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Rania El Gamal and Aziz El Yaakoubi September 16, 2019
A drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco facilities reduced the world’s oil supply by 5 percent, prompted a spike in global oil rises and increased tensions in a volatile part of the world. The United States and Saudi Arabia point fingers at Iran. Iran, already under US sanctions, denies the accusation, and President Hassan Rouhani suggests that the attack is due to the war in Yemen as Yemenis...
Nayla Razzouk and Javier Blas September 15, 2019
A drone strike on a Saudi Aramco in Abqaiq slashed production by half, representing about 5 percent of the world’s oil supply. The company expects to restore production within days, but other analysts suggest months. Saudi Arabia supplies about 10 percent of the world’s crude oil and suppliers will fill the gap with reserves. OPEC tried to slow production in recent years to lift oil prices. The...
Reva Goujon September 13, 2019
After the United States abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – an international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program – and reinstated sanctions, Iran remained defiant, this despite economic hardship accompanyng reduced oil exports and high inflation. The United States expresses a willingness to talk, but Iran refuses without some sanctions relief. “Over the past three...
September 11, 2019
In a quest for votes prior to the September 17 election, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, applying Israeli sovereignty, if he wins reelection. Sections include the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea, making up 30 percent of the West Bank, as well as Jewish-only settlements in the territory, reports Al Jazeera: The report goes on to...
David M. Halbfinger, Ben Hubbard and Ronen Bergman September 2, 2019
Conflicts in the Middle East tend to attract interventions and proxy wars with regional players trying to reduce the influence of rivals. A team of writers for the New York Times reports that a shadow war between Israel and Iran is escalating with Israel pushing back at Iran's expansion in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. “Israel accuses Iran of trying to establish an overland arms-supply...
August 16, 2019
Polarization and fear of criticism erode democracy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu banned two American Democratic congresswomen from visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank soon after US President Donald Trump suggested as much. The ban on the two representatives reveals the extent of Israel’s control over Palestinian territories. Ilhan Omar, once a Somali refugee who was elected to...
July 26, 2019
The Syrian government, Russia and Iran continue to conduct air raids against remaining rebel holdouts in northwest Syria. The United Nations reports more than 100 civilians have been killed during the past 10 days with more than 400,000 people displaced during the past three months alone. Syria’s government claims it responds to ceasefire violations, including fighters balking at withdrawing from...