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Modi’s Central Asia Trip to Refocus India on the Region

Modi, cc Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Modi is in Central Asia trying to widen India’s footprint in the region, with one major concern being an early implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.

Japanese Courts Give Hope to Uranium Miners

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor, cc Wikicommons

Uranium mining executives were at a higher risk for heart attacks this month after two Japanese courts ruled on the restart of nuclear reactors in the country.

Europe’s New Normal Edges Finland and Sweden Closer to NATO

Finland Tank, cc Flickr Vestman, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Unconfirmed sightings of Russian subs and newly assertive Russian air power is causing some Scandinavian states to re-think NATO membership.

Mongolia-Rio Tinto Impasse: Could it be Over?

cc Hochgeladen von Calapito, Rio Tinto Logo

Will the impasse between the Mongolian government and major mining firm Rio Tinto over the massive gold-copper Oyu Tolgoi mine finally be resolved, and as early as this month?

South African Government Keeps Mining Industry on Edge

cc wikicommons

All of South Africa’s political ills are weakening its position at the bargaining table, and may cost it billions in rand in the end.

Stalled Global Growth Threatens US-EU Trade Talks

anti-TTIP protests in Berlin, CC Mehr Demokratie, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Could World Bank forecasts for ‘disappointing’ global trade growth produce another lull in TTIP negotiations?

Azerbaijan’s Hidden Crackdown on Civil Society

cc Wikipedia Flag-map_of_Azerbaijan

For all the crackdowns on civil society throughout the post-Soviet sphere and Middle East, we’ve heard surprisingly little about Azerbaijan.

Greenland Polls Yield No Clear Direction on Mining

Greenland CC Flickr Kitty Terwolbeck

Last week’s election result has brought more questions than answers concerning the future of Greenland’s mining industry.

Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union Faces Resistance in Central Asia

Vladimir Putin cc Wikicommons

Whether a question of imperial relapse or simple economics, Moscow has long been trying to consolidate its influence in Central Asia through the Eurasian Economic Union. But some key regional governments are still not convinced.

CETA Free Trade Agreement Could Benefit Canada More Than EU


Experts believe that CETA could benefit Canada more than the EU, but only if laws are passed to revive Canadian competitiveness.

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