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Oil Prices Up As Iran Prepares For All Out War

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

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Report: Iranian Tanker Offloads Oil At Syrian Port

Report: Iranian Tanker Offloads Oil At Syrian Port

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Treading Cautiously as Iran's Power Struggle Unfolds

Treading Cautiously as Iran's Power Struggle Unfolds

Mar 21, 2012 at 17:51 | Jen Alic

The intelligence “leak” game that has intentionally provided the Obama Administration a temporary way out from under Republican and Israeli pressure to strike Iran is a fortuitous one that perhaps…

Game is on to Control Yemen's Oil

Game is on to Control Yemen's Oil

Mar 19, 2012 at 18:43 | Jen Alic

Whoever manages to control Yemen’s state resources, and particularly its oil, will be able to wield control over the country’s tribes by restoring the system of patronage relied on by…

With Iran, How Hard Do Sanctions Really Bite?

With Iran, How Hard Do Sanctions Really Bite?

Mar 05, 2012 at 18:02 | Daniel J. Graeber

Sanctions on the Iranian financial sector appear to be taking their toll. Planned oil embargoes by the European Union could be seen as largely symbolic moves by opponents of the…

Imagination Can be a Dangerous Thing: Why Iran Must be Denied Nuclear Weapons

Imagination Can be a Dangerous Thing: Why Iran Must be Denied Nuclear Weapons

Jan 29, 2012 at 19:45 | James Burgess

In this essay I take a look at some scenarios that could arise following the successful development of the Iranian nuclear program, after which I think the reasons why so…

Yemen - What Next? Replay of 1979 Iranian Revolution?

Yemen - What Next? Replay of 1979 Iranian Revolution?

Jan 23, 2012 at 17:59 | John Daly

On 22 January 70 year-old Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, having ruled since 1978, left the Yemeni capital Sanaa onboard a private jet bound for who knows where, but apparently…

Iran: The Renewable Energy Carrot .vs. The Stick of War

Iran: The Renewable Energy Carrot .vs. The Stick of War

Jan 21, 2012 at 10:51 | Juan Cole

As Iran proceeds ahead with its nuclear program, its tensions with the United States continue to heighten over concerns that it is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Israelis view…

China Economic Clout and Nuclear Expertise Invades Saudi Arabia

China Economic Clout and Nuclear Expertise Invades Saudi Arabia

Jan 17, 2012 at 20:38 | John Daly

Ever since the end of World War Two, the U.S. has come to regard Saudi Arabia as almost its exclusive oil producing enclave. In February 1945, after the Yalta…

Afghanistan: The Pressure is Now on Central Asian Supply Route

Afghanistan: The Pressure is Now on Central Asian Supply Route

Dec 08, 2011 at 17:08 | Deirdre Tynan

The Northern Distribution Network, the key re-supply route for US and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan, is set to experience a spike in traffic due to the closure of the…

Saudi Prince Calls for Kingdom to Acquire WMDs

Saudi Prince Calls for Kingdom to Acquire WMDs

Dec 06, 2011 at 18:19 | John Daly

So much for peace in the Middle East. On 5 December Prince bin Turki al Faisal, speaking at the “The Gulf and the Globe” conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh …

Could War Flare Again Between Iraq and Kuwait?

Could War Flare Again Between Iraq and Kuwait?

Dec 06, 2011 at 18:17 | John Daly

According to Iraqi Council of Representatives Oil and Energy Committee member Furat al-Sharei, the 10 oil fields that spread across the Iraqi-Kuwaiti frontier are still waiting to have a line…

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