Interview 1326 – James Corbett Breaks Down the Middle East

by | Nov 23, 2017 | Interviews | 15 comments

So what was the Saudi purge about, exactly? And what does Yemen have to do with this? And how about the South Pars oilfield? And what does all of that have to do with the price of tea in China? Confused? Well, you’re not the only one. Join James and Ernest Hancock on this special commercial-free edition of Declare Your Independence for a breakdown of the latest turmoil in the middle east and what this means for the future of the world.

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  1. I wish Ernest Hancock would let James Corbett finish a line of thought.
    The thought lines got all dispersed with interruptive questions.
    I swear Ernest had a higher word count than his guest.

    I liked how James tried to close the show about the AI and importance of “technology for liberty”.

    At near the 38 minute point,
    it was mentioned how Saudi Arabia participated in the lower oil prices.
    During that oil crash of late 2014/early 2015, it became evident that oil stockpiles/production far outweighed the demand for oil. Saudi Arabia continued to pump oil and there were no OPEC cutbacks on production for awhile.

    One affect the “oil prices lower for longer” did have was to bankrupt and flounder many of the U.S. Oil Companies. The U.S. had ranked within the top 3 countries in oil production. Surprisingly within a year or two, the U.S. fracking industry adjusted and could continue to produce profitable oil production at low oil prices.

    I think that perhaps one objective of the OPEC countries in the very beginning with their over-production/over-supply was to hinder the U.S. production of oil so OPEC could gain greater market share. But that didn’t go as planned. In fact, it backfired. The U.S. is now exporting oil.

  2. Great analysis. Yemen has many factors to be involved.
    1. It is chokepoint for oil. Can easily stop suplly of oil there.
    2. Yemen wont join Gulf Cooperation Council. Globabalists are setting different parts of the world to join different regions to advance globalism. Example, EU, NAFTA, etc.
    3. Saudi needs excuse to buy more american weapons.
    4. Houtis arent wahabbists like Saudi Arabia is. They are Shites like Iran is.

  3. Yemen has been found to have a considerable amount of undeveloped oil reserves and the Houthi might stand in the way of being bought off and allowing the oiligarch to rip the Yemeni people off of their natural resource, sales of which could improve life there greatly.

    MBS’ moves first supposedly removed the western chosen heir to K-S so maybe he’s gone all in (doubtful) or he has western backers and needed to make these moves to secure his position? Whatever the subterfuge we can be certain the Empire will not be thrown off by their to date semi defeat in Syria.

    Neom is of course an Agenda 2030 ‘smart city’ (known as ‘Vision 2030’ in SA and the GCC) with big inputs from Israeli technologies.

    Some complaints are arising in Israel as to becoming a ‘Russian colony’ with the arrival of ‘Jewish’ Russian oligarchical mafia personnel and their rapid infiltration and influence within the Israeli state. While on opposing sides in Syria the Israeli state has been rumoured to be providing Russia with stolen western technologies under the TALPIOT program. Apparently some jet engine advancements for new Russian jet fighters were transferred?

    Whatever the end business deals these ruling Arab monarchs are on shaky ground as the apex ruling elites vie to first among equals in the Mid East..

  4. What is going on in the Middle East is very, very important for it is changing the entire geopolitics of the world and the financial form of capitalism.

    What is going on in Yemen is outright genocide.

    The Saudis are broke. Who would invest in them?

    The Saudi society is dysfunctional, behind history, beyond comprehension.

    It’s leaders are corrupt, misogynist, pampered males who have never worked a day in their life and they ar now beheading themselves. Add that to the count.

    The FDR connection remains important.

    The petro dollar is the issue. All the billions they thought would protect them as they fled on yachts? Sound like America might be?

    But do not be surprised; for capitalism is a very resilient system, though decayed morally and materially. Capital must have markets, and turning Saudi Arabia into a corporate market civilization reaps great rewards. Gotta get that youth to buy, buy, buy.

    When women can drive, they can buy cars. And we saw what the car culture did for America, right? What a great market for US imperialism, Chinese cars (that I see and live with everyday in Ecuador)?

    Yes, turning the whole world into a strip mall seems to be part of the effort here for I am assuming that financial capitalism would benefit greatly, keep the petro dollar alive, though it might be ‘strip-mall’ dollar and churn further on-ward to eventual collapse.

    Gravediggers might be able to take a bit of a nap.

    Russian and China, as co-partners, will fill the void in the Middle East.

    MBS will self-immolate. So will the Tinderbox called Saudi Arabia. It is not even a country, it is one big clan of thugs.

    The region will be the basis of war for quite some time with new and interesting figures and countries trying to compete for oil reserves. Many will die.

    You are right, James. As you know I live in Ecuador and the barreling down of the price of oil was just what the US Imperialists planned and wanted.

