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Geopolitics

VENEZUELA: Lurching Towards Political Chaos and Recession

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Amid two major oil deals, Venezuela is lurching towards political chaos with the state oil company’s debts rivaling those of the federal government and socio-economic and political unrest…

GREECE: How Gazprom Will Get Control of Greece’s Pipeline Potential

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:39 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Greece sells off its state-owned natural gas company (DEPA/DEFSA) under insolvency pressure, a minor Russian holding steps in as a proxy for Russian giant Gazprom. Whoever gains…

TURKEY-TURKMENISTAN: 12 Energy Deals Solidify Cooperation

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:35 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Turkey has long been the inroad into Turkmenistan’s oil and gas sector, and the recent inking of a deal between the two countries solidifies this even more.

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…

U.S. Sinks Nails in Iranian Economic Coffin

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:54 | Daniel J. Graeber

Oil priced at around $100 per barrel means Iran for May was out around $300 million in oil revenue because of Western economic sanctions. A U.S. Treasury Department official said…

Thailand’s Energy Shortages Raise Political Temperature

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:49 | John Daly

Thailand has not had an easy time over the past several years. The government was reshuffled in 2011, the country was hit with massive flooding in October of the same…

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…

Wake-Up Call for Turkey’s AKP

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Five days of protests in Turkey highlight the government’s horrific crisis mismanagement and serves as a wake-up call for the ruling party that was caught off guard, basking in its…

Myanmar Attracting Major Energy Investors

May 31, 2013 at 16:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

China's national oil company said it's finished building six new oil storage tanks on a tiny island off the coast of Myanmar. More work is planned there in terms of…

Moscow Eager to Retain Azeri Oil Transit

May 31, 2013 at 16:52 | John Daly

One of the world’s most important energy developments of the past two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 has been the development of the Caspian’s energy…

Turkey: Game-Changing Oil & Gas Legislation Afoot

May 31, 2013 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

We’ve noted recently that Turkey is a hot venue for both the majors and the juniors, but that there still hasn’t been that one big find to put the country…

KURDISTAN: Genel Announces Another Find

May 31, 2013 at 13:26 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Anglo-Turkish Genel Energy—the biggest license holder in Iraqi Kurdistan—has announced another discovery, boosting the company’s already significant resources in Kurdistan. Analysis: Genel Energy (LON:GENL) and partner…

POLAND: Shale Tax Policy Delay, Little Appeasement for Investors

May 31, 2013 at 13:21 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Shale gas explorers in Poland get a bit of a boost (but not enough) as the government prepares to postpone shale gas production tax collection for five years…

COLOMBIA: Oil Pipelines Remain Constant Rebel Target

May 31, 2013 at 13:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Despite news of significant progress in peace talks between the government of Colombia and the rebel group FARC, guerrillas in the north and south of Colombia remain active.…

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:…

Politics Beats Benefits as Europe Favours Nabucco Over South Stream

May 30, 2013 at 16:59 | Economywatch

Despite possessing better financing and greater energy benefits compared to its competitors (namely the Nabucco pipeline), the proposed South Stream pipeline has faced considerable opposition in Europe – by countries…

Pakistan Faces Tough Choices with Energy Crisis

May 29, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The incoming administration in Pakistan wants to pay off enough debt to finance a rebound in electricity. Most Pakistanis cope with blackouts that can last most of the day and…

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…

Open Season on Syria’s Civil War

May 28, 2013 at 17:06 | Claude Salhani

Igitur qui desiderat pacem, preparet bellum -- If you want peace prepare for war, this old adage is believed to have been spoken by the Roman military writer Publius Flavius…

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…

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