No hegemonic peace in Cyprus

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original post date 16/04/2014
A Western-sponsored sub-regional security system can be constructed in the Eastern Mediterranean that will partner Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and Greece. Such a development would be most welcome.

Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals

Israeli gas platform, which produces newly discovered Israeli natural gas, is seen in the Mediterranean sea, west of the port city of Ashdod in this February 25, 2013 file picture. REUTERS Photo


Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.

Kurds in Turkey ask for a share from oil production

By Manolis Kostidis

The Kurds of southeastern Turkey make an indirect motion for autonomy. The new mayor of Diyarbakir, Gülten Kışanak (photo), who is a key member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, explained that the Kourodi is ready for democratic autonomy.

Russia Is Crushing Ukraine's Hopes for Energy Independence

Eastern Ukraine is home to nine-tenths of the country's coal and one of Europe's largest shale-gas deposits. Will the region soon be Moscow's?

Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine has never looked more likely.

In events that eerily resemble the prelude to Russia's annexation of Crimea, pro-Russian demonstrators have overtaken government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk, proclaiming a "people's republic" in Donetsk and snagging weapons and possibly hostages in Luhansk (Ukrainian police have regained control in Kharkiv).

US energy could loosen Russia’s grip on Europe

US energy could loosen Russia’s grip on Europe

By Nick Loris, April 01, 2014

Diminishing Russia’s economic leverage over Ukraine and Western Europe could be a key component of America’s policy response. This could be achieved simply by liberalising global energy markets. The US has antiquated and unnecessary restrictions on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil, and its government could consider lifting these restrictions as a priority. 

Russia Eyes Crimea's Oil and Gas Reserves

by Nicholas Cunningham, Mar 19, 2014
According to Reuters , Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia. Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister hinted at the possibility that it would take control of Chornomorneftegaz, a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise, and then "privatize" it by selling it to Gazprom.

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