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Geopolitics

Get Ready for More Energy Unrest in Bulgaria

May 16, 2013 at 17:18 | Charles Kennedy

Protests over high energy prices brought down the Bulgarian government in February, and elections last week have brought back essentially the same government so we can expect continued protests and…

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Petro-Political ‘Peace’ for Syria

May 15, 2013 at 10:44 | Charles Kennedy

We’ve got an extremely muddled peace process going on for Syria right now, and petro-politics defines agendas and actions. A US-Russian “peace” conference will be held later this month, and…

Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Sites Would be Sheer Madness

May 14, 2013 at 17:23 | Claude Salhani

A timely article by Wade Stone for Global Research examines what would happen to the oil producing nations of the Gulf in the event that Israel would target Iran's nuclear…

Nigeria may be Next OPEC Member to Fall

May 10, 2013 at 18:15 | Daniel J. Graeber

The wealthiest man in Africa said he's secured billions of dollars in loans to help kick start the refinery business in Nigeria. OPEC-member Nigeria is forced to import most of…

GHANA-COTE D’IVOIRE: New Find, Old Maritime Dispute

May 10, 2013 at 15:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new discovery by France’s Total SA (TOT) just inside territorial waters of Cote d’Ivoire will either exacerbate or speed up a resolution for a maritime boundary dispute…

KENYA: Oil Production 6-7 Years Away

May 10, 2013 at 15:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Close to proving commercial viability of its major finds since last year, a new report by the IMF suggests that Kenya will start producing in 6-7 years.

BRAZIL: Another Discovery for Karoon

May 10, 2013 at 14:43 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. (KAR) was already ripe for takeover last month, and a secondary discovery in Brazil last week adds some significantly unexpected value. Analysis:…

The Road to Damascus is Paved With Ill-Intent

May 09, 2013 at 16:51 | Gregory R. Copley

The Biblical conversion of Paul to Christianity “on the road to Damascus” implied a turning point for the onetime antagonist of Christ. But now the road to Damascus is an…

As Kurds Gain Power, Baghdad May be Ready to Deal

May 06, 2013 at 16:47 | Charles Kennedy

As the Iraqi Kurds boost their bargaining power with their first unilateral sale of crude oil on the international market, and new unilateral pipelines coming online soon, Kurdish officials and…

Paraguay: Positioned for the Long Game, 2 Picks

May 03, 2013 at 16:04 | Editorial Dept

Looking six months to a year down the road, there are two companies we’re watching closely because we think they’re about to hit pay oil in Paraguay. They’ve honed in…

ARGENTINA: Massive Potential, Bad Politics

May 03, 2013 at 15:50 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Argentina has one of the largest gas and oil deposits in the world, but politics makes this a conundrum for foreign investors. Political mismanagement, especially on the part…

POLAND: Gazprom Foments Political Crisis

May 03, 2013 at 15:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Polish government claims that EuroPolGaz negotiated a controversial MOU with Russian Gazprom in early April without its knowledge, and now it’s all about damage control over a…

SOUTH SUDAN: More Good News for Oil Production

May 03, 2013 at 15:41 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following a long-awaited agreement with Sudan that has South Sudan ready to continue oil production, other developments bode well for South Sudan output, including the integration of rebel…

Kenya Aspires to be East Africa Hydrocarbon Transit Hub

May 02, 2013 at 17:00 | Charles Kennedy

Kenya is moving forward incrementally with its massive $24 billion regional infrastructure project, the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transit Corridor (LAPSSET), awarding a key tender to a Chinese company.In…

Should the US Intervene in Syria?

Apr 30, 2013 at 17:00 | Claude Salhani

Should the United States become militarily involved in Syria? Should Washington impose a no-fly zone, grounding the government’s warplanes and attack helicopters, thus giving the opposition forces a better chance?…

Fractured US Intelligence Rules out Greater Cooperation with Russia

Apr 29, 2013 at 15:32 | Charles Kennedy

The US intelligence community is in a state of disarray—most recently illustrated by the Boston Marathon Bombings—and the idea of a more structured cooperation with Russian intelligence as a direct…

SYRIA: EU Lifts Oil Embargo to Help ‘Opposition’

Apr 26, 2013 at 13:05 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The European Union has lifted its oil embargo on Syria ostensibly to provide “economic support” to the rebels fighting the Assad regime, but the rebels—40%+ infiltrated by Sunni…

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The victory of Colorado Party candidate Horacio Cartes in Paraguay’s presidential elections on 21 April sets the stage for a strengthening of the oil and gas industry and…

Amid Deteriorating Security, Libya Seeks Higher OPEC Quota

Apr 25, 2013 at 17:14 | Charles Kennedy

A day after Libya announced it would seek to increase its OPEC oil output quota once production reaches 1.7 billion barrels per day, an attack on the French Embassy recalled…

Libya's Security Should Mirror Oil Ambitions

Apr 24, 2013 at 16:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

A U.S. report on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi highlighted longstanding concerns about the threat level in Libya. The interim report from the House of Representatives followed an attack this…

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