Oil Sanctions, Barter Systems, and the State of U.S.-Europe Relations

In May of this year, the Trump administration announced their intent to withdraw from the Obama-era Iran-P5+1 nuclear disarmament deal and plan to re-impose prior sanctions placed on Iran’s oil sector. Earlier this November, these new sanctions began taking effect. It is important to note that Iran, as far as the interested parties are concerned (including Iranian adversary Saudi Arabia), was abiding well within the parameters of the agreement; furthermore, the participation of the US is not essential to the continuation of the agreement. Although there is much speculation as to…

Why Is Syria Allowed to Crumble?

With the city’s medical system strained, the World Health Organization expects that the almost 850 civilians wounded in Aleppo last week will die due to a lack of resources – resources that could have been received if alleged Russian fighter jets hadn’t mercilessly bombed a UN humanitarian aid convoy. Of the 850 helpless civilians expected to die, 261 are children. These reports have come after one of the most crippling weeks of violence of the Syrian civil war. With atrocities continuously committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime and Putin’s Kremlin,…

The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi Arabia’s leaders are scared — and that’s a problem for the United States. The kingdom is surrounded by instability. To the south, the Houthi rebellion, a local Shiite insurgency, is battling Sunni-led Saudi forces in Yemen. To the north, the Islamic State has targeted Saudi Arabia, calling for an attack on the Saudi royal family. To the east, Saudi troops put down what was seen as an Iranian attempt in 2011 at subversion in Bahrain. Further east, the Saudis are faced with their most feared rival, Shiite-ruled Iran. The Saudis…

#ExxonKnew

For decades Exxon Mobil has funded climate change dissenters. These dissenters have varied in profession from lobbyists, politicians, and other carbon industry promoters to MIT and Princeton trained scientists. This climate change denying machine has spent millions and has successfully prevented widespread acceptance of the realities of climate change among the American people. In the process, Exxon and other oil and energy companies have done so much to exacerbate the destruction of this planet. The very nature of their business, the extraction of carbon based fuel sources, causes massive production…

The Hypocrisy of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Jordanian diplomat Saleh al-Kallab once famously likened the U.S.-Saudi relationship to “a Catholic marriage where you can have no divorce.” The U.S.-Saudi relationship is the epitome of hypocrisy in American foreign policy. While the Saudi government commits heinous crimes against its people and institutes unfair policies, the U.S. is unable to take productive action due to our need for Saudi oil, reliance on our military bases inside their country, and desire for an ally in the region. In President Obama’s official statement regarding King Abdullah’s recent death, he alluded to…