Iranian official: Joining oil output freeze would be ‘illogical’

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A senior Iranian official is reported as saying it would be “illogical” for Tehran to join a proposed oil output freeze. Iranian newspaper Shargh quoted Iran’s OPEC envoy Mehdi Asali as saying Tehran would continue to increase oil production until it reaches presanction levels. The comments […]

Unprecedented U.S. Mideast strategy is ad hoc, disregards existing frameworks

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer examination of U.S. policies, now almost entirely dictated by the Obama White House, shows no cohesive national […]

Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf have expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Iran, condemning what they described as Iranian interference in Riyadh’s internal affairs. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and warned that the kingdom was considering […]

Women causing trouble in Kuwait by frequenting cafes

Special to ABU DHABI — Kuwait has been urged by its Islamist parliament to establish a religious police force. Officials said the Interior Ministry is examining the prospect of forming a force that would enforce Islamic laws in the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom. The officials said the proposed unit has not been approved by […]