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Geopolitics / Middle East

Saudi Arabia Gets Boost From New Market Reclassification

Saudi Arabia Gets Boost From New Market Reclassification

Jun 22, 2018 at 17:08 | Tim Daiss

On Wednesday,  MSCI said that it would reclassify Saudi Arabia as an emerging market, a move that will bring billions of dollars of inflow to the oil producing country.…

Iranian Influence In Iraq Grows

Iranian Influence In Iraq Grows

Jun 18, 2018 at 11:00 | Yossef Bodansky

Iran has effectively won the struggle to dominate the future of Iraq. It has done so against the formidable Shi’ite Arab populace, and after nearly a month of raw pressure,…

Oil Kingdom In Crisis: Saudi Royal Family Rift Turns Violent

Oil Kingdom In Crisis: Saudi Royal Family Rift Turns Violent

Jun 04, 2018 at 12:19 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia has plunged its immediate region into major strategic uncertainty. What can only be described as a serious outbreak of shooting in the Royal Palace in Riyadh on April…

Kuwait Halts Tax Plan As Oil Prices Rise

Kuwait Halts Tax Plan As Oil Prices Rise

Jun 01, 2018 at 16:50 | Oxford Business Group

Following a Budgets and Final Accounts Committee meeting on May 14, the National Assembly confirmed the revised timeline for the VAT introduction, citing a lack of technical and logistical readiness…

Will The U.S. Push Venezuela Into The Abyss?

Will The U.S. Push Venezuela Into The Abyss?

May 22, 2018 at 14:38 | Nick Cunningham

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro claimed victory in a low-turnout election that is widely viewed as rigged, raising the threat of more painful sanctions from the United States. But, in a…

Uncertainty Spikes Following Iraqi Elections

Uncertainty Spikes Following Iraqi Elections

May 17, 2018 at 10:59 | Matt Smith

Iraq’s election on May 12 has upended the political landscape in the country. The incumbent Prime Minister, Haidar Al Abadi, lost the election as voters favored Iraqi nationalist Moqtada al-Sadr,…

Could This Be The Next Proxy War In The Middle East?

Could This Be The Next Proxy War In The Middle East?

May 15, 2018 at 13:53 | Tsvetana Paraskova

As if heightened tensions in Syria and Yemen and increased divisions in the U.S-Iran and Iran-Israel relations were not enough, a surprise—albeit still preliminary—election result in OPEC’s second-largest producer Iraq…

Houthi Rebels Fire Missile At Aramco Facility

Houthi Rebels Fire Missile At Aramco Facility

May 14, 2018 at 13:41 | Julianne Geiger

Armed Yemeni Houthis launched yet another ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company, Saudi Aramco on Monday, according to Houthi TV station al-Masirah tv. No damage has yet…

Saudi Arabia's Needs Have Become Iran's Problems

Saudi Arabia's Needs Have Become Iran's Problems

May 08, 2018 at 11:01 | ZeroHedge

While Israel has been the barking dog pushing hostilities against Iran, it is the Saudis that are truly most threatened by Iran’s return to the global economy. They are as…

Banking Giants To Choose Sides In Saudi-Qatar Rift

Banking Giants To Choose Sides In Saudi-Qatar Rift

May 04, 2018 at 16:36 | Safehaven.com

Big international banks were eager to jump in on Qatar’s first bond sale in two years—but their eagerness was throttled by a Gulf feud now making them choose sides wherever…

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