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Geopolitics

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…

Tourism or Terrorism?

Jun 18, 2013 at 16:52 | Claude Salhani

European tourists, many of whom favor exotic vacation spots such as Turkey and other Middle East destinations, will have to rethink their itineraries this summer. One that promises to be…

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…

Why Further Sanctions Against Iran will be Counterproductive

Jun 17, 2013 at 17:03 | Gail Tverberg

A June 6, 2013, article from Reuters is titled, “Lawmakers in new drive to slash Iran’s oil sales to a trickle.” According to it,U.S. lawmakers are embarking…

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…

India’s Energy Ties with Iran Unsettle Washington

Jun 14, 2013 at 17:09 | John Daly

India’s relentless search for hydrocarbons to fuel its booming economy has managed the rather neat diplomatic trick of annoying Washington, delighting Tehran and intriguing Baghdad, all the while leaving the…

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…

BRAZIL: Petrobras Discoveries Mean More Debt

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:29 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Petrobras has made the largest-ever crude oil discovery in Brazil as estimates for the Libra field are doubled to as much as 12 billion barrels, but the company’s…

ARGENTINA: Govt Lashes Out at ‘Hidden Money’

Jun 14, 2013 at 15:25 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Argentina is hoping to reign in hidden money and redirect it to government coffers with a new “tax amnesty” as the black market exchange rate hits 5.2 pesos…

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…

Pakistani Villagers – Polio Inoculations for Electricity

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:46 | John Daly

Rural populations oftentimes feel neglected by their officials ensconced in the capital.Getting their attention is difficult, requiring creative thinking to engender publicity to force bureaucrats to pay attention…

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. …

China to Build Panama Canal Bypass Through Nicaragua

Jun 10, 2013 at 16:59 | John Daly

One of the most extraordinary stories of the past decade largely overlooked by the U.S. media is how Central and Latin America have quietly escaped U.S. control since 9-11, as…

Turkey’s Erdogan: Is the Damage Fatal?

Jun 10, 2013 at 16:54 | Charles Kennedy

Let’s watch Turkey’s ruling party elite hedge their bets over Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s longevity, as protests continue into their second week. The ruling Justice and Development Party…

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…

TURKEY: Erdogan Fails to Regain Control

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:47 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: If Prime Minister Erdogan continues to mismanage a crisis in the form of 7 days running of mass anti-government protests, the highly influential Gulen Movement will surface to…

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.

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