    [SNIP: Comment edited as it exceeds 500 word limit. -JC]

  5. I do think the interruptions are because this fellow is trying out for “Alex Jones”. Even sounds like him, which is not a compliment. And I still don’t know what this has to do with the price of tea in China.

  6. Wonderful insight!
    Thanks so much. I was hoping you would comment.

    I remember the era of the Shah of Iran. I lived in a small Texas town which was home of the World’s largest primary helicopter training base during the Vietnam War. My Dad was a civilian instructor pilot who taught Army trainees. After the Vietnam War, many of these civilian chopper pilots needed work and they went to Iran under the Shah to help train chopper pilots.

  7. The 28 Pages
    Something I often watch for is MainStreamMedia NEWS about the 28 pages.

    Newsweek – Nov 20, 2017
    Why Doesn’t Saudi Arabia Join North Korea on U.S. State Terrorism List After 9/11? (Large type, large photos)

    There are other news stories in November about the 28 pages.

    Broc West & James Corbett & Kevin Ryan & “The 28 Pages”
    (5 minutes)

    I wonder if this recent Saudi Purge helps to remove some of the liability involved with “The 28 Pages”.

    • I have the same opinion. That 28 pages is leverage.

      On Nov 30th, OPEC is meeting.
      Oil prices have approached a 2 year high recently.
      The Texas/Oklahoma frackers are getting busy. Fracking has gotten so high-tech that they can rapidly get production going in high gear.

      I am guessing Russia won’t extend oil cuts at this meeting.
      And perhaps, OPEC won’t either.
      If OPEC were to extend oil cuts and prices stay high, the frackers will eventually fill the void left by OPEC.

      • Regarding Nov 30th OPEC.
        This oil journalist seems to think that OPEC will continue cuts in production.
        …A failure to agree on the market remediation would cause oil prices to plummet immediately, forfeiting any gains that have been made in the last year.
        Saudi Arabia needs $60 per barrel for its Aramco initial public offering to be a success in the second half of next year. It plans to sell just five percent of its prized company in the largest IPO in financial history, but a low price could force the country to sell a larger share, siphoning off government revenues at a time of strained budgets…

        The way I see it, “continued oil cuts” greatly benefit the U.S., almost as if there is a backroom deal / alliance with the U.S.

  8. “Corbetteers”! I love it.

    Max Headroom! I love it more than anyone I’ve ever known. (I still have a modest collection of MH stuff.) I keep asking Corbett to review it. If you can get past the 1980s cheese for TV, it’s waaay ahead of anything else, except perhaps Brazil and Blade Runner.

    So who’s going to build the Neom super city? Desperate immigrant slaves.

  9. Interesting trivia
    Game of Thrones – Comic Con in Saudi Arabia
    Currently happening in Riyadh is the Comic Con Arabia. One of the celebrities is Pilou Asbaek an evil, murdering character ‘Euron Greyjoy’ in the series Game of Thrones.

    This and other Saudi related stories on a Saudi owned news service…

    Something I found interesting is that the Gold and Jewelry Stores have been Nationalized in Saudi Arabia. However, the stores are having trouble employing Saudi citizens, because Saudis don’t want to work there. …they want a cush government job instead.

    I was wondering about McDonald’s in Saudi Arabia. I would guess that Saudis prefer not to work there either.
    I was surprised to see their breakfast menu which shows sausage breakfast items. I am guessing it is beef sausage with Halal standards.

    BUT…from June 2017…
    McDonald’s in Saudi Arabia just swore allegiance to the new crown prince.
    Burger King and Domino’s scrambled to follow suit
    “…McDonald’s KSA, the Saudi Arabian franchise of the fast-food giant, is owned by Mishaal Bin Khalid al Saud, another prince and close relative to Salman….”

  10. NEWS – Friday Nov 24, 2017
    Extremely interesting story / interview with MbS (Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman).
    New York Times –

    Evidently, the anti-corruption campaign has wide public support. MbS is saying that there will be “around 100 billion in settlements”.
    MbS also talks about restoring the Islamic tradition to the 1979 flavor, where Saudi had musical theaters, men and women mixed, and there was respect for Christians and Jews.

    EXCERPTS from ArabNews and Echoes of WWI
    …Mohammed bin Salman praised President Donald Trump, describing him as the “the right person at the right time.”
    He said Saudi Arabia was slowly building a coalition with its allies to “stand up to Iran.”
    On Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he said he was the “new Hitler of the Middle East.” And he added: “But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.”

    • herrqlys,
      NATO wants to rule your life down to the minute details.
      Kind of like what the “Ex-wife” wanted to do. 😉

  11. “James seems to think are NOT divided”

    Demonstrable misrepresentation of my stated beliefs.

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