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Geopolitics / Africa

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…

GHANA: Forward Movement on TEN Project

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:21 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tullow gets a boost in emerging oil major Ghana, with the official green light for a massive deep-water development project encompassing its three latest discoveries, while the list…

Libyan Oil Production Suffers as World Attention Shifts

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

Oil production from OPEC-member Libya, a leading African oil producer, hasn't recovered from civil war. The state oil company said it wasn't able to return to its pre-war glory because…

Forget Oil – There is a Far More Precious Commodity at Stake

Jun 11, 2013 at 19:27 | Claude Salhani

Forget oil for once; the new cause of rising tension in the Greater Middle East (and Africa) today is between two countries that do not even share a common border. …

Egypt’s Instability Triggers a New Proxy War Against Ethiopia and its Allies

Jun 07, 2013 at 21:57 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt’s Morsi Government has initiated a return to covert war against Ethiopia, which controls the source of the Blue Nile, Egypt’s and Sudan’s principal source of water.  The…

Has Piracy Around the Horn of Africa Gone?

Jun 06, 2013 at 16:59 | ISN Security Watch

What's behind the recent decline in maritime piracy attacks off the Horn of Africa? Sonia Rothwell believes that military operations on land and at sea are starting to have the…

Oil More Likely to Divide Lebanon than Unite it

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:07 | Claude Salhani

Lebanon has long been a country divided by its politics and its religion and now it might be further divided by its oil.Many Lebanese are elated by the…

TUNISIA: Salafi Extremism Will Affect Oil Confidence

May 31, 2013 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Developments during the month of May indicate that Tunisia’s Islamist government is preparing in earnest to take on the threat posed by radical Salafi forces. Analysis:…

Next Possible African Petro-State – Namibia?

May 29, 2013 at 16:58 | John Daly

Africa’s fabled mineral riches have excited foreign imaginations for centuries. When in 1324, Mali’s king Mansa Musa, who had converted to Islam 18 years earlier, made his haj…

Africa Ready to Reverse its Resource Curse

May 28, 2013 at 16:46 | MINING.com

Despite current setbacks in the global economy and Africa’s failure to take advantage of the last decade’s resources boom, experts believe agricultural, mining and energy resources can boost the continent’s…

SOMALIA: This New Frontier Isn’t Ready for Oil

May 24, 2013 at 13:43 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Somalia plans to sign 30 PSCs this year with foreign oil companies and auction off over 300 new oil blocks, but oil rights here are not solidified and…

NAMIBIA: First Oil Discovery Overrides Earlier Disappointments

May 24, 2013 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: It’s been a rough ride for Namibia explorers but this week explorers announced their first oil discovery, and while it’s not commercially viable, it could be the first…

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