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Saudi Arabia: Redrawing The Map Of The Future With Fibre-Optic Cables

Via Middle East Eye, a look at how Saudi Arabia is redrawing the map of the future with fibre-optic cables: Modern life is dependent on the internet and the hundreds of underwater fibre-optic cables that criss-cross the world, carrying essential digital services from country to country in milliseconds. Egypt has long enjoyed a dominant role as […]

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The Elusive Figure Running Wagner’s Embattled Empire of Gold and Diamonds

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Dmitry Sytii the elusive figure working to preserve the Wagner’s multibillion-dollar African operations: T-shirts have appeared on the streets of the Central African Republic’s capital recently picturing a bearded man with flowing hair and an almost saintly look. The image, reminiscent of a revolutionary Che Guevara, […]

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The Horn Of Africa States: Financing Development Projects Through Crowdfunding

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on how some Horn Of Africa states are crowdfunding development projects: Developmental projects such as rail and road building, port building, bridge building, airport building, industrial projects, and others in developing countries are mostly financed through either grants/aid from developed countries or financed through traditional financing (banks, both Islamic and non-Islamic). […]

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Miners’ Hunt for Copper Takes Barrick to Pakistan’s Western Frontier

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Reko Diq which has potential to be one of world’s biggest suppliers of copper needed for the global energy transition: For three decades, international mining companies have tussled with officials and locals over a patch of desert around an extinct volcano in Pakistan’s neglected, insurgent-prone western province […]

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The India-Middle East Corridor: A New Silk Route or Diplomacy by PowerPoint?

Via Middle East Eye, commentary on the India-Middle East Corridor: The US’ bid to take on China with the new Imec transit corridor leaves regional powers jockeying for influence. But will it actually be used? Israel‘s former transport minister was full of hope and optimism when he unveiled his ambitious plan to link the eastern Mediterranean […]

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Why Is the US Ambassador’s Visit to Gwadar So Important?

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on why – after staying away from Balochistan for over 15 years, the United States is showing increasing interest in the China-funded and operated strategic port of Gwadar: Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan province recently had a high-profile visitor: U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited this China-funded deep-sea port project on […]

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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.