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Northern Fleet’s New Arctic Base: Missiles and manpower to protect offshore oil and gas resources

On September 1, 2014 by stratagem

Source: Barents Observer The Northern Fleet is sending soldiers and firepower to the New Siberian Islands, Russia’s new base location in the Russian east Arctic. Fleet Head Commander Vladimir Korolyov this week inspected personnel...

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The wars that really are about the oil

On August 30, 2014 by stratagem

Source: Spectator UK Excerpt: Americans who hope that ‘energy independence’ can reduce US involvement in the Middle East similarly fail to understand the post-Cold War strategy of their own country. Thanks to the...

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Declassified CIA Report Reveals Friction Between US And Canada Over Arctic Sovereignty, Harper Orders Troops to Defend the North Pole Against Russian Dominion

On August 27, 2014 by stratagem

Source: IB Times A report that has been declassified by the U.S. CIA has revealed the battle on sovereignty over the Arctic region has caused a friction in the relations between the U.S....

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China’s “Nine-Dash Line” Advance Spurs Indonesian Military Shift to Remote Gas-Rich Islands

On August 25, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Reuters They know Natuna is quite a prize. Its fish-rich waters are routinely plundered by foreign trawlers. Lying just inside its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone is the East Natuna gas field, one...

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China Outsources Dirty Work to U.S. Military

On August 14, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Bloomberg View There’s very little that the Chinese government likes less than the projection of U.S. military power. The reasons range widely — from a general distaste for the U.S. meddling outside...

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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: SF Gate This week’s U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq are being accompanied with an undertow of “it’s all about oil” talk. Take for example, Columbia School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll’s observation...

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Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

On August 6, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Farsnews Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia would help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods...

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Azerbaijan battles Armenian separatists in disputed enclave

On August 4, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note: The U.S.  does not want the Russians to have any influence in this hydrocarbon rich region.  The U.S. is not established in the region while Russia has maintained a small military footprint at it’s 102nd military base. Georgia...

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Djibouti: Obama tactics and American Strategical Military Bases in Africa

On August 2, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Geeska Afrika Public diplomacy and regional strategic partnership news, edited by Nur Kafi, Managing Editor and Publisher. The security situation in Sub-Sahara Africa is as volatile and tenuous; militia groups and militants...

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Kurdish Oil Mystery Deepens as Ship Unloads Cargo in South China Sea

On July 31, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: IB Times A tanker carrying Kurdish oil has unloaded part of its cargo in the South China Sea, although the identity of the buyer remains a mystery. The United Emblem Tanker had...

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Operation Protective Edge: Israel in secret talks with British Gas Group on Palestinian gas

On July 24, 2014 by stratagem
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Editor’s Note: I am aware this article is from last year but it is relevant. Is Operation Protective Edge truly a geopolitical /military operation to root up Hamas and destroy rockets without guidance...

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Chinese Think Tank: China hit by Western military moves in Africa

On July 23, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: SCMP China’s involvement in Africa will face complications despite pouring in billions in investment and aid because Western nations are stepping up their military presence on the continent, a major Chinese think...

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Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

On July 21, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Voice of America The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area’s rich oil fields. By doing...

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Elite Oilfield Protection Units to Secure Oil Exploration and Drilling Activities

On July 20, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Somaliland Sun Sterling energy which has operations in the Odweine block has said it has halted its operations in the horn of African country until the country establishes an oil protection unit. Sterling whose...

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Afghans want oil project to create ‘energy corridor’

On July 16, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: World Bulletin Afghanistan could become an “energy corridor” in the next two years as the country could part-host a $17 billion pipeline project to transfer Turkmen gas to Pakistan and India, according...

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IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

On July 9, 2014 by stratagem
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Source: Guardian Yesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation “won’t end...

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Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars Global Conflicts Are Increasingly Fueled by the Desire for Oil and Natural Gas — and the Funds They Generate

On July 8, 2014 by stratagem
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  Source: Toms Dispatch By Michael T. Klare Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.  At first...

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