28. 01. 2015
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Intervention in civil wars ‘far more likely in oil-rich nations’

Source: UK Independent Conspiracy theorists have long insisted that modern wars revolve around oil. Now research suggests hydrocarbons play an even bigger role in conflicts than they had suspected. According to academics from...

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28. 01. 2015
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Drug Cartels Threaten Mexican Energy Future More Than Oil Prices

Source: Oilprice As the oil and gas industry deals with a very unfavorable international market environment, Mexico’s current government can no longer ignore the risks posed by the country’s challenging security scenario. 2014...

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17. 01. 2015
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UK sends warship to Falklands to beef up islands air defences

Source: UK Daily Express Navy chiefs have sent HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, to the South Atlantic after a deployment in Chile. Last night naval sources said the move was part of the...

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05. 01. 2015
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The secret hands guiding Israel’s controversial pipeline: Generals ,Mossad and Savak

Source: Haartz They are members of one of Israel’s most secret clubs – veterans of the security establishment, local businessmen and close associates of leading politicians. They sit on the board of the...

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01. 01. 2015
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US Army report calls for ‘military support’ of Israeli energy grab

  Source: Middle East Eye A new report by the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute emphasises the need for “US security and military support” to its key allies in the Eastern Mediterranean,...

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18. 12. 2014
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China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power and resource interests

Source: Reuters China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country’s maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in...

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18. 12. 2014
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Ex-Blackwater chief Erik Prince hired by South Sudan

Source: Pilot Online The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of...

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13. 12. 2014
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China railway link to Iran signed in Dushanbe

Source: Want China Times A document on a regional railway designed to link China with Iran via Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, was signed, Tajikistan’s Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday. The railways connection...

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08. 12. 2014
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Israel pushing EU to invest in pipeline through Cyprus

Source: ekathimerini Israel is lobbying the European Union to decide next week on investing in a pipeline from its Mediterranean gas fields to Cyprus that would provide a new alternative to Russian energy supplies....

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29. 11. 2014
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WINTER SKIES, FROZEN SEAS AND NORTHERN SHORES I: CHINA

Source: Global Policy Watch   Part 1: On the Frozen Seas of the North, a Red Dragon’s flight is worthwhile to note  Thanks to climate change in recent decades, the once always frozen waters...

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26. 11. 2014
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China moves into Afghanistan

Source: European CFR On 23 November, the Afghan Parliament finally signed off on the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, allowing foreign troops to remain in the country after 2014. Days earlier,...

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25. 11. 2014
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Egypt eyes Cyprus’ untapped natural gas riches

Source: Al Arabiya Cyprus and energy-starved Egypt agreed Tuesday to speed up procedures on the prospect of exporting natural gas from the Mediterranean island to the North African country, officials said. Egyptian Oil...

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21. 11. 2014
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CHINA’S String of Pearls Strategy: Why is the U.S. AFRAID and how does it affect us?

Source: Malaysia Chronicle Modernising the military is one of China’s four pillars in its modernisation drive which includes education, industry and infrastructure, military and agriculture. China’s largest strategic concern – regime survival and...

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20. 10. 2014
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Al-Qaeda’s Open Threat to Oil Shipments to India and West

Source: TNIE After its near successful hijack bid of PNS Zulfiqar- a missile-equipped warship of Pakistan at Karachi dockyard last month, terrorist outfit al-Qaeda, in the latest issue of its online propaganda magazine,...

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04. 09. 2014
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Israel is slowly becoming a linchpin of the region’s energy supplies

  Source: Foreign Policy Israel has found another nearby customer for its abundant offshore supply of natural gas, a sign that the region’s endless turmoil has not derailed energy development, even if Israel’s...

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02. 09. 2014
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Slovak Gas Pipeline Offers New Reverse Supply Route for Ukraine

Source: Moscow Times Slovakia on Tuesday opened a pipeline capable of delivering natural gas from the European Union to Ukraine, marking a major step in the bloc’s efforts to aid the country in its escalating dispute with Russia. Opening up so-called reverse gas...

