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  • Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

    10/01/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Oct 1 2014 | Jacopo Dettoni
    A summit earlier this week achieves consensus on the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the sea. Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, ruling out any future possible deployment of NATO forces in the basin. A political declaration signed by the presidents of the five Caspian states at the IV Caspian Summit held in Astrakhan, Russia, on September 29, “sets out a fundamental principle for guaranteeing stability and security, namely, that only the Caspian littoral...
  • The Russian Military Has an Action Plan Involving Georgia if Iran Is Attacked

    04/05/2012 11:52:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 4/5/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russian Defense Ministry sources told the semiofficial news agency Interfax that action plans are being finalized to react to an armed conflict involving Iran and its nuclear program. The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces “calculates” that military action against Iran will commence “in the summer” of 2012. Since Israel does not have sufficient assets to defeat Iranian defenses, the Russian military considers US military involvement inevitable (Interfax, March 30). Bits of information have been appearing, indicating the essence of Russian military action. Last December it was disclosed that families of servicemen from the Russian base in Armenia have...
  • Despite Photo, State Dept. Says U.S. Envoy Didn't Bow to Statue of Dictator

    09/05/2012 9:35:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/5/12 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – The Obama administration’s new ambassador to Azerbaijan raised eyebrows this week with a gesture interpreted by some as paying homage to the country’s late dictator – a one-time KGB general installed by military coup who oversaw an autocratic regime before handing power to his son. “The new U.S. envoy to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, has honored memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev,” the Azeri news site News.Az reported. “The newly appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States in Azerbaijan visited the monument to great leader in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyev’s Palace....
  • Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan Relations: Shattered Brotherhood

    06/28/2012 1:11:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan relations, which experienced a significant thaw since the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenbashi), deteriorated again last week (June 19). The most recent conflict began when Turkmenistan started undertaking seismic work on a disputed oilfield in the Caspian Sea. The oilfield, discovered by Azerbaijani geologists, is called Kapyaz in Azeri and Serdar in Turkmen. Reserves in the oilfield total around 150 million barrels of oil. In response, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry summoned Turkmenistan’s ambassador in Baku, Toyly Komekov, where Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed Azerbaijan`s strong protest over the violation of the agreement. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry...
  • Moscow Modernizes South Military District

    05/15/2012 10:06:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 5/15/2012 | Roger McDermott
    Despite the slow pace of introducing new or modernized weapons and equipment into the table of organization and equipment (TOE) in Russia’s Armed Forces, there are signs that progress is more sporadic and prioritizes one strategic direction. The South Military District (SMD) is receiving new combat hardware and weapons systems at a much faster rate than other military districts. In some areas of the TOE, the share of modern equipment has now surpassed more than 70 percent (Interfax, May 4). Russian T-90 tank (Source: According to the press service of the SMD, the district will receive over 40 new...
  • Iran discovers gas field in Caspian Sea (estimated 50 TRILLION cubic feet of gas)

    12/12/2011 1:19:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/11/11
    Iran discovers gas field in Caspian SeaAP – Sun, Dec 11, 2011 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's oil minister says the country has discovered a huge gas field containing an estimated 50 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Caspian Sea. **SNIP** Iran sits atop the world's second largest proven reserves of natural gas and is the second largest OPEC oil producer.
  • Russia Ups Ante with Caspian Neighbors by Moving Offshore

    11/21/2011 8:11:16 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 19/11/2011 | John Daly
    On 16 November in Astrakhan Lukoil president, Vagit Alekperov told journalists that his company will spend over $16 billion over the next decade to develop the country’s Caspian offshore Korchagin and Filanovskii oil and natural gas fields in the Caspian, at the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Astrakhan Region. An equitable division of the Caspian’s offshore resources have bedeviled the region since the December 1991 implosion of the USSR, putting the Soviet Union’s previous cozy arrangements with the Shah’s Iran “into the dustbin of history,” to quote Leon Trotsky. Before the collapse of the USSR, the Soviet Union...
  • Ancient Royal Horse Unearthed in Iran

