Sunday, July 30, 2017

Something Lost In Translation? Mideast Rhetoric Rises -- July 30, 2017

Over at "The Big Stories" I follow the "Mideast on the Brink." I have moved that link back to the sidebar at the right, under "The Top Five." Apparently Saudi Arabia says there has been "a declaration of war in the Mideast."

From Reuters: Saudi Arabia says calls for internationalization of holy sites is a "declaration of war." The rhetoric between Saudi Arabia and Qatar increases.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called Qatar's demands for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, although it was unclear whether Qatar had actually made any such demand.
"Qatar's demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom," Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya's website.
"We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites," he said.
However, it was unclear whether Qatar made the demand. It did accuse the Saudis of politicizing Hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year. 
Sounds like something lost in translation.

Is That All He Said? Yes, With Intensity

Lost In Translation


  1. I'd like to hear your thoughts on what the U.S. should do about North Korea. The North Korean fat guy is not likely going to stop what he's doing. I'm against a preemptive strike but I don't think DJT is against a preemptive strike. What are your thoughts please?

    1. I could write much about this but at the end of the day, for now it comes down to what Japan and South Korea are willing to do.

      There is no need to do anything yet: the US is gathering incredible amounts of information with each launch. My hunch is that US DOD has this situation well under control.

  2. I was joking with some of my oil field buddies the other day, telling them that since the marketplace for NGL is getting so flooded we should pass the plate and take up a collection for the greens in Australia. Maybe the y could get all the states in Australia to ban fracking, not just Victoria. That would eliminate one LNG competitor from a LNG field that is becoming more crowded every day.

    Anyway, in that same vein, here's Qatar's side of the story:

    --- The energy factor in the GCC crisis: Gas production from the world’s largest gas field takes centre stage in Qatar-Iran relations and the GCC crisis ---

    "The LNG market is becoming a more integrated global market in which prices are set by market factors, rather than geopolitical interests. The change was ushered in by the emergence of new players – as well as the increase in global supply, which ensures that LNG’s price and quantity are not controlled by a monopoly. In addition to increased production by Iran, Australia is expected to become a top gas exporter, the US entered the export market, and Russia is ambitious to take the first place held by Qatar.

    Under these new conditions, Qatar is likely to seek more than ever to maintain leadership of the market and will, therefore, continue to foster relations that support energy development, even if it comes at the expense of regional relations.

    The centrality of the energy question for both Iran and Qatar means that both countries will continue to put forward policies that favour the development of said resources, even if it places them at odds with regional and global players. Therefore, any such attempts to isolate either country would not only be in vain, but also threaten the stability of a fragile region and endanger international energy security."

  3. It will be interesting to see if Qatar can compete in this new world. My hunch: it's not going to be easy.