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The Bearish Threat Within OPEC

The Bearish Threat Within OPEC

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Tainted Russian Oil Crisis May Drag On For Months

Tainted Russian Oil Crisis May Drag On For Months

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Geopolitics / Africa

Russia – The New Player in African Politics

Russia – The New Player in African Politics

Dec 17, 2012 at 17:02 | Post Carbon

In the past, Russian foreign policy was mostly based in the decisions made by the Politburo—and then after by Boris Yeltsin’s foreign policy—the pursuit of an African policy not was…

The Huge Risk-Reward Scenario In East Africa

The Huge Risk-Reward Scenario In East Africa

Nov 27, 2012 at 17:18 | Jen Alic

Welcome to East Africa—home of a potential 28 billion barrels of recoverable oil, 440 trillion cubic feet of gas and 14 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.Recent success…

Why Liberia Has Not Been Able to Break its Resource Curse

Why Liberia Has Not Been Able to Break its Resource Curse

Nov 23, 2012 at 17:12 | Economywatch

Liberia is a nation rich with natural resources including iron ore, gold, diamonds, natural rubber, vast forest for logging and timber harvesting, and vast agriculture land for ensuring food security.…

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

Nov 20, 2012 at 17:48 | Chris Mansur

In the struggle to secure energy resources, the great powers consider all states to be fair game. Indeed, this is precisely what characterizes American foreign policy in the modern era.…

Madagascar: The Hottest Energy Play in East Africa

Madagascar: The Hottest Energy Play in East Africa

Nov 09, 2012 at 16:05 | Editorial Dept

Madagascar’s been sitting on some 20 billion barrels in oil reserves for quite a while. Investors have only recently shown interest, though. Extraction is technologically challenging, and no one was…

Desperate South Sudan Carves up Total Concession

Desperate South Sudan Carves up Total Concession

Nov 08, 2012 at 17:26 | Jen Alic

Newly independent, oil-rich South Sudan holds some 75% of Sudan’s total oil resources, but it may be too early to risk things here. Ask Total (NYSE: TOT). The government just…

The New 9/11 Attacks: A Drama Which Obscures the Domestic Power-Plays in Libya

The New 9/11 Attacks: A Drama Which Obscures the Domestic Power-Plays in Libya

Sep 21, 2012 at 17:21 | Gregory R. Copley

The surge in jihadist attacks on US diplomatic missions in September 2012 largely obscured the complex realities around a number of individual incidents and locales, particularly the Libyan situation.

Libya - Doomed from Day One

Libya - Doomed from Day One

Sep 13, 2012 at 17:45 | Jen Alic

People often ask me why the West doesn’t attempt a Libya-style intervention in Syria. After all, things are going so well in Libya. Oil production is up. But oil production…

A Confluence of Events in the Horn

A Confluence of Events in the Horn

Sep 06, 2012 at 17:29 | Gregory R. Copley

The announcement of the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi — possibly a month after he actually died — starts to focus the growing confluence of events in the…

Digging Down into the Sudan-South Sudan Oil Agreement

Digging Down into the Sudan-South Sudan Oil Agreement

Aug 24, 2012 at 14:53 | Geopolitical Monitor

The recent oil transit deal between Sudan and South Sudan, which is expected to come into effect by the end of this month, does not symbolize a fundamental change in…


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