Home Page - Gulf in the Media
HomePoliticsEconomy                               Set Gulfinthemedia.com as home page
Opinions
"Postings of opinions published in the Gulf and international newspapers
 Print  Send This Page
Save Listen to this Article
Maneuverings by the Iranian Regime   

Al Hayat - 23 February, 2012
Author: Randa Takieddine

Iran's decision to halt its oil exports to France and Great Britain is ludicrous. The two countries had stopped their purchases of Iranian oil since the decision by the European Union to impose oil sanctions on Iran. France's Total announced that it stopped purchasing oil from Iran, and Britain did the same thing. Thus, the announcement by Iran is aimed at raising the price of oil on world markets. Iran continues to sell its oil to Asia, despite banking sector sanctions faced by countries that buy oil from the Islamic Republic, because of these sanctions on a number of Iranian banks, and despite the difficulty of securing non-Iranian tankers to transport Iranian oil. All of these complications are prompting Iran to make statements aimed at increasing the price of oil, because it is obliged to give its clients huge price discounts on this oil. The Iranian statements mean that speculators and brokers in international markets are influenced by psychological factors, and speculation in the direction of a price increase. There is no shortfall in the world's petroleum supply. Gulf OPEC countries have increased their production for those who want to buy more oil. These countries, led by Saudi Arabia, are determined to see oil market stability and no shortfalls, wherever they might be. Oil markets are supplied with sufficient quantities, and there is no reason to fear a shortfall. All of Iran's moves, from sending warships to Syrian shores and threatening the world, and deterring any chance of military intervention to topple the Syrian regime, are all part of Iran's maneuvers to raise the price of oil. The Iranian threat to ignite war in the region affects prices, just as geopolitical tension in the Middle East does.

Moreover, there are also elections coming in Iran and the regime needs to flex its muscles and show itself to the public as a strong regime that can be threatened by no one. The Iranian Republic also wants to defend the Syrian regime, which no one wants to topple militarily. The Iranian regime realizes that the collapse of the Syrian regime means it will lose its "arm" in the Middle East, from Lebanon to Iraq and Palestine. This threatens Iran's ability to maneuver with the west over its nuclear program and its aggressive policies in the region. Iran is the second biggest exporter in OPEC, with around 3.8 million barrels a day, but its productive capacity is declining because of sanctions and a scarcity of the required equipment for field maintenance. Its oil revenues are dropping and it is selling oil in non-international currencies, such as the Indian Rupee. India bought oil from Iran and paid for it in Indian currency, which makes things more difficult for Iran. Certainly, supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran are unaware of the degree of the economic situation's deterioration in their rich country, whose resources are squandered by the regime. They are happy when they hear their president challenge the world and send warships to protect a regime in Syria, which is on the edge of the abyss. Meanwhile, Iran develops its atomic bomb, to become a nuclear power. The majority of Iranians, who are oppressed and silent until further notice, are aware of the fragility of the regime's claims that it is a great power. Iran suffers from poor socio-economic conditions, and despite this, the regime continues to send money to Syria and Hezbollah, although the figures have dropped due to declining revenues. All of this provokes the anger of many Iranians; a popular uprising was put down after presidential elections, but it might erupt once again. The regime is keen to divert the attention of the public with its worthless maneuvers, such as its declaration to stop exporting oil to France and Britain.
 
