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Franlin D Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud, of Saudi Arabia, on board USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, on 14 February 1945.

Mideast Oil Loses Some of its Power

On his way back from the Yalta conference in February 1945 where US President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Great Britain’s Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union’s Stalin, the American president made an unscheduled stop in Egypt where he met with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdel Aziz ibn Saud aboard the USS Quincy, in the Suez […]

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Abu Dhabi’s New Financial Center Competes With Dubai

The United Arab Emirates already boasts two airlines, two major international airports, three stock markets and two tourism hubs trying to attract wealthy holidaymakers. Now it seems the Arab Gulf country (population 7.9 million) will soon have two offshore financial centers – Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A brief decree issued two months ago – but […]

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Qatar: Rich and Dangerous

Qatar: Rich and Dangerous

The first concern of the Emir of Qatar is the prosperity and security of the tiny kingdom. To achieve that, he knows no limits. Stuck between Iran and Saudi Arabia is Qatar with the third largest natural gas deposit in the world. The gas gives the nearly quarter of a million Qatari citizens the highest […]

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Libya – Doomed from Day One

People often ask me why the West doesn’t attempt a Libya-style intervention in Syria. After all, things are going so well in Libya. Oil production is up. But oil production is merely a mirage, as is security in Libya, which was doomed from the day one PG (post-Gaddafi) because of the way it was “liberated”. […]

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The Other Side of the Sanctions

Iran has been pushed into a corner and is fighting for its life. The safest weapon in its arsenal is an economic strategy; and it is the one point where the United States is vulnerable. There is no doubt about it. Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law by […]

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Iran Hunting for Dragons in the Caspian Sea

Iran announced this week that it’s made its first oil discovery in the Caspian Sea in more than 100 years. The semiofficial Fars News Agency reports the find, in ultradeep waters, may hold the equivalent of 7 percent of the country’s known national reserves. Iran has touted its ability to continue with domestic energy production, […]

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Could War Flare Again Between Iraq and Kuwait?

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 drawn through them to delineate the border, more than eight years after a coalition led by U.S. forces toppled the regime of Iraqi President Saddam […]

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Afghanistan – Newly Discovered Mineralogical Treasure House (Again)

As the U.S.-led Afghan campaign lurches into its second decade, the country’s vast untapped mineralogical resources are again emerging in the Western media, seemingly underpinning the benefits of International Security Assistance Force troops “staying the course” and defeating the insurgency, after which these resources can be tapped, both providing the administration of Afghan President Hamid […]

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Iran’s Dream for a Middle East Gas Pipeline

Nothing gets oilmen more excited than the idea of building pipelines from exotic, hard to reach places to seaports where the product of their endeavors can be shipped to lucrative foreign markets. These reveries have been most pronounced with the opening since 1991 the riches of the Caspian Sea basin. Previously divided between the USSR […]

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