    04/29/2011 12:58:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Fri Apr 29, 2011 01:46 PM ET | Analysis by Jennifer Viegas
    Remains of the oldest known Caspian horse, otherwise referred to as the "Kings' horse" due to its popularity among royals the world over, have been unearthed in northern Iran, according to CAIS. The more than 3,000-year-old remains were found at an Iranian site named Gohar-Tappeh. In ancient times, royals often chose Caspian horses to ride them into battle and/or to pull their chariots. During more recent history, individuals such as Price Philip of England have popularized the Caspian, which is the oldest breed of horse in the world still in existence. The Shah of Iran gifted such a horse to...
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (New trailer)

    11/10/2010 4:41:58 PM PST · by paudio · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11.10.10
    Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
  • Tourism Resorts and Oil Exploration in the Caspian Sea

    10/07/2010 3:00:17 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 06/10/2010 | Gregory Copley
    SITUATION: One indirect consequence of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the impact it may have on the financing of the many tourism projects that have sprouted along the Caspian Sea. Bordered clockwise from the North by Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia, the Caspian Sea is one of the largest bodies of water and an object of strategic ambitions. Though the global financial crisis put may grandiose Caspian Sea tourism projects on hold, some of them are coming back to life, but investors should be alert to tourism trends, corruption, and unanswered questions about demand and potential profit....
  • EU is losing its grip on Caspian gas corridor

    02/17/2009 5:49:17 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Financial ^ | February 15, 2009 | Borut Grgic
    The European Union faces two obstacles to its project to pipe gas via a southern corridor from the Caspian region and thus reduce western Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies: Turkey’s attitude and the Balkan activities of Gazprom, the state-controlled Russian oil monopoly. After receiving less than a warm embrace by the EU, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration and the Turkish public are not eager to jump on the EU bandwagon when it comes to the southern gas corridor. Ankara’s objective is to turn Turkey into a regional energy hub. This means that Turkey would not be a transit state, but a...
  • Reviews and Discussion of Prince Caspian

    06/19/2008 9:05:22 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 255+ views
    This is the "official" thread for discussing Disney/Walden's second installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series. This thread is primarily intended for people who have already seen the movie, as the following review contains some mild spoilers. Here is the review I wrote after seeing the film. The long-awaited Narnia sequel is here, and as promised, delivers a far more “savage” journey into C.S. Lewis’s Narnia. The two-and-a-half hour film doesn’t stop for long, featuring two heavy battle sequences and one intense duel. (As opposed to the one battle for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.) And as you...
  • Narnia seizes box office crown: Disney sequel nets $19.3 million Friday (Prince Caspian)

    05/17/2008 7:56:14 PM PDT · by paudio · 39 replies · 402+ views
    Variety ^ | May 17, 2008 | ANTHONY D'ALESSANDRO
    Walt Disney sequel "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" had no problem reigning over Friday's box office, grossing $19.3 million as it opened in 3,929 theaters. "Caspian's" opening day haul came in slightly lower than industry expectations and behind first Narnia installment, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which pulled in $23 million on its first day and $65.6 million for its final three-day in December 2005. Both pics are co-productions with Walden Media.
  • A WAR FLICK WITH HONOR (Narnia's Prince Caspian)

    05/17/2008 3:52:14 AM PDT · by paudio · 76 replies · 374+ views
    NYPost ^ | May 12, 2008 | MICHAEL WARD
    HOLLYWOOD seems to have concluded that war movies don't sell. But "Prince Caspian" seems likely to prove the opposite. "Caspian," the new Narnia film from Walden Media based on the CS Lewis classic, is expected to do quite well. The secret: It's not anti-war. Flicks like "Stop-Loss," "Lions for Lambs," "In the Valley of Elah" and "Rendition" have bombed because they're painfully anti-war - and the heavy-handed ideology makes for artistic as well as commercial failure. "Caspian" is a fantasy, of course - but also a war story. Indeed, it's the tale of a just war: Prince Caspian's fight to...
  • Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips, Privacy advocates protest

