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Geopolitics / South America

Maduro's Play

Dec 28, 2023 at 03:31 | Editorial Dept

While the world is now focused squarely on Israel-Gaza and Yemen’s Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea due to the concrete nature of these actions, the market…

In Show of Support, UK Deploys Warship To Guyana

Dec 26, 2023 at 02:56 | ZeroHedge

While the recent panic over the risk of a Venezuela invasion of its neighbor Guyana may have come and gone, some (former) global superpowers are not taking…

Venezuela's Maduro Holds Referendum Whether To Invade Oil-Rich Neighbor Guyana

Dec 01, 2023 at 18:10 | ZeroHedge

In a move that has prompted many to wonder which is the bigger banana republic, Venezuela or the US, Joe Biden's new BFF, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro (who…

Is Colombia On The Brink Of A Coup D’Etat?

May 17, 2023 at 08:48 | Matthew Smith

It was a daunting moment last Thursday in Colombia, South America’s longest-running democracy, when retired Colonel John Marulanda, ex-president of the Andean country’s powerful Retired Officers Association (ACORE…

How Hezbollah Is Sparking Instability In Latin America

May 24, 2022 at 11:03 | Matthew Smith

Extreme socioeconomic inequality, weak central governments, organized crime, and the vast profits generated by cocaine have inflamed geopolitical instability in Latin America for decades. That confluence of factors…

How Easing Sanctions On Venezuela Could Backfire

Mar 25, 2022 at 14:16 | Matthew Smith

Russia’s invasion of the former Soviet Republic Ukraine, Europe’s second-largest country, triggered a watershed moment for President Joe Biden and his administration. It…

Why Easing Sanctions Against Venezuela Would Be A Bad Move For The U.S.

Mar 08, 2022 at 13:44 | Matthew Smith

President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Europe’s second-largest country Ukraine highlights the threat posed by rising authoritarianism in a post-pandemic world afflicted by supply…

Latin American Oil Giants Struggle With Fuel Costs, Debt, And Pipeline Explosion

Jan 14, 2022 at 11:56 | Latin America Energy Advisor

Petrobras Raises Fuel Prices for Consumers Brazilian motorists are soon likely to pay more at the pump after the country’s state-run oil company, Petrobras, raised gasoline and diesel…

Latin America’s Populist Wave Is Weighing On Oil Producers

Jan 04, 2022 at 12:28 | Matthew Smith

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, populist leftism is again sweeping across Latin America. In August 2021 former school teacher and leftwing politician Pedro Castillo won Peru’s…

America's 'Maximum Pressure' Policy On Venezuela Has Failed

Dec 08, 2021 at 13:58 | Matthew Smith

Two decades of malfeasance and corruption coupled with sharply weaker crude oil prices and ever stricter U.S. sanctions have precipitated the worst modern economic collapse outside of war…

Colombia’s Oil Industry Faces Major Uncertainty

Aug 13, 2021 at 11:36 | Matthew Smith

Post-FARC peace treaty violence is at an all-time high with 2021 on track to be the most violent year in Colombia in a decade. Massacres and violent crimes,…

A New Civil War Would Decimate Colombia's Oil Industry

Aug 03, 2021 at 16:35 | Matthew Smith

The strife-torn South American nation of Colombia was rocked by anti-government protests which commenced in late April 2021 and lasted for roughly two months.

Venezuela’s Descent Into Anarchy Is Fueling Maduro’s Desperation

Jun 24, 2021 at 14:29 | Matthew Smith

Venezuela’s Descent Into Anarchy Is Fueling Maduro’s DesperationDescription: Tags:  After more than 15 years of U.S. sanctions which caused Venezuela’s one mighty petroleum industry…

Colombia’s Oil Industry Is Desperate For Protests To End

May 20, 2021 at 11:54 | Felicity Bradstock

Protests across Colombia, which have been raging for almost a month now, are hurting the oil and gas industry as producers are forced to shut in wells because…

Explosion Of Violence Is A Major Threat To Colombia's Oil Industry

May 04, 2021 at 12:11 | Matthew Smith

Once again, for the third time in less than two years, Colombia is saturated by protests sparked by President Ivan Duque’s proposed tax reforms which are aimed at…

Why Biden Needs To Change His Tune On Venezuela

Mar 10, 2021 at 13:05 | Matthew Smith

Since the U.S. presidential election started in earnest toward the end of 2020 there has been considerable speculation regarding President Biden’s plans for crisis-torn Venezuela. President Biden has…

Is Biden Preparing To Ease Restrictions On Venezuelan Oil?

Feb 15, 2021 at 16:57 | Matthew Smith

In a surprise move, President Biden has withdrawn U.S. support for a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in war-torn Yemen, describing the…

How U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Backfired

Feb 05, 2021 at 18:09 | Matthew Smith

Harsh U.S. sanctions, a crumbling economy, and near collapsed petroleum industry have done little, if anything, to loosen President Maduro’s grip on power in Venezuela. It appears that…

Venezuela’s Crisis: A Cautionary Tale For Oil Nations

Dec 17, 2020 at 12:50 | Matthew Smith

The story of Venezuela’s rise to wealth and its now near collapse is a cautionary tale for countries rich in natural resources. The 1914 discovery of crude oil…

Why Biden’s Approach To Venezuela Is So Important For Oil Markets

Nov 18, 2020 at 15:11 | Matthew Smith

In a hard-fought campaign Democrat Joe Biden won the November 2020 U.S. presidential race beating incumbent Donald Trump. There were considerable fears in the run-up to the election…

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