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  • The Sneering Revolution: Obama’s Attempt To Undermine U.S. Strategic Capability?

    01/20/2017 7:26:46 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 17 replies ^ | 20-01-2017 | Greg
    The outgoing U.S. Barack Obama Administration and its supporters embarked on a campaign to traduce and challenge the incoming Administration of Pres. Donald J. Trump in the hope that it would find it difficult to govern effectively. This may be unprecedented in U.S. history, and could, to the degree that it succeeds, have an impact on U.S. strategic capabilities, actions, and alliances going forward. No departing U.S. president had gone to such lengths to use the pulpit of the Presidency to discredit an incoming President or presidential candidate as the lengths to which went Obama with Trump. The result was,...
  • Trump Presidency May Jeopardize Iran’s New Oil Contracts

    11/09/2016 8:34:27 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 7 replies ^ | 09-11-2016 | Jeopardized
    Just when western oil majors started resuming investments in Iran’s oil and gas after the lifting of the sanctions, the election victory of Donald Trump – who has spoken against the nuclear deal that led to lifting of said sanctions – may make international oil companies rethink their enthusiasm in bidding in Iran’s new oil and gas contract tenders. Last month, Iran invited international E&P companies to start pre-qualifying for bidding under the new petroleum contract models approved in September. But in March of this year, Trump said in a speech addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: “My number-one...
  • Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up America's Oil Assets

    09/30/2016 2:50:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 30, 2016 | Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D
    Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up America's Oil Assets Saudi Arabia is quietly amassing quite a portfolio of American energy assets. State-owned Saudi Aramco is already co-owner, with Royal Dutch Shell , of Motiva, the largest U.S. refinery. Under an already signed agreement, in April 2017, Aramco will take full ownership of the most valuable Motiva assets. Now comes news that Motiva is the leading candidate to purchase the Lyondell Basell Refinery in Houston. This would give Saudi Arabia control of two major Texas refineries proving, once again, that American energy independence is impossible. Qatar Petroleum, along with ExxonMobil and...
  • Southwest oil independents schedule rally Sept. 27 (against OPEC oil imports)

    09/05/2016 5:30:41 PM PDT · by panhandle67 · 27 replies
    Artesia Daily Press ^ | 9/4/2016 | Staff
    New Mexico and Texas oil companies and communities say they will warn Saudi Arabia and Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to stop overproduction of oil and lowering prices as a strategy to slow or shut them down, or face import quotas. Independent oil companies with the Panhandle Initiative to Reduce Imports (PIRI) will hold an industry and public rally from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Pecos River Village Convention Center, 711 Muscatel Ave., Carlsbad. Lunch and admission are free. Southwest and Rocky Mountain oil producers say they feel they are under OPEC and...
  • First “Illegal” Shipment Of Oil Leaves Eastern Libya

    04/27/2016 11:52:15 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 27-04-2016 | Slav
    A cargo of 650,000 barrels of crude left the Libyan port of Hariga yesterday, in the eastern part of the conflict-torn country, sparking what promises to be another phase in the conflict as the Islamic-leaning government in Tripoli vows to block the maneuver. This premature attempt at crude oil exports could have huge implications for international efforts to unite the country under the new Government of National Accord (GNA), which was formed with UN support, because eastern Libya is controlled by a government based in Tobruk, which has not yet recognized the GNA of Fayez Serraj.
  • ISIS Forced To Cut Wages As Oil Revenues Tank

    02/11/2016 8:37:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 17 replies ^ | 10/02/2016 | Oilprice
    Leaked documents purport to show that the Islamic State (ISIS) is cutting the salaries of its foreign fighters as low oil prices and continued air strikes on terrorist-controlled oil targets hit back with a monetary jihad. The documents—which are said to have been leaked by the ISIS ‘treasury department’, or the Bayt Mal al-Muslimeen—state that foreign-fighter salaries in Syria have been reduced 50 percent due to “exceptional circumstances,” including continued air strikes of Syria-based ISIS oil operations and low oil prices.
  • Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

    10/06/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 06-10-2015 | boom boom boom
    Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin. The real call for the meeting stemmed from the EU refugee crisis. With a human catastrophe brewing in Europe and the Middle East, EU leaders are urgently demanding that the U.S. and Russia set aside their differences and begin to work together in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, the major cause of the massive movement of people seeking sanctuary. Now, U.S./EU leaders are no longer insisting on the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office as a pre-condition to...
  • Editorial: Governor’s energy plan is excellent future blueprint

