Libya’s Fires

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by Wayne White The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) ended on January 2 a fire that raged for days among tanks in Libya’s largest oil export terminal of Es-Sider, but the militia violence fed by the implosion of governance that… Continue Reading  

Graham Fuller’s Five Middle East Predictions for 2015

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Only a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following longer terms predictions about the Middle East for 2015.

Abbas Moves Toward ICC After UN Failure

Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, addresses the Security Council after the vote.

by Mitchell Plitnick The Palestinian Authority (PA) has now moved a step closer to making good on its threat to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and bring charges against Israel. There is little doubt that this was a… Continue Reading  

Lower Oil Prices Will Not Turn Producers into Pushovers

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by Paul R. Pillar The steep drop in the price of oil during the latter half of 2014 has generated much comment about how this development has weakened major oil-producing countries and supposedly made their governments more pliable on issues… Continue Reading  

Iran is no Cuba

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by Hooshang Amirahmadi President Barack Obama’s move towards normalization of relations with Cuba has generated lots of hope and analyses that a similar development may take place with Iran. Jim Lobe, founder of the Lobe Log and Washington Bureau Chief of… Continue Reading