Archive for July, 2023

China’s Oil Gambit in Africa’s Conflict Zones

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report on China’s efforts to double down on its African energy investments even in the face of local opposition and violent conflict: As China, the United States, and other players jockey for position in present and future energy sectors, the African continent faces a pivotal moment in its oil and […]

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Malaysia: Plans To Become ‘Regional Renewable Powerhouse’

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, an article detailing Malaysia’s renewable energy ambitions: Malaysia has launched programs to promote renewable energy in a country that has relied heavily on fossil fuels, hoping to lead Southeast Asia in transition to a greener economy. But the ambitious targets, such as having renewables supply 70% of the total energy supply […]

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In Niger, Uranium Trading Continues, Even After The Coup

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a look at economic activity in Niger, in light of the recent coup: Following the military coup, the ousting of Mohamed Bazoum, and the closing of borders, the economic operators in Niger like Global Atomic and Orano are watching and waiting; but still mining. In Niamey, the morning of 27 […]

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Why The World Is Suddenly Wooing Papua New Guinea

Courtesy of The Economist, a look why Papua New Guinea’s poor, troubled islands are returning to the forefront of the big powers’ strategic thinking: Ringed by verdant hills, the harbour of Port Moresby has probably not seen such military buzz since the second world war, when it was bloodily defended by America and Australia against […]

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China, Pakistan Celebrate CPEC’s 10-Year Anniversary

Via Tasnim News, a report on CPEC’s 10-year anniversary: Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng was due in the Pakistan capital on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of a mega economic plan that is the cornerstone of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Since its initiation in 2013, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has seen tens […]

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Rise of AI Newsbots Shakes up India’s Media Landscape

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a report on one Indian television network’s trial of virtual anchors: When Indian broadcaster Odisha TV introduced a new anchor earlier this month, she garnered mixed reviews, from “pathbreaking” to “robotic” and “emotionless.” The channel’s head, Jagi Mangat Panda, hailed her debut as “a milestone in broadcasting TV and digital journalism.” […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

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.