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01. 09. 2014
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Northern Fleet’s New Arctic Base: Missiles and manpower to protect offshore oil and gas resources

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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30. 08. 2014
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The wars that really are about the oil

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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27. 08. 2014
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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

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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25. 08. 2014
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China’s “Nine-Dash Line” Advance Spurs Indonesian Military Shift to Remote Gas-Rich Islands

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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14. 08. 2014
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China Outsources Dirty Work to U.S. Military

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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12. 08. 2014
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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

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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06. 08. 2014
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Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

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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04. 08. 2014
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Azerbaijan battles Armenian separatists in disputed enclave

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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02. 08. 2014
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Djibouti: Obama tactics and American Strategical Military Bases in Africa

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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31. 07. 2014
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Kurdish Oil Mystery Deepens as Ship Unloads Cargo in South China Sea

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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24. 07. 2014
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Operation Protective Edge: Israel in secret talks with British Gas Group on Palestinian gas

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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23. 07. 2014
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Chinese Think Tank: China hit by Western military moves in Africa

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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21. 07. 2014
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Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

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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20. 07. 2014
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Elite Oilfield Protection Units to Secure Oil Exploration and Drilling Activities

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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16. 07. 2014
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Afghans want oil project to create ‘energy corridor’

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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09. 07. 2014
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IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

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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08. 07. 2014
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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

  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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07. 07. 2014
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ISIS And Assad Waging A ‘Water War

Source: IB Times Syrian militants and government forces are waging a “water war” for control of the country’s scarce resource, increasing the likelihood they may trigger a major humanitarian crisis: Lake Assad, which...

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03. 07. 2014
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Russia Uses Sberbank to Flex Its Financial Muscle

Source: Business Week A quarter century ago, when communist regimes in central and eastern Europe tumbled one after another, the economically devastated Soviet Union could do nothing but watch. The USSR fell apart,...

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03. 07. 2014
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French LNG pipeline to offer Germany alternative to Russian gas

Source: Oman Tribune A pipeline under construction in the beetroot fields of northern France is set to link a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port of Dunkirk with Germany by...

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02. 07. 2014
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Chinese Oil Embargo Paralyzes N.Korean Army

Source: ChoSun Ilbo The North Korean military is experiencing a dire fuel shortage due to a Chinese oil embargo that has lasted for five months. “Military units are making do without vehicles during...

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30. 06. 2014
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China to re-open Somalia embassy

Source: capital fm China will re-open its embassy in strife-torn Somalia after a 23-year absence, it said Monday, as Beijing extends its diplomatic and resources push into Africa. Beijing and Mogadishu established diplomatic ties...

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27. 06. 2014
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Russia could end up controling Romania’s oil reserves and half its gas reserves via stake in Austrian OMV

  Source: Romania Insider Russia’s state oil and gas company Gazprom is currently in talks to buy a 24.9 percent stake in Austrian group OMV, according to Reuters. This would make Gazprom the...

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24. 06. 2014
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NATO Commander Returns to Balkans Hunting for Albanian Oil

Editor’s Note: U.S. Military Operations, High Ranking Military commanders and Oil Corporations taking down governments of nations that just happen to have abundant petroleum resources + Gas, Uranium, Iron Ore, Gold, Rare Earths, Etc…. General Wesley Clark...

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22. 06. 2014
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Gazprom strategy: swapping dollar bonds for gas pipelines

Source: VOR After the new contract between Gazprom and CNPC was signed, the western media was quick to claim that Russia’s gas giant would not be able to fund the pipeline needed to...

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20. 06. 2014
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Transneft sets up pipeline security unit after blast in Ukraine

Source: UPI Russian pipeline company Transneft said Friday it set up a special entity to deal with security for its pipeline infrastructure. Transneft said it will set up 13 separate branches of the security division...

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19. 06. 2014
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Ukrainian energy expert says country must sell some of its pipeline to…Russia!

Source: Yahoo news While Iraq has dominated the geopolitical stage this week (and with good reason), there’s still some crazy stuff going on in Ukraine. Earlier this week Russian natural gas giant Gazprom...

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18. 06. 2014
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Battle rages for Iraq’s largest oil refinery

Source: Middle East Eye Iraq’s main oil refinery remains under siege on Wednesday after a major assault by Sunni militants, with staff telling news agencies that most of the facility was now under their...

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18. 06. 2014
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Chinese army think-tank says Arctic energy would help economy

Source: Reuters UK Oil and gas resources in the Arctic are an important resource to guaranteeChina‘s sustained economic growth and the country should actively look at developing it, state media on Wednesday cited...

