Sep 26, 2017

09/26/2017: How a Middle Eastern independence vote impacts global oil prices

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(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service...the international price of crude oil hit a two-year high. We’ll tell you why an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region is fuelling the rise and what it means for prices going forward. Afterwards, we’ll discuss why a Brazilian court blocked a government decree to open a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. Then, one of Europe’s parliament members explains why she thinks blockchain – a technology underlying cryptocurrencies – could help governments cut down on corruption and make voting easier.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service…the international price of crude oil hit a two-year high. We’ll tell you why an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region is fuelling the rise and what it means for prices going forward. Afterwards, we’ll discuss why a Brazilian court blocked a government decree to open a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. Then, one of Europe’s parliament members explains why she thinks blockchain – a technology underlying cryptocurrencies – could help governments cut down on corruption and make voting easier.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC