Miriam Malek

Journalist since 2014. I write about counterculture & Middle East politics/energy.


Bylines at Vice News, Crack Magazine, Huck Magazine, Wall Street Journal, i-D, Mixmag, DJ Mag & more.

Iran-US conflict: more to come?

With the US’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the risk of attacks on Mena oil infrastructure is likely to increase The Gulf region is wondering if General Soleimani’s assassination and the subsequent Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq is the end of a chapter—or just the start. Despite US president Donald Trump’s more conciliatory remarks on Wednesday, analysts still favour the pessimistic view.

Yemen's energy revival plan leaves analysts skeptical

Yemen is caught in a war that has left its 28 million people struggling to survive in what the United Nations calls the worst man-made humanitarian disaster. But that hasn't stopped the government from projecting new investment in energy this year, helping ports and airports to run more smoothly and swelling state coffers. But analysts are skeptical about the country's goal of enticing more foreign investors to help boost exports and generate vital cash needed for the Middle East's poorest and war-torn country.

Interview - 'No reason' Iran sanctions will lead to higher oil prices: US' Brian Hook

Thanks to booming US output, as well as increased supplies from Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major producers, oil prices have eased despite the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions on Iran in November. But as OPEC and its allies implement production cuts to bolster prices, US officials say they will be closely monitoring the market in considering whether to extend waivers that allow eight countries to continue buying Iranian oil.

Ghana-based IPPs face shake-up with new president

Ghana’s new president is set to shake up the country’s gas and power industry through a number of legal and fiscal changes, and independent power producers (IPPs) are likely to feel the burn, industry sources have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily. Nana Akufo-Addo took office on 7 January, and one of his major tasks while in power will be to find ways to boost the monetisation of the power sector to slash its debts, which are weighing on state finances.
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