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.

Levon Resources could benefit from growing Chinese demand for Mexican minerals

Levon-Cordero Levon Resources (Levon) is a Canadian gold, silver, zinc and lead and precious metals exploration company that is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural resource properties in Canada, Nevada and Mexico. Its flagship is the silver, gold, lead and zinc Cordero project, which is located 220 km south of Chihuahua, Mexico. Levon (TSX: LVN) recently reported that it has completed the fourth phase of drilling at the Cordero property involving 24 core holes testing the Aida claim, located in the middle of the property. Levon has received 14 Assays so far, revealing considerable potential tonnage for silver…

Nuclear energy is China’s weapon of choice to fight pollution

ap1000night Westinghouse Electric is poised to win more contracts in China for the construction of eight new third-generation AP1000 nuclear reactors. This represents the first major nuclear energy program since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. China needs to reduce its dependence on coal in order to reduce air pollution, which has reached intolerable levels. If left unaddressed, the government risks considerable social and political unrest given the growing concerns for cleaner air coming from China’s growing middle class. The eight reactors are estimated to cost USD$ 24 billion. It is noteworthy, in the context of China’s sovereignty dispute with Japan…

Putin launches the ‘Gas Wars’

Putin_signature_svg The Ukrainian armed forces’ offensive in eastern Ukraine Kiev continues, but with considerable difficulty. Meanwhile, on the eve of a summit between USA, Russia, Ukraine and the EU - and just as NATO is has announced its own military buildup in Eastern Europe – pro-Russian Ukrainian insurgents have effectively halted the Ukrainian army. The insurgents are maintaining control of most of Donetsk. The situation is very similar in Sloviansk where official Ukrianian soldiers have been forced to surrender to pro-Russian insurgents. The message here is that the Ukrainian government army is in poor shape and its troops lost and insecure.…

South America is the 2nd largest destination for Chinese direct foreign investment

Chinese-SA Trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean are growing in the past 15 years by a factor of 25 according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The majority of Chinese FDI is directed towards the banking sectors of the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, but Chinese companies have increasingly been targeting the Latin American natural resource and industrial sector. China has targeted several countries but Brazil and Argentina, which are rich in land, as well as mineral resources, are among the countries to experience the…

IC Potash formally shifts into the operational phase

Mickey-Fulp IC Potash Corp is now free to start construction at its Ochoa Sulfate of Potash (SOP) Project in New Mexico upon obtaining the required permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM  has formally authorized  IC Potash (‘ICP’, TSX: ICP | OTCQX: ICPTF), through a Record of Decision (ROD) to begin construction and, ultimately, operation at the Project, including all necessary mining and processing facilities based on the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The ROD represents the completion of the last bureaucratic step needed to formally shift the project to the operational phase.…

Goldcorp’s total takeover bid of Osisko Mining makes Quebec mining sector the real winner

Osisko Contrary to the expectations of many analysts and Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK), gold industry giant Goldcorp (TSX: G) has decided to increased its hostile takeover bid for the smaller player by CAD$ 1 billion. This means that Goldcorp is officially ready to pay 3.6 billion CAD ​​or 7.65 CAD per share. Evidently, Goldcorp – and its CEO Chuck Jeanne in particular – is confident that taking over Osisko carries considerable benefits for Goldcorp’s earnings per share. Goldcorp’s generosity was stimulated by a competing bid by Yamana Gold (TSX: YRI), which, according to the Wall Street Journal, was said to be…

Grafoid bench strength deepens with the addition of strategic advisor Thomas H. Cruikshank

Thomas Cruikshank Grafoid Inc., part of Focus Graphite (‘Focus’, TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF) has appointed Mr. Thomas H. Cruikshank, the former Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, as Strategic Advisor. This the third major strategic announcement to come out of Grafoid in less than a month after they announced forming a partnership with Mitsui Co. - one of the largest and influential Japanese trading houses – and signing an agreement with Altamat to adopt its proprietary 3D printing technology. As a CEO of Halliburton, Mr. Cruikshank would have had to manage large infrastructure, foreign operations, logistics, long-range planning, considerable political risk among…

Quest’s revised PEA shows a potential to address the global heavy rare earth and yttrium supply deficit

Quest China is and will remain the dominant factor when it comes to rare earths but its supremacy is eroding, as it aims to reduce its annual production of rare earths for various reasons to about 90,000 tons per year. In 2010, production was 130,000 tons. Whether China will manage to shut down a vast number of illegal and small mining operators, consolidating the industry in China is another issue. Yet, the demand for rare earths continues to grow. Some analysts predict an annual increase of up to 10%, implying that at least 200,000 tons of various rare earths will be…

China just one factor behind increasing global demand for agricultural commodities

images Investors – institutional and non - are once again flocking toward the agricultural sector, having noted that it offers great opportunities. Experts in demographics, meanwhile, have intensified their warning that the demand for food is rising and that there is an increased risk of famine in vulnerable areas. In fact, the prices of agricultural commodities are at about the same level as in 2006, just before the bull run of 2007-2009 when potash prices went above USD 700/ton. However, the conditions exist for another jump today as the supply situation remains tight. Agricultural scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture…

Crimean crisis prompts US to consider exporting its oil reserves

Oil-Prices Oil prices moved up last week and Libya may have been responsible. Despite the Government claiming to have reached a deal with some of the rebel groups in the oil producing region of Cyrenaica, the market is not especially convinced. Rumors of agreements have been frequent and market pundits believe that the Government will not be able to secure control of exports from oil terminals in Cyrenaica as claimed. One of the main terminals is at Zuetina, capable of handling 200,000 barrels a day (bpd). Meanwhile, in the United States, favorable economic indicators were published, especially as far as the…