Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tag: Algeria

Intelligence agencies are running al-Qaeda camps in North Africa  –  UN consultant

New evidence points to a Western cover-up of Algerian state sponsorship of Islamist jihadists, to protect oil and gas interests. An unpublished report by a government advisor and UN consultant, obtained exclusively by INSURGE intelligence, accuses Western and Algerian security services of complicity in al-Qaeda terrorist activity across North Africa. The...

Russia Trumps USA Energy War in Mideast

In a fundamental sense the entirety of the five-year-long war over Syria, as well as the entire Arab Spring from Libya to Egypt to Iraq has been about control of hydrocarbon resources—oil and natural gas– and of potential hydrocarbon pipelines to the promising markets of the European Union. Dick...

Here’s why France is on the frontline of the war with Islamic State

France's persistent targeting by extremists is linked to its secretive war with IS militants being waged across the Mediterranean in the Maghreb. At least 84, perhaps up to 100 people, have been killed in the horrifying attack in Nice, France. In the latest of a series of terrorist attacks in the...

Can Turkey break its Russian gas habit?

Scrambling to reduce its gas dependence on Russia, Turkey has moved to speed up the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), designed to carry Azeri gas to Europe via Turkey, and set up three new liquefied natural gas facilities. According to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK), Russia provided...

EU wastes migrant aid millions with chaotic and badly managed projects

Ahead of €6 billion bargain with Turkey, blistering report says EU does not even count millions spent overseas on halting migration. European Union aid to halt migration is so poorly managed that Jean-Claude Juncker’s officials are unable to say how much has been spent, a scathing report has found. The finding...

Russians want to talk to OPEC about output, pipeline chief says

Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries about output cuts to bolster oil prices, the head of Russia's pipeline monopoly said on Wednesday, remarks that helped spur a sharp rise in world prices. Oil futures surged more than 5 percent after the comments...

Gasland EU: upcoming energy security package is all about gas

The European Commission’s first big energy initiative in 2016 will be a “winter package” on energy security, due in February. This will revise EU legislation on security of supply for gas and electricity, propose to give the Commission a greater role in international gas buying deals and set out...

Saudi Arabia’s mounting security challenges

Saudi Arabia faces an increasingly complex web of security challenges at a time when its economy is depressed. With oil prices unlikely to rise in the next couple of years, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud will have to balance carefully his foreign policy priorities. The kingdom announced its new...

Why Nordstream 2 risks failure

The Nordstream 2 gas pipeline that Gazprom and a number of major European energy companies, have agreed to build, faces formidable political, legal and economic obstacles that may make the project undeliverable, writes Alan Riley, professor at City Law School in London and nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic...

As oil prices tumble, from Algeria, Nigeria, Gabon to Angola, Africa’s producers are in...

The decline in the oil price has plunged Africa's oil and gas industry into dire straits, a situation made worse by factors such as uncertain regulation, corruption and the prospect of political and social instability. It is a particular burden on those economies most reliant on the industry for revenue,...

Eastern Europe is boosting military budgets, but US is still the big spender

Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are planning dramatic increases to arms spending, but they remain vulnerable to economic pressures, says thinktank. Russia and its Nato neighbours in the Baltic have agreed dramatic increases in their military budgets, in marked contrast to countries that are further west and away from potential conflict...

Reducing European Dependence on Russian Gas

There is limited scope for significantly reducing overall European dependence on Russian gas before the mid-2020s. Countries in the Baltic region and south eastern Europe which are highly dependent on Russian gas, and hence extremely vulnerable to interruptions, could substantially reduce and even eliminate imports of Russian gas by...

Of Strategic Interest To NATO: The Militarization of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf

On June 18 Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Madani at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The head of the Western military alliance extended an invitation to the Persian Gulf kingdom to join NATO’s partnership program...

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