This week’s attack on Saudi oil facilities appears to be the latest effort by Iran to escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf to push back on the US ‘maximum pressure’ sanctions campaign.
Iran's goal is to sow discord and inflict pain on energy markets, while avoiding crossing a threshold that prompts retaliation from the US. This is a fine line to walk at the best of times.
Social housing providers can help people get into work, with tailored, long-term support.
Sanctions are making life increasingly difficult for ordinary Iranians, such as those in Isfahan.
Growing fears of a US conflict with Iran show why the kind of unilateral sanctions the Trump administration imposed last year don't work.
US President Donald Trump’s language has only inflamed the tense situation.
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A tense standoff in the world’s most volatile region is not only dangerous, it could have been avoided by the US adhering to an agreement that was far from perfect, but better than the alternative.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime has yet to show it differs from that of Robert Mugabe.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
Louisiana’s refineries require the kind of oil Venezuela produces to operate properly.
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It will be hard and complicated to replace Venezuela's heavy sour crude.
A sculpture of an oil pump held by a human hand stands outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
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Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?
An anti-government protester covers her face with a Venezuelan flag, and uses toothpaste around her eyes to help lessen the effect of tear gas, during clashes with security forces after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Canada has been considered a human rights champion when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees. So why is it doing next to nothing for those fleeing Venezuela?
South Africa’s President Cyril Rampahosa, right, must get tough on his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.
South Africa needs to make life as uncomfortable as possible for members of Zimbabwe's government.
As the US excludes nations from the established system, China is offering them an alternative. And America will pay the price.
Some 5,000 Venezuelans flee the country’s violence, tyranny and hunger every day, creating an historic migration crisis that rivals Syria’s.
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Trump has called Venezuela a 'human tragedy' and threatened invasion while quietly deporting and denying asylum to Venezuelan refugees. His anti-socialist rhetoric may make for good midterm politics.
Internal strikes throughout the country might harm the economy at least as much as the announced sanctions (Tehran, 2017).
As Iran struggles under another round of international sanctions, a widening social gap is putting President Hassan Rouhani's government under pressure.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
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Qatar's decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
Sometimes you have to look back to move forward.
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US sanctions announced earlier this month may have triggered the plunge in the lira, but the government has been mismanaging Turkey's economy for years, creating severe vulnerabilities.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
China is Australia’s largest trading partner.
Eighty years ago, we were just as scared of the Japanese buying our assets as we are of the Chinese today. So what does this say about the future of Australia in the Asia-Pacific region?
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team meeting international investors and business leaders in London.
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South Africa's relations with the US could sour under President Trump.
It largely depends on whether Europe will decide to ignore (and pay the price for) US sanctions.
Queensland Alumina is a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Rusal.
Many contracts have been ended in cases of war or changes in the law. But government action making a contract more expensive does not mean it will be terminated.
The US has charged and sanctioned nine Iranians and an Iranian company for cyber attacks.
The international community should set bright line rules on appropriate responses to cyber attacks before an expansive reading of the “self-defense” clause triggers war.