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Kurdish Independence Could Deal A Major Blow To Oil Markets

Kurdish Independence Could Deal A Major Blow To Oil Markets

OPEC’s second-largest oil and gas…

Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices In Yuan For First Time

Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices In Yuan For First Time

Following through with his promise,…

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Can Abe Revive Japan?

Jul 20, 2013 at 00:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to revive Japan’s global influence faces considerable constraints, not least of which is the country’s persistent economic malaise. Although Abe is seeking to amend Japan’s…

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Joint Russian-Chinese Naval Exercise has Energy Undertones

Jul 06, 2013 at 15:29 | John Daly

For centuries, maritime powers have used their navies to “show the flag” in contested naval issues. Unlike armies, which must mobilize on frontiers, or air forces, which would need to…

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Pakistani Villagers – Polio Inoculations for Electricity

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:46 | John Daly

Rural populations oftentimes feel neglected by their officials ensconced in the capital.Getting their attention is difficult, requiring creative thinking to engender publicity to force bureaucrats to pay attention…

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Thailand’s Energy Shortages Raise Political Temperature

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:49 | John Daly

Thailand has not had an easy time over the past several years. The government was reshuffled in 2011, the country was hit with massive flooding in October of the same…

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Myanmar Attracting Major Energy Investors

May 31, 2013 at 16:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

China's national oil company said it's finished building six new oil storage tanks on a tiny island off the coast of Myanmar. More work is planned there in terms of…

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Proposed Kazakh-Indian Pipeline a Long Shot at Best

Mar 14, 2013 at 18:10 | John Daly

Oilmen are undoubtedly the capitalist world’s most hardy risk takers. There is no region too unsettled, nor government too corrupt, to dissuade them from their mission to drill for the…

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North Korean "Insanity" Part of Geopolitical Game

Mar 06, 2013 at 13:54 | Jen Alic

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be colorful, but he isn’t crazy. There is logic behind the intensified war rhetoric, and while it may be convenient for the…

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North Korea: Preparing for War

Feb 21, 2013 at 17:02 | Jen Alic

The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it’s not just…

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China Decides that South China Sea Oil is a National Asset

Feb 15, 2013 at 17:42 | John Daly

While the Western press is fixated on both recent North Korean nuclear tests and Beijing’s recent skirmishes with Japan over the Senkaku (“Diaoyu” in Chinese) islands, other maritime issues have…

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India Enters the Fray as the South China Sea Dispute Continues

Dec 06, 2012 at 16:50 | Geopolitical Monitor

Although the Xi Jinping administration is now secure enough in its transition to power to put nationalist jingoism back in the box from whence it came, recent events suggest that…

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