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Kurds Helping Baghdad Save Face Over Oil Independence Battle

Dec 06, 2013 at 15:35 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: There is a great amount of confusion as to the recent steps the Iraqi Kurds have taken with Turkey towards oil and gas independence from the Iraqi central…

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Iranian Sanctions Easing to Benefit India

Dec 05, 2013 at 17:05 | John Daly

A major beneficiary of the Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 powers in Geneva over the weekend will be – India. Seizing on the potential opening of Iran’s economy…

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What Lifting the Sanctions on Iran Means… to Saudi Arabia

Nov 27, 2013 at 17:34 | Claude Salhani

The long standing mistrust that exists between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia runs deep and involves far more than diverging view in politics and religion, though those two…

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When Iran Negotiations Aren’t About Iran

Nov 18, 2013 at 17:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: What is important to understand about negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is that is has less to do with nuclear issues than it does with the…

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Iran’s Looming Energy Crisis

Nov 15, 2013 at 17:51 | ISN Security Watch

The United States has established beyond any doubt that Iran is facing a looming energy crisis that threatens to transform the country into a net importer rather than a net…

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GCC Energy Subsidies Unsustainable, Says Oman’s Oil and Gas Minister

Nov 12, 2013 at 17:29 | Rory Johnston

Energy subsidies have led to massive energy waste in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, according to Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s Oil and Gas Minister. Speaking at the Abu…

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Egypt Marches to a Saudi Drummer

Nov 11, 2013 at 17:32 | Felix Imonti

General El-Sisi may have found the solution to Egypt’s economic woes.  It is called war.During the weeks up to the coup, General El-Sisi had much to consider.  With…

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Kurdistan Ups Ante for Oil and Gas Independence

Nov 07, 2013 at 17:13 | Joao Peixe

A new series of multi-billion dollar pipeline deals for Turkey and Kurdistan are boldly paving the way for Kurdish oil and gas independence from Baghdad by linking up reserves to…

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Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons

Nov 07, 2013 at 16:59 | ISN Security Watch

Various Syrian rebel groups have announced a spate of mergers and alliances over the past month. In theory, the trend is a welcome sign that the opposition’s extreme fragmentation is…

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Why Syria is Important to Iran?

Nov 05, 2013 at 17:06 | Claude Salhani

Remember Bill Clinton’s catchy slogan “it’s all about the economy, stupid?"  Well when it comes to the Middle East, it’s all about the oil.  The wars, the disputes, the bickering,…

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