The Baltic states want more NATO. They won’t get all they seek:

Baltic states want NATO to boost presence by up to 10 times: June summit set to offer pre-positioned equipment and rapid reinforcements in case of invasion: Baltics say that option may stumble on infrastructure problems: NATO, facing many calls for resources, will set plans for more air, sea defences later: TAPA MILITARY BASE, Estonia, June … Read more

Legendary lithium riches from Bolivia’s salt flats may still just be a mirage:

SALAR DE UYUNI, Bolivia, May 23 (Reuters) – On Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat that feels almost otherworldly, Karina Quispe is watching from the sidelines a global resource race for the world’s largest – and almost untapped – trove of lithium metal battery. Her village on the edge of the salar … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields:

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources: Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources: Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals: LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals:

S.Korean tungsten mine gets $ 100 million makeover: Dozens of new mineral projects launched globally: Green, digital booms fuel demand for rare minerals: China is pre-eminent in critical minerals supply: GRAPHIC-S.Korea’s reliance on China: SANGDONG, South Korea, May 9 (Reuters) – Blue tungsten winking from the walls of abandoned mine shafts, in a town that’s … Read more