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18. 06. 2014
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US Marines Linked to Australian Energy Security

Editor’s Note: Related Article from 2 years ago- U.S. MARINES ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA TO SECURE OFFSHORE NATURAL GAS AND OIL FIELDS Source: ABC News/AP The growing number of U.S. Marines in northern Australia...

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16. 06. 2014
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U.N. Peacekeepers to Protect China’s Oil Interests in South Sudan

Source: Foreign Policy […] In South Sudan, the investment is indeed paying dividends — for China. Last month, Beijing quietly secured a deal that will put the U.N.’s famed blue helmets to work...

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16. 06. 2014
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Kurdish Forces Move in on Disputed Territories

Source: Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – It took Kurdish Peshmarga fighters less than two days to take full control of not only the oil rich city of Kirkuk, but also most of the...

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15. 06. 2014
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China has far more at stake in Iraq than America

  Source: Forbes   If Anyone Bombs Iraq, Shouldn’t It Be China? […] The Chinese, on the other hand, would have a much harder time if Iraq’s 3.7% of global production suddenly went...

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09. 06. 2014
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Somaliland: a U.K. PSC to train and equip a special force to protect oil exploration

Source: Bloomberg […] Special Force The UN is also concerned about the Somaliland government’s plan to hire Assaye Risk, a U.K.-based private security contractor, to train and equip a special force to protect oil...

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07. 06. 2014
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The Algerian army intervened in western Libya: Secure Oil Sites

  Editor’s Note: Foreign reports of U.S. French, Algerian and Chadian special operation forces conducting operations in western Libya is on my radar but happens to be off the radar of Major News...

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06. 06. 2014
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U.S. Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean—a New Persian Gulf?

Source: German Marshall Fund For more than two decades, the United States has taken Eastern Mediterranean maritime security for granted. But the discovery of energy sources is changing the regional security landscape, eliciting...

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03. 06. 2014
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Brazil builds nuclear submarine to patrol offshore oil

Source: Yahoo | AFP Brazil is building five submarines to patrol its massive coast, including one powered by an atomic reactor that would put it in the small club of countries with a...

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29. 05. 2014
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THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF CHINESE INFLUENCE

Source: Diplomatic Courier The economic growth of a nation, under certain conditions, can lead to a simultaneously expansionist foreign policy designed to ensure the establishment of its commercial and military influence in strategic...

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29. 05. 2014
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China-Vietnam oil dispute demonstrates volatility of competing South China Sea claims

Source: Hazard Ex China moved a drilling rig to a position off Vietnam’s coast in early May, causing clashes that highlight the emergence of the South China Sea as a major potential flash...

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29. 05. 2014
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RUSSIA, BELARUS AND KAZAKHSTAN SET UP NEW ALLIANCE

Source: AP The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the...

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28. 05. 2014
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Germany in scramble for Africa Resources

Source: Oman Observer GERMAN industry’s representative in Angola, Ricardo Gerigk, has a tough job drumming up business in Luanda, the costliest city in the world for expats, where contracts tend to go to...

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21. 05. 2014
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Russia And China Sign Gas Pipeline Megadeal

Source: Business Insider MICHAEL KELLEY Russia’s Gazprom and China’s China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) have signed a historic 30-year contract to supply natural gas to China, according to Russia Today and confirmed by Bloomberg....

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17. 05. 2014
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The Scramble for Uranium in Africa

            Source: Wise International Africa’s resources are extracted by outsiders, with benefits only reaching the involved non-African mining companies and non-African end-users of the commodity. Africa is the next...

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17. 05. 2014
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In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

              Source: NYT When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the...

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16. 05. 2014
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Extremist groups battle each other for control of Syria’s oil hub

Source: CSMonitor Fighting between extremist factions in eastern Deir ez Zor Province has escalated this week, killing dozens of rebels and forcing residents to flee. At stake is control of a large number...

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16. 05. 2014
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Africa: Militarised Humanitarianism in Africa

            Source: All Africa Washington — As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in...

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15. 05. 2014
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William F. Engdahl:US wages oil wars in Middle East to dominate world energy markets

              Source: Voice of Russia  The Anglo-American oil cartel is pursuing longstanding ambition to dominate the world energy market. Hydrocarbons, oil and gas, are the main driver...

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14. 05. 2014
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France to start training Libyan police in coming weeks

Source: Swiss Info  France said on Tuesday it would begin training Libyan policemen in the coming weeks, more than a year after pledging to do so as part of efforts to help restore...

