Pipelinistan Update, Qatar-in-Doghouse edition:
"As the years passed, Qatar grew to comprehend that Russia would not allow its pipeline to traverse Syria, and as a result it strategically pivoted in a pro-Russia direction, and as we showed yesterday, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund agreed last year to invest $2.7 billion in Russia’s state-run Rosneft Oil, even as Qatar is host of the largest US military base in the region, US Central Command... Bloomberg adds, "that opportunity came with U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, when he called on “all nations of conscience” to isolate Iran. When Qatar disagreed publicly, in a statement the government later said was a product of hacking, the Saudi-led retribution followed."
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Maybe Saudi Arabia will move the hot war from (poor) Yemen to (richest per capita) Qatar: "Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar."
Ooh, Turkey just fast-tracked a troop deployment to Qatar. [Clarified next day: Turkey is a Muslim Brotherhood state and Turkish troops are to protect Qatar from Saudi attack]
Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticized the treatment of Qatar by other major Arab nations in an interview with Handelsblatt, likening it to a “Trumpization” of relations. “Apparently, Qatar is to be isolated more or less completely and hit existentially,” Mr. Gabriel said. “Such a Trumpization of treatment is particularly dangerous in a region already plagued by crisis.”
"Diplomatic relations between NATO members Germany and Turkey hit rock bottom on Monday when Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country has no choice but to begin the process of pulling its forces out of Turkey's Incirlik air force base as the Turkish government will not allow all German lawmakers to visit troops there." "We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara last week. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."
Carving up the turkey, er Syria. This cold and calculating article looks at how the big players may carve up Syria, discounting the Syrian people almost totally. Oil, gas, ports, pipelines and people...
The Mediterranean is "the center of the world" again. Here is the layout for turning EU-member Cyprus into a military protectorate of US/UK/Israel, by dividing the people and letting the referees decide. Thanks Eleni. (Control of undersea gas, shipping and military bases is the real strategic consideration.)
"Operation Shimshon", Israel's plan to attack Egypt with nuclear weapons during the 1967 6-Day-War. (They won decisively without it. This is what the USS Liberty was supposedly watching when the Israeli Air Force "mistakenly" attacked it for an hour, as a very large US flag flew from the mast. This is a pro-Israeli article, stating that LBJ opposed the Israeli nuclear weapons program. He overtly and covertly enabled it.)
ISIS suicide team hits Iranian Parliament building; kills people.
Suicide-leaker, Reality Winner gets manipulated to leak a bogus memo, implicating Russia, with no proof at all, serving the deep-state interests, tarring Trump, and getting pitied for going to jail, possibly for the rest of her life. She was really not very bright, and very easily played. CIA sacrifices pawn, opening king to attack. (Sucks for the pawn.) Thanks Eleni.
The charming bank officer, Emanuel Macron, who held Donald Trump's "small hand" firmly for 7 seconds recently), is examined here by Pepe Escobar, as he sets out to make a good impression, "striking a hard bargain" with Vladimir Putin, while commemorating Peter the Great's trip to France.
Britain can't publish findings about investigation of jihadis at home, because it reflects badly on weapons-purchaser, Saudi Arabia. (Are you sure that's the ONLY reason?)
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan explains that he couldn't go around spying on all 400 London residents who are known to have fought as jihadis in mideast wars (Libya, Syria, etc). "Ridiculous! That's not in the police budget." That's his basic defense as he's caught flat footed, pawnlike, offsides, something like that...
One of the London-Bridge suicide-mission-jihadis was featured in a 2016 BBC documentary, "The Jihadist Next Door".
Theresa May vows to closely dog every potential terrorist and get rid of human rights laws if they interfere, if she is elected Thursday (tomorrow). This is very convenient. If elected she will have a mandate to get rid of civil liberty statutes. Perfect! (Nobody talk about funding and staffing all these wars, OK?)
Why Theresa May is afraid to say anything unrehearsed in public, after doing so repeatedly ruins the large polling lead she had when she decided to jump on the chance for a bigger parliamentary majority. She's clearly nothing like what she sold herself as, and word is out on the street.
Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, says that the emperor is naked, that Britain's foreign wars are creating terrorist attacks at home. The majority of Britons agree.
“Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services,” Labour leader Corbyn observes, “have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home”. Very broad-ranging article on deep politics of Brexit.
Paul Craig Roberts examines the career of cold-warrior, Zbigniew Brzezinski, with whom he worked extensively, here. Roberts includes a lot of relevant recent history, using Brzezinski's years as his vehicle. Thanks Eleni.
Senate Republicans have renewed optimism about getting rid of Obamacare (and then what? I think we're headed for Medicare-for-all when the bubble pops.)
Over the last 10 years the US economy has grown at exactly the same average rate as it did in what previous decade? (Guess, or peek here.)