Turkey exempts pharma, meat and milk industries from gas cuts but country's energy crisis snowballing

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 24, 2022

Rolling power restrictions applied to factories. Situation worse than what was seen during Turkish balance of payments crisis at end of 1970s.

Iran-backed Houthis claim drone strike on UAE same day Tehran diplomats return to Saudi Arabia

bne IntelIiNews January 17, 2022

Three dead in attack near Abu Dhabi airport. Escalation of Yemen conflict could derail efforts to defuse Middle East tensions.

Website of Iranian leader showcases animation of robot calling in drone strike to assassinate Trump

bne IntelIiNews January 14, 2022

Revenge video submitted in contest to mark two-year anniversary of US killing of Iran’s then second most powerful official and most influential general, Qasem Soleimani.

Tensions as US imposes more sanctions on Iran ahead of next Vienna nuclear talks

bne IntelIiNews December 8, 2021

Problem with US wish to resurrect JCPOA is even if sanctions against Tehran were lifted, it is unlikely many foreign investors would return to Iran as they will fear that the next American president will reimpose the measures.

COMMENT: The West must cut a deal with the Taliban to prevent mass starvation in Afghanistan

Louise Grogan for The Conversation December 7, 2021

The lack of food security in Afghanistan may soon become a threat to the stability of many other countries.

Iran nuclear talks might be heading towards “coma option”

bne IntelIiNews December 6, 2021

Analyst says it might suit all sides to agree outcome in which JCPOA “would all but die”, with the parties to then pretend it was still alive to avoid crisis its official death would spur.

Impasse could collapse nuclear deal talks next week

bne IntelIiNews December 3, 2021

Europe claims Iran has walked back diplomatic progress. US says Tehran has no “constructive proposals”. Iran insists its demands are in line with the 2015 agreement.

Iranians cheered by collapse of lira flood over Turkish border for Black Friday shopping

Daniel Rad in Dublin November 25, 2021

With Iran’s rial typically suffering only bad news given US sanctions, day-trippers didn’t need telling twice to make journey to bag some bargains.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Russia strikes deal on Iran's multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field as ‘final act securing control over European energy market’

bne IntelIiNews November 16, 2021

Tehran said to be expecting geopolitical payoff by giving up control of field that makes Iran holder of world’s biggest gas reserves.

bneGREEN: Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance aims to end oil and gas production

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 11, 2021

The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) is calling for an immediate end to new licensing rounds for oil and gas exploration, and has signed up 11 governments to a promise to end oil and gas production by 2050.

Norwegian Refugee Council calls on world to help Iran deal with hundreds of thousands of fled Afghans

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2021

Ahead of harsh winter, 4,000 to 5,000 people from Afghanistan are crossing Iranian border daily says humanitarian NGO.

bneGREEN: World finally commits to $100bn of climate finance for global south

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 4, 2021

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said at COP26 that the world’s rich nations would make good on their promise of $100bn per year of climate financing for poor countries by 2023.

Nuclear deal talks restart date announced on same day Iran accuses US of interdicting Iranian oil tanker

bne IntelIiNews November 3, 2021

Negotiations to resume in Vienna on November 29. Americans deny interfering with vessel.

Event | Russia looks to Taliban to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan

Eurasianet October 28, 2021

Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.

Tajikistan approves Chinese plan to construct security base near Afghan border

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 28, 2021

Dushanbe reportedly has also offered to transfer full control of existing, unacknowledged, base to Beijing. Chinese worried Afghanistan situation could benefit separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement.

bneGREEN: UN warns that net-zero pledges are insufficient and not urgent enough

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh October 27, 2021

A majority of G20 net-zero pledges made so far are not strong enough and are not backed up by meaningful and effective promises of action.