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The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The rapid rise in the value of the U.S. dollar and the effect of new riches in the U.S. energy market has left many adversaries of the U.S. with serious future financial issues

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Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

After eight years of planning, funds have become available for the planned 310 megawatt (MW) Lake Turkana wind farm project estimated to cost $775 million – the largest private investment in Kenya’s history.

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Investing in a Gulf Free of Oil Dependence

Investing in a Gulf Free of Oil Dependence

The daunting reality for the United States and close allies in the Persian Gulf is that their economy has not transitioned away from oil dependency yet.

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Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

OPEC’s recent decision to keep production at its current levels lead to the realization by many investors that the current oil price may become the new norm.

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Two Big Players Enter the Fray

Two Big Players Enter the Fray

During President Obama’s recent trip spanning China, Myanmar and Australia, he along with Chinese President Xi Jingping announced what amounts to a historic agreement between the nations to reduce greenhouse emissions (amongst agreements to extend visas and trade deals to eliminate tariffs on IT products).

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UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

In a unique collaboration, 40 world-class chefs have come together in support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and created what is essentially an international culinary travelogue, offering recipes that detail tastes and key culinary choices from different parts of the world.

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The Continuing Losing Hand

The Continuing Losing Hand

The tragic outbreak of Ebola in Liberia that has killed at least 1,800 people has only added another debilitating layer on top of a slew of other concerns the government and its citizens are trying to overcome, especially years of civil war that ravaged the nation.

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First move toward completely renewable energy system

First move toward completely renewable energy system

Most people have never heard of El Hierro, westernmost of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. But this tiny outpost, population 10,000, may well become a model for larger communities and countries seeking energy independence.

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Mexico’s Energy Reforms

Mexico’s Energy Reforms

Eight months after constitutional amendments were introduced to reform Mexico’s oil and gas, and electricity sectors, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took a historic step and signed energy reform bills passed by the Congress of the Union into law.

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South Africa’s Innovative Energy Policy

South Africa’s Innovative Energy Policy

South Africa is leading the charge of developing renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa in part due to policy that provides a conducive investment environment to entice developers to investigate projects within the nation. As load shedding is a too frequent event, the nation is adding new options to its energy ...

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Iraq’s Oil Split

Iraq’s Oil Split

  It is not breaking news that Iraq sits atop vast amounts of oil. The country has the fifth largest proven crude oil reserves globally with an estimated 140 billion barrels. (For comparison: Iran, fourth globally, has an estimated 150 billion barrels, and Kuwait, sixth globally, has about 104 billion barrels ...

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Energy: The tie that binds Beijing and Moscow

Energy: The tie that binds Beijing and Moscow

Russia and China last month agreed to a landmark natural gas deal nearly a decade in the making that will put the two in partnership for the next 30 years. Russia’s energy giant, Gazprom, and the China National Petroleum Corp. signed the much-anticipated $400 billion natural gas deal on May ...

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Cyprus: How to kill two birds with one stone

Cyprus: How to kill two birds with one stone

Is a solution to the ongoing, four-decade long Cypriot crisis finally at hand? Judging by the insinuated words of Joe Biden during his recent visit to the divided island, so it may seem. It is no happenstance that the second time a U.S. vice president visits Cyprus after Lyndon ...

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Israel has something its neighbors might want

Israel has something its neighbors might want

Two large natural gas deposits off Israel’s coast hold the potential to bring warmer relations between the Jewish state and its Muslim neighbors, even Palestinians despite faltering political talks. Thanks to these natural gas fields—the Leviathan and the Tamar—Israel is expected to become a significant natural gas exporter over the ...

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The Political Economy of Oil Income in Iran

The Political Economy of Oil Income in Iran

Editor’s Note: The following is a contributing guest piece. Saeed Ghasseminejad is the cofounder of the Iranian Liberal students and Graduates (ILSG) and the International Center for Liberalism Studies (ICLS). His work on economy and politics of Iran and the Middle East and has been published in CNBC, The Weekly Standard, National ...

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