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Geopolitics / North America

Washington Turmoil Roils Global Oil Markets

Dec 26, 2018 at 09:56 | Tim Daiss

President Donald Trump’s decisions over the past week are throwing both global equities markets and oil markets into tantrums. Christmas week started with dismal developments in Washington. On Monday, the…

Is “America First” Hurting Global Energy Relations?

Jun 22, 2018 at 17:08 | Vanand Meliksetian

Throughout history the strong bond between the United States and Europe, arguably the world’s most important alliance, has been decisive within the international arena. Massive migration from the ‘old world’…

What Would A U.S. Civil War Look Like?

Aug 18, 2017 at 15:28 | Gregory R. Copley

Yes, there is a civil war looming in the United States. But it will not look like the orderly pattern of descent which characterized the conflict of 1861-65. It will appear…

Mexico, Pemex and the Oil Theft Threat

Jan 17, 2014 at 17:37 | Editorial Dept

Oil theft from Nigerian pipelines tends to steal (literally) the media spotlight due to the sheer volume and the external markets that encourage it. But the same issue in Mexico…

Mexico Readies to Join North American Oil Boom

Dec 13, 2013 at 18:48 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. oil production last month reached its highest monthly total in 25 years. South of the border, the story is different, though Mexico's decision to end a state oil monopoly…

Looking North: Mexico and the US

Nov 29, 2013 at 15:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Energy reform in Mexico will probably happen in pieces, and more slowly than it first appeared, but it must happen.

THE Game-Changing Mexico Opportunity

Jul 06, 2013 at 13:59 | Editorial Dept

What if Mexico were to privatize its state-owned oil company Pemex around the same time that the US and Mexico ended the moratorium on oil and gas production along their…

Transparency Squabble Stalls US-Mexico Oil & Gas Deal

Jul 02, 2013 at 17:10 | Charles Kennedy

The US House has ratified an agreement governing oil and gas development along the US-Mexico border, possibly breaking the moratorium on production here and adding in a controversial clause that…

Why the US government Spies on its own Citizens

Jun 17, 2013 at 16:38 | Harmon Cardon

As the latest and greatest scandal, act of tyranny, unfolds before the United States citizenry, we have to look back and ask why. Why would the government need to collect…

US-EUROPE: The Free Trade Drama

May 24, 2013 at 13:41 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A pending free-market deal between the US and the European Union could open up a massive transatlantic market that could account for 56% of global imports and exports…

With Jewell, Obama Says Go Green or Go Home

Feb 08, 2013 at 17:14 | Daniel J. Graeber

Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's choice to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, comes with a resume filled not only with big oil credentials but also with environmental street credibility. The…

U.S. Deems Chinese Canadian Energy Purchase National Security Risk

Oct 04, 2012 at 17:34 | John Daly

By now, the world is well aware of China’s insatiable global search for reliable energy resources to feed its seemingly unstoppable economy. From Sudan to Canada, Chinese energy companies are…

US Sanctions Against Iran Undermined by New Government Admissions

Jan 11, 2012 at 17:06 | Juan Cole

The announcement of the Iranian government that it will activate its Fordow nuclear enrichment site has predictably drawn forth a new round of war propaganda from the Secretary of…

Mexican Government Under Assault From Drug Cartels, Washington Yawns

Sep 22, 2011 at 14:26 | John Daly

Suspected Mexican drug traffickers from the Zetas drug cartel on 20 September drove two trucks to a main avenue in the Mexican Gulf coast city of Boca del Rio in…

The Drug War as an International Manifestation: Effects

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:16 | Andrew Smolski

At the moment in México, a protest movement has started called the No Mas Sangre (No More Blood) movement. This movement is attempting to show that people do not support…

America: Why Aren’t You Protesting?

Jul 21, 2011 at 08:01 | Andrew Smolski

As noted by Richard Heinberg on June 22nd, 2011, the media has lacked the ability to connect the economic situations in the Middle East and their uprisings to what is…

United States Confronted With a New Awareness of its Military and Political Constraints

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:10 | Open Democracy

The momentous protests in the Arab region, and especially Libya, present the Barack Obama administration with a serious foreign-policy test. The conflict in this part of north Africa is the…

Wikileaks: State Secrets or Clever Tactics

Dec 07, 2010 at 14:11 | Claude Salhani

Is the US Government Machiavellian enough to orchestrate the recent brouhaha over the so-called website WikiLeaks, is this a real embarrassment, or will it indeed be damaging as some U.S.…

Washington Turf Wars

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:05 | John Daly

Washington’s bureaucratic turf wars are a dismal reality of politics in Beltwayistan, but are now threatening national policy, as competing agendas threaten policies extending far beyond the continental U.S. In…

Warbots: US Military Increasing Investment in Automated Technologies

Sep 02, 2010 at 11:12 | Jody Ray Bennett

Last July, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, with the help of Carnegie Mellon University, developed a navigation system that allows the full-sized helicopters to fly at low altitudes without a pilot. These…

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