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  • Argentina Is On The Cusp Of A Shale Boom

    02/16/2018 11:05:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    OILPRICE ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Matthew Smith
    The end of the Peronist hold on Argentine politics and rise of pro-business president Mauricio Macri has heralded in a new age for what was long regarded as one of the most economically unstable nations in Latin America. The former Buenos Aires mayor and businessman won the presidency in 2015, ousting his mercurial populist Peronist predecessor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Since coming to power, Macri has worked to restructure a shattered economy ruined by decades of market warping tariffs and subsidies, protectionism, heavy handed regulation, rampant inflation and unsustainable fiscal policies. The center-right president has been able to achieve what...
  • Poll portends tough sledding for California gas tax increase

    02/16/2018 8:06:37 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    bondbuyer.com ^ | February 16 2018 | By Keeley Webster
    The recent gas tax hike in California enacted to fund transportation projects could face tough sledding in the face of a repeal effort. Likely voters were nearly evenly split on the issue with 47% saying they favor repeal, while 48% said they oppose it, in a poll released Feb. 7 by the Public Policy Institute of California. The creator of the initiative to repeal a gas tax hike and vehicle fee increase approved by the state legislature last year to support transportation projects said signature gathering efforts are right on track. (You need to pay if you want to know...
  • Moscow Far More Worried about Trump than Many in the West Think

    02/14/2018 2:17:08 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | February 12, 2018 | Liliya Shevtsova
    Many analysts dismissed “the Kremlin list” the Trump Administration released two weeks ago as a bad joke or worse and thus failed to recognize the extent to which its contents in fact have made Moscow far more afraid of the US president than they were before, according to Liliya Shevtsova. First of all, “by publishing practically the entire list of members of the Russian government and Presidential Administration, the White House shifted from the traditional Western effort of trying to divide the Russian elite into pro-Western and anti-Western factions..." Instead, it properly treated the entire kleptocratic elite as being linked...
  • Ex-Enemies, Evangelicals and a Soccer Star: Top Mexican Candidate’s New Allies

    02/14/2018 8:24:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2018 6:00 a.m. ET | By Juan Montes
    Leading presidential hopeful López Obrador seeks to broaden his appeal and soften his reputation as a hot-headed populist _________________________________________________________ MEXICO CITY—Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a nationalist who built his career blocking oil wells and railing against the political elite, is trying a third time to achieve what he failed to do twice before: win the Mexican presidency. The 64-year-old leftist candidate is leading in the polls ahead of the July 1 election after trying to reinvent himself with a new party, unlikely allies and as a champion of national unity who doesn’t threaten Mexico’s traditional economic powers. Although once a...
  • Shock Poll: GOP Now Leads On Generic Ballot

    02/14/2018 6:15:51 AM PST · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 14 Feb 2018
    Fully 39 percent of registered voters say they would support the GOP candidate for Congress in their district, while 38 percent would back the Democratic candidate. Nearly a quarter of voters, 23 percent, are undecided. Voters are split almost evenly along party lines. Democratic voters break for their party, 85 percent to 5 percent, while Republicans similarly favor the GOP, 84 percent to 8 percent. Among independent voters, 26 percent would vote for the Democrat, 25 percent for the Republican and nearly half, 49 percent, are undecided. The GOP’s 1-point advantage comes after three months of tracking in which Democrats...
  • Democrats on Wrong Side of Economic Revival

    02/12/2018 5:02:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here’s Chuck You Schumer. And Chuck You was in Louisville at the University of Louisville, and he spoke a Q&A period after his remarks. It was this morning. And a member of the audience said, “There’s been talk of a blue wave of Democrats winning seats in the midterms. If this is to happen, what are the biggest obstacles that Democrats must overcome in order to win big in November?” SCHUMER: People will make their own decisions about Donald Trump. Our mistake, I think, you cannot just run against Donald Trump. And it is the job of we Democrats...
  • How Soaring US Oil Exports to China are Transforming the Global Oil Game

    02/10/2018 10:43:27 AM PST · by Oatka · 34 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | 02/09/2018 | Henning Gloystein
    [Reuters] Bit by bit, the U.S. petroleum industry is turning world oil markets inside out. First, sharp drops in U.S. imports of crude oil eroded the biggest market that producers like OPEC had relied on for many years. Now, surging U.S. exports – largely banned by Washington until just two years ago – challenge the last region OPEC dominates: Asia.
  • Oil Prices Tank As U.S. Drillers Add Massive Number Of Rigs

    02/09/2018 10:20:16 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 31 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-09-2018 | Juli
    As if the recent nosedive that oil prices have taken in the last few days wasn’t bad enough—Baker Hughes reported a staggering increase to the number of rigs. The number of active oil and gas rigs increased by 29 to Baker Hughes data. This brings the total number of oil and gas rigs to 975, which is an addition of 234 rigs year over year.
  • California says will block crude oil from Trump offshore drilling plan

    02/07/2018 5:20:35 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 7, 2018 | Sharon Bernstein
    California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters.
  • Jordan’s King Sees a Possible ‘Lack of Understanding of Islam’ in Washington

