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Houthis Knock Out Undersea Internet Connections in Red Sea

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Iran’s Syria Strategy Is Coming Unravelled

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Geopolitics / Middle East

KURDISTAN: Genel Announces Another Find

May 31, 2013 at 13:26 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Anglo-Turkish Genel Energy—the biggest license holder in Iraqi Kurdistan—has announced another discovery, boosting the company’s already significant resources in Kurdistan. Analysis: Genel Energy (LON:GENL) and partner…

Pakistan Faces Tough Choices with Energy Crisis

May 29, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The incoming administration in Pakistan wants to pay off enough debt to finance a rebound in electricity. Most Pakistanis cope with blackouts that can last most of the day and…

Open Season on Syria’s Civil War

May 28, 2013 at 17:06 | Claude Salhani

Igitur qui desiderat pacem, preparet bellum -- If you want peace prepare for war, this old adage is believed to have been spoken by the Roman military writer Publius Flavius…

Iran's New President Won’t Bring Anything New

May 24, 2013 at 17:05 | Daniel J. Graeber

Asian economies this year have relied less on Iranian oil to meet their energy demands. India's economy slowed down considerably in part because of tighter credit conditions and poor consumer…

Assad is Back, and Syrian Peace Will Be on His Terms

May 22, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Since the war in Iraq, US foreign policy has been in a downward spiral: It was caught off guard by the “Arab Spring” and the increasing incoherence has left it…

Playing with Oil and Fire

May 21, 2013 at 17:11 | Claude Salhani

The war in Syria is taking a sudden turn – and a potentially dangerous one. Having already oozed into Turkey with a number of attacks by Syrian forces across the…

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Petro-Political ‘Peace’ for Syria

May 15, 2013 at 10:44 | Charles Kennedy

We’ve got an extremely muddled peace process going on for Syria right now, and petro-politics defines agendas and actions. A US-Russian “peace” conference will be held later this month, and…

Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Sites Would be Sheer Madness

May 14, 2013 at 17:23 | Claude Salhani

A timely article by Wade Stone for Global Research examines what would happen to the oil producing nations of the Gulf in the event that Israel would target Iran's nuclear…

The Road to Damascus is Paved With Ill-Intent

May 09, 2013 at 16:51 | Gregory R. Copley

The Biblical conversion of Paul to Christianity “on the road to Damascus” implied a turning point for the onetime antagonist of Christ. But now the road to Damascus is an…

As Kurds Gain Power, Baghdad May be Ready to Deal

May 06, 2013 at 16:47 | Charles Kennedy

As the Iraqi Kurds boost their bargaining power with their first unilateral sale of crude oil on the international market, and new unilateral pipelines coming online soon, Kurdish officials and…

Should the US Intervene in Syria?

Apr 30, 2013 at 17:00 | Claude Salhani

Should the United States become militarily involved in Syria? Should Washington impose a no-fly zone, grounding the government’s warplanes and attack helicopters, thus giving the opposition forces a better chance?…

SYRIA: EU Lifts Oil Embargo to Help ‘Opposition’

Apr 26, 2013 at 13:05 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The European Union has lifted its oil embargo on Syria ostensibly to provide “economic support” to the rebels fighting the Assad regime, but the rebels—40%+ infiltrated by Sunni…

The Implications of the EU’s Lifting Sanctions on Syria’s Oil

Apr 23, 2013 at 17:32 | Claude Salhani

In an astute political move the European Union lifted its embargo Monday on oil imports from Syria. Actually better make that an embargo lifted on oil imports from rebel held…

Will Syrian Oil Developments Mirror Libya's?

Apr 17, 2013 at 17:04 | Daniel J. Graeber

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said in an April 7 message that Syrian opponents of Bashar Assad should work to establish an Islamic state. Civil war, now in its third year,…

Syria: When is Enough, Enough? When the Oil becomes “Islamized!”

Apr 16, 2013 at 17:05 | Claude Salhani

The "cruelty and carnage" in Syria, is how the situation in that country has been described in a rare joint statement by the chiefs of five UN organizations. The statement…

Iraq-Jordanian $18 billion pipeline – Reality or Fantasy?

Apr 15, 2013 at 17:01 | John Daly

The Middle East is not renowned for thinking small, especially in terms of energy projects.The Jordanian and Iraqi media are announcing, amidst great fanfare, an agreement to…

Kurds Seize Oil Initiative in Iraq

Apr 11, 2013 at 17:08 | Daniel J. Graeber

Crude oil from the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has reached the international market for the first time. Oil was ferried by truck across the northern Iraqi border to Turkey…

Targeting Iran's Energy Sector Isn't Working

Apr 10, 2013 at 17:08 | Daniel J. Graeber

Asian consumers are expected to help the Iranian oil sector recovery briefly this month. The U.S. State Department in March lauded Japan for its "significant reductions" in crude oil exports,…

Bahrain Places Hezbollah on Terrorist List

Apr 09, 2013 at 16:50 | Claude Salhani

The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain became the first Arab country to place the Shiite Lebanese movement, Hezbollah, on their terrorist list earlier this week. It is a rather bold…

TURKEY-IRAQI KURDISTAN: Another Step Towards Kurdish Independence

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The call for peace by Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has a new tone that recognizes the potential for an independent Kurdistan in…

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