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Oil Major Earnings Disappoint

Jan 31, 2020 at 11:11 | Editorial Dept

Market Movers The biggest thing moving the market this week continues to be the China-originating coronavirus as flight cancellations pick up momentum, cutting down massively on jet fuel demand, while…

China Takes The Lead In This Emerging Energy Frontier

Jan 28, 2020 at 12:00 | Viktor Katona

Several weeks ago, we have looked into a very recent Russian initiative to increase their presence in the southern part of the Gulf of Guinea, encompassing a…

U.S. Deals Major Blow To Iranian Investors

Jan 27, 2020 at 10:47 | Safehaven.com

Washington’s move to ban Iranians from U.S. trade and investment visas has generated plenty of headlines, but the move is largely meaningless and…

The Three Countries Vying For Ultimate Power In The Middle East

Jan 24, 2020 at 17:33 | Yossef Bodansky

Two notable deaths in early January 2020 pushed the greater Middle East to increased tension and instability. There emerges a growing risk, as a result, of a sudden discrete…

The Most Successful Oil Economy That’s Moving Away From Oil

Jan 22, 2020 at 16:12 | Irina Slav

A discussion about oil-dependent economies often calls to mind an image of some anonymous Middle Eastern country almost entirely dependent on its oil exports to generate revenues. But there is…

Turkey’s Unauthorized Gas Drilling Could Have Serious Consequences

Jan 22, 2020 at 12:23 | ZeroHedge

The European Union is eyeing long promised punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal military incursion into northern Syria, as well as its unauthorized natural gas drilling off Cyprus' coast. …

Civil Unrest Threatens Miners Across The Globe

Jan 17, 2020 at 16:03 | MINING.com

Global miners will have to get ready to deal with the increasing threat from civil unrest, following last year’s succession of dramatic — and in several cases unforeseen — social…

The New Energy Superpower In The Middle East

Jan 17, 2020 at 15:55 | Vanand Meliksetian

Russia under President Putin has regained some of the global importance that it lost after the breakup of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Moscow had a significant presence…

Russia’s Government Resigns As Putin Plans Constitutional Changes

Jan 15, 2020 at 12:32 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s government, including Energy Minister Alexander Novak, resigned on Wednesday in an unexpected move after President Vladimir Putin said that he would be looking to make amendments to the…

Could ISIS Take Control Over This Large Iraqi Oil Field?

Jan 14, 2020 at 16:40 | Editorial Dept

As always, it’s the fear of sanctions that provides the leverage Trump seeks in this cat-and-mouse game with Iran. And this time, the leverage is over Iraq, which would like…

Libyan General Haftar Surprises Putin & Erdogan: Rejects Peace Deal

Jan 14, 2020 at 12:01 | ZeroHedge

Head the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Benghazi-based General Khalifa Haftar who is now warring for control of the capital, were actually in the same…

Will Oman Take Sides In The Latest Middle East Crisis?

Jan 10, 2020 at 16:47 | Yale Global

Like many of the lesser-known countries in the Global South, Oman rarely commands the attention of the international community. For the opaque politics of this Arab sultanate, though, the obscurity…

Why Oil Markets Don't Have To Worry About World War 3

Jan 08, 2020 at 17:14 | Editorial Dept

In a series of moves, Trump has successfully distracted public attention from his impeachment. With some targeted strikes on Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria and the intentionally spectacular public assassination…

Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:38 | Simon Watkins

Following the political and popular backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make the Islamic Republic effectively a client state through various multi-layered oil and gas deals, China…

Video: U.S. Embassy Under Attack From Iraqi Militias

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:12 | Julianne Geiger

Reports of new rocket fire surfaced late on Wednesday afternoon, landing in Iraq’s Green Zone, home to the US Embassy and other foreign missions, just hours after US President Donald…

The Real Reason The U.S. Is Interested In Iran

Jan 07, 2020 at 12:58 | Kurt Cobb

The American obsession with Iran is about oil and natural gas. If these two resources had been absent, it is hard to imagine such an intense American focus on the…

Russia Halts Oil Supply To Key European Transit Hub

Jan 03, 2020 at 14:18 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus amid a disagreement over tariffs, according to officials at a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak.The officials told…

The Fear Premium Is Back In Oil

Jan 03, 2020 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Without the fear premium, oil doesn’t have much else to boost it for 2020. And right now, that fear premium has produced a sudden $3 surge in oil prices following…

US Urges All Americans To Leave Iraq After Soleimani Assassination

Jan 03, 2020 at 10:02 | Julianne Geiger

The US embassy in Baghdad has urged all US citizens to leave Iraq immediately, after the US killed Iranian military general and hardliner Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander…

Iran Likely To Struggle More In 2020

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Iran had a rough year in 2019 and the New Year is quite likely to bring just as many difficulties to the door of the Islamic republic.Iran came…

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