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Geopolitics / Middle East

A Geopolitical Red Herring For Oil Markets

Apr 25, 2018 at 17:35 | Nick Cunningham

A Trump-Macron bromance briefly brought the oil price rally to a halt on Tuesday. The two leaders hugged and kissed quite a bit during the French President’s visit to Washington,…

Is Saudi Arabia’s Geopolitical Pivot Good For Oil?

Apr 18, 2018 at 11:49 | Tim Daiss

The phrase “becoming all things to all people,” might also apply to modern-day Saudi Arabia. The world’s largest oil exporter, defacto OPEC leader and the third largest oil producer finds…

U.S. Considers Economic Warfare Against Iran

Apr 12, 2018 at 17:33 | Nick Cunningham

Iran’s currency recently hit an all-time low, and economic uncertainty looks likely to test the country’s political establishment. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has already been dealing with a restless population,…

Iran Threatens To Restart Nuclear Enrichment Program

Apr 11, 2018 at 13:49 | ZeroHedge

Iran is threatening to restart its controversial nuclear enrichment program, as the head of the Islamic Republic's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) revealed on Sunday that they have maintained the ability…

Tax Income Earned ISIS Much More Than Oil Smuggling

Apr 06, 2018 at 10:57 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Contrary to what has been assumed so far, black market oil sales were not the only and not even the largest revenue stream for ISIS, an investigation of The…

Hezbollah Leader Threatens To ‘’Disable’’ Disputed Israeli Gas Operations

Feb 19, 2018 at 13:23 | ZeroHedge

During a televised address in Beirut on Friday Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah once again warned Israel to back off its claims over disputed oil and gas field just…

Blood, Oil And Gas: 7 Years Of Syrian Civil War

Feb 13, 2018 at 12:48 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Syrian civil war is in its seventh year. The battlefield has changed multiple times together with a number of belligerents. The dynamic political and military stage has fostered numerous violent…

Saudi Arabia’s New Foreign Policy Is Not Without Risk

Dec 29, 2017 at 14:11 | The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is solidifying his position and changes to the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia. His main objective is the forceful consolidation of the Arab camp against…

Saudi Welfare Program To Ease Impact Of 80% Fuel Price Hike

Dec 22, 2017 at 12:02 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Saudi Arabia on Thursday made the first payment totaling US$533 million (2 billion riyals) as part of its new household allowance program that reaches 10.6 million beneficiaries, before it…

Houthi Missile Targeting Riyadh Palace Intercepted

Dec 19, 2017 at 10:23 | ZeroHedge

For the third time in roughly seven weeks, Houthi rebels have fired a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia, according to a spokesperson. The Volcano 2-H missile launched by the Yemeni…

Middle East Tensions Near Boiling Point

Dec 06, 2017 at 16:48 | Cyril Widdershoven

The 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit resulted in a showdown between Qatar and its Saud-led alliance counterparts. Saudi King Salman decided to send a lower diplomatic delegation in his…

Saudi Sheikdown: Arrested Royals Offered A Deal - Your Money For Your Freedom

Nov 16, 2017 at 12:02 | ZeroHedge

As we noted shortly after the Crown Prince’s purge of potential rivals within Saudi Arabia’s sprawling ruling family, while the dozens of arrests were made under the pretext of an…

Kurdistan Ready To Hand Over Oil For 17% Of Iraqi Budget

Nov 06, 2017 at 11:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is ready to hand over oil, airports, border points, and all revenues to Baghdad if Iraq’s federal government gives the Kurdish region its 17-percent share…

Kurdistan Proposes Immediate Ceasefire With Iraq

Oct 25, 2017 at 09:17 | Irina Slav

The Kurdistan Regional Government has proposed to Baghdad an immediate ceasefire after more than a week of fighting following a decision by Baghdad to retake control of disputed Kirkuk…

Iraq Seizes Kirkuk, Briefly Knocks 350,000 Bpd Offline

Oct 16, 2017 at 12:00 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices spiked on Monday after Iraqi forces seized the oil fields around Kirkuk, which had largely been under Kurdish control since 2014. There were conflicting reports as of Monday,…

Trump Just Made Iran A Wildcard

Oct 13, 2017 at 17:45 | Cyril Widdershoven

American President Donald Trump has officially decertified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran deal, while hitting Iranian power players—especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)—with a new list…

Kurdistan Accuses Baghdad Of Planning Oil Field Seizure

Oct 13, 2017 at 09:31 | Irina Slav

Kurdistan authorities have accused the central Iraqi government of planning to seize oil fields in the autonomous region. Baghdad is amassing military power in two areas south of Kirkuk…

Defiant Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Aug 25, 2017 at 17:19 | ZeroHedge

Qatar has remained defiant throughout its unprecedented summer diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states which have brought immense pressure to bear on the tiny…

Arab States Extend Deadline For Qatar Ultimatum

Jul 03, 2017 at 10:02 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE have given Qatar 48 more hours to submit to a list of demands presented to the emirate ten days ago. The

Saudi Arabia’s New Deal With The US: Averting Implosion?

Jun 02, 2017 at 16:54 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s de facto head of government, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz al Sa’ud, has gambled the survival of the House of…

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