    09/20/2015 8:10:27 AM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 1 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 9/20/15 | Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    New Mexico has a wealth of energy resources. And now it has a comprehensive plan to help guide development of those riches to grow the state’s economy. Last week at the 2015 Southeastern New Mexico Mayor’s Energy Summit in Carlsbad, Gov. Susana Martinez laid out a broad “all of the above” energy policy. “There is no reason we shouldn’t be an energy leader,” she later told attendees at the eighth annual Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces. Her plan embraces a wide range of energy sources, ranging from oil and gas to solar, wind and up-and-coming technologies, such as...
  • Watch leading Energy expert Daniel Fine as he discusses the oil price war Atlantic drilling

    09/19/2015 4:31:02 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 3 replies
    John Locke Foundation ^ | 5/21/15 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Dr. Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, explains how an oil price war led by Saudi Arabia impacts the prospects for drilling off the N.C. coast
  • Watch leading energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine as he discusses the impact of falling global oil prices

    09/11/2015 2:18:13 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 13 replies
    John Locke Foundation ^ | 8/21/15 | Daniel Fine
    Dr. Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on the domestic energy industry.
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • Saudi-led oil price war impacts N.C.& Atlantic offshore drilling

    06/01/2015 2:43:38 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 5 replies
    John Locke Foundation ^ | 5/21/15 | Mitch Kokai
    Saudi Arabia’s unwillingness to follow its longstanding policy of propping up oil prices means North Carolina might have to wait for offshore energy exploration. That’s the assessment of Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy and project leader of a group developing New Mexico’s state energy policy. Fine described a Saudi-led oil “price war” during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, Fine explained how falling oil prices tied to Saudi Arabia’s new policy affect North Carolina’s energy options.
  • Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon

    04/02/2015 12:15:57 PM PDT · by Perkinsbob54 · 12 replies
    High Country News ^ | 3/8/15 | Jonathan Thompson |
    It’s not even 8 a.m. and rush hour is on in northwestern New Mexico. Dozens of big white trucks and water tankers, neon flags flying, head north to the gas patch. I’m driving south, through Aztec, and as I pass the retro-orange A&W on the edge of town, I pull up alongside a drilling rig. The thing’s huge, too huge, it seems, to be rolling along the same road as my little Nissan. Yet the strange, rolling infrastructure has been a familiar site around here for decades — back in 1948, when a UFO purportedly crashed out on a nearby...
  • Dropping the bomb

    03/12/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 137 replies ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Steve Hays
    I'm going to comment on the ethics of nuking Japan. This is one of those perennial issues that America-bashers constantly raise. There are two extremes we need to avoid: "my country right or wrong," and "blame America first." For me the war has a personal dimension. My late father was a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater. He was radio operator in the Air Force. His squadron conducted reconnaissance over Japan. He had some interesting stories to tell: i) He trained on B-17s in Alaska, then flew on B-29s in Florida. ii) Our pilots discovered the jet stream....
  • Garry Kasparov says ‘Obama and Merkel sounded delusional’ on Ukraine

    02/10/2015 11:33:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/9/15 | twitchy staff/Garry Kasparov
    The situation on the ground in Ukraine has been described as a high-stakes chess game, and Garry Kasparov, world chess champion and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, expressed little confidence in the players yesterday.
  • Kremlin: Don't Issue Ultimatums To Putin

    02/09/2015 10:47:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2/9/15
    The words come as the EU suspends new sanctions - including visa bans and asset freezes - to give peace efforts a chance Vladimir Putin will not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums, a Russian radio station has quoted the Kremlin as saying. Reports suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel had given him until Wednesday to agree a peace plan over Ukraine or face new sanctions.
  • The Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Henry Kissinger
    The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the...
  • Putin Doesn't Care About the Rules Anymore

    07/30/2014 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | 30 July 2014 | Nick Ottens
    The United States on Monday accused Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty governing both powers’ use of intermediate range missiles. If true, it marks the latest in a series of Russian breaches of international norms since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits both America and Russia from deploying ballistic and cruise missiles that are launched from the ground and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers, was first reported by The New York Times in January. An American government official confirmed the...
  • To bolster its claims, China plants islands in disputed waters

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9
    The Times of India ^ | 17 June 2014 | Edward Wong & Jonathan Ansfield
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • Does Vladimir Putin Have God on His Side Regarding Ukraine?

