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Geopolitics / Middle East

Iran Finally Blinks in Terms of Sanctions Pressure

Iran Finally Blinks in Terms of Sanctions Pressure

Oct 29, 2012 at 17:48 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Iranian defense minister said last weekend that his country has no plans to choke of maritime oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. In early 2012, Iranian threats to…

Countries Start to Resume Trade with Iran Using Gold to Avoid US Sanctions

Countries Start to Resume Trade with Iran Using Gold to Avoid US Sanctions

Oct 25, 2012 at 17:37 | Dian L. Chu

In recent months there has been a lot of incorrect speculation that because Iran has been shut off from the petrodollar, SWIFT-mediated regime, its economy will implode as the country…

$12M Bounty Hunt for al-Qaeda in Iran

$12M Bounty Hunt for al-Qaeda in Iran

Oct 24, 2012 at 17:28 | Jen Alic

It’s a lot of cash for prospective bounty hunters, and an equal amount of interesting politics here that we certainly can’t let slide by without pointing out some obvious conflicts…

Iran, Turkey & Syria increasing the Volatility of Oil Markets

Iran, Turkey & Syria increasing the Volatility of Oil Markets

Oct 23, 2012 at 17:39 | Rakesh Neelakandan

Crude oil prices invariably hinge on two factors for the medium term: Turkey-Syria relations or the lack of it and the Iran issue.EU leaders think that Iran has…

Investing in Iraqi Oil and Gas: Too Risky?

Investing in Iraqi Oil and Gas: Too Risky?

Oct 22, 2012 at 17:48 | Jen Alic

Risk, like everything else, is relative. So, relatively speaking, Iraq is open for business and certainly a more attractive investment than, say, Libya—in part because it’s easier to see what’s…

Turkey Stumbles, But Washington Pushed

Turkey Stumbles, But Washington Pushed

Oct 19, 2012 at 17:09 | Gregory R. Copley

The mid-October 2012 Turkish interception of an alleged Syrian military shipment was intended to build momentum for the case to intervene in Syria. But it backfired, and may have damaged…

Energy Market Roundup: The Showdown in Iraq

Energy Market Roundup: The Showdown in Iraq

Oct 19, 2012 at 16:43 | Editorial Dept

While the energy factor in US elections is taking center stage in the news right now as we close in on November, and issues like the war on coal position…

Turkey-Syria on the Brink of War

Turkey-Syria on the Brink of War

Oct 17, 2012 at 17:52 | Claude Salhani

Tension between Turkey and Syria has been steadily rising over the past year and a half as cross-border incidents have increased with every passing day drawing the two countries ever…

Baghdad is Losing Iraqi Kurdistan - Empowered by Oil and Gas

Baghdad is Losing Iraqi Kurdistan - Empowered by Oil and Gas

Oct 16, 2012 at 17:27 | Jen Alic

With an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil and perhaps as much as 6 trillion of cubic meters of gas, Iraqi Kurdistan is using smaller companies to develop its resources...…

Iran Threatens Oil Spill in Persian Gulf

Iran Threatens Oil Spill in Persian Gulf

Oct 15, 2012 at 17:49 | Daniel J. Graeber

A report from German news magazine Der Spiegel states that Iran's latest effort to disrupt key shipping lanes through the Strait of Hormuz may be to cause a massive…


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