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Geopolitics / Middle East

British Oil Tanker Seeks Shelter Over Fears It Could Be Seized By Iran

Jul 08, 2019 at 10:18 | ZeroHedge

After a former IRGC commander exhorted his government to take a British oil tanker hostage following the seizure by Royal Marines last week of a vessel hauling Iranian crude, an…

Expert: Chances Of U.S.-Iran War Are At Least 50%

Jun 25, 2019 at 09:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

There’s at least a 50-percent chance that the rising tension between the United States and Iran could escalate into a conflict that would disrupt supplies, Fereidun Fesharaki, a former energy…

Declassified: The Sino-Russian Masterplan To End U.S. Dominance In Middle East

Jun 17, 2019 at 17:20 | Yossef Bodansky

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin’s early June 2019 summit in Moscow with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Pres. Xi Jinping seems likely to have a disproportionate influence on the next phases…

U.S.: Video Proves Iran Was Behind Tanker Attacks

Jun 14, 2019 at 09:18 | Irina Slav

The U.S. has video proof, CENTCOM says, that Iran was behind the explosions that rocked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday. Reuters reports that U.S. Central Command…

Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

Jun 10, 2019 at 12:41 | Irina Slav

Iran has no intention of leaving OPEC despite its being treated like an enemy by some members, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told a parliamentary news site as quoted by…

Investigation Concludes “State Actor” Was Behind UAE Oil Tanker Attacks

Jun 07, 2019 at 11:01 | Irina Slav

An investigation carried out jointly by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Norway, has concluded that the party responsible for the attacks on four vessels off the UAE coast last month…

Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

Jun 03, 2019 at 15:51 | Simon Watkins

The Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad moved swiftly when the U.S. re-imposed sanctions against Iran, ordering its Oil Ministry to breach part of the supply gap by increasing…

Pentagon Accuses Iran Of Tanker Sabotage

May 27, 2019 at 10:10 | Irina Slav

The Pentagon has accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of sabotaging four vessels at the Emirati port of Fujairah that media reported earlier this month, and the reports pushed oil prices…

The Threat In Iraq Is Being Overblown

May 21, 2019 at 10:16 | Nick Cunningham

ExxonMobil evacuated some staff from southern Iraq over fears of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, although there is still little evidence to suggest any oil operations will be…

War With Iran Could Send Oil To $250

May 20, 2019 at 16:40 | Vincent Lauerman

There has been much talk of an Iran War in recent weeks, but the likelihood of a war, whether intentional or accidental, is relatively small for the simple reason that…

On The Cusp Of War: Why Iran Won’t Fold

May 17, 2019 at 16:50 | Yossef Bodansky

iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on May 14, 2019 — a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had visited Baghdad and reportedly met with a senior…

Trump’s Dangerous Oil Price Game

May 06, 2019 at 17:24 | Nick Cunningham

Trump’s trade war may have depressed oil prices at the start of the week, but the U.S.’ decision to send warships to the Middle East is an ominous sign…

The Next Flashpoint In This Emerging Energy Hub

Apr 30, 2019 at 10:32 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Eastern Mediterranean is quickly turning into an energy hub due to the discovery of significant gas resources in recent years. Egypt, for example, has already started production at its…

A New Middle East Mega-War Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

Apr 24, 2019 at 14:44 | Yossef Bodansky

Iran is leading a new bloc, with Turkey and Qatar, intent on remaking the greater Middle East. The Iranian leadership recognizes that this drive might lead to a regional war…

Expect An Extension Of Iran Sanction Waivers

Apr 03, 2019 at 14:36 | Nick Cunningham

With Iran sanctions waivers set to expire in a few weeks, the Trump administration faces a difficult task. Oil prices are once again on the rise, just as they were…

New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

Mar 28, 2019 at 18:10 | Yossef Bodansky

A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling…

Rubio’s “Full Gangster” Comments Hinder U.S.-Saudi Relations

Mar 07, 2019 at 16:47 | Tim Daiss

It didn’t take long for Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s comments that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had “gone full gangster” to make the news rounds all the way…

Qatar’s Brilliant Geopolitical Maneuver

Feb 27, 2019 at 12:57 | Editorial Dept

Roughly a year and half ago, US President Donald Trump has called on Qatar to stop the funding of terrorism and the spread of its “extremist ideology”, claiming that the…

Iran To Start Navy Drills In The World’s Key Oil Chokepoint

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:35 | Tsvetana Paraskova

As the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry have already started to mount pressure on Tehran and have halved Iranian oil exports, the Islamic Republic announced that its Navy would…

Trump Under Fire For Support Of Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen

Feb 07, 2019 at 14:11 | Tim Daiss

Congress is about to give President Trump a bloody nose, at least politically, over part of his Saudi Arabia policy. On Wednesday, the panel voted to cut off U.S. support…

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