Mês: setembro 2019

Houthis Strike Back 3A

Formidable Yemeni Houthi Fighters Strike Back   Stephen Lendman Sep. 15, 2019     Things aren’t going well for the US, NATO, Israel, Riyadh, and their jihadist proxies in Yemen. They’re losing endless war to Ansarullah Houthi rebels, their capabilities much more sophisticated than earlier believed. Their explosive-laden drones and missiles are able to penetrate Saudi defenses effectively, damaging strategic targets, including kingdom oil fields, its soft underbelly super-wealth producing lifeline. On Saturday, explosive-laden Houthi drones attacked two Saudi Aramco oil facilities, setting targets struck ablaze — the kingdom’s Abqaiq refinery (the world’s largest) and Khurais oil field. Both attacks caused huge fires visible from outer space. The facilities are crucial world energy supply chain links. The attacks halted over five million barrels of crude operations per day, more than half the kingdom’s daily output, around 5% of world oil supply. Its natural gas production was also affected, halting about half its output. It’s unclear how much damage was done and how long it will take to restore operations. Along with other strategic kingdom targets, key Saudi oil fields remain vulnerable to repeated attacks as long as Riyadh wages war on Yemen. A Houthi spokesman claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks, saying: They “carried out a massive offensive operation with ten drones targeting the refineries  Abqaiq and Khurais affiliated to Aramco in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia this morning,...

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USAmerica, Argentine, Zimbabwe!

Inflate, Inflate, Inflate!   Maria Bonaventura Sep. 15, 2019   What goes around comes around… That was our editor’s focus this week at the Diary. And as Bill says, what he sees coming around almost everywhere today is more inflation. On Monday, he looks to Zimbabwe for a glimpse of what’s in store for America. On Thursday, he sets his eyes on Argentina, where the yearning masses get a Trumpian promise. But in the end, the destination is the same – more claptrap from the feds… more boondoggles… and a bigger bill for the rest of us to foot.   How America Goes the Way of Zimbabwe On Monday, our editor turns to Zimbabwe. It takes talent to take one of Africa’s richest countries… and turn it into a sh*thole. It’s a talent President Trump seems to admire. So Bill wonders: How soon will what went around to Zimbabwe come around to America? The One Thing Civilization Needs to Prosper In an exclusive excerpt from his new book – A Modest Theory of Civilization: Win-Win or Lose – Bill explores a brief history of civilized society. And he shows the one thing that can make or break a civilization… How We Lost Our Left Hand Typing with only one hand, our editor turns back to this week’s question… Where will the “Inflate-or-Die” trap show up next? If The Donald gets his way,...

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Houthis Strike Back 1

Attacks On Saudi Oil Installations Show Urgent Need For Peace With Yemen   Moon of Alabama Sep. 14, 2019   Ten drones controlled by Yemeni Houthi forces hit two major Saudi oil installations last night and caused several large fires. The Abqaiq (also Babqaiq) oil processing facility is 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Aramco’s Dhahran headquarters. The oil processing plant handles crude from the world’s largest conventional oilfield, the supergiant Ghawar, and for export to terminals Ras Tanura – the world’s biggest offshore oil loading facility – and Juaymah. It also pumps westwards across the kingdom to Red Sea export terminals. The oil and gas conditioning plant in Abqaiq is the largest of the world. It sits at the center of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas infrastructure.   Abqaiq processes 6.8 million barrels of crude oil each day. More than two thirds of all Saudi oil and gas production runs through it. It is not clear yet how much of the widespread facility was destroyed.   The second target was a processing plant near Khurais 190 km (118 miles) further southwest. It lies within the countries second largest oil field. Both installations are more than 1,000 km (600 miles) from Yemen. Saudi Arabia does not have air defenses that protect its oil facilities from attacks from the south.   Aᴍɪʀ @AmirIGM – 11:34 UTC · Sep 14, 2019This...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 9 BRASIL, EEUU E CHINA :  Presidente em Exercício Diz que Guerra Econômica Afeta o Brasil (AgênciaBrasil)….   IRÃ : UMA POTÊNCIA NUCLEAR COMPLETA ATÉ O FINAL DE 2020 : (Elijah J. Magnier)….   RUSSOFOBIA : UMA MUDANÇA NA TOADA : (Patrick Lawrence)….   ‘JUSTIÇA’ 9/11 : Kangaroo Show Trial  em Guantânamo, Cuba (Jacob G. Hornberger)….   Ter. 10   Qua. 11 OBAMA & TRUMP & GHIRALDELLI :  “A direita gosta de tuitar, mas não sabe governar” (Paulo Ghiraldelli). Como o Filósofo não entende com profundidade a política USAmericana, ele tem Obama como herói e Trump como vilão. Ele acha que Obama, de esquerda, salvou os Estados Unidos em 2009, e Trump, de direita, está destruindo os Estados Unidos agora. Ele não consegue enxergar que a política de Trump difere retoricamente da de Obama, mas segue a mesma senda imperial, decadente. Ghiraldelli é refém da distinção direita-esquerda. A direita é o erro, a esquerda, o acerto. Ele ainda não alcançou a sabedoria de Jardes Macalé e de Millôr Fernandes, que entendiam muito bem que a esquerda é de direita e a direita é de esquerda. Os extremos se tocam no grande círculo da vida. Em outras palavras, o esquerdismo de Ghiraldelli está no mesmo páreo que o direitismo de Jair Bolsonaro. É de doer, realmente!   Qui. 12   Sex. 13   Sáb....

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The Chinese Are Coming

Brazil gaining from China’s revenge embargoes   Jonathan Manthorpe Sep. 12, 2019   Rightwing populist Jair Bolsonaro became President of Brazil on January 1 brimming with disdain and angst over Chinese business and investment in his country. During the election campaign last year he lashed out at the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for “not buying from Brazil as much as buying Brazil itself.” And Bolsonaro even lobbed the ultimate insult at Beijing by visiting Taiwan during the campaign. At one point Bolsonaro even mused out loud about cancelling the scheduled November summit in Brasilia of the BRICS emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – largely to rebuff Beijing. But if a week is a lifetime in politics, nine months are an eternity. Since taking the presidency Bolsonaro has reversed course entirely and now seems set on making Brazil a breadbasket for the PRC and its 1.4 billion people. While Bolsonaro’s increasingly intense economic relationship with the PRC may well benefit Brazilian workers and fill Chinese stomachs, it may not be good news for the Amazon rainforest and, ultimately, the 20% of the world’s oxygen supply generated by its trees. The trade in meat and grains with China will undoubtedly stimulate the already rampant campaign of deforestation to create agricultural land.   Bolsonaro’s change of heart towards the PRC undoubtedly came soon after he took...

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