Russia Warns Attack On Saudi Oil Plant Will Hit Fuel Prices

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World’s largest oil refinery ablaze after Houthi rebels drone strike (picture: Screen grab from Sky News video )

Following the drone attack by Yemeni rebels on a major Saudi Arabian oil processing plant, The Kremlin’s warned that the loss of production from the stricken plant will destabilise oil prices worldwide.  This follows statements by the European Union and the UK condemning the Houthi drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities carried out on Saturday (14 September, 2019).

While President Trump made belligerent noises, guaranteed to provoke the rebels Shia Muslim supporters in Iran , Russian President Vladimir Putin has simply asked to b kept up to date on developments in the wake of two drone attacks on the major Saudi energy facilities.  Russia believes such incidents will not contribute to the stabilisation of the global energy market, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. It is safe to assume Russia’s leaders see the incident as an opportunity to benefit from higher crude oil prices.

“The drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure are an alarming event for the oil markets…Of course, such turbulence does not contribute to the stabilisation of the energy market,” Peskov said.

According to Peskov, the Saudi side has not appealed to Russia for assistance in the wake of the attacks, and probably has the necessary capacity to deal with the disruption on their own. “We don’t know whether they need help, but it’s unlikely. They have all the necessary capabilities themselves,” he said.

Peskov said the Kremlin “strongly condemned” Saturday’s incident, if it could be confirmed that the Saudi Aramco facilities were attacked by drones. (He would say that, wouldn’t he?)

EU, UK, France Condemn Attacks

Earlier on Sunday morning, the European Union’s foreign policy office issued a statement condemning the drone attacks, which, the statement read, posed a “real threat” of escalation of the Saudi – Yemeni conflict into full scale war between two regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, and adding that “at a time when tensions in the region are running high, this attack undermines ongoing work at de-escalation and dialogue.” Brussels stands in solidarity with Saudi authorities and the Saudi people, the statement noted.

The UK Foreign Office also condemned the attack in diplomatic terms although certain people in The Treasury must have been rubbing their hands with glee as it becomes economically viable to reopen many North Sea rigs if Brent Crude goes above $80. China too would not be disappointed as Saudi Arabia is a long term ally of the USA, while the smaller oil producers most likely to benefit from the Saudi outage are more friendly to The People’s Republic in its bid to establish the petroyuan as a rival to the Petrodollar for cross border oil trades.

We have reported many times on the merciless bombing of the impoverished Shia Muslim state of Yemen. The conflict started when rebels tried to depose the Saudi – friendly regime and spawned a huge humanitarian crisis which was barely reported in mainstream media, as Saudi air strikes targeted roads, water supplies, sewage systems, hospitals and ports.

Predictably, news of the attack drove financial and commodity traders traders into a collective panic as global markets reopened after the weekend break, with with commodity traders desperately trying to calculate what the upper limit per barrel of oil prices would be (the previous record of $1.09 might hold when markets realise that while Saudi Arabia is still the world’s second biggest producer it is not as dominant as it once was, having been passed by the USA in 2018, and if the Kingdom and Iran decide to neutralise each other, Russia, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, the nations of the Caspian region, Nigeria , Mexico and a host od smaller oil producing nations will be happy to pump more once higher prices make production economically viable. When brent (the highest grade of crude,) reopened for trading in the aftermath of Saturday’s attack on the “world’s most important oil processing plant“, the price immediately exploded to around 20% higher than at close of business on Friday, to a high of $71.95 from the Friday $60.22 close, its biggest jump since 1988.

The hit to stability of supplies will exceed the loss of Iranian oil output in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy. It will also be worse than the loss of Iraqi and Kuwaiti production in 1990 when Saddam Hussein decided to annex Kuwait and add it to his empire and saw most of the oil infrastructure of both nations destroyed in the ensuing war.

News that the Saudi outage could last for months, rather that the weeks initially predicted suggest this could be just the start. Even if there are no more attacks on Saudi facilities or retaliation by the Saudis on Iran, the supply problem will not be be clear right away. The Saudis can still deliver from reserves for a few weeks but if the outage runs to months as industry sources are now predicting, we can expect crude prices to keep rising until there is relable evidence that output will be restored.

 

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Pentagon Changes Drone Strike Rules. Promises Murderer Obama More Thrills

Pentagon Changes Drone Strike Rules. Promises Murderer Obama More Spontaneous Ejaculations

The Obamessiah, joybringer, peacemaker and mass murderer of third world peasants has done it again. Only a few weeks ago Barack Obama was boasting that he is good at killing people, now he has somehow bribed, coerced or blackmailed top Pentagon officials into changing the rules on drone strikes to make it easier for The President to order the deaths of innocent, ignorant, third world subsistence farmers.

Killing your enemy when your enemy threatens you is not unreasonable, killing your enemy because he pisses you off is unlawful. Killing people who have never even heard of you because rubbing your willie while relishing the thought of having that much power makes you do the special wee is a crime against humanity.

