The Six Contradictions of Socialism in America

I have seen the future and ran away. At first the move to America from the former USSR made me feel as though I had made a jump in time, from the stagnant depraved past into a distant dynamic future. There was an abundance of commonly available … [Read more...]

The Truth About the Russia-Saudi Oil Deal

If you follow the oil news, you've probably heard about the OPEC oil deal between Russia and the energy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela. When the news was announced Oil prices jumped. But if you think this deal actually means … [Read more...]

Russia Cries Uncle on Oil

Russia Cries Dyadya (Uncle), Is Saudi Arabia Listening? In recent days, signs of a possible breakthrough in the year-long stand-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia on crude production strategy have emerged. Saudi Arabia, OPEC's dominant member, has … [Read more...]

Saudi War Of Attrition With Russia’s Oil Industry

Russia's central bank recently warned about the growing financial risks to the Russian economy from Saudi Arabia encroaching upon its traditional export market for crude oil. Russia sends 70 percent of its oil to Europe, but Saudi Arabia has been … [Read more...]

Driving Down Oil Prices Just to Hurt Russia is “Simplistic”

In the global chess game of energy politics every move affects more than a single opponent and the effects of low oil prices are not equally distributed. Some countries will be hurt by low prices more than others. Who will lower oil prices hurt more, … [Read more...]

Why Russia is Unfazed by Falling Oil Prices

For a hundred years now oil has played a major role in the rise and fall of nations and economies. In recent articles we've told you about Russia Eying Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves and about the Total War over the Petrodollar and More on the … [Read more...]

Breakfast with a Lord of War

By David Galland, Partner, Casey Research In late 2010, I was invited to a private breakfast meeting with an individual near the apex of the US military’s strategic planning pyramid. Specifically, the individual we were to breakfast with sits at the … [Read more...]

Total War over the Petrodollar

It sounds like something out of James Bond, a private plane crashes into a snow plow, killing all inside.  In today's post Marin Katusa asks, "How many other Western executives will die under suspicious circumstances, if they attempt to help Russia … [Read more...]

Russia’s Weakened Hand Could Pay Off For Beijing In Major Gas Deal

A major gas deal between Russia and China could finally be sealed this week when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits China on May 20-21 and meets with President Xi Jinping. In the lead up to Putin's arrival, the two sides have been working on … [Read more...]

Russia Looks to China as Relations with Europe Deteriorate

The standoff between the U.S. and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, intensified pretty quickly late last week. The U.S. quickly slapped heavier sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea, leading to a mutual escalation of … [Read more...]