Tags: Gazprom, Iraqi gas, NABUCCO
Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Iraq are being touted as potential suppliers.
US Strategy of Total Energy Control over the European Union and Eurasia
US Strategy of Total Energy Control over the European Union and Eurasia
Nabucco Turkey EU and Obama Geopolitics
by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, July 17, 2009
One of his first foreign visits as new President took Barack Obama to Ankara for a high-profile meeting with Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and other leading Turkish officials. Obama engaged in classical “horse trading” wheeling and dealing. “I give you support for Turkey’s EU membership; you open the diplomatic door to Armenia,” appears to have been the core of the deal. What other inducements the US President gave in the case of Turkish influence within NATO and such is secondary. Obama’s goal was to break a political deadlock in Turkey to construction of a major gas pipeline to Germany and other EU countries in direct opposition to Russian Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline.
Tags: El-Baradei, International Atomic Energy Agency, US invasion of Iraq
Could El-Baradei have halted the Iraq invasion?
Latent indications of remorse suggest there is more to the role of some in paving the way for the invasion of Iraq than at first meets the eye, writes Abdallah El-Ashaal*
In the second week of August, Mohamed El-Baradei announced that he regreted his silence over the US invasion of Iraq. Although it is perhaps odd that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should make such an admission at this time, it will be useful to register a couple of observations on this quite serious matter for future reference.
First, El-Baradei along with at least all of the permanent members of the Security Council knew that Washington was determined to invade Iraq and that it was searching for any evidence or circumstances to support this resolve. The practical beginning for the invasion plan was Security Council Resolution 1441 of 2002 calling for inspections of Iraq for nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. That same year, just as the Arab Peace Initiative was announced from Beirut, Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon set about quashing the second Palestinian Intifada. Also in that year, in October, US Congress passed a bill that effectively obliged the US administration to recognise Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. So everyone knew what was in Washington’s mind at the time and that it saw the passage of the inspections resolution as the first step towards the acquisition of international cover for its plans. Nothing could underscore this point more than the remark by then French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin in the Security Council that the resolution did not give Washington licence to invade Iraq.
Tags: Dahuk Mosque, Ramazan Gözen, US Policy in Iraq
Mosque, Dahuk, northern Iraq
Recent developments give hints of US policy toward Iraq and re-structuring of the country.
Author: Professor Dr.Ramazan Gözen of Ankara´s Çankaya University
Three important developments took place in July 2009 regarding Iraq, the autonomous region in the north of Iraq to be more precise. One of these was Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki´s visit to the US, where he held talks with President Obama and with the UN officials. The second was the surprise rise of the Kurdish parties opposed to Barzani and Talabani as a result of the elections held for the regional parliament. The third was US Secretary of state Robert Gates´ visit to Iraq and the Kurdish region in the north of the country.
These three developments are very important in terms of the re-structuring of Iraq and the revelation of the Iraq policy of the new US administration under President Obama.
Tags: Kerkuk, Louis Sako
Appel de Mgr Sako à l’occasion du Ramadan :
l’Irak a besoin de paix
Appeal from Archbishop Sako on the occasion of the month of Ramadan :
Iraq needs peace
A l’occasion du Ramadan, l’archevêque chaldéen de Kirkouk, Mgr Sako, a décidé de faire un geste important d’ouverture et de paix envers les musulmans irakiens. Ce samedi, à l’occasion de la rupture du jeûne, il offre un dîner à une cinquantaine de représentants chrétiens et musulmans du pays. Ils devraient tous se joindre à un appel à la paix nationale, à la réconciliation et à la fin des violences qui ensanglantent l’Irak.
Ce message sera adressé aux responsables politiques du pays. Parmi les convives, seront présents les représentants sunnites et chiites de Kirkouk, des représentants de Moqtada Sadr, d’Ali al Sistani, des représentants arabes, kurdes et turkmènes, et le clergé chrétien de la région. Mgr Sako revient sur cet appel qui est aussi un cri d’espoir
Tags: Euphrates, Marsh Arabs, Water shortage in Iraq
Water shortage threatens two million people in southern Iraq
Electricity supply to Nasiriyah has dropped by 50% because of falling levels of Euphrates river
Martin Chulov in Nasiriyah, Iraq
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 26 August 2009
Two million people face life without water Link to this video
A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq‘s civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south of the country without electricity and almost as many without drinking water.