    01/20/2008 9:39:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 40 replies · 137+ views
    wnd ^ | January 15, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother.  "Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked." VeriChip Corp., a publicly listed company headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., is marketing though its wholly-owned subsidiary, Xmark, a HUGS brand tag-and-bracelet infant security system....
  • Comic-Con: ‘Narnia’ Filmmakers Go The Distance, Plan For Seven Films

    07/28/2007 6:39:13 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 58 replies · 735+ views
    MTV News ^ | July 28, 2007 | Shawn Adler
    Over 6,000 visitors to Comic-Con joined the Pevensie children and stepped through the wardrobe to journey into Narnia, with never-before-seen footage from “Prince Caspian” at the Disney Panel. And, according to director Andrew Adamson and producer Mark Johnson, they’ll be doing it again every year for the next decade. “As long as you keep embracing these movies, we’ll make all seven,” Johnson told an appreciative audience. “We start the end of January on “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ Our goal is to give you [a new] one every May starting [next year].” The announcement came after a computer pre-visualization which...
  • European Oil Pipeline Deal Signed

    04/04/2007 7:38:30 AM PDT · by DTA · 7 replies · 719+ views
    AHN ^ | 2007-04-04 | Josephine Roque
    European Oil Pipeline Deal Signed April 4, 2007 6:38 a.m. EST Josephine Roque - All Headline News Staff Writer Zagreb, Croatia (AHN) - Five south European countries have signed into the project called the Pan-European Oil Pipeline (PEOP). The pipeline will cover the Romanian port of Constanta and Trieste in Italy, and span through Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia and eventually to the Trans-Alpine Line oil pipeline near Trieste. According to the Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, the project is "of strategic importance" for the country and is expected to boost regional economy. The PEOP will deliver Russian and Caspian...
  • Ukraine PM: Working to Finish Caspian to EU Pipeline

    01/27/2007 8:57:25 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 1 replies · 163+ views
    rigzone ^ | Jan 26, 2007
    In a move that would help to diversify Europe's energy supplies, Ukraine's prime minister said he is working to complete a pipeline to carry Caspian-region oil directly to the European Union. Completion of the pipeline would bring an additional 12 million metric tons of oil a year to the EU from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia, Ukrainian Premier Viktor Yanukovych said in an interview at the World Economic Forum. That would help to diversify supplies at a time of mounting concern over EU dependence on Russian energy. The EU consumed 700 million tons of oil in 2005, according to the BP...
  • Pipeline power for Israel?

    12/17/2006 9:10:25 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 19 replies · 600+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12 17 06 | Thomas Lifson
    Relatively quietly, and with tantalizingly few details available, Israel and Turkey have reached agreement on construction of a strategic pipeline linking the Black Sea and Red Sea, traversing Israel to eventually deliver energy resources to Far Eastern markets. If plans proceed to construction and operation, it will represent a major step forward for Israel, and will reinforce Turkey's moderating power among Muslim nations. Pipelines matter in the balance of world power. A lot. Their importance goes virtually unnoticed by the public, for they are not glamorous and they do not require large numbers of workers once they are completed. But...
  • Potter FX Team to Narnia (Harry Potter computer wizards to work on Prince Caspian)

    08/31/2006 9:03:45 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 4 replies · 462+ views
    FilmForce ^ | August 31, 2006 | Paul Davidson
    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian promises to be an even bigger visual spectacle than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was — if that's possible. However, in spite of the top-notch CG work done on LWW by companies like ILM, Rhythm + Hues, and Sony Imageworks, the producers of Caspian are apparently hiring different companies for the sequel, notably two British effects houses. Industry sources tell IGN Filmforce that Moving Picture Company and Framestore, both based in London, will be responsible for the bulk of the film's digital effects. The information, if accurate, could hint at where director...
  • Russia says no need to discuss Iran sanctions

