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Egypt: Changing Geopolitical Hands

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:02 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The coup in Egypt boils down to a change in power brokers from Qatar to Saudi Arabia, which is in line with the preferences of the US and…

Egypt, Take III: No End to the Carnage

Aug 16, 2013 at 18:30 | Charles Kennedy

The Egyptian military had a great opportunity to remake the revolution on 3 July when it overthrew the moribund and definitely failed post-revolutionary Muslim Brotherhood experiment—but it has squandered that…

Rush for Nile Water - Now Uganda Plans Massive Hydroelectric Site

Aug 16, 2013 at 18:11 | John Daly

In East Africa, the major water resource is the Nile river, the world’s longest, at 4,130 miles, referred to by Egypt since antiquity as the country’s heart.The past…

Tunisia: The Next Govt to Fall

Aug 16, 2013 at 17:46 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Islamist-led Ennahda government in Tunisia survived the first assassination of a political opposition leader in February, the 25 July assassination of a second opposition figure - Mohamed…

Terrorism: The Latest Salvo on LNG Exports

Aug 14, 2013 at 19:22 | Daniel J. Graeber

A natural gas company operating in Yemen said there was nothing to media reports stating al-Qaida militants killed four soldiers in a weekend attack. The country was the source of…

What Does the US Want in Egypt?

Aug 05, 2013 at 17:13 | Charles Kennedy

What the US wants in Egypt is what it failed to attain in Iraq—stability of the kind that assumes US control over the situation. In Iraq’s case, this…

India Nervous About Increasing West African Piracy

Aug 03, 2013 at 18:18 | John Daly

After China, India is Asia’s largest rising energy importer. According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration, “India is the fourth largest energy consumer in the world after the…

As Sudan-South Sudan Oil Battle Re-Ignites, South Sudan Risks Instability

Aug 02, 2013 at 13:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An oil agreement between Sudan and South Sudan is off track—again, and only Ethiopian mediation has managed to postpone for two weeks Sudan’s threat to shut down the…

Egypt Violence Subsides as Investors Eye New Liberal Faces

Jul 15, 2013 at 18:16 | Charles Kennedy

The violence has largely subsided in Egypt seven days after more than 90 people were killed in clashes between the military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed president…

POLITICAL & SECURITY ALERTS - Lebanon Concerned that Israel Could Reach its Oil

Jul 12, 2013 at 13:24 | Editorial Dept

Ghana’s Jubilee Production Hits 110,000 b/d, Amid Political CrisisGhana’s giant offshore Jubilee field continues its steady increase in production, now reaching 110,000 barrels per day, and its operator,…

Egypt Better Prepared for Future after Power Change

Jul 09, 2013 at 17:14 | Gregory R. Copley

The Egyptian decision to remove Pres. Morsi was demonstrably no less “democratic” than the decision to remove Pres. Mubarak, but the latest events showed that the US could no longer…

Sudan Attacks after Machar’s Falied Diplomatic Mission

Jul 08, 2013 at 17:10 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

With input from Juba, Khartoum, and London resources. South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has begun escalating his attacks against Pres. Salva Kiir in order to divert attention from the total…

Iran and Sudan Begin to Execute Moves to Dominate Central & Western Africa

Jul 02, 2013 at 16:54 | Yossef Bodansky

The Central African Republic has become a key player, working under Sudanese and Iranian direction, in jihadist action, geared to take advantage of the West's declining influence in Western and…

Mozambique Guerrillas Threaten Country’s Energy Infrastructure

Jun 28, 2013 at 17:25 | John Daly

The first European colonial empire to be established, Portugal’s overseas territories were some of the last to attain independence, leaving aftershocks which reverberate to this day, particularly in Mozambique.

Iran's Next President Faces Uncertain Economic Future

Jun 24, 2013 at 17:01 | Daniel J. Graeber

Energy-hungry Asian economies are trying to figure out how to keep the supply of oil coming from Iran in a way that keeps the U.S. government happy.  China in May…

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…

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…

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…

US Hawks Prepare for Syria Showdown

Jun 17, 2013 at 17:08 | Charles Kennedy

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…

EGYPT: Political, Economic Uncertainty Fueled by Fuel

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:33 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Egypt’s political uncertainty soars unabated, two major oil supply deals with Iraq and Libya are falling through without the financing guarantees, while energy shortages threaten to lend…

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