Alessandro Bruno

About Alessandro Bruno

Alessandro Bruno holds a BA, MA. He has worked for the United Nations in Libya and specialized in Middle Eastern, African, and South American affairs. Alessandro has worked as an industry analyst, lived and worked abroad extensively and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French with a working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and German.

Access to oil makes ‘Islamic State’ a greater threat than al-Qaeda

iraq pipeline Iran, the Arab States of the Persian Gulf region and North Africa discovered oil in the first half of the 20th century. They used the proceeds of oil sales – boosted by the 1973 oil embargo and various nationalizations – to advance their societies. Governments from Libya to Iraq to Saudi Arabia and Oman have used oil to fund education, healthcare and social welfare programs. Oil has vastly changed the social landscape in the Gulf region, turning Bedouins and pearl fishermen into oil sheikhs and desert tents into the grandiose skyscrapers that dot the shorelines of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and…

Rare Element Resources expects to be able to challenge China’s hold on the rare earth market

Rare Element Resources delivers promised improvements in Pre-Feasibility Study -- Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) has integrated the series of improvements at the Bear Lodge Project in Wyoming, promised throughout the past months, in its 2014 Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS), which was published on August 26. Highlights from the PFS include a low initial CAPEX of USD$ 290 million; increased cash flow and a 2.9-year payback from the start of production; a 45-year Project life based on an expanded Measured and Indicated mineral resource with the potential for an additional high-grade and heavy rare earth (HREE)…

Niocorp on the path to global niobium leadership

Niobium is one of fourteen metals or groups of metals that the Council of Europe has identified as critical. The United States National Research Council considers it even more important, listing it as one of the five "most critical" metals. Niobium carries great economic importance, made all the more so by its high level of supply risk. As has been the case for rare earths, niobium is one of the metals needed to produce ‘new technology’ items. It is needed to develop a wide range of super-alloys, which have applications in aerospace, nuclear energy (associated with zirconium for their resistance…

Agnico Eagle working towards increasing Homestake Resources gold and silver grade

Homestake-Resources Homestake Resource Corp (‘Homestake’, TSXV: HSR) is developing the gold and silver in northwestern British Columbia. It is part of the same stratigraphic assemblage of rocks as the Brucejack gold project, which was shown to contain several million ounces of gold (13 million ounces of gold and 62 million ounces of silver) and other gold-silver deposits hosted in lower Hazelton Group rocks. The possibility of increasing the current gold resource on the property is very optimistic. Homestake has two projects: Homestake Ridge and Kinskuch. Homestake has full ownership of the Homestake Ridge property (3,600 Ha.) which features an NI 43-1010…

Canada’s defense sector and Tekmira lead the way to finding Ebola cure

Tekmira The Ebola outbreak shows no sign of stopping and 500 new case have been identified since Canada promised to a hundred doses of an experimental vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO). The doses remain at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. This latest Ebola epidemic started in Guinea in early 2014 and then spread quickly to Liberia and Sierra Leone, threatening Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. As cynical as it may sound, there is no doubt that the Ebola epidemic has stimulated the biotech sector to work on specialized vaccines. The outbreaks in West Africa will enable private and…

Largo Resources starts production at lowest risk vanadium mine in the world

Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) Largo Resources completed the first production of vanadium pentoxide at the Maracas Vanadium Project – now renamed ‘The Vanadio de Maracas Menchen Mine’ (Maracas for short) in honor of Kurt Menchen, Largo's President of Brazilian Operations.  Largo said it has tested the product at its laboratory, designed to meet all the specifications required in the off-take agreement signed with Glencore. Largo expects that production volumes will increase progressively over the coming months in order to achieve a nominal capacity of 9,600 tons/month in the first phase of the project (or until the 12th month after…

Western agricultural and potash sectors suffers more from anti-Russia sanctions than Russia itself

imagesLU2BVI6V Russia has delivered a textbook response to the growing list of sanctions that the West and NATO countries have adopted, with more or less conviction, over its inevitable interventions in the Ukrainian civil war. Russia has banned food imports from several Western countries including Italy, Germany and Canada. It has also banned Western investment projects in the Russian agro-food sector just as Russian food tastes and consumption habits have been expanding to include a wide variety of products. From the Western perspective that Russia should modernize politically, the sanctions will have adverse effects, delaying that very process of modernization, forcing…

Paul Zink of Rare Element Resources sees higher rare earth prices on the horizon

Rare-Element-Resources-Zink August 20, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Paul Zink, Senior VP and CFO for Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) about the current global rare earth pricing climate and what we should expect in 2014. Paul says that the Chinese government has started to stockpile rare earths again and that “there is a lot of pressure building for higher prices…The big six Chinese firms that have been designated to consolidate the industry there have reported pretty poor financial results and continue to face an escalating cost structure: their environmental costs…

Julian Assange’s heart-it-leaks catalyst for determining his destiny

Julian Assange, the 43 year old Australian activist, who became famous for his WikiLeaks ‘project’, has announced that he is suffering from heart problems. He must, therefore, leave the diplomatic cocoon, where he has been living since June 2012. Julian Assange started publishing his revelations through a website known to very few, WikiLeaks, in 2007. His name exploded on the world scene in November 2010 when he published the contents of more than 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables. The revelations came as a shock to diplomatic relations, even those between allies, even if his website became a symbol of information…

Rare earth ‘grade leader’ Peak Resources’ gains 30% in share price on new beneficiation process

Peak-Resources-Darren-Townsend August 19, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Darren Townsend, Managing Director for Peak Resources Ltd. (‘Peak’, ASX: PEK) about the recently announced beneficiation breakthrough at the Ngualla Project in Tanzania. This, no doubt, contributed to Peak gaining almost 30% in share price in the span of a month.  Darren mentioned the low CAPEX, as outlined in the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS), which is critical in the current tough financing climate. Peak has been working continuously to bring the CAPEX down as much as possible and it has developed a new beneficiation process that Darren…