ of events leading to Saudi journalist disappearance in Turkey Here are the core issues in an alliance that has long been bound by common … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi: Why is U.S. so cozy with Saudi Arabia’s brutal regime?
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Whether you call it the struggle for leadership in the Middle East or sectarian tension or the sovereignty race, Turkey is closely following the consistently increasing competition and tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran - a process highly beneficial for the U.S. and Russia, allowing the U.S. and Russia to penetrate and settle deeper into the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It also offers them significant opportunities to control the global fossil fuel market because the Green Revolution - the tremendous progress in renewable energy, intelligent energy and non-carbon energy technologies - will trigger and accelerate significant breaks in terms of demand and price for global carbon and fossil fuel-based energy markets from 2030 onward.Thus, the U.S. and Russia want a world where, all important fossil energy derivative producers in the Middle East are weakened, the arms and wings of Iran and Saudi Arabia are broken, and China and India cannot meet the energy demand from the Strait … [Read more...] about The Green Revolution and Saudi-Iran tensions
New Delhi (Sputnik): Dharmendra Pradhan, India's oil minister said on Monday that Iran has become the second largest supplier to India's state-owned oil refiners, replacing Saudi Arabia as the refiners took advantage of steeper discounts offered by Tehran. India's state-owned refiners expanded oil purchase from Iran between April and June despite the US sanctions on Tehran. © AP Photo / Vahid SalemiIndia, Iran Agree to Continue Momentum in Bilateral Trade Including Crude ImportIn a written reply to a parliament question, the minister announced that state refiners imported 7.27 MMT (million metric tons) of crude oil from Iran in the first three months of the current fiscal year (April to June 2018). In the previous 12 months, India had imported 9.8 million metric tons from Iran which was far below the quantity imported from Iraq (29.66 MMT), Saudi Arabia (19.35 MMT), … [Read more...] about Iran Becomes Second Largest Oil Supplier to India, Replaces Saudi Arabia
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June under the chair of Shaikha Hya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, has inscribed three cultural sites on the World Heritage List this afternoon. The inscription of sites will continue through 1 July, UNESCO reported. The new World Heritage sites, in order of inscription, are: Thimlich Ohinga archeological site (Kenya) – Situated north-west of the town of Migori, in the Lake Victoria region, this dry-stone walled settlement was probably built in the 16th century CE. The Ohinga (i.e. settlement) seems to have served as a fort for communities and livestock, but also defined social entities and relationships linked to lineage. Thimlich Ohinga is the largest and best preserved of these traditional enclosures. It is an exceptional example of the tradition of massive dry-stone walled enclosures, typical of the first pastoral communities in the Lake Victoria Basin, which persisted unitl the mid-20th centuries. Ancient City of … [Read more...] about Sites from Kenya, Oman and Saudi Arabia inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Israel Katz have agreed on starting consultations with the US, the EU and Middle Eastern and Asian countries to promote a rail link with Saudi Arabia, according to the Times of Israel. The goal of the Tracks for Regional Peace project is to link Haifa's seaport to Jordan' rail network and that of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. Additionally, the rail line will include a stop in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. READ MORE: Netanyahu: Saudi Arabia to Open Airspace for Air India Flights From Israel When touching upon the project in April, Katz pointed out that "there are two central components at the heart of this initiative," including Israel being "a land bridge between Europe and the Mediterranean and Jordan" which he said "will be connected to a railroad system to Israel and the Mediterranean in the … [Read more...] about Israel, Saudi Arabia Reportedly Agree on Transit Link Via ‘Secret Contacts’