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  • Why Syria's Civil War May Spill Over Into Oil Market Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 12:43 PM ET
    Syria's Defense Minister General Dawood Rajiha killed by Syrian Rebel attack.

    Many people in the intelligence community say the fighting in Syria has ramifications far beyond that nation’s borders and they could spill into the oil market very quickly. Syria is Iran’s main ally and they believe if Syria falls Iran will increase the speed of its nuclear program.

  • Russia Comes Up Against the West Over Syria     Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 11:40 AM ET

    "Russia doesn't like the idea of western backed regime change anywhere, it only backed the UN resolution in Libya because it thought it probably wouldn't work and it has no intention of allowing another leader to be deposed by their own people and the West," Peter Apps, political risk correspondent at Thomson Reuters, told CNBC.

  • Agri Market Improving on Weather Concerns     Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 6:47 PM ET

    Tom Essaye, Editor, Money and Markets says things are improving in corn & soybean markets due to hot weather concerns.

  • The Next Petroleum Play     Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    Tom Essaye, Kinsale Trading president provides his forecast on oil prices and where to find the best risk/reward plays.

  • Egypt: End Peace With Israel?     Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    Radical Islamist Mohammed Morsi won Egypt's first election since Mubarak, and now he says he wants to "re-think" peace with Israel. Radio talk show host John Batchelor, offers insight.

  • Discussing reports that Syrian air defenses shot down a Turkish fighter jet and the tension in the Middle East over oil, with Helima Croft, Barclays Capital and radio talk show host John Batchelor.

  • Gold Steady After Greek Vote     Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson explains why the gold selloff was limited.

  • Upside for Oil Prices in the Near-Term     Monday, 28 May 2012 | 10:40 PM ET

    Nick Trevethan, Senior Commodities Strategist, ANZ Research said geopolitical tensions, including the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions, are very supportive for crude prices.

  • Syrian Intervention Would Be 'Seismic' Event: Sen. McCain Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 1:18 PM ET
    Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29, 2011

    If the U.S. and other nations took military action in Syria it would be "a seismic event" that would be "the greatest blow to Iran in 25 years," Sen. John McCain told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Sen. McCain Calls for Syria Intervention     Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ), makes the case for why the U.S. should lead an intervention to stop the slaughter in Syria now.

  • BofA Boosts 2012 Oil Forecasts     Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    Discussing whether future oil price gains will prove unsustainable and create risks for the economy, with Francisco Blanch, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

  • Obama New Conference, Q&A, Pt 2     Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 1:21 PM ET

    We've mobilized "unprecedented, crippling sanctions on Iran," says President Obama, who took tough questions on Iran and Israel at his first White House press conference of the year.

  • 10 Game-Changing Elections in 2012 Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in 2011. In Europe struggling countries such as Italy and Greece brought in the technocrats, or voted out administrations, which had failed to solve their economic crises. In the Middle East two entrenched regimes toppled under popular uprisings and a third after a revolution.In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top. Citizens that rid themselves of dictators and have not yet decided wh

    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard  in Europe and the Middle East in 2011. Here are 10 other elections that could change the game of global politics in 2012.

  • What Rising Oil Prices Could Do to the Dollar Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 12:14 PM ET

    Oil prices are on a roll, and this strategist thinks its bad news for the buck.

  • Stricter Sanctions on Iran     Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 7:24 PM ET

    Could mayhem in the Middle East translate to mayhem in the markets? Helima Croft, Barclays Capital, and Dan Senor, Council on Foreign Relations, provide perspective.

  • Stakes Are High in Struggle to Stop Syria Bloodshed Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 7:05 AM ET
    United Nations, New York city

    As many observers had expected, Russia and China used their veto privileges to block the latest attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

  • Anger After Russia, China Block UN Action on Syria Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 | 6:09 PM ET
    Protesters Gather At Syrian Embassy In London

    Western and Arab states voiced outrage on Sunday after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, and Washington vowed harsher sanctions against Damascus.

  • Syrian Activists: 200 Dead in Government Assault Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Syrian forces hammered restive neighborhoods in the city of Homs for hours with mortars and artillery Saturday, sending terrified residents fleeing into basements and killing more than 200 people in what appeared to be the bloodiest episode of the nearly 11-month-old uprising, activists said.

  • Oil Prices Top $100 on EU Optimism, Risk Premium Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 11:21 AM ET
    An explosion set on fire a crude oil pipeline feeding a Syrian oil refinery in the city of Homs.

    Oil prices rallied on renewed optimism over debt problems in the European Union and concerns over energy security in the Middle East after an explosion of a crude oil pipeline in Syria.

  • A woman shouts as she blocks the entry of army tanks to Tahrir Square on January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Cairo remained in a state of flux and marchers continued to protest in the streets and defy curfew, demanding the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek. As President Mubarak struggles to regain control after five days of protests he has appointed Omar Suleiman as vice-president. The present death toll stands at 100 and up to 2,000 people are thought to have been injured during the

    Now that the "Arab Spring" is turning into the "Arab Winter" the former prime minister writes, "the challenge emerging from the changes taking place is so big that we had better put in place a common Western strategy or we'll find that national approaches are totally irrelevant to shape events there."