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Strait of Hormuz

It's Saudi Arabia, Stupid!

Haggai Carmon | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

With the winds of Israel-Iran war looming, albeit thus far primarily in the media, many observers speculate whether Israel will launch an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.

Iran: War Drums Beating

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.08.2012 | World
Michael S. Lofgren

The idea of an Islamic bomb exerts a peculiar fascination on American political culture and shines a searchlight on the gross dysfunctionality of American politics.


Michael T. Klare | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael T. Klare

Oil, the prestige of global dominance, Iran's urge to be a regional power, and domestic political factors are all converging in a combustible mix to make the Strait of Hormuz the most dangerous place on the planet.

U.N. Begins Iran Nuclear Inspection

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister expressed optimism Sunday that a visit by U.N. inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities would produce an u...

Pentagon Wants Commando 'Mothership' In Middle East

The Washington Post | Posted 01.27.2012 | World

The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali p...

Iran, the West, and the Lessons of the Great War

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

History reveals several pathways to war; but, as the tension between the West and Iran revs up, two seem particularly relevant because of the lessons they offer for those seeking to contain the crisis.

King Abdullah, Why Isn't the OPEC Cabal Responding?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Your Highness, just in case you have not been doing Your sums consider the following: where natural gas and crude oil were traditionally priced in tandem almost step by step, with the vast new supplies of natural gas here, that relationship has now changed dramatically.

Can Sanctions Bring Iran to the Table?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The sanctions take place in a climate of increasing tension and concern over U.S. military action, an option the Obama administration said remains on the table. The administration hopes the sanctions will cause enough economic pain to force Tehran to engage in diplomacy.

UK Steps Up Criticism Of Iran

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 03.25.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Military power near the strategic Strait of Hormuz could be bolstered by additional British forces, the country's defense secreta...

Ending the Conflict With Iran So Everyone Wins

Scott Baker | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Scott Baker

Why are President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton seemingly so bereft of ideas on how to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions? I'm not going to was...

Iranian Lawmakers Step Up Threats To Close Strait Of Hormuz

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 03.24.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Senior Iranian lawmakers have stepped up threats that Islamic Republic warships could block the Persian Gulf's oil tanker traffic...

U.S. Navy Rescues Iranian Fishermen, Again

Posted 01.19.2012 | World

For the third time this month, the U.S. Navy has come to the aid of Iranian fishermen. On Wednesday, the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey came th...

Obama Reportedly Sends Secret Letter To Iran, Proposes Talks

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.19.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian lawmaker claimed Wednesday that President Barack Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Isl...

The Navy's Surprise Weapon Against Iran

Posted 01.21.2012 | World

With fears that Iran may attempt to block the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy may call upon the underwater mine-detecting capabilities of dolphins to ...

Not Another War, Please!

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Though the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980 ended unsatisfactorily from the point of view of U.S. honor, a great power needs to get beyond residual rancors.

Closure of Hormuz Strait: An Actual Threat or Diplomacy?

Sara Vakhshouri | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Sara Vakhshouri

Since there is no ongoing dialogue between the US and Iran, the threat to close the Straight of Hormuz should be seen as an act of subtle diplomacy in the absence of ambassadors and embassies.

U.S. Warns Top Iran Leader Not To Shut Strait Of Hormuz

The New York Times | Posted 01.13.2012 | World

The Obama administration is relying on a secret channel of communication to warn Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that closing the Str...

Fidel Castro and Ahmadinejad Need Each Other

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The last time Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stepped on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro's illness had been announced a few weeks prior, generating tons of speculation.

Danger Waters

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Michael T. Klare

Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy "chokepoint" could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices, and putting the global economy at risk.

Gunfight in the Strait of Hormuz: Who Will Be Left Standing?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 03.09.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Will Iran act on its warnings and block international waters preventing commercial oil shipments? Will the U.S. move and strike Iran? Who will blink first?

Fool Me, I Don't Know, Six or Seven Times. Shall We Try for a Dozen?

Carl Pope | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

It's pathetic that we find ourselves here, almost fifty years after the first oil embargo, still utterly dependent on a single hydrocarbon molecule from a tiny, unstable, and largely hostile corner of the world, to conduct the very basics of our civilization.

Iran Plans New Maneuvers In Key Oil Passage

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2012 | World

(Adds quotes, changes attribution) TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iran announced plans on Friday to hold new naval exercises in the Strait ...

UK Warns Iran Not To Close Key Oil Passage

AP | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

LONDON -- Britain's defense secretary warned Iran Thursday that any attempt to block the key global oil passageway the Strait of Hormuz would be illeg...

Iran Tests Cruise Missile

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.03.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile Monday in a drill its navy chief said proved Tehran was in complete control o...

Iran Delays Testing Long-Range Missiles, Ready For Nuclear Talks

Reuters | Posted 02.29.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Iran test-fired long range missiles on Saturday during a naval exercise in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency rep...