Here’s some news from The Washington Times

‘The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians.

In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, according to Public Intelligence, a nonprofit research group that analyzed the military’s directives on drone strikes.

“These subtle but important changes in wording provide insight into the military’s attempts to limit expectations in regards to minimizing collateral damage and predicting the lethal effects of military operations,” Public Intelligence said in a recent report.’

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Conspiracy Theory Bloggers To Blame For Terrorism, Debt Crisis, Smelly Farts and everything – official.

The corporate – financial cartel controlled media is now claiming Boston Bomber Tamerlan was influenced by online conspiracy sites.

Let’s not go anywhere close to anything that might bemall a s part of the truth or raise even the teeniest hint of a slight possibility that there may be just a smidgin of anger involved over daily news stories of his fellow Muslims, including innocent woman and children, being slaughtered by endless drone strikes. Unmanned drones are more provocative to a mindset that is still driven by honour, vengeance and tribal loyalty. A man with an AK47 can shoot at a bomber plane. He will not hit the pilot but he might feel better. But a drone is seen as a cowardly weapon because its pilot is hundreds, maybe thousands of miles away.

Using drones as the main strike weapon is bound to provoke terror attacks.

And of course neither this nor any other terrorist attack on the USA or its interests could possibly have anything to do with the unequivocal support for Israel despite repeated documented war crimes and with hundreds of UN resolutisons against Israel being blocked by a single veto vote – The United States.

But what of these ‘conspiracy websites’. Well Boggart Blog is not one although we try our best and have actually made it onto a couple of the nuttier hate lists which publish conspiracy theories about how politically incorrect blogs are all funded by Big Koch. But how are conspiracy sites to blame? Did Jeff Rense, What Really Happened, David Icke, Steve Quayle, Activists Post, Before It’s News or conspiracy forums like Above Top Secret radicalise the Chechen boys? Did they publish reams of Jihadist propaganda. Did Dick Puddlecote Anna Raccoon or Guido Fawkes promise 72 virgin houri to martyrs? Did Obnoxio The Clown describe Barack Obama and his government as ‘cunts’? (Obnoxio describes everyone as cunts.) How did American and British liberatrian bloggers who often complain about the Islamisation of our societies influence a couple of nutters to Bomb the Boston marathon?
Or was it that those bloggers and web publishers who refuse to be told what they can and cannot discuss are pissing of the corporate – financial cartel because while nobody trusts mainstream media, politicians, scientists, lawyers or anybody who claims authority any more, bloggers get people thinking and talking.

So there you have it, none of the United States actions that Muslims perceive as attacks against Islam are to blame for terrorism. Oh no, it’s those nasty Conspiracy Theory bloggers, it’s all their fault. The American government and mainstream media are not paranoid, only a nutty right wing conspiracy theorist would say they are.

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Anti Drone Drone

An American senator named Rand Paul (a lot of Americans get him mixed up with Ayn Rand) made a 12 hour filibuster speech yesterday to block the appointment of Obama nominee and unmanned drone enthusiast John Kerry (who looks like a Scooby Doo villain) as Secretary of State in charge of America’s foreign policy.

This particular filibuster was in a good cause: Paul took to the floor to protest Obama’s brutal policy of using drone strikes to kill terrorists. They might be preferable to sending US soldiers into a war zone, but the idea that drones represent a more targeted or clean form of warfare is nonsense: 4,700 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, of which 176 were children. Among that number was an American citizen – Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in Yemen in 2011.

A memo leaked from the White House last month shows that the administration believes it has the legal authority to kill US citizens without trial if: a) they are allegedly a senior Al-Qaeda operative, b) their threat is imminent and c) the President doesn’t like the look of them. Incredibly the Department of Homeland Security has actually stated that this could even be done on US soil. That’s “more than frightening”, says Paul. It’s white-knuckle stuff, indeed.

In his bid to block the appointment of Kerry and the expand use of drones (against U.S. citizens without due process, Rand Paul droned on for twelve hours.

“I would go for another 12 hours to try to break Strom Thurmond’s record,” he said afterwards, “but I’ve discovered that there are some limits to filibustering and I’m going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here.” In fact the late Strom Thurmond’s record was set with the help of some indecent stagecraft: he put a bucket outside the door and stood with one foot in the chamber and another foot in the next room and urinated into the receptacle.

Asked to comment on this latest delay to his appointment Mr. Kerry (top right) said:
I would have got away with it too if you pesky kids hadn’t shown up.

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Drone Strike On Downing Street?

According to a US Department of Justice memo that has fallen in to the lap of NBC news, the Obama administration is doing its best to declare war on ………… The USA. The issue at hand is the use of drone strikes and for the purpose of of taking out US citizens sans due legal process.

The proposed rules will allow “Targeting a member of an enemy force who poses an imminent threat to the United States”.

While American Republicans are up in arms about this, Boggart Blog thinks we should be taking a leaf out of our allies’ book and launching a drone strike on the Gay Republic Of Downing Street.