Friday, November 28, 2014

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 28, 2014

OPEC Decision: Winners And Losers -- Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today

VIENNA — The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries chose not to cut oil production levels Thursday, pushing down oil prices and creating winners and losers in the process.

In the winners' corner are the Arab Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia. The kingdom is likely happy to let oil prices, down 35% since June, adjust on their own accord to maintain market share and revenue levels, said Nayef Nofel Shoshare, a Vienna-based oil expert.

OPEC's largest producer may also be reluctant to show the world it fears the shale-based energy revolution that will lead the United States to become energy independent within the next two decades, according to the International Energy Agency.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 28, 2014

Inside OPEC room, Naimi declares price war on U.S. shale oil -- Alex Lawler, Amena Bakr and Dmitry Zhdannikov, Reuters

How the US fracked OPEC: Oil enters new era -- The Age

OPEC’s Weapon of Mass Inaction -- Liam Denning, WSJ

Oil prices plunge after OPEC leaves output stable -- Deutsche Welle

Iran’s not-so-hidden hidden agenda -- Dallas News

Top Nuclear Official: We Have 2 Problems With The Iran Talks -- Michael B Kelley, Business Insider

Do Americans Favor Appeasing Iran? -- Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Why do nearly 40 percent of Germans endorse Russia’s annexation of Crimea? -- Rick Noack, Washington Post

Why Do British Royals Refuse To Visit Israel? -- Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations

The Chinese Economy Is Facing A $6.8 Trillion Nightmare That Could Get Worse -- Mike Bird, Business Insider

Vietnam, the US, and Japan in the South China Sea -- Alexander L. Vuving, The Diplomat

The South China Sea: Navigating the Most Dangerous Place in the World -- Michael McDevitt, War On The Rocks

How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan -- Yimou Lee and Faith Hung, Reuters

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