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Japan and China Race to Invest in Africa’s Natural Resources

Jun 24, 2013 at 16:44 | Economywatch

The competition between China and Japan, the two economic heavyweights of East Asia, has now intensified at a time when both countries are hungrier than ever for resources and energy…

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Instability in the Middle East Makes Accurate Oil Market Predictions Impossible

Jun 21, 2013 at 17:11 | Dave Summers

The continuing conflict in Syria, and the slow spread of violence in the region around it, continue to make it difficult to make accurate predictions about the future of oil…

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POLITICAL ALERTS

Jun 21, 2013 at 13:55 | Editorial Dept

Iranian Elections Bode Well for Political UnityThe Iranian people elected a new president on 14 June in the first round, with over 70% voter turnout.  Hassan Rouhani won…

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SECURITY ALERTS

Jun 21, 2013 at 13:47 | Editorial Dept

‘Peacekeepers’ for South African MinesSouth Africa is toying with the idea of deploying what it refers to as “peacekeepers” to restore a sense of security to the countries…

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Kurdistan: Pipeline to ‘Independence’

Jun 20, 2013 at 17:02 | Jen Alic

As Kurdish authorities in Northern Iraq announce they will begin exporting crude oil by pipeline to Turkey as soon as the last link is finished in September, Gulf Keystone Petroleum…

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Ethiopia-Egypt Maneuvering Takes on “Black and White” Operational Guises

Jun 19, 2013 at 16:51 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt, by mid-June 2013, had begun taking a two-pronged strategic approach — overtly diplomatic, covertly combative — to its dealings with Ethiopia over alleged (or potential) to its dealings with…

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Tourism or Terrorism?

Jun 18, 2013 at 16:52 | Claude Salhani

European tourists, many of whom favor exotic vacation spots such as Turkey and other Middle East destinations, will have to rethink their itineraries this summer. One that promises to be…

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US Hawks Prepare for Syria Showdown

Jun 17, 2013 at 17:08 | Jen Alic

Washington certainly needs a distraction from the NSA digital surveillance scandal and since it has to be big, it might as well be Syria, where the hawks have now either…

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Why Further Sanctions Against Iran will be Counterproductive

Jun 17, 2013 at 17:03 | Gail Tverberg

A June 6, 2013, article from Reuters is titled, “Lawmakers in new drive to slash Iran’s oil sales to a trickle.” According to it,U.S. lawmakers are embarking…

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Why the US government Spies on its own Citizens

Jun 17, 2013 at 16:38 | Harmon Cardon

As the latest and greatest scandal, act of tyranny, unfolds before the United States citizenry, we have to look back and ask why. Why would the government need to collect…

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