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Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Trade War Looms Over Oil Markets

Oil analysts are worried as…

Will Mexico’s Next President Kill Its Oil Sector?

Will Mexico’s Next President Kill Its Oil Sector?

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Geopolitics / Africa

Situation in Mali Worsens with 2 More Kidnapping-Executions

Situation in Mali Worsens with 2 More Kidnapping-Executions

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: We are back to the drawing board in Mali, and oil exploration in the north should be dismissed out of hand.Analysis: Two French journalists were kidnapped…

Mali Back in Conflict Mode

Mali Back in Conflict Mode

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The French have relaunched offensives in Mali marking the end of a brief patch of peace following elections and the premature issuing of new oil exploration licenses in…

Tourist Resort Bombing Pressures Tunisia’s National Dialogue

Tourist Resort Bombing Pressures Tunisia’s National Dialogue

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Pressure on the pace of national dialogue talks for a new caretaker government in Tunisia, for the resignation of the Ennahda-led government will reach a climax with a…

Marathon Rethinks Libya Exit

Marathon Rethinks Libya Exit

Oct 29, 2013 at 18:13 | Joao Peixe

Amid the rising security chaos of Libya, Texas-based oil company Marathon Oil’s rumored plans to pull out of the country have been suspended for reasons that remain unclear.

North African Downfall Spells Success for Morocco

North African Downfall Spells Success for Morocco

Oct 28, 2013 at 18:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

Libyan efforts to get its oil sector back to pre-war levels were stymied last weekend when protests disrupted operations in the west of the country. Work was halted at the…

Clashes Along Oil-Rich Kenyan-Uganda Border

Clashes Along Oil-Rich Kenyan-Uganda Border

Oct 25, 2013 at 15:58 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tribal clashes along the Kenya-Uganda border, in Kenya’s oil-rich Turkana region bode ill for pipeline plans as Kenya moves to get its new crude to market and to…

Markets Uncertain as Egypt Violence Waxes and Wanes

Markets Uncertain as Egypt Violence Waxes and Wanes

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Investors are pulling out but the Egypt stock exchange is at its highest since the ouster of Mubarak in 2011, as protests and violent clashes continue sporadically and…

Mali Peace over Before It Begins

Mali Peace over Before It Begins

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Oil exploration deals signed by interim and the new government of Mali for operations in the restive north won’t make it far with a relaunch of radical Islamist…

French Areva in (More) Trouble in Niger

French Areva in (More) Trouble in Niger

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following on the recent announcement by the authorities in Niger that Areva will have to undergo a state audit, thousands of local residents take to the streets to…

The Big Winners in Kenya’s Oil Debut

The Big Winners in Kenya’s Oil Debut

Oct 17, 2013 at 17:09 | Simon Harlow

Kenya will start pumping its first commercial oil next year and begin exporting in 2016, but this is just the opening salvo: new discoveries in recent months and fast-track new…

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