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Analysis on covert ops in Iran

  • “What has raised the world’s suspicions is that Iran continues to produce 20 percent enriched uranium despite the fact that this exceeds its civilian needs and, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged in September, does not make economic sense,” writes Olli Heinonen on ForeignPolicy.com.
  • “Covert action creates the time and space for pressure to build, while reducing the need for military action. Ultimately, covert action should be aimed at bringing enough pressure to bear on Iran’s leaders so that they understand they will never reach their goal of being a nuclear power,” writes Andrew Cummings in the Guardian.
  • “Whatever the moral considerations, there is no doubt that curtailing Iran’s nuclear ambitions is a paramount goal for policy-makers and security services alike, and the covert campaign appears to be the most effective means of delaying the Iranians’ progress,” argues this Daily Telegraph editorial.
  • Experts believe that covert actions that include a campaign of assassinations, bombings, cyber attacks and defections are the modus-operandi used mainly by Israel to weaken the Iranian regime and to halt the country’s attempts to develop nuclear capabilities. “Sabotage and assassination is the way to go, if you can do it,” Patrick Clawson, director of the Iran Security Initiative at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The New York Times in an interview published on Thursday.

Iranian Oil 

Nigeria

  • In a video posted on the internet, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, defended the group’s recent killings of Christians (Reuters) in the north of the country as justifiable revenge.
  • The Nigerian authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Niger state after a crowd of youths went on the rampage, setting fire to buildings and cars.The trouble in the state capital, Minna, came on the third day of nationwide strikes against a government decision to end fuel subsidies.

Syria

Fracing (Fracking… eventually I’ll concede that the popular media has succeeded in morphing the spelling which comes from ‘frac’ which is short for ‘fracturing’)

Macroeconomic News

Keystone Pipeline

Global Climate Change

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