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 16 replies ^ | 25 June 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • The Basics of War and How the U.S. Went Wrong

    09/25/2012 3:46:18 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 49 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/24/12 | Col. Thomas Snodgrass (Ret)
    In view of the public frustration with a decade of largely unsuccessful U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the impending cuts to the U.S. military budget, there is an active debate at present as to what military strategy and force structure should be fashioned for the future. Unfortunately, many taxpayers and most politicians are totally illiterate when it comes to the subject of warfare. (Judging from the dismal results in the last ten years, a similar conclusion might to drawn concerning the U.S. officer corps.) In an attempt to fill this critical knowledge void and perhaps raise the level...
  • The State of the World: A Framework [Which Candidate Is Strongest On Meta-Geopolitical Issues?]

    02/21/2012 10:34:42 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay
    Stratfor ^ | February 21, 2012 | 0959 GMT | By George Friedman
    The evolution of geopolitics is cyclical. Powers rise, fall and shift. Changes occur in every generation in an unending ballet. However, the period between 1989 and 1991 was unique in that a long cycle of human history spanning hundreds of years ended, and with it a shorter cycle also came to a close. The world is still reverberating from the events of that period. On Dec. 25, 1991, an epoch ended. On that day the Soviet Union collapsed, and for the first time in almost 500 years no European power was a global power, meaning no European state integrated economic,...
  • When will North Korea open up?

    01/10/2012 8:44:29 PM PST · by robertvance · 8 replies
    The Voice of North Korea ^ | 1/10/2012 | Voice of North Korea Staff
    Will North Korea ever open up? Not if China has a say. And China does have a say. A big say. China is North Korea’s best friend in the world – a friendship that was cemented with blood when Chairman Mao sent hundreds of thousands of soldiers to their deaths in North Korea in 1950. Back then it was all about showing the world that a young People’s Republic of China could throw her weight around in Asia. It was also about doing the bidding of Stalin – the man who created the Korean war and played his two biggest...
  • The Emperors’ Clothes (Pakistan Knew About OBL)

    05/08/2011 7:16:21 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Dawn ^ | 4-6-2011 | Cyril Almeida
    The Emperors’ ClothesCyril AlmeidaMay 6, 2011 PAKISTAN this week has been confronted with a deeply unsettling question. Could the self-appointed custodians of the national interest themselves be the greatest threat to national security? There is no joy in asking this. Pakistan exists in a tough neighbourhood. A strong and vibrant army is necessary and desirable. But as the initial shock and disbelief wears off, there is a deep, deep sense of unease here. Did they know he was here? Surely, they knew he was here? Nobody has come out and said it openly yet. It’s too early, the story still...
  • The Sinai Singularity

    05/05/2011 5:21:57 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies ^ | May 4, 2011 | Wendy Wippel
    The nation of Israel accounts for only 1/10000 of the earth’s land mass. It could fit inside the borders of Texas 33 times. Svalbard and Tokelau are bigger. (Who? Exactly.) Yet one-third of the UN's resolutions focus on Israel. Why is this microscopic country the ongoing focus of world politics? The next world war (inching inexorably closer) would seemingly hinge on nothing more than the validity of this tiny country's existence. Amazingly, the words of Jewish prophets --writing more than 2500 years ago from an Israel that was a scrappy, backwater upstart in comparison to the grandeur of the successive...
  • Weekly Geopolitical Summary: Iran Lashes Out, Washington Eyes Billions

    10/25/2010 8:32:59 AM PDT · by bananaman22
    Global INtelligence Report ^ | 21/10/2010 | Jen Alic
    68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree Russia, Venezuela Sing Nuclear Power Station Deal Washington Eyes Billions in India Deals Netherlands Antilles Ceases to Exist Iran Lashes Out at BP for Refusing to Refuel Commercial Jets Tajikistan Attempts to Buy Russian Help over Uzbek Water Dispute -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree Violence began over the weekend in Karachi, Pakistan, by Tuesday the death toll had risen to 68, according to Pakistani media reports. On Tuesday, at least 10 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured by gunmen on motorbikes who stormed the...
  • Germany to help Japan obtain vital rare earths

