Diplomatic Ties

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Petrodollar Pain: Is The Saudi Royal Family Preparing For Exile?

Members of the Saudi royal family appear to be preparing to go into exile as they are selling as much oil as possible in order to move their petrodollars out of the country. The declining oil price doesn’t matter. Clear signals are coming from the U.S. that the days of the incumbent clans are numbered. In … Continue reading

One More Casualty Of The 9/11 Farce – The Petrodollar

By Brandon Smith It’s been about 15 years now since passenger airliners struck the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, and we are still suffering the consequences of that day, though perhaps not in the ways many Americans might believe. The 9/11 attacks were billed by the Bush Administration as a “wake-up call” for the U.S., … Continue reading

Obama’s Chilly Reception In Saudi Arabia Hints At Mutual Distrust

U.S. President’s low-key arrival and meeting with King Salman underscores tension that has deepened over US policy towards Iran and the war in Syria . Barack Obama arrived to a noticeably low-key reception in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday against a background of mutual irritation in a relationship tested by a turbulent Middle East, plummeting oil … Continue reading

Argentina Returns To International Bond Market After 15 Years Of Isolation

The government of Argentina has finally returned to the scope of the international bond market as of April 18, which has thus ended 15 years of global financial isolation after the South American nation defaulted back in 2001. Fulfilling a campaign promise and following favorable court rulings, Argentine President Mauricio Macri gave the green light for the sale of $15 … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia Threatens To Sell $750B In U.S. Assets If Congress Exposes 9/11 Role, NYT Says

Saudi Arabia has warned the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will liquidate hundreds of billions of dollars’ in U.S. assets should Congress pass a bill that would hold the Saudi government responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 (9/11), terrorist attacks, according to a bombshell report from The New York Times (NYT).   The bill … Continue reading

Decoding Modi’s Upcoming Visit To Saudi Arabia

By K.N. Pandita After concluding the Nuclear Security Summit meet in Washington (31 March – 1 April), Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Objective analyses of Modi’s visits abroad reveal his penchant for reassessing India’s regional and global relationships with a view of infusing new vitality in the tenets of … Continue reading

What Should Investors Expect From Cuba’s Economy? — An Interview With Robert Abad

Ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba — which will be the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years — there are several major companies that are scrambling to negotiate deals to operate in the small island economy. Such names as AT&T, Starwood Hotels, and Marriot have already expressed interest in doing business in Cuba. Other companies that have expressed interested include Delta, … Continue reading

Drama And Maneuver In The South China Sea: The U.S.-China Standoff

By Peter Lee On October 27, 2015 China hawks got what they had long demanded: a US Navy Freedom of Navigation operation (aka FONOP) within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of China’s manmade islands in the South China Sea. But it turns out that wasn’t enough! China hawk joy was transformed into widely-advertised disappointment … Continue reading

India, Pakistan Upgraded To Members Of The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has decided to upgrade India and Pakistan to full members of the regional security bloc led by China and Russia. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has decided to upgrade India and Pakistan to full members of the regional security bloc led by China and Russia. The SCO said that the invitation to the two Asian nations brings forth the evolution of … Continue reading

Why India Should Join China’s Maritime Silk Road

By Geethanjali Nataraj Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the concept of the Maritime Silk Road (MSR) — now a part of the One Belt, One Road initiative — during his visit to Indonesia in October 2013. The MSR is an attempt to promote economic cooperation and connectivity by reviving the ancient maritime Silk Road trading … Continue reading

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