Most everyone is enjoying cheap oil these days. But oil pumping nations are not happy at all and there is no OPEC anymore as the ISIS gang funds itself via cheap oil sales via Turkey. Saudi Arabia unveils record deficit as it succumbs to oil price rout – Telegraph
The Saudi government has planned to narrow the deficit to 327bn riyals in 2016, by cutting back spending from 975bn riyals to 840bn riyals. The state has had to resort to tapping its foreign reserves and borrowing from debt markets to finance running costs this year, as it also adopted “some procedures” to cut back spending…
It came as a leading Russian official condemned the Saudi government for “destabilising” oil prices. Alexander Novak, the Russian energy minister, was reported by news agency Tass as saying that an increase in Saudi oil production was “effectively destabilising the situation on the market”.
The entire Saudi society is a welfare organization and is run by thugs who brutally rule in a fashion few nations can surpass. Once the welfare money is cut to the lower classes while the Saudi royal clan continues to live in extreme luxury, the chances of an ISIS uprising increases. Russia is now right next door to Saudi Arabia bombing ISIS and driving them out of the cities in Syria. ISIS Bombs Restaurants in Syria’s Kurdish Northeast, Many Killed as the fighting in Syria increases due to Russia’s pressure.
Turkey’s Offensive Kills 200 Rebels, 150 Civilians. In the US news, Turkey’s Campaign Against Kurdish Militants Takes Toll on Civilians says the New York Times. Since Turkey is a NATO ally, it is OK to do this whereas if Russia kills even one civilian during this war, the yells about how evil Putin is rises to deafening levels. Of course, the US has a very long and ugly history of killing civilians during wars including the spectacular annihilation of nearly every civilian when the US nuked two Japanese cities.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says Assad killed 400,000 which is not backed up by anything and which is pointing fingers when doing the same thing which is funny to watch except that NATO conspired to destroy Assad from day one and worked hard to insure that foreign radicals could invade Syria and fight there since Israel and Saudi Arabia both hate Assad for religious reasons (Assad is not the same Muslim religion as Saudi Arabia’s despots).
The UN supervised the retreat of Fighters, civilians evacuated to Turkey; 32 killed in Homs. That is, these are the people who were encouraged to rise up against Assad and who helped destroy the country in hopes of launching a smaller state hostile to Assad. Breaking up Syria helps Israel and Saudi Arabia dominate the region. It is notable that these people were moved into despotic Turkey which still has ‘elections’ but increasingly is moving towards autocratic rule.
Despite the cease-fire deal, there have been two major bomb attacks in the city in the last two weeks. Twin blasts in the Zahra district of Homs, claimed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed 16 people on Dec. 12, and at least 32 people were killed when two bombs exploded in the same quarter on Monday.
Another deal, that sought to extract over 2,000 ISIL fighters from south Damascus, was scuttled last week in a blow to UN efforts to end a years-long government siege of parts of the city controlled by a patchwork of rebel and jihadist groups that has impeded the flow of food and humanitarian aid, starving many people to death.
Bashar al-Assad’s government, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, helped organize local cease-fires in Zabadani and the two villages in Idlib in September in the first phase of the deal overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The mostly Sunni Muslim rebel fighters going to Turkey from Zabadani would then be able to go back to rebel-held areas in Syria through the northern Turkish border or stay for treatment, according to rebel sources close to the negotiations. The Shiite Syrians leaving the besieged towns in the north would be able to get to Lebanon where Hezbollah would be able to watch over them, added the sources.
Video: Dramatic video of Russian air strikes ‘on Islamic State oil empire’ – Telegraph in England shows. Russian successes are ignored or played down in the US or is reported as US victories.
In a hypothetical matchup with Trump, Clinton is now just 2 points ahead in a poll whose margin of error is 3. And 36 per cent of GOP voters say they’re excited about voting, nearly double the number of Democrats.
Hillary Clinton preparesto unleash ‘secret weapon’ husband Bill to boost campaign in key early states. Which is hilarious. The US media is nearly all howling at Trump like crazed dogs trying to tree a raccoon which is throwing feces at them. The more the howl, the more popular he is with the majority of Republican voters which drives the media owners crazy. More propaganda, they decide!
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