Filed under: Islamic State, Qassem Soleimani, Revolutionary Guard | Tags: black sky, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, oil, Peshmerga, poisoned air, Qassem Soleimani, sabotage, scorched earth, Shiite, Tikrit
The army, backed by Shiite militia and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, has yet to reconquer and secure any city held by Islamic State, despite seven months of air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition, as well as weapons supplies and strategic support from neighboring Iran.
Tehran, not Washington, has been the key player in the current offensive, with Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani seen directing operations on the eastern flank, and Iranian-backed militia fighters leading much of the operation.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Afghanistan, afghanistan pakistan, energy, India, India oil imports, Iran, Natural gas, natural gas exports, natural gas imports, Pakistan, TAPI, Trans-Caspian pipeline, transportation, Turkmen gas pipeline, Turkmenistan
Filed under: maps | Tags: aircraft carriers, amphibious warship, crude oil, en route, energy, Iran, middle-east, Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Great Game
Filed under: maps | Tags: Arab Emirates, crude oil, crude pipeline, Emirates, energy, global crude oil, Habshan-Fujairah, Iran, middle-east, oil production, oil transport, peak oil, Persian Gulf, pipeline, Strait of Hormuz, UAE
Will help a little bit with the whole Strait of Hormuz thing.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Banerjee, Clinton, corporatism, fascism, fascist USA, India, India oil imports, Iran, Iran oil exports, Iran sanctions, Iranian oil, Iranian oil exports, Secretary of Fascism, Secretary of State Clinton, USA, Wal-Mart, who buys Iran's oil, who buys Iranian oil
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
In meetings in the capital, New Delhi, Ms. Clinton was expected to push for India to find alternative sources of oil on the international market.
Earlier Monday, she told a town hall meeting in the eastern city of Kolkata that there’s an adequate supply in the market for India to find other suppliers. Ms. Clinton noted India has taken some steps to reduce its imports from Iran but she says the U.S. wants to see more.
“If there weren’t an adequate supply … we would understand, but we believe that there is adequate supply,” she said.
Do they really believe that? Because that is impressively delusional, even for these Champions of Delusion.
Or… Is there really something else going on here? Ah yes — Wal-Mart wants to open in India, and the US is using the threat of sanctions to shoehorn ‘em in.
When asked whether India could get a waiver from the Iran sanctions, Ms. Clinton said it was too early to discuss that possibility.
Ms. Clinton also met Monday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a key partner of India’s ruling coalition who has stymied government efforts to lift restrictions on foreign-owned investments in the country.
Ms. Clinton had a long conversation with Ms. Banerjee about allowing multi-brand retailers, such as Wal-Mart, enter the market, U.S. officials said after the meeting.
Last year, India’s Cabinet had to rescind a decision to open up its market to major foreign retailers after Ms. Banerjee balked at the move, saying it would crush small domestic retailers.
Ah ha. You see how this works.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: China, Chinese oil imports, fuel oil, IHS, Iran, Iran oil exports, Iran oil trade, PetroChina, Poten, Tianbao, Zhuhai Zhenrong
Zhuhai Zhenrong Co., the Chinese company censured by the U.S. in January for trading with Iran, provisionally hired an oil tanker to carry fuel oil from the Persian Gulf nation, shipping data showed.
Tianbao, a unit of state-owned Zhuhai Zhenrong, chartered the Khorfakkan to load 80,000 metric tons on May 15 from the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr, according to three shipbrokers including Poten & Partners Inc. in New York. The Liberia-flagged vessel is under way in the Persian Gulf, transmissions captured by IHS Inc. (IHS) on Bloomberg show.
Fuel oil is a residual product of refining used for power generation and as shipping fuel. […]
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: AIS, China, China oil imports, Daily Star, energy, global oil trade, India, Iran, Iran oil, Iran oil exports, Iran oil production, Iran sanctions
It has long been assumed Iran would sell most of the oil shunned by Europe to China, its long-term strategic and commercial ally. But until now there has been scant proof.
India, however, has been buying oil on Iranian ships on extended credit for several months, industry sources say.