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Can Kuwait’s New Ruler Reform The Country?

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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

Oil Markets At Stake As The Syria Debate Rages On

Oct 18, 2019 at 16:44 | Irina Slav

The U.S. pullout from Syria sparked strong—and opposing—reactions, as a move of that magnitude was bound to do. Trump bashers bashed Trump for quitting and Trump supporters cheered the America…

Russia Consolidates Control Over The World’s Top Oil Region

Oct 15, 2019 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has traveled to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) as part of a tour aimed at strengthening Moscow's presence in the Middle East.Putin flew…

The Saudi Crown Prince’s Final Option

Oct 04, 2019 at 16:34 | Cyril Widdershoven

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been making headlines again these last few days. After giving an interview to CBS in which he admitted the mistakes of the Khashoggi…

Sudden Eruption Of Violence In Iraq Threatens Oil Supply

Oct 03, 2019 at 16:28 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have fallen sharply over the past week, as the swift return of disrupted Saudi oil production allowed markets to look past geopolitical risk. But that doesn’t mean…

Iran Says It Foiled Israeli-Arab Plot To Blow Up Elite Guards Commander

Oct 03, 2019 at 13:14 | ZeroHedge

Iran has announced that it thwarted a sophisticated plot to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  State media, which first unveiled the news…

Stena Bulk Cries “Liar” As Iran Holds Onto Detained Oil Tanker

Sep 25, 2019 at 12:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Two days after Iran said that the detained UK-flagged oil tanker was “free to leave Iran,” officials in the Islamic Republic said on Wednesday that the detention order had…

Has Iran Won The War For The Middle East?

Sep 20, 2019 at 17:22 | Yossef Bodansky

The most important historic milestone was not the heavy damage to the Saudi oil installations during the attacks on them on September 14, 2019. Rather, it was a quiet Ashura…

Oil Prices Up As Iran Prepares For "All Out War"

Sep 19, 2019 at 10:58 | Tsvetana Paraskova

An American or Saudi military strike on Iran because of the weekend attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure would result in an “all-out-war,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CNN in…

War In The Middle East Is China’s Worst Nightmare

Sep 17, 2019 at 12:13 | Irina Slav

When President Donald Trump on Sunday said the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, many smelled war. Even though…

Is A Full-Blown War In The Persian Gulf Inevitable?

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:02 | Cyril Widdershoven

Iran has been able to counter U.S. President Trump’s maximum pressure strategy by taking the challenge to the next level. With a big bang, the global oil market has been…

Trump’s Softer Line On Iran Could Tank Oil Prices

Sep 11, 2019 at 17:21 | Nick Cunningham

Trump is mulling easing sanctions on Iran as a way to increase the odds of a face-to-face meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Oil prices briefly fell on Tuesday…

Is The Hottest Conflict In The Middle East Coming To An End?

Sep 06, 2019 at 16:55 | Gregory R. Copley

The war in Yemen has now proven to be a key trigger for the reduction of the US’ 70-year strategic dominance of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. This is…

Report: Iranian Tanker Offloads Oil At Syrian Port

Sep 06, 2019 at 10:59 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The now notorious Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 has offloaded its crude oil cargo to a port in Syria, Middle East Eye reported on Friday, quoting two sources.…

U.S. Intensifies Pressure Against Iran, Targets Oil Tanker Network

Sep 05, 2019 at 09:00 | Irina Slav

The United States stepped up its pressure on Iran by announcing yet more sanctions plus a US$15-million plan aimed at disrupting the operations of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.…

The CIA’s Dark Prince Doesn’t Want War With Iran

Aug 28, 2019 at 17:21 | Simon Watkins

Two comments last week highlight the dangerous security impasse in which Iran and the U.S. find themselves. The first was from Iran’s spiritual leader, the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, that…

Israel, Saudi Arabia To Preempt Dialogue Between Trump & Iran

Aug 28, 2019 at 13:38 | ZeroHedge

President Trump has made it less and less a secret that he is pushing for new talks with Iran to "negotiate a better deal" after previously pulling out of the…

Houthi Drone Attack Sets Saudi Oil Field On Fire

Aug 19, 2019 at 09:17 | Irina Slav

A drone attack by the Yemeni Houthis caused fire at an oil and gas field in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s Energy Minister said as quoted by the Saudi Press…

China’s Ultimate Play For Global Oil Market Control

Aug 15, 2019 at 17:25 | Yossef Bodansky

All attention is focused on the twists-and-turns of the very noisy US-Iran dispute in the Persian Gulf, but all the while the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is rapidly and…

US: Iran Ships Pose As US Warships To Jam Oil Tankers’ GPS

Aug 08, 2019 at 10:38 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a fresh warning regarding commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and the key oil chokepoint the Strait of Hormuz, saying that vessels in…

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