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Shipping Rates Continuing to Soar – Could the Chinese be Starting to Unload their Metal Stockpiles

Jun 03, 2010 at 17:19

There definitely appears to be something going on with global bulk shipping. I mentioned last week that shipping rates (as measured by the Baltic Dry Index) for Capesize vessels have…

America’s Military Tug of War

Jun 03, 2010 at 17:04

Obama’s national security strategy lays out a vision of US global power based on a strong, modern economy at home and multilateralism abroad. But other forces in the US body…

Will Iridium be the Best-Performing Commodity of 2010

Jun 02, 2010 at 15:12

Unless you're a chemist or paleontologist, you've quite possibly never heard of iridium. The metal is one of the "little brothers" amongst the platinum group elements. The United States used…

Qatar: The World’s Biggest LNG Producer Holding Onto it’s Gas

Jun 02, 2010 at 15:04

On paper, it should be a perfect match. Qatar has huge amounts of gas to export and its neighbours are desperately prowling for reliable energy supplies to power their emerging…

Georgia and Moldova Shocked at the Prospect of New EU Plan

Jun 02, 2010 at 14:55

Officials in Moldova and Georgia are reacting with concern to speculation that the EU is poised to remove special representatives appointed to their regions. If confirmed, the change would signal…

BP’s Continued Existence Seen Coming Under Threat as Gulf Oil Spill Continues

Jun 02, 2010 at 08:14

The continued failure of BP’s efforts to stop the Gulf oil spill and mounting political pressure are putting the very future of the British-based oil giant in question. BP shares…

America and the Jungle of Serpants

Jun 02, 2010 at 07:20

An official directive that grants the US army expanded counterinsurgency powers reveals Washington’s imprisonment in an exhausted vision of security. An early decision of Bill Clinton after he became president…

Commodity Investors Now Turning their Attention to Rhodium

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:45

When I was at the Hard Asset Investment Conference in New York a few weeks ago, every hour someone would stop by my table, mention the word "rhodium", and walk…

Power Struggles in North Korea

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:38

While dramatic, the torpedoing of a Republic of Korea navy corvette in late March was not unexpected and it may have signalled the rise of Kim Jong-Il's youngest son, Earlier…

Here Come the Water Wars

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:29

Long time readers of this letter know well that I have been a big fan of the water play. The world is rapidly running out of fresh water, possibly within…

Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point

Jun 01, 2010 at 09:28

Once the Mideast's key strategic relationship, a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has tensions between them at the breaking point. Strategic relationship? What strategic relationship? "I don't…

Europe’s Nuclear Waste Storage Problems

Jun 01, 2010 at 08:05

An association based in Switzerland is helping its European neighbours in their search for a good place to dump nuclear waste, Ten nations have enlisted the aid of Baden-based Arius,…

Our Unhealthy Addiction to Oil

Jun 01, 2010 at 07:50

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is providing barrels of new ammunition to pundits on both the Right and the Left who contend we have to end…

Uranium Sector Hit by Mining Safety Fears

May 31, 2010 at 13:49

Just going through the usual heap of news that piles up over the weekends. A tiny article from the Brisbane Times caught my attention. It has some huge implications. The…

Korean War Games: The Sinking of the Cheonan

May 31, 2010 at 08:10

The torpedo fired by a North Korean (DPRK) Yeon-O-class submarine at the ROK Navy Po Hang-class corvette, ROKS Cheonan on the night of March 26, 2010, highlighted the failure of…

Tajikistan Energy Opportunities - An Interview with Tajikistan’s Ambassador to the United States

May 31, 2010 at 05:19

On 26 May, Tajikistan's Ambassador to the United States Abdujabbor Shirinov spoke openly about the energy and water shortages impacting the region, joint collaboration between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the construction…

Chinese Plans to End US Hegemony in the Pacific

May 31, 2010 at 04:41

The US is developing an air-sea battle concept to counter China's military buildup. But political problems and budgetary woes could kill the program before it ever gets started. China's People's…

A Snapshot of the Global Oil Market: The Good and the Bad

May 30, 2010 at 16:17

JODI is the Joint Oil Data Initiative. A project run by the International Energy Agency and a consortium of partners, collecting data on oil demand and supply around the world.…

The race to Find a Platinum Replacement is on

May 30, 2010 at 12:11

Platinum – the joy of a jewelry designer – the bane of a catalyst user, and in the current economy its the most expensive element on earth. Platinum is the…

Just How Much Oil is Leaking into the Gulf

May 29, 2010 at 10:00

The question of the week seems to be just how much oil is leaking from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico. I have steered away from the controversy…

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