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Another Hot Summer in the Middle East Includes Oil and Gas Masks

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00

Intelligence sources in the Middle East have indicated that the summer in the region could turn out to be particularly hot and they're not talking about global warming or the…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - Russia's pre-eminence in the EU Energy Market (Part 3)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00

Russia’s preeminence in the EU energy market also became clear during 2009. The EU was smarting from the Russian-Ukrainian “gas war” of the previous winter when Ukraine held Europe’s heating…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - The US Support for Violence in Chechenya (Part 2)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00

In Spring 1997, the US capitalized on the brewing crisis between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The most significant development in the crisis took place somewhat away from the Nagorno-Karabakh front line.…

Europe's Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends - The EU's Failure (Part 1)

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00

The Greater Black Sea Basin (GBSB) – the region between the middle of the Adriatic Sea in the west and the middle of the Caspian Sea in the east,…

High Inventories Keep Crude Oil Prices from Advancing on Week

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00

Oil Market Summary for 04/05/2010 to 04/09/2010. Crude oil prices ended the week virtually unchanged from a week ago as optimism about demand warred with trepidation about historically high inventories…

Chinese Base Metal Stockpiles are Reaching Epic Levels - How will this Affect Prices

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00

A couple of interesting data points the last few weeks, on commodities oversupply. Last week CBI China reported that Chinese base metal stockpiles are reaching epic levels. CBI surveyed commercial…

The End of European Expansion and the Coming Debt Wars

Apr 07, 2010 at 19:00

Government debt in Greece is just the first in a series of European debt bombs that are set to explode. The mortgage debts in post-Soviet economies and Iceland are more…

Alaska Pipeline Project May Cost as Much as $40 Billion

Apr 07, 2010 at 19:00

Two competing projects for a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 states put the cost somewhere between $32 billion and $40 billion, even as the explosion of…

Floating Alternative to Nabucco Pipeline Moving Toward Implementation

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00

Romania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on April 13, 2010, took a major step toward the implementation of a substitute energy distribution network to substitute for the US-backed Nabucco strategic gas pipeline…

A Floating Alternative to Nabucco Undercuts Potential Disruptions to EU Energy Supplies

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00

In late February 2010, Romania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia finalized an agreement on the direct export of Azerbaijani natural gas to Romania. This has profound ramifications for halting Turkey’s ability to…

Are We Heading for a Decade of 1970s Style Stagflation?

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00

Four key factors in the 1970s were very different from present conditions, and that argues against 1970s-style stagflation as a model for 2010-2020. Sometimes history rhymes--but only for the first…

Gas Producers Go to the Dark Side

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00

It's finally happening. Gas producers are starting to crack. With the natural gas to oil price ratio running at a nearly-unprecedented 21-to-1 ($86.80 per barrel for crude versus $4.12 per…

Offshore Grid Linking Wind Generators Could Power U.S. East Coast, Study Says

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00

Offshore wind power can power the entire U.S. East Coast in a viable manner if the offshore turbines are spread over a wide area and connected in their own grid…

U.S. Will Lose a Trade War with China

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00

In light of the number of manufacturing and goods producing jobs lost in America over the past decade, it’s no wonder why many in Washington and on Main St. are…

The Ultimate Truth on Preventing Market Abuse. It Can't be Done

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00

I just finished reading a 144-page document from the Committee of European on ways to prevent market abuse. The paper discusses myriad ways regulators can browbeat listed companies into following…

Texas Acquisition Shows Shift of Gas Producers to Oil Investment

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00

SandRidge Energy’s agreement this week to acquire Arena Resources, a producer of conventional oil in West Texas, for $1.6 billion is the latest example of natural gas companies seeking to…

Rio Tinto Case Indicates Chinese Leadership are Confident that Growth Will Continue

Apr 04, 2010 at 19:00

When four executives from Rio Tinto, the giant Anglo-Australian mining company, were arrested last July on charges of stealing commercial secrets, as well as taking and receiving bribes from Chinese…

The Moscow Bombing: An Inevitable Victory for Moscow, But a Hard Struggle Ahead

Apr 04, 2010 at 19:00

The March 29, 2010, martyr-bombings in the two Moscow Metro stations served as a reminder of the escalating and evolving jihadist surge into Russia’s soft underbelly. The bombing took place…

Crude Prices Surge in Week, but Jobless Figures May Dampen Rise

Apr 02, 2010 at 19:00

Oil Market Summary for 03/29/2010 to 04/02/2010 In a week shortened by a holiday, crude oil futures reached an 18-month high, but U.S. jobless data released on Friday while commodities…

The U.S. Government Will No Longer be Propping up the Mortgage Markets. Supposedly

Apr 02, 2010 at 18:39

For over a year, the Federal Reserve has been pouring money into American mortgages. Buying "mortgage-backed securities" (MBS), financial instruments whose value is based on a pool of underlying mortgages.…

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