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US and China Battle it Out for Latin America

US and China Battle it Out for Latin America

Jul 10, 2013 at 16:50 | ISN Security Watch

According to Robert Valencia, China is vying for greater economic influence in Latin America, to include possibly constructing and operating an alternative ‘Panama Canal’ through Nicaragua. One unanticipated consequence of…

BRAZIL: Petrobras Discoveries Mean More Debt

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’

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…

China to Build Panama Canal Bypass Through Nicaragua

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…

VENEZUELA: Lurching Towards Political Chaos and Recession

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…

COLOMBIA: Oil Pipelines Remain Constant Rebel Target

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.…

Venezuelan President Maduro Offers Olive Branch to Washington

Venezuelan President Maduro Offers Olive Branch to Washington

May 27, 2013 at 17:07 | John Daly

To say that U.S. relations with Venezuela’s former President Hugo Rafael Chávez grew increasingly strained would be an understatement. But Chávez succumbed to cancer on 5 March, and the winds…

BRAZIL: Round 11 in Rio, Hot and Getting Hotter

BRAZIL: Round 11 in Rio, Hot and Getting Hotter

May 17, 2013 at 14:16 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Rio’s 11th round of bidding for new concessions went down in an atmosphere of heavy competition, with Brazilian offshore acreage fast becoming some of the hottest oil and…

BRAZIL: Another Discovery for Karoon

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:…

Paraguay: Positioned for the Long Game, 2 Picks

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…


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