Category Archives: Middle East

Will Saudi Arabia’s Geopolitical Strategy Backfire?

Yves here. Perhaps because the author assumes readers are already familiar with this part of the Saudi story, the kingdom is facing serious budgetary pressures even with oil now over $70 a barrel. Stability has been achieved only by generous payments to the populace at large. Take that away and the legitimacy of the government […]


Iran Threatens To Close the Strait of Hormuz

Yves here.  A map of the Strait of Hormuz and environs seemed a useful addition. The danger, as the article insinuates, is that if things got that far, a conflict over the Strait of Hormuz would escalate into a full-scale conflagration. By Dr. Cyril Widdershoven, a long-time observer of the global energy market. Presently, he […]