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Geopolitics / Middle East

Why Iran Will Be Forced To Accept A Much Stricter Nuclear Deal

Apr 19, 2021 at 17:28 | Simon Watkins

Even before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ‘nuclear deal’ was agreed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia plus Germany), the…

Iran Threatens To Cut Nuclear Deal Talks Short ''If Not Constructive''

Apr 15, 2021 at 16:29 | ZeroHedge

Iran is warning that it doesn't plan to let nuclear negotiations "drag on" and has threatened to cut talks short if they are "not constructive". The fresh warning…

Iran Blames Israel For Sabotage Of Nuclear Site

Apr 12, 2021 at 11:56 | Charles Kennedy

Iran is blaming Israel for what it says was sabotage on its Natanz nuclear site over the weekend and vowed revenge against the perpetrators. Iran uses the Natanz site…

Houthi Rebels Launch Missile Attack On Saudi Oil Terminal

Mar 26, 2021 at 09:17 | Tsvetana Paraskova

A petroleum products distribution terminal in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, was attacked late on Thursday local time, the Kingdom said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and vowing to take measures to…

Saudi Arabia Sidelined By Biden's Middle East Strategy

Mar 22, 2021 at 17:36 | Simon Watkins

After the first oil price war launched by the Saudis against the then-nascent U.S. shale sector in 2014, Washington took the view that the Kingdom had broken the core…

Saudi Arabia Proposes Ceasefire In Yemen Conflict

Mar 22, 2021 at 12:06 | Julianne Geiger

Saudi Arabia has proposed a ceasefire to the war in Yemen on Monday. The ceasefire was suggested by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and comes after a…

Saudi Arabia Must Prepare For More Attacks On Its Oil Industry

Mar 15, 2021 at 17:55 | Simon Watkins

As highlighted in OilPrice.com just after the last major attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on 14 September 2019, there are many positive aspects from Iran’s perspective in pursuing…

China Makes Move On Riyadh As Washington Considers Sanctions

Mar 03, 2021 at 13:13 | James Durso

Panda Express isn’t just a fast-food chain in Saudi Arabia. Soon it’ll be the daily Air China flight bringing Chinese businessmen and officials to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia recently achieved…

Has Iran Massively Underestimated Joe Biden?

Jan 11, 2021 at 17:45 | Simon Watkins

Iran has been waiting since former U.S. President, Donald Trump, unilaterally pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and then re-imposed sanctions…

UAE Oil Takes Center Stage In U.S. Pushback Against China

Jan 07, 2021 at 16:36 | Simon Watkins

Abu Dhabi – the oil powerhouse at the centre of the U.S.’s pushback against increasing Chinese influence across the Middle East - last…

UAE Oil Is A Vital Geopolitical Weapon Against China's Middle East Expansion

Dec 03, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

The key corporate proxy at the centre of the U.S.’s Middle East pushback against increasing Chinese and Russian influence across the region – the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC)…

Saudi Arabia Says It Foiled Houthi Attack On Oil Facility

Nov 13, 2020 at 09:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Saudi Arabia has thwarted a planned attack with explosives against an oil products terminal near the border with Yemen, the Kingdom said early on Friday, adding that the attempted attack…

How Kurdistan Is Taking Advantage Of Iraq’s Oil Crisis

Nov 04, 2020 at 12:59 | Simon Watkins

Iraq is facing a desperate financial situation: obliged to pay billions of dollars in state salaries, pensions, and other disbursements whilst its ability to generate revenue to do so is…

Can Kuwait’s New Ruler Reform The Country?

Oct 05, 2020 at 17:05 | Simon Watkins

Following the death at 91 of Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, his half-brother, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, aged 83, faces a daunting challenge characterised by…

Why Syria Is A Critical Part Of Russia's Energy Strategy

Sep 21, 2020 at 16:04 | Simon Watkins

Syria is crucial to Russia for three key reasons. First, it is currently the principal Western point of the Shia crescent of power that stretches from Syria and…

Mediterranean Tensions Flare Up As Israel Rehabilitates Pipeline

Sep 15, 2020 at 14:47 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Arab Spring was the start of an ideological conflict between Turkey and the wealthy Arab Gulf nations. Turkish assertiveness is strengthened by an expanding economy and a brand of…

China Looks To Build Espionage Hub In Iran Under 25-Year Deal

Sep 07, 2020 at 17:50 | Simon Watkins

The next phase of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will focus on a large-scale roll-out of electronic espionage and warfare capabilities…

What The UAE-Israel Deal Really Means For The Middle East

Aug 31, 2020 at 17:06 | Simon Watkins

The announcement on 13 August that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will normalise relations, around the same as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he…

Iran Seizes Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Aug 13, 2020 at 09:00 | Charles Kennedy

Iran reportedly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and then let it go, the AP has reported, quoting a U.S. military official. According to the…

Defiant Erdogan Says Turkey Has Resumed Mediterranean Gas Exploration & Drilling

Aug 10, 2020 at 13:47 | ZeroHedge

While over a week ago it was looking as if Turkey might back down on its ambitious oil and gas exploration aims in the eastern Mediterranean amidst global pressure, especially…

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