Nehad Ismail
June 2011

Name: Nehad Ismail - London

I worked for over 15 years in the oil sector. I comment on economic issues in the media and have written many articles about OPEC and oil-related topics.

As Middle East specialist and oil-gas analyst I appear on the media to discuss Oil, Gas, Energy issues particularly in the Middle East Gulf Region.

I worked for 5 years as a political tv program presenter. I got involved in producing, editing and all aspects of communications and the media.

Entries by Nehad Ismail

Putin Colludes With ISIS to Shore Up Assad and All Obama Can Do Is to Prevaricate

(1) Comments | Posted 12 October 2015 | (12:23)

Russian jets and warships have been bombarding targets across Syria for nearly 2 weeks in a campaign which Moscow says is aimed at the Islamic State fighters who control large parts of north and east Syria, as well as swathes of neighbouring Iraq.
But many Russian strikes have taken...

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'Democratic Transitions' - Conversations With World Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2015 | (09:38)

Democratic Transitions-Conversations with World Leaders

Abraham F. Lowenthal
Sergio Bitar

Book Review:

Dethroning dictators is only a first step in a much longer path toward making real change asserts former Tunisian President, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, in his forward to the book.

Political leaders who played key roles in transitions...

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As Egypt Jails Al Jazeera Journalists, the West Still Tolerates El-Sisi

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2015 | (15:49)

An Egyptian judge on Saturday 29th Aug handed down an unexpectedly harsh verdict in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English news channel, sentencing them to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The New York Times described the...

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Why The Latest Syrian Peace Plan Is Doomed

(1) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (11:10)

The New York Times reported 17th August that the Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to Syria, a sign of possible change in the U.N.'s most powerful body which has been deeply divided over how to end the war which...

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Syria: Assad-Iran's Faustian Pact with ISIS

(3) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (10:19)

According to Zvi Bar'el the Israeli analyst writing in Haaretz 3rd June 2015 the "Assad regime forces abandoned the city of Palmyra and allowed ISIS to take it over unopposed, and it appears they may do the same in the southern province of Daraa, leaving ISIS to fight the other...

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The Nuclear Deal Is Good for Iran and Bad for US Allies

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (13:43)

The media reported that a landmark Iran nuclear agreement has been finally reached on Tuesday July 14th after two weeks of intensive political bargaining in Vienna, reported Reuters quoting Iranian diplomats.

The deal is said to allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iran's military sites as part of...

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Al-Sisi Must Not Allow the Execution of Morsi

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (16:09)

On May 16th May an Egyptian Court pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011. The former President was deposed by the military in 2013 during huge street protests against his rule and has been imprisoned ever...

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Don't Trust Miliband With International Strategic Issues

(2) Comments | Posted 4 May 2015 | (10:28)

Ed Miliband is the wrong man to lead the UK in times of international turmoil and tensions.

Opportunism and hypocrisy were on display a fortnight ago when Ed Miliband, the leader of the British Labour Party, suggested that Prime Minister David Cameron is to blame for migrant deaths in the...

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A Fraudulent Peace Process Might Lead to a One-State Solution

(4) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (16:29)

In his speech on 24 June 2002 launching the "Roadmap for Peace" US President George W. Bush called for an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace. Essentially the Roadmap for peace was a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by the Quartet on the...

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King Abdullah's Message to Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Don't Mess with Jordan

(6) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (12:26)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has lost 20 percent of its military capabilities since the start of U.S.-led coalition air strikes in September, General Mansour Al-Jbour, head of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, said in a press conference on Sunday 8th February.
Jordan has carried...

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Who is to Blame for the Plummeting Oil Prices?

(6) Comments | Posted 5 February 2015 | (09:28)

When oil prices skyrocket we blame Saudi Arabia and when the price crashes, we blame Saudi Arabia.
The latest oil shock has seen crude oil prices trading below $50 per barrel as prices plummeted by 60% since last summer.

Royal Dutch Shell has already said it will cut spending...

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The Demise of OPEC Is Not Imminent

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2014 | (12:38)

The recent huge drop in oil prices caused some commentators to predict the imminent collapse of OPEC. Some talked about the humbling of OPEC and others talked about the early demise of OPEC. The Financial Times warned on 10th December:
"The OPEC oil cartel no longer exists in any...

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Saving Islam From Muslim Extremists

(5) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (10:06)

Political Islam gained strength and influence in the 1970s. It did not have viable political and economic policies to tackle the chronic problems of poverty, absence of freedoms and basic human rights. It offered violence, jihad, terrorism and anti-West rhetoric.

Iran Islamic rule brought poverty and misery to the Iranian...

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Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (10:56)

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.

The State Department official spoke after about...

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A Strategy for Degrading and Defeating ISIS Must include the Overthrow of Syria's Assad

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (13:50)

Prime Minister Cameron was right to rule out any co-operation with Assad in the fight against ISIS. He was also right not to seek Parliament's support for possible action in Syria.

In the House of Lords, former Chief of the General Staff Lord Dannatt warned that "attacking ISIL in Iraq...

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Jordan Plays a Key Intelligence Role in the Fight Against ISIS

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (10:03)

Bahrain Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are taking part in air strikes against ISIS in Syria, American officials announced on Tuesday. The new coalition's makeup is significant because the United States was able to recruit Sunni governments to take action against the Sunni militants of the...

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Teaming Up with Assad to Fight ISIS Is a Very Bad Idea

(2) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (08:47)

The beheading of the captured American journalist James Foley has focused attention on the danger posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, not just to those countries, but to the United States. The US is now considering action against ISIS' main bases in Syria, beginning to mobilise a...

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Inside The Arab Revolution - Book Review

(1) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (13:53)

"INSIDE THE ARAB REVOLUTION" by Koert Debeuf from Lannoo Campus Publishers, April 2014, in paperback

Unlike most of us, Koert Debeuf is no desk researcher. He is a courageous and committed political blogger, opinion maker and Middle East expert, who travelled extensively in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and...

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Fracking Does Not Mean the End of Opec - It is Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

(1) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (11:54)

Fracking presents a new challenge for OPEC, as well as opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that, over the next five years, one-third of the new oil production of the world will be developed in the USA. By 2020, the US will be a net exporter of gas. By...

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The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (15:23)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

The sudden collapse of military units defending three key cities - Mosul, Iraq's second largest city; Tikrit, the late Saddam Hussein's hometown; and Kirkuk, the...

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