30/08/2013

24th-30th August

The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $112 a barrel. “We are only one incident away from a serious oil spike. The market is a lot tighter than people think,” said Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review.

Even if proven, the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government does not tip the balance in favor of U.S. military intervention. To think otherwise places undue weight on the weapons Assad’s forces may have used and ignores the many reasons that U.S. intervention is still unwise.

The Arab uprisings have focused much attention on the changes taking place in North Africa and the Levant, and less so on developments taking place in the Arab Gulf. But change appears to be inevitable in this region too. This new book addresses the implications of the Arab revolts for the Gulf States in both geopolitical and domestic terms, as well as their impact on relations between Europe and the region.

Israel has deployed interceptor missile systems in Tel Aviv Friday, while Washington continues to seek an « international coalition » to respond to the alleged attack with chemical weapons of the regime in Damascus, has declared the Israeli military radio. A missile battery was deployed in the morning in the town of Tel Aviv, the radio said.