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.

Islamic State is a Western phenomenon; it must be fought in the West as much as in Syria and Iraq

imagesI7CKR57O Islamic State (‘IS’, former ISIS), a terrifying and terrorist organization, brandishing an especially intolerant version of Sunni Islam and waging a war of conquest in Iraq and Syria, has attracted many fighters from Europe and the West. The latter have been involved in gruesome displays of violence, mostly intended for western spectators. Indeed, such episodes as the execution of American journalists James Foley and, today, Steven Sotloff have been marked by sickening rituals dedicated that are more about the audience than the poor victims themselves. The videos are professionally produced to make the message as chilling as possible from crucifixion…

Arafura Development Report reinforces robust project economics, rare earth production scheduled for 2019

Arafura-Team Arafura Resources ('Arafura', ASX: ARU) will start production in 2019 with a 20,000 tons/year target featuring excellent project economics according to the Company’s ‘Development Report for the Nolans Project in the Northern Territory – the Nolans Development Report (NDR). The Report provides an updated picture for the project while serving as the preview to the Definitive Feasibility Study scheduled for completion in mid- to late-2015. The Project’s Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) will: incorporate the results of the ongoing China-based optimization program increase opportunities for the Company, including confirmation of provisional product sales agreements Proceed with regulatory permitting for the Nolans…

Signs of US recovery while Ukrainian crisis puts pressure on Europe’s economy

russia The financial crisis of 2008 led to a ‘Great Recession’ and a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the consequences of which continue to be felt thanks, also, to the geopolitical fallout from Ukraine, Gaza and the Middle East – not to mention the tensions in East Asia between China and most of its neighbors. The West and NATO are pondering the adoption of tougher sanctions against Russia amid plans to run intensive military exercises that have clearly been announced with President Putin in mind. Most EU countries would rather avoid enforcing sanctions against Russia, which supplies much of the Union’s…

Burger King and Tim Hortons win the battle for breakfast domination

bk Burger King has conquered Tim Hortons for $ 11.4 billion in cash and stock thanks to the contribution of hamburger connoisseur and finance wizard Warren Buffett. The merger of these companies will become one of the world’s largest and most powerful fast food chains. Upon completion of the merger, the newly formed parent company will have 18 thousand restaurants in more than 100 countries and revenues of $ 23 billion, making it one big world of fast food. There has been much speculation as to the motivations for the union. One of the most popular suggests that Canada’s lower business…

Rare Element Resources delivers “better than expected” Pre-Feasibility Study for its Rare Earth Project

Scott-Randy August 28, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Randy Scott, President, CEO & Director of Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) about the Company’s Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on the Bear Lodge Project, which was published on August 26.  Randy said that one of the most significant points of the PFS is the initial CAPEX being a low USD$ 290 million. This is a result of two things: planning and good fortune. The plan was always to build a reasonable project that balanced low CAPEX with meaningful penetration of the market. The…

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…