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 and equipment ahead of a major shipment… Continue Reading

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 revolution in oil and gas production made… Continue Reading

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. and Canada…. In the August 1993 declassified… Continue Reading

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 of the world’s largest untapped reserves. And… Continue Reading

Colombia heightens military presence to secure eastern war zone

Editor’s Note: Resource Wars: Oil pipelines and mining operations Source: Columbia Reports The Colombian government is bolstering its military presence in eastern Colombia after months of escalating hostilities and rebel attacks, including Tuesday’s bombing of a major oil pipeline, according to official reports. Colombia’s national police are working with the… Continue Reading

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 in the New Yorker, that “Obama’s defense… Continue Reading

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 is a weeble-wobble and does not know… Continue Reading

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 are in control of significant critical areas… Continue Reading

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 tank says. The Chinese Academy of Social… Continue Reading