    08/26/2006 12:42:47 AM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 589+ views
    Reuters ^ | 25AUG06 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - International concerns over Iran's nuclear programme do not warrant any discussion at the moment of sanctions against Tehran, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday. "I know of no instances in world practice and previous experience in which sanctions have achieved their aim and proved effective," Ivanov, shown on NTV television, told reporters in Russia's far east. "Moreover, I believe that the question is not so serious at the moment for the U.N. Security Council or the group of six to consider any introduction of sanctions. Russia stands for further political and diplomatic efforts to settle...
  • A look at key U.S. oil suppliers

    05/07/2006 2:22:10 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 14 replies · 2,511+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 6th, 2006
    The nuclear standoff with Iran and insurgencies in Iraq and Africa have rattled world energy markets. But the threat to supply extends far beyond these hotspots. The United States depends on resources from a number of overseas markets, which threaten to become more of a risk. Those suppliers also include: • Russia, whose brief energy conflict with Ukraine last winter severely hit the European Union. Moscow, which is flexing its energy muscle for geopolitical leverage, accounts for more than 10 percent of the world's daily oil output and a fifth of its natural gas. President Vladimir Putin's drive to reassert...
  • The End of the American Way

    02/12/2006 3:54:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 137 replies · 1,504+ views
    various | by Huxwell
    The original American system promised a society in which the benefits of civilization including liberty, property, privacy, security and justice would be available to all of its citizens who were willing to work for them. However, such a society can only be sustained when the majority of the citizens are mature adults who accept the basic principles of self-government, self-reliance, and mutual respect. Those principles require the individual to assume reponsibility for his own actions, to be a producer rather than a parasite, to exercise his liberty with consideration for others, and to support and defend the system. It doesn't...
  • Global Manipulators Move Beyond Petroleum

    02/05/2006 7:49:10 AM PST · by Calpernia · 31 replies · 2,686+ views
    New Dawn Magazine ^ | SUSAN BRYCE
    Global Manipulators Move Beyond Petroleum The Saudis have a saying “My father rode a camel, I drive a car, my son rides in a jet airplane – his son will ride a camel.” In July this year BP Amoco, the world’s second largest oil company, announced it had chosen a flower as its new emblem in a dramatic upheaval of the oil multinational’s global brand. Unveiling the new emblem, Sir John Browne, BP chief executive, suggested that “BP” be read not as British Petroleum, but as “Beyond Petroleum”. The new green and yellow floral sunburst design distances BP from its...
  • UN bans global trade in caviar

    01/04/2006 9:59:14 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 33 replies · 815+ views
    The Globe & Mail ^ | Wednesday, January 4, 2006 | By OLIVER MOORE
    The global trade in legal caviar has been stopped by the United Nations, leaving gourmands gasping and conservationists cheering. "It's not good news. . . . I have clients who don't care about the price, they need legal caviar," said Mark Omidi, owner of the Toronto-based importer Caviar Centre. "It's the most prestigious commodity." Alarmed by the plunging number of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, a UN agency dedicated to preserving endangered species has put the onus on wild-caviar exporting nations to prove that their conservation methods can protect the fish stocks. In the meantime, the Convention on International Trade...
  • Global caviar trade banned

    01/03/2006 7:56:39 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 448+ views ^ | January 3, 2006
    The worldwide trade in caviar and other products that come from the wild sturgeon has been banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. A spokesman said the decision was imposed for scientific reasons connected to dwindling stocks of sturgeon, and to bring an end to illegal poaching in the Caspian Sea. Every year the organisation approves fishing quotas for sturgeon proposed by nations from the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Danube regions. Now it is asking for confirmation about stocks of the fish before it can agree to new catches, saying exporting countries should adopt a...
  • Russia in a Hurry to Sell Weapons to Iran

    09/29/2005 12:55:31 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 37 replies · 951+ views
    Kommersant ^ | 26.09.2005
    Russia is intensifying efforts to sell weapons to Iran while such sales remain legal amid mounting pressure on the Islamic state over its controversial nuclear program, the daily Kommersant said on Monday. Moscow “has stepped up military-technological cooperation with Tehran,” the business daily said, citing an unidentified source. It said top officials within Russia’s military-industrial complex decided to concentrate on arms sales to Tehran for two reasons. “Firstly, as many weapons as possible must be sold to Iran before an international embargo against this country comes into force.” Secondly, should the United States decide to go to war in Iran,...
  • US concerned over Georgia's gas pipeline sale to Russia