    02/06/2018 2:46:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2018 | 4:30 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Islam is “not a religion of hate,” Jordan’s King Abdullah said in a recent interview, arguing that there was perhaps a “lack of understanding” of the religion in Washington. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked Abdullah — in an interview filmed in Davos last month but aired on Sunday — about President Trump’s stated view during the 2016 election campaign that “I think Islam hates us.” “By ‘us,’ I think he meant America,” Zakaria said. “In your conversations with President Trump, have you tried to persuade him that that was not the case?” “Absolutely, to all Americans,” Abdullah replied. “And whether I’m...
  • If The White House Isn't Careful, These Two Big Things Will Kill The Improving Economy

    02/05/2018 9:44:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/05/2018 | Steve Forbes
    TWO BIG THINGS threaten the improving U.S. economy: a weak dollar and trade protectionism. Both routinely seduce policymakers, and both always result in bitter aftermaths with terrible political consequences. Yet some in the Trump administration are playing with both--and with fire. 1) The dollar. Great nations do not have weak currencies. Nonetheless, with a surety born of ignorance, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has bluntly stated his desire for a weak dollar. Thankfully, President Trump immediately contradicted him. But the fact that Mnuchin and his department want to undermine the value of our currency is troubling. Mnuchin has bought into the...
  • Republican congressman says feds should nearly DOUBLE gasoline tax

    02/02/2018 1:12:19 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2018 | David Martosko
    A Republican congressman says the U.S. government should significantly raise the gas tax in order to fund President Donald Trump's ambitious infrastructure plan. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania told Bloomberg TV that the tax should be increased by 15 cents per gallon of gasoline. The current rate is 18.4 cents, and hasn't seen a hike since 1993. Shuster said Thursday at a Republican congressional retreat in West Virginia that for the average American, a 15-cent increase would equal the cost of 'a cup of coffee a week that they might have to forgo.' 'Or if you're a Starbucks person, half...
  • Fire Bell in the Night for the Ayatollah

    01/04/2018 9:17:31 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the "sedition" had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that broke out a week ago and spread and became riots are a fire bell in the night for the Islamic Republic. The protesters denounced President Hassan Rouhani, re-elected last year with 57 percent of the vote, for failing to curb inflation or deliver the benefits he promised when Iran signed the nuclear deal. Supreme Leader Ayatollah...
  • Greenfield: How Putin is Winning and Losing Syria

    10/08/2015 9:10:35 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 1 replies
    FrontPage ^ | October 8, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    How Putin is Winning and Losing Syria No one is in Syria because of ISIS. October 8, 2015 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. The Russian line is that they’re in Syria to fight ISIS. But the Russians, like the Turks, Iranians and Europeans, don’t care about ISIS. By declaring itself a Caliphate, ISIS made itself non-aligned. The fighting in Syria isn’t about ISIS. It predated the rise of ISIS as a major player. It’s about Syria. ISIS has become a convenient excuse for...
  • Sipan Hemo: Russia betrayed the Kurds, but victory will be ours

    01/22/2018 8:37:55 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 22 Jan 2018, 11:25 | ANF QAMISHLI
    Sipan Hemo stated that their “rightful and legitimate” resistance will continue in the face of the attempted invasion of Afrin, where the Turkish state commits civilian massacres and said: “Victory will certainly be ours.” YPG Commander General Sipan Hemo stated that the Turkish media’s job is “to create the foundations for the invasion of Afrin” and that they insisted on portraying the massacred civilians as fighters. Hemo said, “But the truth is, Erdogan is targeting villages and towns and massacring civilians.” The invading Turkish army launched an attack on Afrin on January 19 with 72 fighter jets. The invasion attack...
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Turkey Forms Alliance With Iran Against Kurds

    10/15/2007 9:21:43 PM PDT · by humint · 68 replies · 137+ views
    AINA ^ | 15 October 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    [EXCERPT] Turkish artillery hit the northern villages, while Iranian gunners hit the southern ones. Iranian troops attempted to cross into Iraq through the mountain passes, but PJAK fighters held the line. "The goal of the Iranians is to drive us from the border area," rebel leader Biryar Gabar told Newsmax. "They want to turn this area into a no-man's land, so they can use it to smuggle weapons and Islamist guerillas into Iraq to fight the Americans."
  • Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

    01/20/2018 7:15:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies
    Rooters Ottoman Empire Nuze ^ | January 20, 2018 | Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis
    Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington.The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.The strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets, the Turkish military said. On land, the Turkey-backed Free...
  • Black Lives Matter and Antifa Vow to Target Super Bowl LII

    01/31/2018 4:30:12 PM PST · by markomalley · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/31/18 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    On Monday, banners were dropped by members of Black Lives Matter and Antifa during the Super Bowl LII’s media event warning that “#WeReadyWeComin.”As the two large banners were dropped inside, hundreds of leftist protesters marched in the streets and blocked traffic surrounding the event at the Xcel Energy Center. Many of the demonstrators have formed an Antifa-aligned group calling themselves the  “Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Coalition.”According to their Facebook page, the group is planning to hold protests every day leading up to the main event. “Their plans will culminate on Sunday, February 4, with a 3pm rally at Peavey Park...
  • ‘Relentless’ growth could see the US topple Russia, Saudi Arabia as world’s largest oil producer

    01/31/2018 5:49:39 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | Sam Meredith
    The U.S. is well-placed to overtake the likes of Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's leading energy producer over the next 12 months, according to the latest monthly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said in its closely-watched report published Friday. The latest monthly report from the IEA comes at a time when crude futures have climbed to highs not seen since the early days of a slump in December 2014. Brent crude futures hit a peak of $70.37 a barrel on Monday, with the...