Iran hostile takeover of Lebanon – The not so bright future of “Paris of the middle east”

Lebanon used to be the Paris of the middle east, an oasis for free markets, good investments and relative stability. The leftovers of French influence accompanied by Maroon Christian presence allowed the survival in a not so safe environment.

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Iran’s Assets in Iraq’s Oil and Shipping Industry: State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) and AFAQ, a Private Iraqi Cartel

The State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), Iraq’s national company charged with the exclusive authority to supervise the trade, sale, and export of the country’s oil is central to Iran’s exploitation of the Iraqi economy

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Iran’s Exploitation of the Central Bank of Iraq and Banking Sector

Through powerful Iraqi Shi’a militias, political allies, and a web of business networks, Iran has long utilized the Iraqi banking sector as a main artery for its economic activity in Iraq.

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