    02/25/2005 9:03:44 AM PST · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 477+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/25/05
    TBILISI (AFP) - A top US official warned that privatisation of Georgia's main gas pipeline, which can thus fall into the Russian gas giant Gazprom's hands, could affect pipeline projects that link the resource-rich Caspian region to the West through Georgia. The United States had worked for Georgia's energy independence for years and "categorically oppose any action that would impair this process," Stephen Mann, US presidential advisor on the Caspian region, told the 24 Saati newspaper. In case the main pipeline was sold to Gazprom, "it would hinder the realisation of the Shah-Deniz project" that would link Azerbaijan's massive Shah-Deniz...
  • $1.2Bln Balkan Pipeline Gets Go-Ahead

    12/28/2004 5:30:44 PM PST · by joan · 44 replies · 812+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2004
    SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia gave political support on Tuesday to a $1.2 billion private trans-Balkan oil pipeline that will allow Russian and Caspian crude to avoid congested Turkish waters, officials said. Representatives from the three small Balkan states signed a declaration giving the green light to the U.S.-registered Albanian Macedonian Bulgarian Oil Corp., AMBO, to launch the 912-kilometer pipeline between Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas and Vlore, on Albania's Adriatic coast. "This is one of the most important infrastructure projects for regional, EU, and Euro-Atlantic integration for the western Balkans," Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano told...
  • Tapping the Hornet's Nest

    12/13/2004 8:40:27 AM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 1,319+ views ^ | December 13, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in Iran: The Invisible Revolution. During the U.S. presidential campaign, debate over Iran policy received unprecedented attention. The reasons are multifold. With Iran on the verge of developing both nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capability, Washington policymakers can no longer ignore the Iranian threat, especially when confidants of Supreme Leader Ali Khomenei lead televised chants of "American will be annihilated," as Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati did last June. American concern over a nuclear Iran is multifold. The danger is not necessarily that Iran would conduct a nuclear first strike, although former president Ali Akbar...
  • WSJ: Moment of Truth on Iran -- The European offer means a nuclear Tehran is inevitable.

    11/22/2004 4:02:22 PM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 761+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 22, 2004 | Editorial
    ...[T]he governments of Britain, France and Germany cut a deal with Iran whereby the Islamic Republic agreed to a temporary suspension of its nuclear-weapons programs. Yet within hours, evidence began piling up that Tehran was already in breach. What does this mean for the Bush Administration? We'll get to that in a moment, but first let's be clear on what this says about Iran's purposes, and about Europe's. ...[T]his latest agreement rehashes a similar deal reached by the same parties in October 2003. In both cases, Iran promised not to seek nuclear weapons and pledged full cooperation with the International...
  • Saint Nose is out of joint – Putin to the oil pump

    08/23/2004 9:26:45 PM PDT · by RussianConservative · 12 replies · 462+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | August 23, 2004 | John Helmer
    No description (TRJ) E-Mail this article Comments to Editor Discussion Forum Printer-Friendly Advertisement For a decade Washington has been backing the Turkish and Azerbaijan governments to steer the export of Caspian region crude oil away from Russia. Russia's newest riposte has been to ally the Russian and Iranian oil industries, and open up the shortest, cheapest, and most lucrative oil route of all, southwards out of the Caspian to Iran. The economics of the southward route are the latest blow for the Bush Administration, as it tries to redraw the geography of the Caucasus on an anti-Russian map. But for...
  • LUKoil discovered five offshore fields

    06/11/2004 11:41:07 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 35 replies · 166+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | June 03, 2004
    Russian oil major LUKoil announced reserves in Russia's sector of the Caspian Sea may compose total 33 billion barrels of oil equivalent. LUKoil vice president Anatoly Novikov said the company had discovered five offshore fields in the sector of the Caspian Sea in recent years and planned to start producing by 2008. LUKoil, which has the world's second biggest oil reserves among private oil majors after U.S. major ExxonMobil, has in the past delivered conflicting estimates of its Caspian fields. The firm has said the majority of fields contained gas, which is very difficult to ship out from the land-locked...

