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Geopolitics / Africa

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…

Libyan Oil Production Struggles to Restart

Libyan Oil Production Struggles to Restart

Oct 17, 2013 at 17:05 | Global Risk Insights

Nearly a month after oilfield strikes cut Libya’s production to just 10% of capacity, the Zintan tribal militia has re-opened a critical pipeline, carrying oil from two major western…

China Hopes to Dominate Africa by Boosting Trade Via Indian Ocean

China Hopes to Dominate Africa by Boosting Trade Via Indian Ocean

Oct 15, 2013 at 16:50 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South…

Don’t Be Fooled by Libya—This is a Failed State

Don’t Be Fooled by Libya—This is a Failed State

Oct 10, 2013 at 09:08 | James Stafford

Gunmen today seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed state and…

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