Michael T. Klare recently gave a presentation titled “The Geopolitics of Oil: Old and New” at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil conference in Vienna, in which he speaks about how no other substance in the world is as closely aligned with geopolitics as oil is.
Strong fundamentals coupled with a rapidly growing young population made Saudi Arabia the largest importer of vehicles and automotive parts in the Middle East in 2011, with the pace seen accelerating in the medium term.
Saudi Arabia’s ruler named Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz is the country’s new crown prince Monday — an expected nod that leaves power still within an aging and shrinking circle of leaders in one of the West’s most critical Middle East allies.
The funeral prayers for the Saudi Crown Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz will be held at the Haram Mosque in Makkah following the Maghreb prayer today. The body will then be buried at the graveyard in the holy city.