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Bouteflika debate consumes Algerian politics

Opponents question the ailing president’s fitness to govern, but critics say the country lacks a credible alternative.

Al Jazeera – 8 August 2014

Last month, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika surpassed the 100-day mark of his term after winning an unprecedented fourth mandate on April 17.

In other parts of the world, the 100-day point presents a convenient time to assess how a leader has fared in the first phase of a new mandate. In Algeria, however, debate remains mired on whether Bouteflika, 77, is fit to rule at all. (more…)

ExxonMobil set to pull out of consortium for South Sudan Block B

African Energy – 7 August 2014

ExxonMobil plans to withdraw from a consortium lined up to explore three oil blocks in South Sudan, according to sources in Juba. The blocks together make up Block B, a 118,000km2 area of Jonglei state divided into three in 2012. (more…)

Algeria looks to develop shale gas sector

New wells could be critical to boosting the country’s standing as an international gas exporter, but challenges persist.

Al Jazeera – 28 July 2014

Algeria has announced plans to drill four shale gas wells by the end of 2014 as it begins assessing the commercial viability of a resource base estimated to be the third-largest in the world.

There are considerable doubts as to whether Algeria can successfully develop a shale gas sector, but it could be critical to maintaining the country’s standing as an international gas exporter. (more…)

The Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan – a documentary film

Following the great success but ultimately frustrating outcome of the Kickstarter campaign for my documentary film last year about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on impoverished people in Jordan, I’ve set up a fundraising page to help raise the finance necessary to complete and distribute this important film.

Please visit the page at www.thesecondcrisis.com

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014

Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014. (more…)

South Sudan budget sets unrealistic expectations

CNBC – 25 July 2014

This is an interview I did on South Sudan’s unfathomable war budget for CNBC’s Closing Bell Africa programme.

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South Sudan draws up ‘War Budget’, but oil production targets unlikely to be reached

African Arguments – 18 July 2014

By the evidence of South Sudan’s budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country’s finance ministry has lost its mind.

This time last year, the Government of South Sudan put forward what it described as a “two-step budget” that would boost social services and economic growth “in a responsible manner.”

That budget, covering July 2013 to June 2014, consisted of six months of austerity while oil production recovered from a 15-month shut-down. Spending limits were set at SSP555m ($184m) a month for the first half of the year, rising to SSP1bn by early 2014 “if sufficient resources are available.”

It seems that this common-sense approach hasn’t lasted long. (more…)

Another toothless ceasefire for South Sudan

African Energy – 30 May 2014

On paper at least, the new ceasefire signed on 9 May between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his opponent Riek Machar is a step forward. Not only does it recommit them to the terms of the 23 January ceasefire, but provisions for a transitional unity government and fresh elections go several steps further. As well as Kiir’s government and Machar’s forces, the peace process would include a group of key figures detained until recently by the government, representatives of political parties and civil society, and religious leaders. (more…)


Algeria

President Bouteflika's ailing health has left him confined to a wheelchair
Bouteflika debate consumes Algerian politics

Opponents question the ailing president’s fitness to govern, but critics say the country lacks…

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South Sudan

Block B in Jonglei, South Sudan
ExxonMobil set to pull out of consortium for South Sudan Block B

African Energy – 7 August 2014 ExxonMobil plans to withdraw from a consortium lined up to expl…

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Film

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan
The Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan – a documentary film

Following the great success but ultimately frustrating outcome of the Kickstarter campaign for my do…

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Broadcast

Richard Nield talks on CNBC about South Sudan budget
South Sudan budget sets unrealistic expectations

CNBC – 25 July 2014 This is an interview I did on South Sudan’s unfathomable war budget …

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Business intelligence

Morocco Projects Report 2014
Morocco Projects Market 2014 report published

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market 12 March 2014 The latest in a …

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