    10/17/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | October 16 2010 | AFP
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Germany will help Japan gain access to vital rare earth minerals which are being withheld by China in a territorial dispute, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Saturday. Bruederle was speaking on his way home from a visit to Tokyo where he had talks with Japanese trade and economy ministers Akihiro Ohata and Banri Kaieda. He said they had raised the possibility of Japan running out of stocks of the commodities vital for the manufacture of electronic goods such as mobile telephones. In turn Bruederle spoke of eventual joint efforts to explore for new resources of the...
  • Weekly Geopolitical Summary, 14 October 2010

    10/15/2010 9:42:16 AM PDT · by bananaman22
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 15/10/2010 | Jen Alic
    •Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy •CYBERCOM to Go Operational This Month •Govt Takes over Hungarian Plant after Deadly Toxic Spill •French Transport and Oil Industry Strikes Risks Radicalization •Bolivia to Start Lithium Production in October •ISAF’s Torkham AfPak Border Crossing Reopened •Iran’s President Visits Lebanon in Clear Attempt to Boost Hezbollah Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy Local media in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat reported on 8 October that Turkmenistan’s President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov fired the head of the state-run Turkmengaz for mismanagement (specifically for “serious miscalculations”), and replaced him with Dovlet Mommayev, who until...
  • G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM

    06/27/2010 10:10:27 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday. “Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto...
  • Hush! Spain's Back to Iraq

    06/27/2010 9:47:07 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 13 replies
    Libertad Digital ^ | 15 April 2010 | Libertad Digital
    Yes to the war, but only with Obama.The "No to War” Government Prepares to Send Civil Guards to Iraq After the “mother of all withdraws" carried out by Zapatero and the former Defence minister, Jose Bono, it seems that after the arrival of Obama to the White House the War of Iraq is no longer so illegal, immoral and unjust: agents of the Civil Guard have travelled to Iraq. Libertad Digital The news broke out last Wednesday in the Congress, when answering a question from the [right wing] PP member of parliament, Ignacio Cosidó, the Secretary of State of Security,...
  • N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say

    06/27/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 06/27/10 | Chico Harlan and John Pomfret
    N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say By Chico Harlan and John Pomfret Sunday, June 27, 2010; A09 TOKYO -- North Korea announced Saturday that it would hold a rare meeting that analysts predicted would herald the rise of Kim Jong Un, a son of ruler Kim Jong Il, as the new leader of the isolated Stalinist dictatorship. Official state news media reported that delegates from the ruling Korean Workers' Party would meet in September to select a new party leadership. Analysts said the gathering had all the hallmarks of a similar...
  • Sugar Daddy China Should Dock Kim’s Allowance: William Pesek(link only)

    05/30/2010 6:07:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 183+ views
    Businessweek ^ | 05/31/10 | William Pesek
  • The Istanbul-Moscow Axis of Evil

    05/24/2010 10:27:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 523+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2010 | Joel J. Sprayregen
    I logged over 15,000 air miles in the past three weeks, my ports of call including Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, and London. I enjoyed opportunities to exchange views with informed leaders of government, business, and think-tanks. Changes -- many repugnant to believe -- are proceeding rapidly in each country I visited. I choose to focus on changes in Turkey and Russia which are harmful to the national interests of the United States. Turkey presents the more immediate concern. Atatürk's secular republic, established after the Ottoman collapse in World War I, was long hailed as the enlightened model for Muslim countries. Turkey...
  • Where would we be without offshore oil?

    05/03/2010 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Faketan · 3 replies · 128+ views ^ | 03/05/2010 | James Hamilton
    As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, I thought it might be helpful to review how we got where we are today. The graph below shows total U.S. consumption of petroleum products (in red) and oil production from U.S. fields (in green). Consumption has been growing pretty steadily since 1981 while production has been declining. About 3-1/2 million barrels per day of the gap between these two lines is made up by refinery process gain, natural gas plant liquids, and other liquids. But most of the gap must be met by U.S. imports. Each year that our...
  • Europe’s Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends – The EU’s Failure (Part 1)

