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.

Hong Kong’s student protests scare Beijing

umbrella Some have described it a “Little Tiananmen” but the leaders of ‘Occupy Central’ have a clearer notion of what they want to achieve than their Chinese cousins in 1989. This is because, unlike the citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the inhabitants of Honk Kong know what freedom, democracy, and rule of Law mean. This means that they are prepared to endure any sacrifice to convince Beijing to listen to their demands. Predictably, nobody in Beijing is going to listen, much less go along with them. The protests intensified over the past weekend and they have waned somewhat on…

Peak Resources attracts new investors, easing path to production

Ngualla Project Any discussion about rare earths inevitably leads to China, because it enjoys a near monopoly in the production of rare earths. Years of price dumping have made it very difficult for competitors to enter the market, enabling China to have built an absolutely dominant position in the mining and processing of such metals as neodymium, terbium or dysprosium. However, slowly, new competitors are getting ready to enter the market; some like Molycorp in the United States and Lynas Corp in Australia and Malaysia have already started to produce rare earths, even if mostly light rare earths. China has also started…

Alibaba ‘Opens Sesame’ on Wall Street: the significance of the largest IPO in history

160914-alibaba2-m The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, operator of the Taobao – meaning ‘digging for treasure’ – website, achieved the largest IPO in history on September 19. Alibaba, trading under the symbol NYSE: BABA could soon be worth more than Amazon; already at the open, with a market price of USD$ 67 per share, it was worth more than Boeing, the United States’ greatest exporter by value. It closed the day at USD$ 93.89 or 37.32% higher. The listing has earned it over USD$ 21.77 billion dollars, a figure that rises to over USD$ 25 billion when taking options into consideration. The…

Rumored merger between Yara International and CF Industries could shake up potash market

imagesQ1QIBRLC Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara International announced, this week, that it has entered talks with US-based CF Industries (an ammonia and nitrogen production giant) for a possible merger. Should the two companies reach a deal, it would be a merger of equals, giving birth to an industrial giant with a market value exceeding USD$ 27 billion. The talks are at a very early stage and their outcome is still uncertain but the Oslo Stock Exchange reacted favorably to the possible merger as Yara’s shares (Oslo: YAR) rose by almost 9% on Tuesday. The compatibility between CF and Yara is not immediately…

An effective anti-ISIS strategy must include all regional powers

"We are not at war with Islam, which teaches peace….there are millions of American Muslims who are part of this country. I reject the idea of a clash of civilizations,” said the President of the United States, Barack Obama, addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations. Obama carefully chose this ‘peaceful’ framework to urge international support for action to weaken and destroy the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS). Obama also reassured Americans, most of whom have had become rather weary of US interventions in the Middle East, that he would not be sending American ground troops, limiting the intervention to air…

California’s plan to have one million EV’s on the roads by 2023 will be successful

imagesT9ESGMT1 By 1 January 2023, there will be at least a million electric private vehicles in California if a plan adopted by Governor Jerry Brown succeeds. Last week, Gov. Brown signed a law encouraging consumers to buy environmentally friendly cars just days ahead of the start of the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York. Brown considers environmental protection to be one of the most important aspects of his administration. The new legislation will be backed by an initial USD$ 200 million budget to reduce pollution by rewarding buyers of electric and very low emission cars in the form of…

Oil production increases amid signs of political optimism in Libya

Oil Libya’s elected parliament (there are technically two of them – the elected one operating from Tobruk and a competing one dominated by Islamist rebels in Tripoli) has a new government headed by Prime Minister al-Thani. It is a small bit of good news from Libya, which has struggled to reign in the chaos resulting from the end of the Qadhafi regime in 2011. The new government will have to confront the continuous clashes and violence but it will also ease the current oil export conditions, as the National Oil Company will resume its role as the sole legitimate oil trading…

Matamec converts Toyota partnership from joint venture to profit sharing

Matamec Matamec Explorations Inc. ("Matamec", TSXV: MAT | OTCQX: MHREF) has issued an update about the CAD$ 4 million investment from CDA Resource Quebec (‘RQ’) in the HREE deposit at Kipawa, announced by the company on April 2. Last March, the Government of Quebec expressed the economic and technological importance of the Kipawa Project, warranting Resources Quebec inc to invest CAD$ 1 million in equity capital and a minority equity of $ 3M CAD in the Kipawa deposit, which is part of a total CAD$ 6 million project (in which Matamec will invest CAD$ 2 million). Matamec has also announced that…

Scotland votes No to secession from the UK but its nationalist fervor remains

scotland The Scottish independence referendum has resulted in a solid win for the No vote (No to independence). The strength of support for the union with the rest of Great Britain was above expectations and has left the United Kingdom more ‘united’, marked by a polite and ‘fair play’ exchange between British Prime Minister David Cameron and the nationalist Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond sent the British Pound and the European stock markets soaring, greeting the result with a sigh of relief. The US Dollar has also responded favorably. “It's all over” said Prime Minister David Cameron while nationalist leader Alex…

Arafura announces major progress in de-risking Nolans Project’s path to production

Nolans-Development-Report Arafura Resources ('Arafura', ASX: ARU) is one of Australia’s fastest-growing rare earths developers. It has achieved exploration successes, concluding fruitful partnerships to ensure long term growth at the Nolans Rare Earths Project. The Nolans Rare Earths Project presents a world-class rare earths resource grading 2.6% rare earth oxides (“REO”) with measured and indicated resources able to sustain at least a 25 year mine life according to Arafura’s recently published ‘Nolans Development Report' (NDR), highlighting the advanced stage of the Nolans Project. The Document’ (not to be confused with feasibility Study) explains recent changes to the process and flow-sheet as well…