The Israeli government is accusing Iran of environmental terrorism over the historic oil disaster unfolding along its Mediterranean coast line. At this point, nearly 100 tons of tar and contaminated material have been scraped off the country’s shores since cleanup efforts began on the 21st of February. In the ensuing investigation the original culprit has since been identified by authorities as a pirate-owned Libyan oil tanker carrying stolen cargo from Iran to Syria.
A massive oil spill off the coast of Israel is being called the worst ecological disasters in the Mediterranean country’s history. The cause and full extent of the damage is still unknown, but Israeli authorities are investigating. Several tankers are under suspicion.
China, sensing America’s internal political difficulties amidst social justice protests and a poor COVID-19 response, is taking off the gloves: Beijing is said to be in the final stages of approving a $400 billion economic and security deal with Tehran. In addition to massive infrastructure investments, the agreement envisions closer cooperation on defense and intelligence sharing, and is rumored to include discounts for Iranian oil. If finalized, the PRC would gain massive influence in this geopolitically critical region, and simultaneously throw a lifeline to the embattled Mullah Regime.
Trend News Agency
January 27, 2016
By Aygun Badalova
The Trans Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), being realized within the Southern Gas Corridor project, aimed at the the transportation of the Caspian gas to Europe, provide a better alternative than Russia’s Turkish Stream project, Ariel Cohen, Nonresident Senior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center believes.
The National Interest
December 3, 2015
By Ariel Cohen
De-escalation is crucial in order to restore focus on the Syrian war itself.As the world’s leaders gathered for the COP 21 climate change summit in Paris, a more immediate and grave threat should have preoccupied their attention. Two regional powers, Russia and Turkey, have come to blows for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
November 18, 2015
By Dr. Ariel Cohen
In Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center Ariel Cohen addresses the urgent need for a European policy on Black Sea energy following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Putin's government tries to establish a security belt stretching from Iraq to the Mediterranean, expert tells the "Post.The US is facing a "Cold War 2.0" against Russia in places such as Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Syria as President Vladimir Putin’s government tries to establish an external security belt stretching from Iraq to the Mediterranean.
November 3, 2015
By Ariel Ben Solomon
As the maelstrom of mayhem in the Middle East – from Benghazi to Baghdad and from Tripoli to Tikrit – expands, Turkey, a pillar of U.S. Middle East policy, is facing tough tests from without and within. Sunni-Shi’a strife combined with the rise of ISIS is erasing the post-World War I borders in the Levant, driving a flow of millions of refugees into Europe.
October 30, 2015
By Ariel Cohen
Georgia Today, like many of our Readers, was interested in the groundbreaking announcement by a US independent oil and gas exploration and production company Frontera Resources over discovery of an estimated 3.8 trillion cubic meters of gas in the Georgian region of Kakheti early this month.To give a qualified analysis around the topic, Georgia Today exclusively interviewed Dr. Ariel Cohen.
October 29, 2015
By Zviad Adzinbaia
Moscow on the “Challenges and Prospects of Oil and Gas Industry in Russia and Worldwide.”The global energy landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, reshaping long-held expectations for our energy future. The presentation will offer a global energy outlook with the emphasis on Russian oil and gas production. Dr. Cohen will provide insight into recent events in the oil and gas industries around the world.
Next week at the quiet Swiss lakeside resort of Glion, officials from the UN, Russia, US and the UK will gather, ostensibly to prepare for December’s Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in Helsinki.The December meeting was originally slated for 2010. The purpose: to assemble the permanent members of the UN Security Council—aka, the world’s nuclear club—to work out a plan for making the Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
By Ariel Coheni
October 17, 2013