Archive for March, 2015

The $50 Device That Symbolizes A Shift In North Korea

Via Reuters, an interesting article on North Korea: A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated – a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban […]

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China And India: Competing For Influence In Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a look at China and India’s competition for influence in Afghanistan: New Delhi and Beijing are both keen to see the visit to China by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is scheduled for May, produce something substantive. For one thing, the two countries are looking to address one of the thornier […]

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Afghanistan’s Big Project: A Train To Europe

Via Newsweek, an article on a proposed rail link between Afghanistan and Europe: Looking beyond the security troubles plaguing his country, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans on Thursday to build a strategic railroad stretching from Central Asia to China that would allow Afghanistan to develop its untapped mineral resources. In a speech at the […]

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Myanmar: Land Of Temples And Technology

Via The Economist, a look at Myanmar’s REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The room […]

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Turkmenistan: Facing Unprecedented Challenges In 2015

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of Turkmenistan: Like most former Soviet countries, Turkmenistan has seen a significant devaluation of its currency and is facing growing economic pressures. These pressures have increased the potential for unrest in the country, where protests have historically been uncommon compared to its Central Asian neighbors. While the Turkmen […]

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Where To Invest in African Mining

Via MineWeb, a report on African mineral development risk: Every year Canada’s Fraser Institute produces a perceived ranking system for various aspects of global mineral investment attractiveness covering the globe, and based on responses to a questionnaire sent out to mineral resource developers and explorers. The latest survey was conducted between August 26 and November […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.