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    U.S. Should Export Natural Gas

    A long-awaited report on natural gas exports was finally released by the Department of Energy (DOE) last week. Unsurprisingly, it concluded that exporting natural gas would bring a net economic benefit to the U.S. economy, with most benefits being realized as economies of scale in gas production increase. With the … More

    Legalize Crude Oil Exports

    An energy renaissance is underway in the United States. According to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), America’s decades-long dependence on foreign oil may soon be over. By the mid-2020s, the United States is set to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Even more … More

    The Next StuxNet?

    The Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs has released a report on a new, sophisticated malware variety called FLAME. It has been found on various targets in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The purpose appears to be mass harvesting of sensitive data. Kaspersky claims that the malware … More

    Morning Bell: Is America Prepared for a Saudi Oil Crisis?

    Think fueling up your car at $4 a gallon is rough? How would you feel about paying more than $6.50? Add on top of that massive job losses and a drastic drop in U.S. economic productivity, and you’ll get the picture of what life in America would be like if … More

    Schumer, Who Opposed Keystone XL, Calls for More Saudi Oil Production

    Responding to record-high gas prices and a potential for further disruptions in supply, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday requested that the State Department pressure Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production. The senator’s concerns are twofold: “Schumer called on the State Department to press the Saudis to publicly commit … More

    The Latin American Gang of Five—and Iran

    When the U.N. General Assembly voted on resolution A/RES/66/12 in late November, it passed easily with 106 votes. What was unusual about the otherwise routine vote was that several notable countries voted against it. The resolution, which was introduced by Saudi Arabia and co-sponsored by more than 50 nations including … More

    United States Thwarts Iranian Terrorist Plot

    U.S. authorities announced today that they disrupted an Iranian plan to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States,” making it the forty-second thwarted terrorist attack against the homeland. The federal government has filed criminal charges against two Iranians with conspiracy to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington and … More

    Dare to Drive: A Saudi Woman Remains Imprisoned For Defying Moral Law

    Empowering and educating women in oppressive regimes around the world is one of the best ways to elevate freedom and democracy in those areas. The spark of a freedom movement has caught fire in one of the worst places for women in the world: Saudi Arabia. Manal Al-Sharif is the … More

    The Middle East-and U.S. Policy-in Growing Disarray

    Troops loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi’s regime continued their advance toward the rebel stronghold of Benghazi yesterday, as the Obama Administration scrambled to mount a response at the U.N. Security Council, where it now apparently favors a more muscular approach to the crisis. Today the Obama Administration is reportedly … More

    Saudi “Day of Rage” Is Subdued Affair

    The March 11 “Day of Rage” demonstrations called for by political opponents of the Saudi monarchy did not materialize as anticipated. Turnout for the protests was sparse in the face of warnings from Saudi officials that laws prohibiting public demonstrations would be strictly enforced. On the day of the protest, … More