How ExxonMobil Uses Divide and Rule to Get Its Way in South America
Opinion

How ExxonMobil Uses Divide and Rule to Get Its Way in South America

Tensions rise between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations “good…

Venezuela Is Giving the US the Middle Finger by Selling Oil to China, as Trump has Lost Interest in Regime Change
Opinion

Venezuela Is Giving the US the Middle Finger by Selling Oil to China, as Trump has Lost Interest in Regime Change

With the US facing a host of problems and the presidency in transition, regime change in Venezuela has become much less of a priority for the White House. No wonder, then, that Caracas has seized the moment to resume oil sales. Venezuela is reportedly exporting oil again. Despite crushing US sanctions having been imposed on…

Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War
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Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War

It was the enduring image from Donald Trump’s 2017 visit to Saudi Arabia, in his first trip abroad as president of the United States. In it, Trump appeared alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with their hands placed on a glowing orb of unexplained meaning or purpose. The photo immediately…

The Pandemic and Oil
Opinion

The Pandemic and Oil

During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half…

The Pipeline and the Poison
Opinion

The Pipeline and the Poison

Pipeline politics, like electoral politics, knows no limits. With Nordstream 2’s completion on schedule to happen around the same time Donald Trump will ‘appear to be re-elected,‘ the amping up of anti-Russian rhetoric and political pressure was to be expected. The poisoning of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s supposed chief critic, Alexei Navalny, is the latest…