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12. 05. 2014
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Can America Stop Russia’s Energy “Pivot” To Asia?

Source: National Interest […] Relations with China are critical to another piece of Putin’s pipeline strategy—his plan to penetrate the Indian energy market. Russia and India are negotiating the construction of a $30 billion...

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12. 05. 2014
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Russia’s dress rehearsal for vast Arctic claim

      Source: Australian WHILE the world waited for an invasion of mainland Ukraine, Russia quietly gained a chunk of territory the size of Switzerland 6000km away. In marked contrast to the...

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02. 05. 2014
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Norwegian Land Up For Sale Could Be What China Needs To Access The Arctic

            Source: IBT After a decade of looking westward to Central Asia to secure access to energy supplies, China is shifting its gaze to the north, where it...

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02. 05. 2014
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Greenland and the Arctic: The next Ukraine?

              Source: cphpost.dk Even before the recent tensions in Ukraine began to heat up, Russia’s Arctic neighbours – including Greenland – were wondering about its intentions in the...

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30. 04. 2014
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Arctic region is serious military-diplomatic battlefield between Canada, Russia, US, Norway and Denmark – experts

            Source: Voice of Russia The world is shaken by armed conflicts, the tension is growing between the opposing geopolitical forces and the statements made by the large...

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24. 04. 2014
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With World Watching Ukraine,Russia Makes Energy Moves in Africa

            Source: USNews …Already, Russia provides about 30 percent of Western and Central Europe’s natural gas, much of which is piped through Ukraine. But since invading, the Kremlin...

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24. 04. 2014
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Gazprom Turns Up Heat On Kiev With $11bn Bill

          Source: Skynews Russia’s energy giant Gazprom has hit Ukraine with a new $11.4bn (£6.8bn) gas bill – more than five times its original claim. Gas supply has become...

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22. 04. 2014
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Frosty Relations: Militarizing the Arctic

                  Source: World Policy  The Arctic melt is uncovering more than just resources and trade routes – it is also opening up a whole new...

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22. 04. 2014
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This Map Shows Why the US Is Critical to China’s Energy Needs

          Source: IO9 In recent years, China has awakened to a growing dilemma. The country is increasingly dependent on energy imported through maritime straits that are kept secure by...

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20. 04. 2014
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Moscow moves into Kyrgyz energy as US pulls troops from Bishkek base

Source: Global Times Although the International Security Assistance Force still has time until the end of 2014 to leave Afghanistan, US troops have already started to withdraw from neighboring Central Asia. Earlier this...

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17. 04. 2014
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Syrian oil plundered by armed groups

          Source: Al Monitor News on the situation of Syria’s northeastern oil fields is not pleasant. Governmental authorities, however, do not have the required tools to change the course of sabotage...

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17. 04. 2014
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Gas pipeline that would bypass Russia gets new push

          Source: Politico The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is helping to create an opening for another former Soviet state that wants to become a bigger gas supplier to...

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17. 04. 2014
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Germany has no alternative to Russian gas

          Source: DW Germany faces a renewed debate on energy in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. To a large extent, the country depends on Russian oil and...

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14. 04. 2014
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Africa’s next Angola oil fields will be in Somalia’s Oil and Gas in Indian Ocean Exploration

              Source: Geeska Afrika Africa’s next Angola oil fields will be in Somalia’s Oil and Gas in Indian Ocean Exploration. British oil giant British Petroleum signed concessions...

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14. 04. 2014
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Why the Sudden Rush Into Africa? It’s the Oil

          Source: The Root Kenya, Libya Uganda and Nigeria are thousands of miles removed from that toilet of European tension known as Ukraine, but as drama unfolds in Eastern...

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13. 04. 2014
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Uganda, with uranium, oil and gas, seeks India’s help

Editor’s Note: Obama/Pentagon deploying 100’s of special operation forces to hunt Joseph Kony or are they setting up a strategic military footprint in Uganda to secure mountains of uranium, oil and gas through clandestine...

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11. 04. 2014
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Russia invaded Crimea and these U.S. energy companies made a killing

Source: resource investor The Energy Report: In a recent Daily Resource Update, you wrote a piece called, “Here’s How Russia’s Invasion of Crimea Could Benefit Some U.S. Oil Companies,” and it wasn’t the oil producing companies I assumed...

