Samson: Senate approves Toller as new ambassador in Baghdad
17th May, 2019
The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Matthew Toller as US ambassador to Baghdad.
Toller was the US ambassador to Yemen for five years, before leaving office a few days ago to prepare for his new post, at a time of increasing tension between the United States and Iran neighboring Iraq.
The United States on Wednesday asked its non-essential staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad because of an “imminent” threat from Iraqi factions linked to Iran. LINK
Samson: A new rise in oil prices
17th May, 2019
Oil prices rose again on Friday and are on track for their first weekly gain this month as heightened tension in the Middle East fueled fears of supply disruptions.
Brent crude rose 38 cents, or 0.5 percent, from its last close to $ 73 a barrel by 0303. This is the fourth straight session in which Brent has risen. Crude rose 3.4 percent this week to reach its first gain in three weeks. US benchmark WTI crude was less fortunate than its predecessor, rising 46 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $ 63.32 a barrel. US crude also rose for a fourth consecutive day on its way to record a weekly gain of 2.7 percent for the first time in four weeks.
The Saudi-led coalition carried out a few air strikes on Thursday in targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which is controlled by fighters of the Houthi group allied to Iran, which has claimed responsibility for airstrikes on two Saudi oil pumping stations earlier this week. Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister accused Iran of ordering the attack on the two pumping stations, which followed attacks on four tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
The United States this week suspended US officials from its embassy in Baghdad, while President Donald Trump ordered the deployment of an aircraft carrier group, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles in the Middle East. “When the tension is on this rise, and with the US deploying a large military force, it could ignite even a minor tactical error on the part of Iran,” said Stephen Ines, director of trading and market strategy at SBI Asset Management. Middle East.” “There are many risks that threaten supplies as tensions reach that high.”
But three US officials said on Thursday Trump told his top advisers he did not want the United States to go to war with Iran.
Markets are still waiting for a decision from OPEC and other producers on whether to continue supply cuts that have driven prices up more than 30 percent since the start of the year.
Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Thursday that the next meeting of the OPEC ministerial committee in Saudi Arabia early next week would assess the commitment of member countries to production cuts, noting that current oil prices and markets are stable. LINK
Samson: The world’s most angry people .. Iraq is the first Arab and the second globally
Science and world
The Gallup Institute of Studies has released a report on the positive and negative sentiments of the peoples of the world, based on a survey of more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Among the questions asked in the questionnaire to test positive emotions:
– Have you felt comfortable enough yesterday?
– Were you angry yesterday?
Unfortunately, the Arab countries had a share in the list of countries that tested the least amount of positive sentiment globally.
A large percentage of Iraqis surveyed expressed their anger test to be ranked second in the world and the first Arab in this context.
The list also included Palestine, Morocco and Libya. link