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Crescent Petroleum: Pre and Post Hussein Era

Crescent Petroleum began its activities in the early 1970s, just before Saddam Hussein became Iraq’s Fifth President. Crescent Petroleum was the first ever “regional, independent [and] privately owned Middle Eastern petroleum company to engage in the acquisition, exploration and development of petroleum concessions.” And even though Hussein was nationalizing various industries, Crescent Petroleum remained independent.… Continue Reading

Syria Sends Mixed Signals to Demonstrators in Homs

Protestors in Syria were subjected to a strong mixture of concessions with repression as government forces clamped down on demonstrators in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, leaving at least two dead on Tuesday. The demonstrators had rallied together to create one of Syria’s largest gatherings, an Egyptian-inspired sit-in at the city’s largest public square only… Continue Reading