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It's the oil, stupid: The coming energy revolution

It's the oil, stupid: The coming energy revolution

By Sol W. Sanders If we can get your attention off Dred Scott II — the Supreme Court decision on health care costs with its byzantine political implications — something perhaps as fundamental for the U.S. and world economies is happening: a second fossil fuel revolution. The Saudis are pumping oil like mad. The world’s […]

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Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

ByBrian M Downing A few months ago, Saudi Arabia lowered oil production and attributed it to excess world supply. Oil experts saw this as odd because Libyan and Syria production were way down and Nigerian production was thought in jeopardy from bombing incidents. Some thought the long awaited “twilight in the desert” might be nigh, […]

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A curious U.S. response to the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist

A curious U.S. response to the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist

By Ed Koch Recognizing that Iran and its leaders are a grave danger to the world, why would anyone be distressed at the killing of an Iranian scientist who was working to create a nuclear bomb? Iran now has ballistic missiles capable of reaching Europe. Long ago, Iran developed the rockets needed to reach Israel, […]

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While U.S. focuses on politics, Iran plays geopolitical chess

While U.S. focuses on politics, Iran plays geopolitical chess

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amidst the swirl of the presidential  primary season in the United States and thus the blurring of the international news focus, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been on a political campaign swing of his own throughout Latin America. But while the Islamic Republic relentlessly pursues the nuclear genie, […]

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How the U.S. helped destabilize the Mideast in 2011

How the U.S. helped destabilize the Mideast in 2011

By Fariborz Saremi Iraq is facing a very uncertain future now that the Americans, worn down by the military (4,500 dead) and financial costs (over $1 trillion) have withdrawn their military forces. The tide of sectarian conflict is rising, driven in part by Iranian ambition and Saudi Arabian fears. The Shiite majority sponsored by the […]

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End game on the Mideast chess board? The Saudi-Iranian Cold War heats up

By Fariborz Saremi The new Middle East Cold War comes complete with its own spy-versus-spy intrigues, disinformation campaign, shadowy proxy war and supercharged state rhetoric and very high stakes. There has long been blood between the Saudis and Iran. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni/Wahabi Muslim Kingdom of ethnic Arabs. Iran is a Shiite Islamic Republic populated […]

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Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

By Fariborz Saremi Iran, which has often employed proxies such as Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Asaib A Haq (League of Righteous) in Iraq to expand its sphere of influence, now finds itself the victim of this form of warfare. Tehran is being forced to fight several low-level insurgencies in its border regions which, Tehran claims, […]

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Saudi women can finally vote, but still can't drive

Saudi women can finally vote, but still can't drive

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, considered a reformer by the standards of his own ultraconservative kingdom, decreed on Sunday that women will for the first time have the right to vote and run in local elections due in 2015. It is a “Saudi Spring” of sorts. For the nation’s women, it is […]

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Saudis replace Israel as top importer of U.S. arms

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has become the leading foreign recipient of U.S. weapons, according to a U.S. report. The Congressional Research Service report said that Saudi Arabia emerged as the leading importer of U.S. military equipment in 2009. In a report, CRS said Riyad replaced Israel as the leading U.S. defense client and received […]

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Rand: U.S. pledges on Iran no longer reassure neighboring states

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Middle East states were not expected to change their policies toward Iran regardless of guarantees by the United States, a report said. The report by the Rand Corp. said U.S. allies in the Middle East were not expected to change their opposition to Teheran’s nuclear weapons program. Rand, in a report for […]