An already meagre supply of electricity to Iraq’s fourth-largest city of Nasiriyah has fallen by 50% during the last three weeks because of the rapidly falling levels of the Euphrates river, which has only two of four power-generating turbines left working.
If, as predicted, the river falls by a further 20cm during the next fortnight, engineers say the remaining two turbines will also close down, forcing a total blackout in the city.
Tags: Al-Ittilaf al-Watani al-Iraqi, Iraqi National Alliance
After Sadr–Badr Compromise in Tehran, the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) Is Declared
By Reidar Visser (www.historiae.org)
24 August 2009After a bit of juggling with adjectives and word order, the Iraqi National Alliance (INA, in Arabic referred to as al-Ittilaf al-Watani al-Iraqi) was launched in Baghdad today, thereby becoming the first publicly confirmed major electoral alliance for next year’s parliamentary elections in Iraq. Essentially, the new coalition consists of the two largest blocs of the previous Shiite alliance (the United Iraqi Alliance or UIA) – the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) and the Sadrists – plus elements from the wing of the most pro-Iranian of the two Daawa factions, known as the Tanzim al-Iraq branch, as well as Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s breakaway faction. The only significant components from outside the old UIA are the Anbar Salvation Council headed by Hamid al-Hayis (a breakaway group of the Anbar awakening which received only a modest share of the votes in the last local elections) and Khalid Abd al-Wahhab al-Mulla, the president of a Sunni group of Islamic scholars from Zubayr outside Basra. Additionally, the party of the Shiite Bahr al-Ulum family, which was sometimes separate from the old UIA, has been reintegrated.
Tags: Death of Ted Kennedy, Ted Kennedy
AFP Photo Bil Sikes
“My vote against this misbegotten war (Iraq) is the best vote I have cast in the United States Senate since I was elected in 1962.” — Senator Ted Kennedy
Tags: Edward Kennedy speech, Ted Kennedy
Senator Edward Kennedy
Juan Cole – Informed Comment : http://www.juancole.com/
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Senator Ted Kennedy’s death Tuesday night has deprived the nation of one of the most insightful and committed progressive politicians the country had. Kennedy all along had opposed Bush’s Iraq War, and saw clearly before most of the country the various scams used to get it up. It is worth remembering that the narrative most of us now share on the catastrophes of Bush-Cheney foreign policy derives in important part from Kennedy’s speeches. Note, too, that Kennedy got virtually no time on network or cable television for his critiques of Bush while the Democrats were in the minority. But CNN devoted half the day to covering John McCain’s criticisms of Obama today. A millionaire senator from Boston was too far left for the corporate media. RIP. He has left a heavy burden on the rest of us, to see that the US does get out of Iraq and also that 47 million uninsured are finally covered and not just left to die when they fall ill. Kennedy is in some sense a martyr to the latter cause, and those who care deeply about the issue should carry on in his memory.
Here is a speech, delivered less than 9 months after the invasion of Iraq, in which Kennedy correctly lays out the ways in which Bush conned the country into it:
Senator Ted Kennedy, Speech on Iraq Policy, C-Span: Broadcast 01/14/04
“. . . In these uncertain times, it is imperative that our leaders hold true to those founding ideals and protect the fundamental trust between the government and the people. Nowhere is this trust more important than between the people and the President of the United States. As the leader of our country and the voice of America to the world, our President has the obligation to lead and speak with truth and integrity if this nation is to continue to reap the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
Tags: Astrid Essed, Gideon Levy, Ian Ferguson, Lockerbie
Lockerbie revisited – Documentary by Gideon Levy
(Film in Dutch and English)
Uitzending 27 april 2009
Regie: Gideon Levy
Productie: Ymke Kreiken
Eindredactie: Jos de Putter/Doke Romeijn/Henneke Hagen
Regisseur Gideon Levy maakte in 2005 een film voor Tegenlicht over de nabestaanden van de Lockerbie-ramp. Sindsdien laat deze zaak hem niet meer los. Dat komt vooral door de Schotse onderzoeksjournalist Ian Ferguson, die de zaak al jaren op de voet volgt.
Tegenlicht – Lockerbie revisited
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