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Nigerian Uncertainties Created by Presidential Election Ambition May Hurt Global Energy Markets

May 13, 2010 at 08:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The apparent decision on May 11, 2010 — discreetly revealed by two Nigerian newspapers the next day — that Nigerian Pres. Dr Goodluck Jonathan would be interested in contesting the…

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Piracy In The Puntland Region of Somalia

May 12, 2010 at 11:55 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The Puntland region of Somalia has, in recent years, been increasingly seen as the springboard for piracy against commercial vessels operating in and through the Gulf of Aden at the…

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Somali Pirates Continue to Plague the Horn of Africa

May 07, 2010 at 14:02 | John Daly

The Horn of Africa has become a hotbed of piracy due to outdated maritime laws, the lack of a Somali government and gut-wrenching poverty. Where there is a sea, there…

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Nigeria "Back in Business" as Jonathan's US Visit Highlights Renewed Control of the Government

May 04, 2010 at 09:17 | Editorial Dept

The visit to Washington, DC, in April 2010 by Acting Nigerian Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, ostensibly as part of US President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) gave Nigeria the opportunity…

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Somaliland's Presidential Election Assumes Growing Priority as Major Powers Sense Strategic Urgency of the Horn Situation

Apr 21, 2010 at 19:00 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Somaliland’s delayed Presidential election is back on track after a period of active foreign interference to manipulate the electoral rolls, and is expected to take place before the end of…

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Acting Nigerian President Moves Quickly Decisively to Get Country Back on Track

Mar 23, 2010 at 14:49 | Gregory R. Copley

Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has moved decisively and rapidly to unify the Government under him, dismissing — on March 17, 2010 — the entire Cabinet which had been appointed…

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Is the Niger Delta Sliding Back Into Anarchy

Mar 20, 2010 at 15:58 | Editorial Dept

There had been disturbing news and reports emanating from the Niger Delta oil basin of Nigeria in recent times. On Monday March 15, 2010, a car bomb explosion was reported…

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Damage Done By Nigeria's Contentious Oil Bill May Be Tough To Undo

Mar 12, 2010 at 01:52 | Fawzia Sheikh

Nigeria's controversial oil industry bill is expected to eventually pass but the government may find it tough to later shift gears as international oil firms targeted under the legislation scale…

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Reports of $20 billion Total investment brighten Nigerian oil outlook

Feb 24, 2010 at 16:45 | Darrell Delamaide

Reports that French oil giant Total is ready to invest $20 billion in Nigerian oil and gas development spread through energy markets in an unlikely bit of positive news for…

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Nigeria's Constitutional Dilemma Coming to an Unpredictable Head

Jan 12, 2010 at 22:39 | Gregory R. Copley

Nigerian Pres. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, 59, through failing health, is clearly no longer in control of the Government. Some are proclaiming that the "post-Yar'Adua era" has begun in Nigerian politics,…

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