Category Archives: Middle East

Iran: Rouhani’s election

Iran’s Guardian Council confirmed the reelection of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani on 30 May. Elections were held on 10 May, with Rouhani receiving 57% of the vote, beating the conservative Ebrahim Raisi – the ayatollah’s pick – who received 38.5%. … Continue reading

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A quick talk with Joel Wing @ MusingsOnIraq

What are Sunni – Shia relations in the country like today? Relations between the sects in Iraq are complicated as ever. The Sunni community has suffered from deep divisions ever since the 2003 U.S. invasion. The Sunni provincial politicians are … Continue reading

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Elections in Egypt

“We don’t know anything about these candidates so I’m not going to give my vote to someone who doesn’t deserve it”,  19 year old Michael Bassili from Alexandria. Egypt has just completed its first round of parliamentary elections since the … Continue reading

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Peak Oil? A conversation with Dr. Duncan Clarke

This was Dr. Duncan Clarke speaking to me in 2012. At the time, oil prices were around $90 a barrel and Peak Oil was trending. I read a couple of books on the subject and thought the world was coming … Continue reading

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Iran, Israel, and the United States

Throughout the Cold War, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to name but a few, had a common geographic and ideological enemy; the Soviet Union. Iran still remembered the terrible Russian occupation in the north of their country during the … Continue reading

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