Oil & Gas Industry in Iran

Most oil-rich Third World economies have had difficulty in evolving into true economically liberal s

Interview with ITV television

A former Durham University professor has alleged that a research project was used by America to gath

 
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Oil & Gas Industry in Iran

August 26, 2014 in Journals / Articles

Most oil-rich Third World economies have had difficulty in evolving into true economically liberal societies. By owning or con-trolling twenties generated by oil, the state is able to dominate society snaking all classes and groups economically dependent on their ‘Black Gold’. Oil tends to centralize state power in the Middle East, as this commodity contributes 90% to 93% of their total foreign exchange revenue. However with the world rapidly mating new circumstances, this trend is poised for change. With the political developments within the Middle East in the recent past, it is not hard to accept the notion that by 2013 the entire Middle East region is posed to become a ‘Free Trade Zone’ (CNN, June 3, 2003). Read the rest of this entry →

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Interview with ITV television

October 3, 2013 in Media

A former Durham University professor has alleged that a research project was used by America to gather intelligence on an enemy country.

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Interview with BBC WORLD NEWS Channel

September 26, 2013 in Media

Interview with BBC WORLD NEWS Channel

September 25, 2013 in Media

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Interview with BBC Radio 5

September 19, 2013 in Media

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Interview with BBC Radio 4

September 19, 2013 in Media

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Academic: ‘I saw jail as a fact-finding mission’

July 26, 2013 in Media

A FORMER North-East academic jailed as a political prisoner in his native Iran has been freed and returned to the UK, The Northern Echo can reveal. Reza Molavi, a former head of Durham University’s Centre for Iranian Studies, has revealed how he had his passport seized on trying to return to the UK in June 2010, was arrested at his Tehran home the next morning and detained at the notorious Evin Prison. Read the rest of this entry →

Oil and Gas Privatisation in Iran

August 26, 2012 in Media

iran is the fourth biggest producer of oil in the world, and its coastline stretches the entire length of the Persian Gulf, one of the world’s most strategic waterways in terms of energy security. The establishment of the Islamic Republic after the 1979 Revolution paved the way for religious clerics to gain ultimate political control in Iran. A period mostly remembered for crackdowns on political dissenters, the only area in which differences of opinion were tolerated was the role of the private and public sectors. Read the rest of this entry →

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Iran judge sentences American to death for spying

February 13, 2012 in Journals / Articles

A former US Marine, who also holds Iranian citizenship, has been sentenced to death by an Iranian judge for spying for the CIA, the Fars news agency reported on Monday.

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WikiLeaks reveals how Durham got US funding for Iran project

February 17, 2011 in Journals / Articles

Durham University received £300,000 from the US State Department for a series of projects that the US hoped would help it gather information on Iran, it has emerged.

A diplomatic cable sent to Washington by the US Embassy in London in 2008, recently released by WikiLeaks, details a string of proposals for which Durham sought funding, as well as providing a commentary on their value to the US. Read the rest of this entry →