Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

MTN Dials Up Iran Growth Despite Virus, Sanctions

Via The Iran Project, an article on MTN’s push for Iran growth in face of virus and sanctions: MTN Group Ltd. said its Iranian business is still able to achieve strong sales growth in the short term, even as the unit battles to overcome ongoing U.S. sanctions and the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Africa’s largest […]

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India-Chabahar-Afghanistan TIR Corridor Launched

Via The Financial Tribune, a report on the launch of the Chabahar corridor: Two loaded containers were transported successfully from India’s Mumbai to Iran’s Chabahar, which exited through Dogharoun Border crossing to Afghanistan under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) on Friday. According to Mostafa Ayati, an official with the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs […]

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Demise of the Petrostates?

Via Foreign Policy, commentary on the impact of the oil price crash to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests: The epic collapse in the price of oil, set off by Russia and Saudi Arabia last weekend, has obvious winners and losers. The winners: […]

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Iran: China’s Gas Station for New Trade Route

Via International Policy Digest, a look at Iran’s relationship with China: They see things differently in China. What is referred to in the West as the Middle East is, from a Chinese perspective, the Middle West. What is often referred to in the West as the Persian or Arabian Gulf is always referred to in […]

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Iran’s Largest Clients: China, India, and Russia

Via Silk Road Briefing, an interesting OpEd examining Iran’s relationships with China and Russia: With a Donald Trump ordered assassination of Iran’s most senior General a few days ago, the world was introduced to 2020 with rather more than the traditional balloons and whistles. Just three days into the new decade and a major problem has […]

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Iran Faces Deeper Economic Peril

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, commentary on the precarious state of Iran’s economy: While Iran’s sanction-battered economy has sparked protests across the nation, U.S. officials cite new intelligence suggesting Tehran’s finances are more dire than previously thought and bringing it closer to a financial crisis. Tehran’s sophisticated sanction-evasion efforts have offset some of the losses from plummeting oil exports due […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.