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Geopolitics

Chevron Hits Morocco, Majors only Blink over Algeria

Jan 24, 2013 at 16:49 | Charles Kennedy

Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), one of the world’s four largest integrated companies, is now planning to explore for oil in Morocco’s deep waters in a deal that would give it a…

Oil, Democracy, and Ideas

Jan 22, 2013 at 16:59 | Claude Salhani

The French government came up with a catchy slogan during the 1970s oil embargo imposed by Arab member countries of OPEC in retaliation for the US and Western European support…

Geopolitical Impacts of the US Oil & Gas Boom

Jan 21, 2013 at 16:33 | Wolf Richter

Much digital ink has been spilled about the oil and gas boom in the US, the result of ever improving fracking technologies, and whether or not it will lead to…

Why This is All Libya's Fault

Jan 18, 2013 at 17:09 | Daniel J. Graeber

A Libyan defense force charged with making sure the nation's oil sector is secured said it was strengthening its lines along the western and southern borders given regional instability. A…

Algeria Hostage Crisis - Look to Mali for Answers

Jan 18, 2013 at 12:05 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Islamic militants generally based in Mali launched an attack on Monday/Tuesday on a BP-operated gas field in the neighboring Algerian Sahara desert. They took over 600 hostages from 10…

Iraq - Kuwait - Turkey: Relations Hit a New Low

Jan 18, 2013 at 12:03 | Editorial Dept

Incident: In an indication of the dangerous new low reached in Iraqi-Turkish relations, Iraq’s central government has rescinded an exploration deal with a Turkey’s state-run TPAO and approved a new…

So Much for Desert Storm - Kuwait and Iraq Collaborate on Energy

Jan 15, 2013 at 17:20 | John Daly

News emanating from the Middle East since the outbreak of the “Arab spring” two years ago has been intermittently nervous, but beneath the headlines, some political seismic shifts have been…

A New Middle East Crisis in the Making

Jan 15, 2013 at 17:12 | Claude Salhani

A demographic time bomb is clicking away in the Middle East with the creation of a new refugee problem as the continuing civil war in Syria is seeing the numbers…

What to Expect from a Post-Chavez Venezuela

Jan 11, 2013 at 17:02 | Daniel J. Graeber

It's unlikely that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will return to power after missing his Thursday inauguration because of ongoing cancer treatment in Cuba. That leaves Vice President Nicolas Maduro…

Albania – Dubious Deals

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:56 | Editorial Dept

Incident: The sale of Albpetrol to ostensibly US-based Vetro Energy in September has been stalled after Vetro failed to make the deposit to back the guarantee. Vetro Energy…

Yemen - Oil War to Intensify

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:54 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Just east of the capital Sana’a at least five people have been killed in fighting near an oil pipeline that began the last week of December. Tribes…

Iran-Pakistan: Western Pipeline Nightmare

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:52 | Editorial Dept

Incident: The National Iranian Gas Company has announced it will begin construction of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) pipeline within 30 days. Construction will start on the Pakistani side with…

Iran - Power Play in Strait of Hormuz

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:49 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Iran has test-fired a newly upgraded missile system near the strategic oil and gas Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. The Raad (Thunder) missile system launches…

Iran's Real Threat to the West

Jan 09, 2013 at 17:07 | Claude Salhani

Since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 much has been said about the threat the mullahs who control the country pose to international oil markets.  A large…

The Transition Beyond Strategic Nuclear War

Jan 08, 2013 at 16:17 | Gregory R. Copley

The world is now well advanced in transition to the age beyond strategic nuclear weapons. It may be, from the standpoint of military descriptors, a transition to the age of…

Can Hugo Chavez's New Term of Government Start without Him?

Jan 07, 2013 at 16:55 | Gregory R. Copley

Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in…

U.S. Allies Ignore Washington's Iran Sanctions

Jan 02, 2013 at 16:55 | John Daly

Since the U.S. began its “global war on terror” in late 2001 in the wake of al Qaeda’s U.S. attacks, two of its most stalwart Muslim allies have been Turkey…

The Imperial Dream of the Muslim Brotherhood

Jan 02, 2013 at 16:52 | Felix Imonti

The end will justify the means to unite the Islamic peoples into a world of virtue and prosperity to where the Muslim Brotherhood says that it will bring them.  Egypt…

China in Africa: Partners in the Year of the Snake

Dec 31, 2012 at 14:50 | Charles Kennedy

African exports to China have increased six-fold since 2000 alone, the bulk of it in oil, and this year, China surpassed the US and Europe as Africa’s largest trading partner.…

Hezbollah Sends Warm Greetings on Christmas

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:48 | Claude Salhani

Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Lebanese Shiite organization, designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel, posted a Christmas greeting to all Christians in the world, but particularly those…

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