    05/21/2004 10:39:06 AM PDT · by thatcher · 13 replies · 394+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 13, 2004 | John C.k. Daly THE DRAGON'S DRIVE FOR CASPIAN OIL By John C.k. Daly China 's insatiable energy thirst is causing it to undertake a global search for energy supplies to sustain its booming economy. Beijing has injected itself into the complex Caspian chess match to ensure itself as large a share as possible of resources being developed there. This complex political and economic maneuvering forces China to deal with the Caspian's five riparian states - Russia , Azerbaijan , Iran , Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan . Analysts estimate that within ten to fifteen years China will consume as much oil as the U.S....
  • Moscow May Undermine US-Backed Oil Pipeline Project

    02/06/2004 5:17:51 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 197+ views ^ | February 05, 2004 | Sergei Blagov
    Signaling once again its unhappiness about a U.S.-backed pipeline being built to take Caspian oil to the Mediterranean via Georgia and Turkey, Russia has insisted that the project is not economically viable. Moscow's special Caspian envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny, told reporters in the capital that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project was "excessively politicized" and economically "problematic." The BTC, which is half-completed, aims by 2005 to carry crude from Caspian oilfields in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan some 1,760 kilometers to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Russia opposes the plan because the new route will bypass Russia, thus denying it transit...
  • Straw Praises Kazakhstan Leadership

    02/05/2004 11:52:56 AM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 98+ views
    Foreign secretary Jack Straw said today that Britain saw Kazakhstan as its strategic partner in Central Asia, and praised the investment climate in the former Soviet republic. Straw met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev in the capital, Astana, and discussed co-operation in energy, environmental protection and defence. “The purpose of my visit is to show the importance the United Kingdom attaches to the relationship that we have with Kazakhstan, to emphasise Kazakhstan’s importance in the region,” Straw said after the talks. Straw also said British business people had great interest in Kazakhstan. He said he...
  • Caspian-Pipeline Financing Solidifies U.S. Policy

    02/03/2004 5:15:18 AM PST · by a_Turk · 11 replies · 201+ views
    Dow Jones ^ | 2/2/2004 | N/A
    ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A crucial plank of U.S. policy in the oil-rich Caspian region settles into place today as a wide range of commercial banks and international financial institutions sign up to finance the first major non- Russian oil-export pipeline from an area of the former Soviet Union, Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported. After a steady drumbeat of loan approvals valued at $600 million from U.S., European and Japanese multilateral lenders and state export-credit institutions, 15 commercial banks on Friday signed their agreement to raise an additional $1 billion toward the project's $3.6 billion total cost. The major investors in...
  • Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev: Mulls Caspian oil organization to offset the OPEC

    12/29/2003 7:31:22 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 17 replies · 162+ views
    Petroleumworld ^ | 12/29/03 | Elio Ohep
    CARACAS -- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said last week to the Interfax news agency and Izvestia Daily that the five Caspian Sea nations should united to create an OPEC like oil organization to compete with the OPEC consortium and to support oil prices, reported news agencies Monday. "International experts say that the Arab countries and OPEC are nervous not only about the scale of Caspian oil resources, but also the fact that Caspian states are not part of the cartel," Nazarbayev told the Interfax news agency and the Izvestia daily in an interview published Monday, reported AFP and Reuters. "Caspian...
  • 'Lion' to Be Shot in New Zealand (CS Lewis Alert)

