Tuesday, April 24, 2018

U.S. Military Should Stay Home: America, Not Iran, Is Biggest Threat To Mideast Stability

The Obama administration’s decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran’s malign intervention throughout the Middle East. These critics denounced Tehran’s imperial...

Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

(Reuters) - Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signaling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim...

Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

Think of it as the American half-century in the Middle East: from August 17, 1953, when a CIA oil coup brought down democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the Shah as Washington’s man in Tehran, to May 1, 2003, when George W. Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln off...

The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

Mixing shrewd diplomacy with defiance of U.N. resolutions, Iran has turned the negotiation on its head. The announced framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has the potential to generate a seminal national debate. Advocates exult over the nuclear constraints it would impose on Iran. Critics question the verifiability...

Arab League agrees on military force to combat Iran

Arab leaders agreed in principle Sunday to create a combined military force capable of battling Islamic militants and groups aligned with Iran, such as the Houthi rebels in Yemen now under attack from Arab-led forces. The fledgling Arab League deal, reached in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, could...

The US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Regional Political Re-alignments

Any probable nuclear deal between the United States of America and Iran is likely to result in giving a new trajectory to their bi-lateral relations; however, it is not the US-Iran relations alone that would enter a new phase of political history. As a matter of fact, this deal...

EU to reimpose sanctions on Iran freight firms

The European Union is set to put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector which has sought an easing of trade restrictions, letters sent from the EU showed. The move, which comes at a critical time in...

Saudi FM: Iran shouldn’t get deals it doesn’t deserve

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday that Iran should not be given “deals it does not deserve,” in reference to the looming nuclear agreement between Tehran and the major powers. Prince al-Faisal made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Impact on Oil and Natural Gas Trends

Most immediately, lifted sanctions on Iran's oil and gas industry could spur tensions with other energy producers, such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In last week's State of the Union Address, President Obama threatened to veto new legislation affecting five issues, four of them in the domestic policy arena...

JNPT to take 60% equity in Chabahar project

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT at Navi Mumbai) would take 60 percent equity in the Indian company to be formed for developing the Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran. Kandla Port Trust (KPT) would hold the remaining equity, Business Standard reported. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is likely to be named Indian...

Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own. A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with...

U.S. cables “wiki-leaked” show Gulf hawkish on Iran

What are the most significant Wikileaks revelations? The U.S. diplomatic cables portray the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain as very hawkish on Iran, even urging the United States to attack their Persian Gulf neighbor to forestall its nuclear program. Such views were never made public. Sheikh...

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