Iran’s Regional Electricity Hub Plan

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Despite its huge oil and gas reserves, Iran has been unable to play an important role in regional and international energy market. The limitations placed on its industry, the high growth of annual domestic consumption, and… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

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by David Bacon As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest… Continue Reading  

Islamist Hardliners Are Threatening Iran’s Very Survival

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Since last year, Iran’s economy has seriously deteriorated as speculators have rushed to exchange national currency for dollars while others, fearing more troubles to come, have been moving their capital out of the country. Close… Continue Reading