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The Architects of Al-Qaeda and ISIS

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

A brief summary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and how these historic events were related to terrorism, and more specifically to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State....

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The USA, Russia, China Triangle and the Fall of the Soviet Union

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The second half of the 20th Century was marked by the American-Soviet rivalry. During this period the Americans approached the Chinese, in order to alienate them from the Soviets, while the KGB broke the Soviet Union in order for Russia to approach Western European countries and export the huge Russian oil and natural gas reserves to the big industrial economies of Europe. Today the Europeans are afraid of Russia while the Americans are afraid of China, and the post Cold War geopolitical landscape is changing once more....

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The Geopolitics of Energy & Terrorism, Part 6

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The following chapters are independent essays that were written between July 2015 and February 2016. They appear in random order, and therefore they do not have to be read in the order they appear. The issue in all the essays is the connection between the energy policies of various countries, their foreign policies, and the wars that break out at various parts of the globe, since all three are closely related. I describe many economic interests and many alliances in my essays. But alliances change and so do economic interest. Therefore what is more important for the reader is to have an idea of the global resources i.e. oil and natural gas in my essays, because global resources change at a much lower pace than economic interests and economic alliances. The alliances and conflicts I describe in my essays might not exist in the near future, but if you have an idea of the global resources you will be able to see the alliances and the economic interests that will exist in the future....

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American Politics in the Age of Oil : The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

This essay explains the rise of a socialist politician in the United States, i.e. Bernie Sanders, and how his rise is related the American energy companies....

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The Geopolitics of Energy and Terrorism, Part 2

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The following chapters are independent essays that were written between July 2015 and February 2016. They appear in random order, and therefore they do not have to be read in the order they appear....

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The Geopolitics of Energy & Terrorism, Part 3

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The following chapters are independent essays that were written between July 2015 and February 2016. They appear in random order, and therefore they do not have to be read in the order they appear. The issue in all the essays is the connection between the energy policies of various countries, their foreign policies, and the wars that break out at various parts of the globe, since all three are closely related. I describe many economic interests and many alliances in my essays. But alliances change and so do economic interest. Therefore what is more important for the reader is to have an idea of the global resources i.e. oil and natural gas in my essays, because global resources change at a much lower pace than economic interests and economic alliances. The alliances and conflicts I describe in my essays might not exist in the near future, but if you have an idea of the global resources you will be able to see the alliances and the economic interests that will exist in the future. ...

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The War for the Oil of Libya : 1955-2015

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

Libya is the richest African country in oil reserves and one of the richest in the world. The following seven chapters are independent essays that were written on different dates, and therefore you should not expect some kind of connection between the chapters. On the other hand all chapters deal with same issue, i.e. the Libyan energy industry, her foreign policies, and her wars for oil, and therefore they are somehow connected....

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Iran's Role in the Arab Spring of Libya

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The present booklet examines two incidents of the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring of Oman and the Arab Spring of Libya. However the emphasis is on the Libyan Arab Spring, and the toppling of the Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. Qaddafi was a very strongheaded dictator, and somehow he managed to bring everyone against him during the Arab Spring of Libya. The emphasis of the booklet is on why Iran, a traditional ally of Qaddafi, attacked Qaddafi during the Libyan Arab Spring. ...

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The Geopolitics of Energy & Terrorism, Part 8

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The following chapters are independent essays written in April and May 2016, and they can be read in any order. The wars for the global resources of oil and natural gas are the topic of most essays. To a large extent, the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries were the result of energy rich countries competing to secure their exports, or the result of energy poor countries competing to secure their access to energy resources. Many episodes of the energy wars of the 20th and 21st centuries are described in the following essays. I.A. 26.5.2016 ...

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The Financing of Hollywood's Socialist Propaganda

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

It is a well known fact that Holywood is leaning towards socialism. However the financing of this Hollywood socialist propaganda is rarely discussed. The last few years saw some socialist movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “The Promised Land”, “The Big Short” becoming major box office success stories. The question is who is financing this socialist propaganda in the United States, and that’s what this essay is about....

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Al Qaeda VS Islamic State (ISIS)

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

The conflict between ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq, and their cooperation in China.

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The Russian Expeditions in Afghanistan and Syria : A Comparison : 1979 and 2015

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

A comparison between the Russian expeditions of Afghanistan and Syria in 1979 and 2015. The essay describes the Russian allies and enemies in each case, and explains why the situation in Syria is much easier than the one the Soviets were facing in 1979 in Afghanistan....

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USA Russia & China in the Middle East : Alliances & Conflicts

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

There is a rumor that it is very difficult to understand the Middle East. However this is not true. It is difficult to understand the Middle East only when the emphasis is not on oil and natural gas. If oil and natural gas are taken into account it is very easy to analyze the Middle East. Because the Middle East is simply a region where the local players are fighting to sell their oil and natural gas, and the foreign players are fighting to buy this oil and natural gas. It might sound naïve, but that’s what the Middle East is about. It is only academics and specialists that need to know more about the Middle East. For the general reader who simply wants to understand the Middle East wars, oil and natural gas will do the trick. And that’s what this booklet is about. It clearly explains how the US, Russia and China are trying to control the oil and natural gas of the Middle East, and how Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Iraq are trying to sell their oil and natural gas. After reading the booklet, the reader will know the exact causes of the wars in Syria, Iraq and Libya. No prior knowledge is required. ...

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Russia vs Turkey : The Geopolitics of the South & the Turk Stream Pipelines

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

This long essay is the second part of a series, with the first part being “USA Russia & China in the Middle East: Alliances & Conflicts”. Over 80 maps are used to explain the energy war between Russia and Turkey, two countries that have been fighting for regional dominance for many centuries. Today, the main geographical locations of their conflicts are the regions of Central Asia and East Mediterranean Sea. Both Central Asia and the East Mediterranean Sea are of strategic importance for the connection of Europe to the oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and the Middle East. This essay examines in great detail the relations of both Russia and Turkey with the countries of these regions. ...

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The Intra-Arab Oil War : 1950-1970

By: Iakovos Alhadeff

Egypt is the largest and most important country of the Arab world. However Egypt is very poor in oil and natural gas reserves, at least when compared to the other Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and North Africa. In the 1950s and 1960s, Gamal Nasser, an Egyptian military officer, tried to unite all Arabs in one country, under his leadership, in order for Egypt to control the oil of the Persian Gulf. This essay briefly describes Nasser’s efforts in the 50s and 60s, which led to a cold war between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, until Nasser’s death in 1970. ...

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