Tug of war emerging over what role Iran (and its oil) should play in new world order

bne IntelIiNews June 27, 2022

France calls for efforts to get Iranian oil back on the market as Tehran re-enters nuclear deal talks, Tehran says it has applied to join BRICS and Israel secretly discusses defence coordination against Iran with Saudi Arabia.

Death of China-to-Russia cargo transit routes means it’s all aboard for Kazakhstan

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty June 25, 2022

Vladimir Putin wants to reorientate Russian trade east and south. To some extent, such a strategy will be complicated by an avoid-Russia-at-all-costs mentality drawing commerce to a ‘Middle Corridor’.

bneGREEN: Iran records one of the hottest days on Earth ever

bne IntelIiNews June 22, 2022

World leaders distracted by multiple crises might like to spare a moment to take note of the city of Abadan’s experience of a brutally hot 52.2°C.

Turkmenistan: Masks off

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin June 15, 2022

Uniting in paranoia with Russia, warming to Iran, and opening for business. This and more in Eurasianet's weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Whisper it, but work on 25-year-old China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project may finally start

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty June 10, 2022

Freight dispatchers desire to avoid sanctioned Russia may have motivated Chinese officials to get a move on.

Nuclear deal dealt possible death blow as Iran yanks UN cameras

Will Conroy in Prague June 9, 2022

Responding to move, IAEA nuclear inspectorate chief says there’s now only a three to four-week window to find a way to reinstate the agreement aimed at ensuring Tehran doesn’t pursue building an atomic bomb.

bneGREEN: BlueSphere Carbon to use blockchain to revolutionise carbon credit trading

Daniel Rad in Cumbria June 8, 2022

BlueSphere Carbon, a recently launched carbon trading platform, intends to raise $10mn to radically change how carbon credits are traded online. It has signed a partnership with Canada’s CarbonRx to develop green projects with First Nation groups.

Iran points finger at Saudi Arabia, Turkey amid sandstorm crisis

bne IntelIiNews June 7, 2022

More than a dozen ‘SDS’ occurrences have shut down big cities across the Gulf region in recent weeks.

bneGREEN: G7 sets decarbonisation goal for 2035

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 2, 2022

The G7 has agreed to “predominantly decarbonise electricity sectors by 2035,” and to end government financing for international coal-fired power generation and speed up the phase-out of unabated coal plants by the same year.

‘Coma option’ back on agenda as efforts to break nuclear deal talks deadlock go nowhere

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2022

Analysts suggest Iran, US might agree to interim arrangement that would see Tehran curb atomic programme and Washington drop oil and banking sanctions.

Crowd shouts down supreme leader’s emissary as death toll from Iran building collapse climbs to 31

bne IntelIiNews May 30, 2022

Protesters reportedly attack platform where state TV set up its camera to cover what was supposed to be a solemn occasion of mourning.

Turkmenistan: Colt of personality

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet bulletin May 30, 2022

Doing business with Russia and Kazakhstan, reopening borders, and honouring the former president’s favourite horse. This and more in Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Iran seizes Greek tankers after grabbing of Iranian ship and reports of Israeli ‘suicide drone’ strike on military facility

bne IntelIiNews May 29, 2022

Tensions between Iran and adversaries are on the rise amid the stalling of efforts to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran may be heartbeat away from first unicorn

bne IntelIiNews May 24, 2022

Ride-hailing app Snapp! said to be near to claiming $1bn valuation.

Iran the winner as Ukraine conflict repercussions divert European trade flows

bne IntelIiNews May 23, 2022

The importance of the International North-South Transportation Corridor, providing Indian Ocean access via the Iranian port of Chabahar, has soared.

At least five dead, more than 100 possibly trapped in collapsed building in Abadan, Iran

bne IntelIiNews May 23, 2022

Search for survivors under way. Security forces watchful for any anti-regime protests

bneGREEN: Fossil fuel closures needed to stand any chance of meeting 1.5°C target

bne IntelliNews May 20, 2022

Ending new oil, gas and coal developments is not enough to reach net zero by 2050, according to new research. Instead, already built fossil fuel projects must be decommissioned early if climate change is to be limited to 1.5°C.

bneGREEN: More proof that climate change threatens lives and causes economic damage

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 20, 2022

Human activity has caused irrevocable damage to the climate, causing hundreds of billions of dollars of economic damage and threatening water and food supplies to millions of people.

UN special rapporteur issues damning indictment on human cost of sanctions in Iran

bne IntelIiNews May 19, 2022

12-day fact-finding tour finds nation left exposed to “scarcity of resources to guarantee the basic needs of those most in need”.

Iran, Tajikistan unveil military drone factory in Dushanbe

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

Allies step up defence cooperation as security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates. Iranians have rapidly become a big regional drone power.