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Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

It is always a good idea to read the business press with a critical eye. In the case of countries where media bias is unusually strong, it can also be quite profitable for investors to do so.

In Maduro Era, Ramírez Sidelined With Other Former Chávez Grandees

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

After zigging toward liberalization, by suggesting a reduction in the gasoline subsidy or letting the bolívar devalue, and zagging back away, the only continuity is that Maduro is gradually displacing the original chavista high guard.

N.S.A. Spying on Petrobras Forms Part of Wider U.S. Oil Espionage

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

If he fails to rein in the N.S.A., Obama may go down in history not as an agent of change but as someone who torpedoed U.S.-Latin America relations in a cynical effort to outflank suspicious leftist governments in Venezuela and Brazil.

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?

The Price of Oil: Speculation, Manipulation Or a Deeply Broken System

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Will it be a serious and searching probe of the malevolent formation of prices in the oil industry, costing American and world consumers billions, or just a cursory headline in the manner of the now discredited 'The Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group.'

OPEC's Massive $1 Trillion Haul in 2012 While Sowing Jihad

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

This torrent of money flowing into OPEC, especially into the Persian Gulf States, raises the question how this massive windfall is being put to use other than providing fresh capital for the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, as those of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Condy and Hillary's "Tug of War" With Chávez in Paraguay

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For isolated and impoverished countries, it can sometimes prove difficult to pursue an independent foreign policy which challenges Washington's tradit...

Caracas Cables: Infiltrating the DEA, Expropriated Golf Course, Halliburton's Ties to Venezuelan Oil Company

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the political relationship deteriorated between the Bush administration and Chávez, so, too, did collaboration on the U.S.-sponsored drug war.

The Oily History of Offshore Operations: From Venezuela to the Gulf

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

It was the Americans and the British who pioneered offshore oil drilling some 100 years ago, and who must now pave the way for cleaner technologies to save the Gulf of Mexico.

Clan Politics Unite Caracas, Moscow, and Tehran

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Nearly all analyses of important international relationships, whether internal or external, see the countries' systems through a prism that hides the power of clans and cabals.