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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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Turkey’s Zorlu Group Fights for Israel Pipeline

Nov 05, 2013 at 17:04 | Joao Peixe

While talks between Israel and Turkey over a joint pipeline have been quietly proceeding for some time, Turkish conglomerate Zorlu Energy for the first time last week told reporters it…

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Sanctions Have Only Steeled Iran against US, and Given Power to China

Nov 04, 2013 at 17:02 | Economywatch

Washington sanctions on Iran have undermined the very goals that it would like to achieve. Rather than engaging Tehran, the sanctions are reinforcing the hardliners; isolating moderate sections of Iran’s…

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Syrian Conflict Moves Closer to Iraq

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Syrian regime leader Bashir al-Assad has a tougher grip on power than he has since the start of the conflict, but it is far from over, and clashes…

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Kurds Complete Game-Changing Pipeline to Turkey

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Kurdistan’s leverage over the central Iraqi authorities in Baghdad gets a major boost with the much-anticipated completion of a pipeline directly to Turkey.Analysis: Kurdistan’s leverage over…

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