A Meaningless Distinction
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-29
Author : Diana Mukkaled
The Lebanese army has insisted on limiting its comments on reports about the decision by one of its soldiers to leave his post and join the Al-Nusra Front. It said...
A Mosul without Christians
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-29
Author : Suleiman Gouda
It is hard to find the words to describe the recent events in Mosul, in northern Iraq, and I can only turn to the words of Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general...
A prayer for peace
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Abd Al-Rahman Alyan
Ramadan is a time of worship and a time to feel the pain of those who are unfortunate; those who cannot eat or drink when their body needs it; those...
Iran knows better than to jeopardize the nuke talks
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Camelia Entekhabi-Fard
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, holds one of the heaviest duties in the Islamic Republic – the leading of negotiations over its nuclear program. In the past year, since he...
Learning the Lessons of the Past
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Fayez Sara
The General Secretariat of the Syrian National Coalition decided to dismiss the interim government of the Syrian opposition led by Ahmad Tu’mah by a two-thirds majority in its last meeting....
Maybe…!
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Hussein Shobokshi
Again we write about Israel attacking and killing innocent civilians, again we write how Israel continues destroying homes using its enormous military might against innocent women and children....
Thank Allah for every blessing
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Harun Yahya
Every person is in need of Allah at every instant of life. From the air one breathes to the food he eats, from the ability to use one’s hands to...
A democratic imam
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-07-28
Author : Raja Al-Otaibi
It may be the first such incident in our country. A mosque imam in east Riyadh asked worshippers to decide the time of the Tahajjud (predawn voluntary prayers) by voting...
Humanitarian breakthrough in Syria?
Source : The Peninsula  
Date : 2014-07-27
Author : Madeleine Albright & David Miliband
The Middle East suffers a new trauma every week. Iraq is disintegrating, as the Syrian conflict crashes across its borders. Gaza is in flames, as long-term neglect takes its toll....
Kerry's political dilemma
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-27
Author : Samir Atallah
There can be no doubts about the intentions of US Secretary of State John Kerry. From his actions as head of the US State Department, it is clear that he...
ISIS and the world
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2014-07-27
Author : Muna Al-Fuzai
ISIS militants have formally declared an "Islamic State" with a new caliphate in Syria and Iraq demanding that all Muslims "pledge allegiance" its leader. Few weeks ago, I wrote about...
The Arab world has lost its soul
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2014-07-27
Author : Khaled Al Maeena
For those Arabs born in the early fifties no decade in their history passed off without any major event. The 1956 invasion of Suez by Israel, Britain and France referred...
Israel should accept Hamas’ demands
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2014-07-27
Author : Rasheed Abou-Alsamh
It is amazing that more than three weeks after the start of this Israeli aggression on Gaza, no one is discussing the proposal of the Palestinian group to put an...
Does Iran genuinely support Hamas and the Palestinians?
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2014-07-25
Author : Majid Rafizadeh
Recently, Iranian President Hassan Rowani rhetorically projected Iran's leadership by calling Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and stating that the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, and...
From Gaza to Mosul, the Killing Continues
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2014-07-25
Author : Bakir Oweida
Nothing justifies the tanks of the Israeli "Defense" Force shelling thirty Palestinian families, none of whom had any chance of taking shelter or running away....
Total 200 Results in 14 Pages
1 
For more news, views and reports about this topic, please subscribe
to GRC website: www.grc.net
Wed Jul 30, 2014| 02-شوال-1435هـ
Eid call: Help crisis-hit fellow Muslims
GCC equities shed $21b in Q2
Baghdad police find 15 dead in bloody start to Eid
Eid Al Fitr spikes Dubai's hotel occupancy
Assad troops suffer high toll
Mobily signs LTE-4G roaming deal with Batelco 
Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace as violence rises
UNSC warns member states not to deal with illicit oil trade from Syria, Iraq
France says ready to facilitate asylum for Iraq's Christians
Qatar real estate price surge may not dampen growth, says Samba
His Highness Crown Prince exchanges Eid greetings with Bahraini peer
Tadawul opening may dampen IPOs
Eid brings together diverse cultures, nationalities
Kuwait Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Brussels: Reports
UN takes aim at Islamist oil grab in Syria, Iraq
5,950 illegals arrested in EP during Ramadan
    Newspaper Editorials
America's immigrant task
Iraq still dithers
More>>  
    Opinions
A Meaningless Distinction
A Mosul without Christians
More>>  
    GCC Press Agencies
Day's main stories from the GCC Press Agencies
    Reports
Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy
Iraq's Jihadi Jack-in-the-Box
More>>  
    Bank Reports
GCC Markets Performance – May 2014
Saudi Arabia: Baseline Macroeconomic Forecast 2014-16
More>>  
    GRC Analysis
Saudi-Vietnam Relations
Saudi-Philippines Relations
Enhancing Saudi-Japan Relations
    GRC Commentary
On Relations between Rulers and Citizens: The Need for a New Social/Political Contract in the GCC States
Key Issue Facing the Saudi Ruling House.
    GRC Book Review
Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East
India, GCC and the Global Energy Regime: Exploring Interdependence and Outlook for Collaboration.
    GRC Press Release
Gulf Research Center press releases to the media
    GRC Publications
The Middle East and North Africa: Change and Upheaval 2014
The Legal Framework of the Sponsorship Systems of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: A Comparative Examination
In Search of Stability: Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring
    GRC Newsletters/Bulletins

Enter your email to get the Newsletter
Go
      
Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | About Us |
Weather | Qibla Directions | Hijri Date Conversion Tool
Full Page :total time:0  |   15-- 15 Middle Page :0  --   | Right : 15 - 15--en--sess-enreq-en-coming