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Geopolitics / Middle East

Oil Risk Premium Wanes

May 07, 2024 at 14:36 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Oil prices slumped by $10 per barrel in a month, from above $90 Brent in early April to the low $80s, as tensions in the Middle East subsided and prompted…

What’s The Next Move In The Israel-Iran Standoff And What Will Oil Do?

Apr 22, 2024 at 09:55 | Simon Watkins

There is always the possibility that Israel now does “take the win” as U.S. President Joe Biden advised Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, albeit before Israel launched missile and drone…

Iran’s Response To Israel’s Strike Was Pure Political Theater

Apr 15, 2024 at 11:54 | Gregory R. Copley

Iran’s attack on Israel on the night of April 13-14, 2024, showed how well the two countries understand each other and recognize that they are not each other’s…

This is The Death Knell For Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence

Apr 15, 2024 at 08:51 | Simon Watkins

The Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) centred in Baghdad several weeks ago ordered the speeding up of crucial repairs to its own oil export pipeline into Turkey while keeping its…

Iraq Hopes to Expand Economic Relationship With the U.S.

Apr 12, 2024 at 11:05 | James Durso

Twenty-one years ago, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in the erroneous belief that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction and was allied with al-Qaida, the terror group…

Oil Prices Surge on Fears of an Imminent Iranian Attack

Apr 12, 2024 at 08:43 | Julianne Geiger

Oil prices spiked on Friday morning following reports of heightened tensions between Iran and Israel, with the possibility of an Iranian attack on Israeli soil looming within the next 24…

Iran Examines Options To Widen Israel-Hamas War After Strike on its Consulate

Apr 08, 2024 at 09:55 | Simon Watkins

From the first moment several months ago when the 7 October attacks by Hamas on numerous civilian targets in Israeli territory were planned by the terrorist organisation and its Iranian…

Russian Warships Enter The Red Sea amid Houthi Attacks

Mar 28, 2024 at 10:35 | Charles Kennedy

A group of warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have crossed the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and have entered the Red Sea, Russian state media reported on Thursday, citing the press…

Russia and China Allegedly Broker Safe Passage Deal with Houthis

Mar 23, 2024 at 10:09 | ZeroHedge

According to Bloomberg's sources, Russia and China have sealed a deal with Iran-backed Houthis to allow their commercial vessels to transit the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden without fear of…

Crew Abandons Cargo Ship After Houthi Attack

Feb 19, 2024 at 09:33 | ZeroHedge

Attacks on Red Sea shipping from Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis escalated overnight when missiles hit a commercial vessel and forced the crew to evacuate. There are also reports a US drone…

Israel-Hezbollah Tensions Flare Up

Feb 16, 2024 at 09:27 | Editorial Dept

Cross-border missile exchanges between Israel and Lebanon intensified this week, with Hezbollah launching missiles at northern Israel and Israel responding with its own missile barrage on southern Lebanon, both resulting…

The U.S.' Return To Its "Denial Oil" Strategy Is Critical

Feb 14, 2024 at 07:25 | Shahriar Sheikhlar

Amidst the growing influence of American rivals in the Middle East, the United States appears to be reassessing its ties with regional allies just as it nears completion of its…

Europe Stands Divided on U.S.-Led Bombing Campaign of Yemen

Jan 16, 2024 at 08:42 | ZeroHedge

By The Cradle Europe is divided over the US-UK bombing of Yemen, one of the world's poorest countries, as Italy, Spain, and France have refused to take part in…

A Houthi Retaliation Could Send Oil Prices Soaring

Jan 15, 2024 at 07:57 | Simon Watkins

The World Bank said at the end of October that a ‘large disruption’ in the global supply of crude oil – which it equated to between 6 and 8 million…

Why a Complete Withdrawal from Iraq May Benefit the U.S.

Jan 12, 2024 at 08:50 | James Durso

It seemed like a good idea at the time…  On Jan. 4, 2024, the U.S. assassinated Mushtaq Jawad Kazim al-Jawari, a commander in an Iran-linked Iraqi militia. The Pentagon 

Iranian Cities Overwhelmed by Influx of Climate Migrants

Dec 18, 2023 at 08:24 | RFE/RL staff

Record temperatures, prolonged droughts, and the drying up of rivers and lakes are displacing tens of thousands of Iranians each year, experts say. Many of the…

U.S. Widens Sanctions On Iran’s Energy Network That Is Key To Funding Terrorism

Dec 05, 2023 at 14:35 | Simon Watkins

From the imposition of the first major international sanctions against its energy sector following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been developing a vast network through which it continues to…

Putin Makes Rare Trip Abroad With Visit To Saudi Arabia, UAE

Dec 05, 2023 at 09:15 | RFE/RL staff

In a rare trip abroad as an international arrest warrant hangs over him, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on December 6 before…

Israeli-Linked Ship Attacked By Suicide Drone Attack In Indian Ocean

Nov 26, 2023 at 08:15 | ZeroHedge

Another Israeli-linked shipping vessel has been targeted by Iran-backed forces against the backdrop of the Gaza war. A US defense official was cited in the Associated Press as describing that a…

Israel-Hamas Conflict Threatens EU Energy Security

Nov 08, 2023 at 11:01 | Francesco Sassi

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, killing hundreds of civilians a day and threatening critical infrastructures of all sorts in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, has…

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