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- Reuters

Iran Bases Budget on Oil Around $81.50 Per Barrel

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is basing the oil price for its 2011/12 budget at around $81.50 per barrel and expects the price of oil to pick up again during the start of the summer season, Iran's OPEC governor told Reuters on Sunday. "We are basing the oil

- Platts

Petrochemical Contracts to Be Offered in Iran’s Oil Bourse

Iran plans to launch new petrochemical contracts on the Iranian Oil Bourse on Kish Island and is trying to promote existing and planned contracts, market sources said on Tuesday (10 May 2011).A forum to explain the contracts and the procedures for

- Kipp Report

Iran Earns $5m in Gasoline Exports, Says Agency

Iran exported a batch of domestically-produced gasoline in April to make good on its pledge of becoming a gasoline exporter, the semi-official Mehr new agency quoted an official saying on Sunday. "In Farvardin (the Iranian month that ends on April 20) 6

The CIA Interrogation Tapes: Remember when this was a real war?

About-Face: Critics warm to the surge.

To many critics, President Bush’s new way forward in Iraq had failed before it even began. The new strategy, which shifted toward an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign coupled with a surge in troop levels, was officially announced on January 10, 2007. Even before this announcement,...

Windmill Plan Offers Slim Energy Pickens

In recent weeks, America’s airwaves have been deluged by messages placed by Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, warning that the country is being taken for $700 billion for foreign oil this year, with still more to follow, a devastating loss amounting to “the largest transfer of wealth in...

Symposium: Energy Independence and the Terror War

What is the best way for us to achieve energy independence? What is the urgency for us to do so in terms of our conflict with Islamo-Fascism? To discuss this issue with us today, Frontpage Symposium has assembled a distinguished panel. Our guests are:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

Botswana’s Success Sparkles amid African Gloom

While the world has been watching the pathetic spectacle being played out in Harare, Zimbabwe, as Robert Mugabe clings desperately to the levers of power he has held for nearly three decades (see my report last week), not enough attention has been paid to the truly remarkable transition...

A Hundred Years of War?

A Hundred Years of War? A growing number of Democrats have falsely accused Sen. John McCain of “promising” 100 years of war in Iraq. In fact, McCain’s point was that the presence of American forces promotes stability. That’s been the case in Europe and Asia where Americans have...

America Needs More Biofuel

The Oil -for-U.N.-Jobs Program

Who is Saddam Hussein's biggest business partner?
The United Nations. The same U.N. whose secretary-general, Kofi Annan, stands as one of the chief ditherers over removing Saddam. Here are the ingredients of a conflict of interest.
In connection with the six-year-old Oil -for-Food...

General Blind Spots

Colin Powell is the current darling of the media, for crossing party lines on Meet the Press to endorse Barack Obama for "ability to inspire ...steadiness...intellectual curiosity...depth of knowledge...intellectual vigor...a definitive way of doing business...reaching out all across...

Gitmo Decision: Are We at War or Just Prosecuting Criminals?

Last Thursday's order by a federal judge to release five Algerian detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison reopens the complex debate about the principle of holding prisoners of war during wartime. But, and this may be even more important, it also reopens the debate inside the three branches of...

How to Export an Awakening

The United States needs a new military strategy in Afghanistan. In 2008, NATO casualties rose to an all-time annual high of 294, 155 of them U.S. soldiers. Roadside bombs and kidnappings doubled last year. Underscoring the gravity of the situation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...

Africa’s Terror Threat Real

Over the past months, the narrative of Washington's "new direction" in world affairs blurred the clarity of the confrontation with the terror forces worldwide. Are we at conflict with a global threat?

The administration, insisting on treating the issue locally, claimed otherwise. But during...

The Terrorists Are In Charge

In 2002, one would-be shoe bomber forced millions of travelers to take off their shoes. In 1996, terrorists planned to bring down aircraft on transatlantic flights by smuggling liquid explosives onto plane. They were thwarted but they succeeded in preventing passengers from bringing liquids...

A Poll I’d Like To See

Question:  Would you rather:   a) watch last night's McCain speech?  Or   b) be waterboarded?

Nuclear Terrorism

The Washington Post today, in its lead story, reports that an international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to terrorist-sponsoring regimes also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon. I argued in April that nuclear terrorism had become a real...

- New York Times

Iran, Beacon of Liberty?

On Thursday, the birthday of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we will see whether the democratic opposition movement has been driven underground by the increasingly brutal harassment from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian society has

- National Review Online

Sanctions Are Hurting Iran’s Regime, but Not Enough

Berlin — The Islamic Republic of Iran's economy is in disarray. On Sunday, gas prices surged 400 percent — an increase termed "a great victory for Iran" by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clumsily trying to find a P.R. escape hatch from his regime's


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