    12/19/2003 12:43:48 PM PST · by presidio9 · 60 replies · 336+ views
    AP ^ | Fri, Dec 19, 2003
    "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the beloved fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, will be made into a film in New Zealand, a newspaper reported Friday. New Zealander Andrew Adamson, best known for the Oscar-winning animated feature "Shrek," will direct the film and Walden Media will produce it. "We are extremely happy and excited to be starting work on the film in New Zealand," Wellington's Dominion Post Newspaper quoted Adamson as saying. The movie is expected to be the first of five films based on Lewis' seven Chronicles of Narnia books, to which Walden holds the film rights. Director...
  • Georgia and Turkey Strengthen Ties to Offset Russian Influence

    12/10/2003 3:56:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies · 614+ views
    EurasiaNet ^ | 12/09/03 | Igor Torbakov
    Georgia, before the Soviet Union absorbed it, owed its sovereignty indirectly to protection from the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. However, Turkey largely sat out events leading up to Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze’s November 23 resignation. Now that Russia is pressuring Georgia’s interim government though, Turkey is stepping up diplomatic activity in Georgia to offset Russia’s potential gains in influence. On December 3, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer called Georgian interim President Nino Burjanadze to pledge Turkey’s continuing support for Georgia, the spokesman of the president’s office told the Turkish media. According to Sezer’s spokesman, the president stressed that protecting Georgia’s independence...
  • US defense chief to visit strategic south Caucasus region

    12/02/2003 9:09:38 PM PST · by Destro · 96+ views ^ | Wednesday December 3, 10:24 AM | AFP
    Wednesday December 3, 10:24 AM US defense chief to visit strategic south Caucasus region BAKU (AFP) - Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld was heading for the south Caucasus, a region of strategic importance for the United States but where regional superpowers Russia and Iran are also jealously guarding their own interests. The Pentagon has not announced the visit but local officials confirmed Rumsfeld is due to fly in to Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea, for talks with President Ilham Aliyev and Defence Minister Safar Abbiyev. Analysts have said one subject likely to figure in those talks...
  • Iran battles to revive Caviar stocks

    11/17/2003 9:17:48 AM PST · by freedom44 · 10 replies · 224+ views
    EirCom ^ | 11/17/03 | Christian Olivier
    BANDAR-E ANZALI, Iran (Reuters) - Caviar fishermen know full well that the tussle with an irate, half-tonne sturgeon can pitch one of their fragile skiffs into the icy, waves of the Caspian -- most have lost friends that way. Generation after generation still brave the elements to harvest the salty delicacy for which aficionados will pay $2,000 (1,182 pounds) a kilo (2.2 lb). But the fishermen on the windswept beach at Bandar-e Anzali fear illegal fishing and oil pollution mean they could be the last to scour the Caspian for its "black gold". Aziz Rezaniaz, 44, has spent his life...
  • Delay Urged on Caspian Pipeline Financing

    10/30/2003 7:28:47 PM PST · by a_Turk · 3 replies · 166+ views
    AP ^ | 10/30/2003 | BRUCE STANLEY
    LONDON - Critics of a U.S.-backed plan to build a pipeline transporting Caspian Sea oil to Western consumers are urging the World Bank (news - web sites)'s private investment arm to delay a decision on whether to help finance the $3.6 billion project. Environmentalists and human rights groups contend the pipeline, which would carry crude from Azerbaijan to Turkey's coast, endangers villages and wildlife in its path, and could spark conflict in a region already seething with ethnic tensions. The International Finance Corp., the World Bank's Washington-based private investment arm, was to have made a decision this week on lending...
  • World Bank 'to approve' $4bn central Asian pipeline

    10/29/2003 7:44:34 PM PST · by a_Turk · 5 replies · 172+ views
    Independent ^ | 10/30/2003 | Philip Thornton
    The World Bank plans to recommend support for a $4bn (£2.4bn) pipeline through central Asia, according to a leaked internal report. Campaign groups reacted with fury to news that the bank's commercial arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), believes that its 173 country members should agree a $300m loan. BTC, a consortium led by the British oil giant BP, is building a 1,090-mile pipeline from the Caspian through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the Mediterranean. But the project, which aims to allow the West to tap into vast oil reserves without going through the Middle East, has encountered objections from...
  • INTERVIEW-World Bank in final talks on BTC Caspian pipeline

