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This Overlooked Shale Play Just Reported A Huge Rise In Output

September 21, 2017 Dave Forest 0

The Americas continue to be the world’s top jurisdiction for oil and gas investment. With Chinese super-E&P Cnooc saying this past week it is seeking farm-in deals in newly-opened plays in the Gulf of Mexico.  And in onshore shale, activity is just a frenetic. With new data showing a surprising surge in drilling for one play that few observers have been watching of late.  The Haynesville shale of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.  Unconventional drilling in this play has largely been overshadowed by higher-profile…

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Peruvian Villagers Shut Down 50 Oil Wells In Protest

September 21, 2017 Irina Slav 0

Villagers in the Peru Amazon have shut down 50 oil wells in protest against the negotiations of a new oil field development contract between Lima and Canadian Frontera Energy Group. The Amazon communities, who have been complaining for years about the environmental pollution from oil production are now angered that the government of the country, led by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has ignored an indigenous rights law passed in 2011. The law stipulates that the government must consult indigenous communities before it approves any plans that…

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Bedouin village in Negev urges Israel to connect schools to electricity

September 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An “unrecognised” Bedouin village in the Negev is urging the Israeli authorities to connect its schools to the national electrical grid. Currently, Wadi El-Na’am’s schools and kindergartens – attended by some 3,000 children – are powered by diesel generators. There are in fact electrical power lines already running through village, but they only serve nearby chemical plants. Legal rights centre Adalah wrote to senior Israeli government officials on 6 September, on behalf of the Wadi El-Na’am parents committee and the local village council, demanding that all the schools and kindergartens are connected to the national grid. “The diesel deliveries take place during the school day when students and staff are all onsite, which undoubtedly poses a danger to their health […]

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Kuwait ready to commence Yemen peace talks

September 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Kuwait is ready to host parties to the Yemen civil war to sign a final peace agreement, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA reported. In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, representatives of the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah and Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah said: “We express out readiness again to receive our Yemeni brothers to sign a final agreement once they conclude it.” Kuwait has previously hosted a United Nations initiated negotiation for the Yemen civil war in 2016 to finalise a peace agreement, but failed to succeed. Today marks three years since the Ansar Allah armed group – otherwise known as the Houthis – took control of Yemen’s […]

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Poll: Haniyeh will win presidential elections

September 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh is expected to beat Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in any upcoming elections, Al-Resalah newspaper reported yesterday. A referendum carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that 41.7 per cent of the participants would vote for Abbas and 49.8 per cent for Haniyeh in any upcoming presidential elections. The centre is based in the West Bank city of Ramallah. According to Al-Resalah, its director Khalil Shikaki told a German news agency that Abbas is losing his popularity in Gaza because of the measure he has been taking against Palestinians living in the besieged Strip. He added that is Abbas continues to tighten measures on Palestinians […]

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From criminalising normalisation to criminalising a boycott of Israel

Economic, trade and cultural normalisation of relations with Israel, let alone political normalisation and security cooperation, has always been criminalised by the Arab states. However, this did not prevent Arab capitals and individuals from sneaking under the radar and establishing relations and communication with the racist, occupation state. This began very early on, even before the establishment of Israel, during the time of the Zionist terror gangs that became the nascent state’s government; it continued in one form or another after the 1948 Nakba. The Arab boycott of Israel began with the punishment of any party that dealt with Israel, including companies, institutions and individuals. However, its iron fist approach began to lessen and the Arab governments began to shrink […]

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Netanyahu sought to establish trade zone with Jordan

September 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to establish an international trade zone along the border with Jordan, a police investigation into corruption has suggested according to Israel’s Channel 2. The police suspect that Netanyahu wanted to compensate Israeli businessman Arnon Milchan for the gifts the prime minister and his wife received in the form of cigars, champagne and hundreds of thousands of shekels. In the framework of the cooperation between Milchan and an Indian company, the businessman asked the prime minister to initiate an international trade zone on the border with Jordan, according to Channel 2. Police suspect that Netanyahu promised Milchan he would do so but the project was not implemented. The channel reported that the project was initiated […]

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