    04/10/2010 1:19:37 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies · 234+ views ^ | 04/10/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    The Greater Black Sea Basin (GBSB) – the region between the middle of the Adriatic Sea in the west and the middle of the Caspian Sea in the east, between the Russian landmass in the north and the Turkish-Persian landmass in the south – is fast becoming Europe’s latest tinderbox. Although traditional geographic textbooks identify the borderline between Europe and Asia as the line stretching westwards along the water-crest of the Caucasus Mountains and then arching southwards through the center of the Turkish Straits and then hugging the Greek littoral westwards, the legacy of the Cold War and the dissolution...
  • India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia (encircling India)

    02/17/2010 4:47:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 528+ views
    NYT ^ | 02/16/10 | VIKAS BAJAJ
    India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia By VIKAS BAJAJ HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — For years, ships from other countries, laden with oil, machinery, clothes and cargo, sped past this small town near India as part of the world’s brisk trade with China. Now, China is investing millions to turn this fishing hamlet into a booming new port, furthering an ambitious trading strategy in South Asia that is reshaping the region and forcing India to rethink relations with its neighbors. As trade in the region grows more lucrative, China has been developing port facilities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and...
  • The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen

    01/09/2010 11:54:07 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 719+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen Joe Weisenthal Jan. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM The war on terror is back, though the story has moved from Afghanistan (which is ostensibly now in nation-building mode) to Yemen, which up until recently, many Americans probably had never heard of. Asia Times has an excellent overview of the situation written by former Indian ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. What's most interesting is his analysis of Yemen through the lens of the broader tension between the US and China. Most important, however, for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control...
  • Syrian Politician Urges the West to Face Reality

    01/07/2010 12:00:16 PM PST · by Tamar Rush · 7 replies · 649+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Jan.07, 2010 | Farid Ghadry
    Syrian-Iranian-led alliance’s clear aim is to destroy all regional democracies Farid Ghadry MEMRI just enlightened us with a small Blog entry in al-Thawra (The Revolution) Syrian newspaper, which relates, indirectly, the ultimate aim of the Syrian-Iranian and recently added Turkish alliance. For the unwitting policy makers who engineered the Syrian and the Iranian engagement policy, this is no longer about defending the free nations in the region but now has become about survival of those nations. Subjugating Lebanon to the terror of Assad is the least of your problems. To the dreamers who are still riveted to the...
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • Pamir Mountains, the Crossroads of History

    12/24/2009 9:59:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 441+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2009 | ANDY ISAACSON
    BY 9 in the morning, the bazaar on a rocky island in the Panj River was a frenetic scene of haggling and theatrics. Afghan traders in long tunics and vests hawked teas, toiletries and rubber slippers. Turbaned fortune tellers bent over ornate Persian texts, predicting futures for the price of a dollar. Tajik women bargained over resplendent bolts of fabric. All were mingling this bright Saturday at a weekly market held throughout the year and, in one form or another, for thousands of years here in the Wakhan Valley, which divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan. “Mousetraps, mousetraps, mousetraps, oooowww!” crooned a...
  • Iran: Oil Field Is Ours, Not Iraq's

    12/19/2009 10:10:42 PM PST · by Fennie · 45 replies · 2,664+ views
    Ynet News ^ | December 19, 2009
    Tehran denies Iraqi claim to borderline oil field, says troops are 'on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders'. Iran confirmed Saturday that its forces had taken over East Maysan oil field, located on the Iran-Iraq border. The move caused a 2.4% spike in oil prices. "The Iranian forces are on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders. This oil field is Iran's" said an Iranian armed forces statement quoted by the Islamic Republic Arab-language television station, al-Alam.
  • Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well

    12/18/2009 8:43:07 AM PST · by null and void · 60 replies · 3,633+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/18/09
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP. "There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. "The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said, adding that such incidents occur quite frequently. Well 4 lies...
  • Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border

    Al-Amara, Iraq - Iranian troops have claimed an oil well on the border of southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi military officer said Friday. Iranian troops on Thursday "occupied" the "Number 4" oil well in the Eastern Maysan oil field, located in the border district of al- Fakah, Brigadier-General Dhafir Nadhmi said in a statement Friday. Nadhmi said that Iranian forces had taken control of the well, dug a trench around it, deployed armoured vehicles, and raised the Iranian flag over the well.
  • Afghan War a Subset of U.S. Efforts to Secure Central Asian Energy Riches