    10/03/2003 12:28:52 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 15 replies · 209+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/3/2003 | Sujata Rao
    LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The World Bank (news - web sites) is approaching approval for a strategic crude pipeline linking Caspian oilfields to the world market, with a final decision due later this month, a top official told Reuters on Friday. The Bank is holding its final discussions on funding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline and initial indications are the project meets the group's stringent environmental and transparency standards, Rashad Kaldany, head of energy for the bank and its investment arm International Finance Corp (IFC.UL) said in an interview. A positive World Bank verdict would unlock funds from other multilateral...
  • Kazakhstan - Waiting to be rich - Mystery of the oil billions

    06/12/2003 7:42:23 PM PDT · by Phil V. · 4 replies · 150+ views
    The Economist print edition ^ | Jun 12th 2003 | ALMATY
    Kazakhstan Waiting to be richJun 12th 2003 | ALMATY From The Economist print editionMystery of the oil billionsJUST as in Soviet times, the people of Kazakhstan have long been promised a better life. Oil, they have been repeatedly told over the 12 years since independence, will make a difference. During the 1990s, oil reserves in the Caspian Sea basin were thought to be enormous, matching those of the Gulf states. Although those estimates turned out to be exaggerated, the true size of the reserves is still substantial. Over the past few years, Kazakhstan has doubled its oil production, to almost 1m...
  • In Case You Missed This Mega-Deal

    05/21/2003 7:01:52 AM PDT · by Seti 1 · 3 replies · 192+ views
    April 27, 2003 In Case You Missed This Mega-Deal By VLADIMIR SOCOR While Europe was sleeping-and America fought in Iraq-the Kremlin has taken a major step toward monopolizing the transit of Caspian energy resources, thus adding to Europe´s dependence on energy supplies from Russia (and, at the same time, reducing hopes for Afghanistan´s future development). That step would merge Turkmenistan´s immense deposits of natural gas with those of Russia, into one export pool under Russian control. Turkmenistan holds the world´s third-largest proven reserves of gas (after Russia and Iran), but the Turkmen deposits are not fully explored or even prospected....
  • Partners confirm block on China-Kazakh oil deals

    05/16/2003 6:38:51 PM PDT · by maui_hawaii · 2 replies · 141+ views
    LONDON - A group of western oil companies today blocked two Chinese rivals from taking a stake in a Kazakhstan project, one of the world's largest new oil and gas developments. Confirmation of the move, widely reported over the past two weeks, denies energy-hungry China a key foothold in the global hydrocarbons industry by keeping the Chinese firms, CNOOC and Sinopec, from buying eight percent stakes that British partner BG agreed to sell to them. "Five of six remaining partners in the Republic of Kazakhstan's North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCPSA) have exercised their pre-emptive rights in the sale,"...
  • Oil partners move to block Chinese from Caspian project

    05/10/2003 11:14:29 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 9 2003 19:25 | By Lina Saigol and Dan Roberts in London
    Western oil companies on Friday moved to block two of China's biggest oil companies from one of the world's largest oil and gas projects, in a high-stakes game that risks antagonising the Chinese authorities. After all-night meetings, executives from several large oil groups are understood to have decided to prevent CNOOC, China's second biggest oil company, from buying a $615m stake from BG in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement. An announcement is expected on Monday. Shell's surprise decision, first reported in the Financial Times on Wednesday, is believed to have been backed by four of its five partners...

    03/13/2003 10:46:10 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 128 replies · 515+ views ^ | March 13, 2003 | Mary Starrett
    Fashion designers from New York to Milan have filled the runways in recent weeks with all the latest Spring looks. Hemlines are up, heel heights are down and pink is all the rage. But regardless of what you think of this season's haute couture you should be made aware of a trend that's catching on... it could make you think twice before buying new clothes. Tiny specks capable of tracking virtually every single item are now being imbedded by manufacturers. This Orwellian technology, called RFID (radio frequency ID) will now be used by Italian clothing designer Benetton in the form...