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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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