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09. 04. 2014
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Mena region ‘strategically well-placed’ to supply world with energy

            Source: Zawya   Mena region is “strategically well-placed” to supply the world with energy, especially the ever-expanding Asian oil and gas demand centre, said Opec secretary-general Abdalla...

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06. 04. 2014
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The New Grand Game: Struggle for the domination and influence over the Caspian region, its vast natural resources and transportation routes

              Source: the malaysian insider Once considered as the Russian inner lake, the Caspian has presented itself as an open/high sea of opportunities literally overnight – not only...

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03. 04. 2014
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Slovenia warns Croatia over exploration of hydrocarbons in border dispute area

              Source: Dalje Croatia’s Ambassador to Ljubljana, Vesna Terzic, was summoned to the Slovenian Foreign Ministry on Thursday after the Croatian government issued a public tender for...

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01. 04. 2014
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Encircle Russia and Energy Security: NATO plans stronger military ties with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova

            Source: armradio.am NATO wants to strengthen its influence in the East Europe, the German Der Spiegel writes. According to the paper, the new “ice age” between the West and Russia has...

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01. 04. 2014
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Russia plans to build undersea gas pipeline to Crimea

                Source: Reuters Russia plans to build an undersea gas pipeline to Crimea and could construct three power stations on the Black Sea peninsula following its...

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31. 03. 2014
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East Africa’s new great oil game

          Source: Africa Report Four leaders dominate the East African diplomatic chess-board, its diplomacy, its soldiering and its business interests. With new railways and road networks, together with new...

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30. 03. 2014
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Russia considers natural gas expansion in North Africa, Near East

Source: Al Monitor Russian media in recent days has begun to talk about Gazprom’s plans to increase sales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to markets in North Africa and the Near East. On...

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30. 03. 2014
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Chokepoint: Strait Provides Latest Targets For Pirates As Freight And Oil Tankers Transit Through

Source: national yemen With pirate attack statistics at their lowest levels for six years, a fact attributed to the steep decline in incidents reported off Somalia, a worrying trend has started to emerge, this time in...

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30. 03. 2014
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China-Europe route is the new ‘silk road’

Source: Taipei Times One of the world’s longest railways — a “modern-day silk road” — covers about 11,000km en route from the Chinese megacity of Chongqing to Duisburg, a key commercial hub in...

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29. 03. 2014
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Russia’s Lukoil opens giant Iraq oil field, adding to crude glut

Source: Telegraph     Russia’s Lukoil has opened a giant untapped oil field in Iraq that will play a major part in driving up production to new highs in the Middle Eastern country...

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28. 03. 2014
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Oil battle looms in divided Libya

Source: LFPRESS The Red Wadi (Wadi al Ahmar) lies a bit to the west of the old Roman border between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, but if Libya splits in two it will serve quite...

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28. 03. 2014
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The Arctic: Where the U.S. and Russia Could Square Off Next

Source: The Atlantic In mid-March, around the same time that Russia annexed Crimea, Russian officials announced another territorial coup: 52,000 square kilometers in the Sea of Okhotsk, a splotch of Pacific Ocean known...

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27. 03. 2014
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Is Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border Dispute About Oil?

Source: Eurasianet Last October, according to Kyrgyz accounts, Tajik soldiers crossed into disputed territory to repair an oil and gas well that a Tajik company had used since independence—pumping, by some estimates, 5 tons...

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24. 03. 2014
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Far North turf war: Who really rules the Arctic?

            Source: metronews.ca Five countries lay claim to territory around the North Pole. Some of those claims conflict, while other countries, like China, want the Arctic to be deemed...

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24. 03. 2014
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Red-Med project : China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

          Source: DW The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for...

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24. 03. 2014
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U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Oil and Commandoes

          Source: Allgov When the U.S. military raided a renegade Libyan tanker on March 16 in the Mediterranean Sea, the mission was successful by all accounts. About 30 Navy Seals managed...

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22. 03. 2014
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Petroleum Wars: Libyan army in heavy fighting with oil port rebels

            Source: Arab News Libyan rebels occupying oil ports clashed with troops on Saturday after attacking an army base where reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break...

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20. 03. 2014
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Project for a New American Century: Iraq invasion was about oil

            Source: Guardian Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War – yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which...

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18. 03. 2014
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Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. gas nexus

              Source: Tehran Times “The past five years have demonstrated that the U.S. president does not have any ethical dimension for his foreign policy – Syria is...

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