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Geopolitics / Middle East

U.S. Sanctions Have Cost Iran $200 Billion

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:42 | RFE/RL staff

President Hassan Rohani made the comments while launching a railway project near Tehran on December 31. "Iran would have earned $200 billion surplus income...if the country were not involved in…

Russia Strengthens Its Grip On Syrian Oil

Dec 20, 2019 at 16:33 | Simon Watkins

Following the various recent announcements from U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants the country to withdraw from all areas of potential conflict in the Middle East – except Saudi…

Muslim Cryptocurrency: Iran’s Latest Plan To Circumvent Sanctions

Dec 20, 2019 at 14:30 | ZeroHedge

Iran’s President has proposed to create a Muslim cryptocurrency as one of a number of means to confront the economic dominance of the United States. Speaking at an Islamic conference in Malaysia…

Is The Qatar Blockade Coming To An End?

Dec 13, 2019 at 16:25 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Middle East’s massive energy reserves have made it the center of many key geopolitical events throughout history. The presidency of Donald Trump has transformed the power dynamics in the…

Diplomat Leaks Map Confirming Turkey’s Real Territorial Claims

Dec 04, 2019 at 12:46 | ZeroHedge

A Turkish diplomat has revealed a map which delineates waters in the Mediterranean claimed by Turkey, amid an ongoing months-long standoff with Cyprus and Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration…

Iraq: The Next Great Threat To Global Oil Markets

Dec 03, 2019 at 17:26 | Anes Alic

The next thing that will happen in Iraq if protesters’ demands aren’t met is this: They will target oil facilities--the only thing that will force any major change, and indeed,…

Why Iran Won’t Renegotiate The Nuclear Deal

Nov 12, 2019 at 12:27 | Yale Global

President Donald Trump has attempted to reach a new agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran since withdrawing the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action…

Is Trump Turning The U.S. Military Into 'Oil Pirates'?

Oct 30, 2019 at 11:58 | ZeroHedge

After President Trump suggested on Sunday that he would like to make a deal with Exxon Mobil or “one of our great companies” to go into occupied Syria and take the oil, one of…

Two Dead Following ISIS Attack On Iraqi Oil Field

Oct 22, 2019 at 09:13 | Irina Slav

Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints at a group of oil fields in northern Iraq, killing two members of the security force deployed there and injuring three, Reuters reports, citing…

Is ISIS Back?

Oct 18, 2019 at 17:00 | Julianne Geiger

The American political leadership may not have been able to connect the dots on a withdrawal in Syria, but it’s really quite simple:  1) Americans step aside 2) Turks swarm…

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