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.

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…

Sanctions against Russia over Ukrainian crisis are counterproductive

nevsky The tension and the ongoing civil war in Ukraine's increasingly bloody battles will be expensive for the West and will damage what had been an already precarious relationship between the West and the former Soviet bloc. The West has embarked on an inexplicable ‘crusade’ against Moscow, which has reacted in an entirely predictable manner to the political crisis in Ukraine and then to the civil war involving the largely pro-Russian population in eastern the eastern part of the country and the more pro-EU population in the western regions. Ukraine never existed as such and the struggle now is over border…

Potential Tesla battery supplier Graphite One begins drilling at Graphite Creek

Graphite-One-Photo Graphite One Resources Inc. (‘Graphite One’, TSXV: GPH | OTCQX: GPHOF) has  just announced that it will start drilling at its Graphite Creek Project, which the Company claims to be the only advanced stage large-scale, large flake graphite deposit in the United States. The Graphite Creek Property includes 129 claims covering a 6,799 hectares area in Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, just 65 kilometers north the Nome deep sea port. Graphite Creek presents a highly desirable mineralization, marked by coarse crystalline (big flakes) graphite (greater than 0.18 mm). On January 20, 2014, Graphite One issued technical report noting that the Company was…

Mercedes Benz has better ‘driverless’ car solution than Google…for now

mercedes In the United States there are many companies, especially Google, which have been experimenting with self-driving or ‘driverless’ cars. As someone who loves to drive and who prefers old style manual transmissions and unassisted steering, the idea of technology that makes a mockery of the skill and pride of driving a car is rather bittersweet. In fact it is very bitter and not at all sweet. Therefore, my first thoughts steered clear from praise and wonder and were rather more pointed toward the problems and implications of the self-driving car. The legal implications of this project are in fact huge…

Weslosky interviews Chris Ecclestone on “Dark Pools” vs. High Frequency Trading

Weslosky-Ecclestone August 13, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Chris Ecclestone, a principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company about “dark pools” and High Frequency Trading (HFT). Dark pools are private vehicles for the trading of securities that are not openly available to the public. Financial institutions and hedge funds are the biggest practitioners of this style of trading. The goal is to ensure the trades remain confidential and beyond the purview of the general investing public. They have benefited from the less restrictive regulatory climate of the past few decades, which has promoted the…

US Rare Earths secures ‘fast track’ to processing rare earth minerals

Exp2013June_CHNL_SMPL_Prep_Ryan_Sara_Katie_025 US Rare Earths (‘USRE’, OTCBB: UREE ) has one of the best chances of developing a successful rare earths mining and processing facility in the United States thanks to its rare earths property at Lemhi Pass (western Montana and eastern Idaho), for which it has already completed a NI- 43-101 compliant preliminary exploration and assessment showing high concentrations of critical rare earths. USRE expects to begin processing by 2017 in the United States. The exploration record at Lemhi Pass suggests that it may hold the highest concentrations of rare earths elements in the U.S. USRE intends to revisit existing horizontal mines…

Grafoid joins global technology leaders at ‘science park’ in Kingston

innovation-park Focus Graphite (TSXV: FMS; OTCQX: FCSMF; FSE: FKC) is developing one of the most important graphite projects in North America at Lac Knife, Quebec. Focus has already signed a 10-year strategic agreement for up to 40,000 tons per year (400,000 ton total) of graphite concentrate with a Chinese-based industrial consortium located in the port city of Dalian, Lianing Province, China; one of the China’s most important centers for trade and industry, and home to many of high-tech companies. Grafoid Inc. is Focus Graphite’s graphene research and development partner, which has been cooperating with a number of companies worldwide to achieve…

Passport Potash’s Holbrook project may contain over two billion tons of potash

Passport-Potash Passport Potash Inc., ‘Passport’, (TSXV: PPI | OTCQX: PPRTF) is working on a 127,000 acres potash project in the Holbrook Basin (the Holbrook Project), a previously explored potash property in Arizona. Passport holds a joint exploration agreement with the Hopi Indian Tribe and expects to develop some 13,000 acres of land privately held by the Hopi. Last June, Passport closed a non-brokered private placement offering for 9.5% of its convertible debentures, obtaining gross proceeds of USD$ 500,000. The debenture will mature on May 29, 2018, accruing interest at 9.5% per year through Concept Capital Management (CCM). The company has a first-class…