• 2 minutes Rational analysis of CV19 from Harvard Medical School
  • 4 minutes While U.S. Pipelines Are Under Siege, China Streamlines Its Oil and Gas Network
  • 7 minutes Renewables Overtake Coal, But Lag Far Behind Oil And Natural Gas
  • 12 hours China wields coronavirus to nationalize American-owned carmaker
  • 31 mins Joe Biden the "Archie Bunker" of the left selects Kamala Harris for VP . . . . . . Does she help the campaign ?
  • 4 hours Open letter from Politico about US-russian relations
  • 3 days Trumpist lies about coronavirus too bad for Facebook - BANNED!
  • 1 day US will pay for companies to bring supply chains home from China: Kudlow - COVID-19 has highlighted the problem of relying too heavily on one country for production
  • 3 days China's impending economic meltdown
  • 4 hours Oil Tanker Runs Aground in Mauritius - Oil Spill
  • 3 days Why Oil could hit $100
  • 3 days Biden Seeks $2 Trillion Clean Energy And Infrastructure Spending Boost
  • 13 hours Trump is turning USA into a 3rd world dictatorship
  • 2 days Liquid Air Battery
  • 3 days The Truth about Chinese and Indian Engineering
  • 3 days Brent above $45. Holding breath for $50??

DRC-RWANDA: M23 Gains Strength in Rivalry Reduction

Bottom Line: As the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) escalates, the surrender to international authorities of a key Congolese general linked to M23 rebels will reshape the playing field in favor of M23 commander General Sultani Makenga and strengthen the rebels by removing a key rivalry that has led to in-fighting. It will also to some extent redefine the playing field for minerals, oil and gas.

Analysis: Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in to the US Embassy in Rwanda on 18 March, saying he was surrendering to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ntaganda is wanted by the ICC for two decades of crimes against humanity for charges ranging from recruiting child soldiers, to rape and murder. Ntaganda is a leader of the M23 rebels (backed by Rwanda and Uganda) which have launched an insurgency in DRC, seizing Goma in North Kivu province late last year. The past two weeks have seen the rivalry within the M23 heat up, and last weekend, hundreds of M23 rebels from Ntaganda’s camp fled across the border into Rwanda after being defeated by a rival M23 faction led by General Sultani Makenga. Ntaganda—a key mineral smuggler—was a specific target of DRC President Joseph Kabila. Ntaganda had been “integrated” into the DRC army under a 2009 peace deal, which he then betrayed. However, the surrender of Ntaganda will only boost M23’s power and help it to solidify its leadership under General Makenga. (Neither Rwanda nor the US…




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News