Canada must designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

The IRGC seeks to export the same Islamist creed that it enforces at home

Canada must designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist groupThe United States remains on the verge of making a dangerous concession to Iran. And Canada seems prepared to double down on a policy that echoes it. Washington may soon delist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the paramilitary force responsible for advancing Tehran’s radical Islamist ideology, as a foreign terrorist organization. This capitulation –…

The benefits of mediation over offence-based legal judgments

Studying the history of law in Iran might help point the way to improving legal systems in the West

The benefits of mediation over offence-based legal judgmentsYou might be tempted to think Jairan Gahan’s interest in the legal history of sex in Iran is purely academic. She is most fascinated by the early 20th century, following Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906, when the country was drafting its criminal code. How could that possibly be relevant to life in the modern state, especially…

Trudeau’s double standards on Iranian immigrants

Canadian-Iranians must hold Trudeau accountable for his promises, including finding justice for the PS752 families

Trudeau’s double standards on Iranian immigrantsCanada’s treatment of Iranian immigrants demonstrates the Trudeau government’s double standards on Iran. On the one hand, Ottawa allows Islamic Republic officials to live openly in cities such as Toronto. On the other hand, it deports innocent Iranian residents back to Iran, where they could face imprisonment or even execution. Morteza Talaei, Tehran’s police chief…

Ukraine tension, Iran talks prod oil prices upward

Geopolitics has been behind the surging markets

Ukraine tension, Iran talks prod oil prices upwardOil and politics go hand in hand. They’re virtually inseparable. Recent events once again highlight the energy world’s dynamics. Fundamental factors have played a significant role in getting crude oil prices to the current levels. Yet, none can deny that, to a great extent, geopolitics has been behind the surging markets. Recent events underline this.…

To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752

I feel like I know you, but the bombing of flight PS752 has robbed us of the chance of real friendship

To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752I truly wish I had never met you, not this way. It has been rough. You can’t know this, but the first mental image I have of you is this: your two hands, clenched in fists – out of fear perhaps? Your hands, Elnaz, your wedding ring. You were not there when your husband, Javad,…

Consuming nations are gaining the upper hand in oil markets

Major oil-consuming nations seem to have gained some leverage in a market full of uncertainties

Consuming nations are gaining the upper hand in oil marketsAs 2021 winds down, oil markets face uncertainties. Omicron has begun to change crude demand perceptions. Economies – especially in Europe – are beginning to stutter, and Canada is also under pressure, with increasing restrictions in place. All this will impact crude oil consumption in the months to come. There’s no unanimity among experts on…

Time for Canada to help the victims of the PS752 shootdown

The victims’ families deserve justice, and the people of both Canada and Iran deserve the truth

Time for Canada to help the victims of the PS752 shootdownOn January 8, 2020, the Islamic Republic of Iran shot down Ukrainian flight PS752, causing the death of 176 people, including 138 Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and others with close ties to Canada. While Tehran called the downing a mistake, a recent report from the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims identifies several key…

Energy market cool-down sought on multiple fronts

Is Biden getting ready to cave in to Iran to help rein in oil prices?

Energy market cool-down sought on multiple frontsDiplomatic pressure is mounting as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies in OPEC+ prepare to decide their next crude oil output move. Global leaders are assembling in Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit this week with considerable unease over increasing gasoline prices. The leaders seem intent on discussing ways to rein in the…

With Iranian nuclear deal uncertain, crude oil prices rise

The summer driving season is upon us and Americans are hitting the road in much larger numbers than a year ago

With Iranian nuclear deal uncertain, crude oil prices riseCrude oil markets face an interesting mix of influences. While the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to affect the markets, conflicting signals seem to push oil prices in the opposite direction. Reports confirm that American oil consumption is rushing back much faster from the pandemic slump than initially predicted. The summer driving season is upon us…

Rising demand and prices suggest an oil market resurgence

US$100 oil is a distinct possibility

Rising demand and prices suggest an oil market resurgenceThe world needs more oil. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and American shale oil producers all need to up their output to keep the rising prices of the “super cycle,” as Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman called it, under control. Media reports say Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told the Robin…

Iran pulling geopolitical strings to get its oil to market

Iran orchestrated Houthis attacks on Saudi Arabia to coerce the Saudis to market its oil

Iran pulling geopolitical strings to get its oil to marketAs the result of developments in the Middle East, oil is back as a bargaining chip on the geopolitical chessboard. Once Donald Trump lost the election for a second term as American president, it became increasingly evident that the new administration led by Joe Biden would attempt to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.…

Iran’s likely return to crude oil marketplace causes ripples

Biden seems to have slackened America's tight grip on Iranian crude exports reigniting a market share battle within OPEC

Iran’s likely return to crude oil marketplace causes ripplesIran and the United States are closing in on reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly termed as the Iran nuclear deal. U.S. President Joe Biden is keen to strike a deal before the June presidential elections in Iran, which hardliners are projected by many to win. All this has significant bearing…

Iran returns to the oil market in a big way

An expected new nuclear deal, a pipeline project and an easing of sanctions all contribute to increased production and exports

Iran returns to the oil market in a big wayCrude oil markets are focused on the Iran nuclear deal. A new United States administration under President Joe Biden has pledged to revert to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. The world awaits the next moves, which will set the contours of future Iranian oil output. With…

Saudis sacrifice to broker oil production cuts

Until recently, the nation has insisted it wouldn’t unilaterally cut output until others agreed to contribute. All that has changed

Saudis sacrifice to broker oil production cutsSaudi Arabia is back in its role as the swing crude oil producer of the world. Until recently, the nation has insisted it wouldn’t unilaterally cut output until others, including Russia, agreed to contribute. But all this changed – almost overnight. On Jan. 4, while the ministers from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its…

Remembering the lives lost on Flight PS752

On the anniversary of the tragedy, the University of Alberta remembers the colleagues and friends who were lost

Remembering the lives lost on Flight PS752Russ Greiner’s artificial intelligence lab is made up of 15 or so grad students, post-docs and others who hold cheerful, heartfelt meetings, and why wouldn’t they? It’s a cohesive group made up of more friends than colleagues. And the one person most responsible for that cohesion during the 2019 iteration of the team was master’s…