Archive | March, 2010

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The True Causes Underlying the Moscow Metro Bombings

The tragic news of the 29 March twin suicide bombings of two Moscow Metro stations during the morning rush hour has produced outrage worldwide, with the Kremlin quickly adding that the attacks were carried out by the Caucasus Mujaheddin, a northern Caucasus-based militant Islamist guerrilla group that claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Moscow […]

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Argentina Running Out Of Options In Falklands Oil Fight

As Argentina’s oil battle with the United Kingdom rages on, the only other obstacle the South American country can throw at oil companies planning to drill near the Falkland Islands is to interdict U.K. ships or equipment – but regional expert Riordan Roett doubts the Argentines are “stupid enough to do that.” This would be […]

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Fate of Foreign Oil Investors In Limbo Amid Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire Border Dispute

A maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire that erupted this month casts doubt on future international oil claims near the contested area and raises questions about the reaction of foreign investors to the uncertainty. Earlier this month, Côte d’Ivoire appealed to the United Nations to delineate its offshore border with Ghana, a bid […]

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Damage Done By Nigeria’s Contentious Oil Bill May Be Tough To Undo

Nigeria’s controversial oil industry bill is expected to eventually pass but the government may find it tough to later shift gears as international oil firms targeted under the legislation scale back their investments. The Nigerian parliament is debating the Petroleum Industry Bill, an attempt at oil-sector reform in which Abuja can negotiate “downward” a foreign […]

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Yemen’s Push Into the Gas Sector Fails to Stimulate Great Excitement and Raises Disturbing Questions

With Yemen’s oil revenues plunging, the government’s push into the gas market seemed like an economic saving grace for a state wracked by poverty and terrorism, but analysts warn more thought should be given to carving out the country’s post-petroleum era. The infamous Christmas Day bomber’s attempts to blow up a jet approaching Detroit – […]

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Renewed Battle for the Falkland Islands Suits the Embattled British, Argentine Leaders, and Others

The artificially-engendered revival of the dispute, which began in February 2010 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, has been portrayed as a posturing by embattled Argentine Pres. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, taking advantage of both the start of exploratory oil and gas drilling by […]

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