    12/10/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by staffjam · 11 replies · 597+ views ^ | 01/10/2009 | John CK Daly
    Operation Enduring Freedom, on Oct. 7 will begin its ninth year. At $4 billion per month, a National Priorities Project has determined that the total cost of military operations in Afghanistan by the end of the year will be almost $200 billion. Thoughtful American taxpayers may ask why the Obama administration has not only embraced the Central Asian ground war that it inherited from Bush, but is seeking to expand not only the U.S. military footprint, but subject its NATO allies to contribute more troops and funding as well. Shorn of post 9/11 patriotic and fervor against the perpetrators of...
  • Gas Bridge Between Asia and Europe to Bring New Energy Supply

    12/04/2009 3:50:36 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies · 270+ views
    CIS Oil and Gas ^ | December 04, 2009 | CIS Oil and Gas
    Currently, Europe's ability to power itself is almost completely dependant on Russian energy supplies. Today, almost half of the EU's natural gas imports come from Russia along with 30 percent of its oil supplies. As such, there is an increasing desire to diversify the continent's energy suppliers -- enter the Nabucco Pipeline. Dubbed the 'Gas bridge between Asia and Europe', the €7.9 billion, 3300km-long pipeline will attempt to break Russian dependency by exploiting the gas reserves in the Caspian and Middle East regions. Snaking through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and into Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, the Nabucco Pipeline...
  • The Great Geopolitical Battle Over Energy Transit Routes

    11/18/2009 2:58:01 PM PST · by staffjam · 221+ views | 18/11/2009 | Philip H. de Leon
    The Great Geopolitical Battle Over Energy Transit Routes As we all live in the present, it is very hard to fully assess the future implications of decisions supported or made by political and business leaders. An extraordinary game of geo-strategy is under way to lock in long-term agreements, notably in the energy sector. At a global level, the transit routes of future oil & gas pipelines become the object of a power struggle involving not only the suppliers and end-users but also the transit countries. Intensive courtships are under way where a ménage à trois, or more, may be the...
  • The Untapped Energy Riches of Uzbekistan

    11/11/2009 10:17:24 AM PST · by staffjam · 6 replies · 330+ views | 11/11/2009 |
    While many Western investors remain fixated on somehow acquiring a slice of Turkmenistan’s natural gas riches, despite a recent scandal over the country’s actual reserves, there is another country further east whose energy and mineralogical reserves have been overlooked – Uzbekistan. While a number of factors are responsible for this oversight, including relative geographical isolation (Uzbekistan, along with Liechtenstein, is one of the world’s doubly landlocked nations, requiring crossing two other nations to gain access to the oceans), which currently limits energy exports available for the global market, there are a number of pluses that the country has for investors...

    10/29/2009 3:57:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,211+ views ^ | October 27, 2009 | n/a
    Quote: October 27, 2009 MAYBE MULLAH OMAR IS SIMPLY AFRAID OF THE CHINESE Vahid Brown has the lowdown on the dustup between al-Qaida Core and the Afghan Taliban Posted on 27 October 2009 @ 13:11 GMT
  • A Hitch in Iran's Nuclear Plans?

    Since you're probably not a regular reader of the trade publication Nucleonics Week, let me summarize an article that appeared in its Oct. 8 issue. It reported that Iran's supply of low-enriched uranium -- the potential feedstock for nuclear bombs -- appears to have certain "impurities" that "could cause centrifuges to fail" if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade. Now that's interesting. The seeming breakthrough in negotiations on Oct. 1 in Geneva -- where Iran agreed to send most of its estimated 1,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment -- may not have been exactly...
  • The next 100 years (Poland America's closest ally)

    09/12/2009 1:57:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 1,578+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 27 August 2009 | George Friedman
    The next 100 years George Friedman Published 27 August 2009 Japan and Turkey form an alliance to attack the US. Poland becomes America’s closest ally. Mexico makes a bid for global supremacy, and a third world war takes place in space. Sounds strange? It could all happen. . . In 1492, Columbus sailed west. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. These two events bracketed the European age. Once, Mayans lived unaware that there were Mongols, who were unaware there were Zulus. From the 15th century onwards, European powers collectively overwhelmed the world, creating the first truly global geopolitical system in...