By AARON DAVID MILLER
From Foreign Policy Magazine
Foreign policy, including the use of military power, isn’t an end in itself. It consists of tools and instruments designed to achieve specific and hopefully well-thought-out ends. Those ends — let’s call them interests — are theoretically supposed to drive a country’s foreign-policy strategy. Sounds pretty simple, right? Read more »
“A glance at the map quickly explains why strategically located Balochistan and the five million Baloch tribesmen who live there could easily become the focal point of superpower conflict.”
Selig S. Harrison in “In Afghanistan’s Shadow”, published in 1981. Read more »
From Robert M Cutler
MONTREAL – The bilateral Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is now officially suspended, as the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) website on Sunday quoted Ali Reza Gharibi, the Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company’s managing director, Read more »
The sugar industry produces food, fuel and environmental benefits.
How fast it grows may depend on an argument about how it should be regulated?
From the Economist
IT IS what passes for a winter’s day in upstate São Paulo. The sun is blazing from a blue sky feathered lightly with cirrus cloud. In a large, sloping field overlooking the city of Piracicaba, a mechanical harvester chomps through a stand of three-metre-high sugar cane, fat and juicy from months of sunshine. Read more »
On assuming office, President Obama shifted US military action from Iraq to Afghanistan and then, more squarely, to Pakistan, where he claimed the terrorists responsible for 911 were hiding. In doing so, he tacitly acknowledged the nefarious character of the rationales of the Bush administration in invading Iraq, rationales that are now widely accepted as being cynical fabrications to wage a war that was planned well before the Trade Towers were destroyed. Read more »
Political analysts and media, particularly those who do not see the link between 9/11, War on Terror, and US foreign policy, should take a note of the following apparently innocuous Bloomberg story about the oil activity in Iraq. Between bigotry and paranoia of the right-wingers and the blissful ignorance of the ‘Burger Generation’ there is a real world out there - driven by self-interests. Economic interests overshadow most interests.
Points to be noted about this story:
1. Iraq’s crude oil output is projected to increase by five times to equal that of Saudi Arabia
2. The biggest oil servicing and drilling companies are rapidly expanding operations in Iraq.
3. The British Petroleum (BP) is developing the Rumaila oil field, which, according to BP, may become the second largest oil field in the world after Ghawar (located in the Eastern provinces) of Saudi Arabia. Read more »
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
By Saad Hasan
SUI: Hundreds of junior-cadre workers of the state-run Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) became millionaires overnight after getting ownership certificates of their company under the Benazir Employees Stock Option scheme. Read more »
From The Atlantic Free Press
by Peter Chamberlin
By following the trail of militant terrorists US forces and American interests have gained access deep in Central Asia, where oil companies have had little luck gaining a foothold on their own. Read more »
By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thousands of demonstrators protested the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Saturday in a march through downtown Washington. Many expressed concern that health care and the dismal economy have begun to overshadow the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more »
General Pervez Musharraf acknowledged in his book, ‘In the Line of Fire’, that Omar Saeed Sheikh – the man who was convicted for killing Wall Street Journal’s correspondent Daniel Pearl, in 2002, was recruited by MI6, the British intelligence agency.
We also know that Omar Saeed Sheikh conducted terrorist strikes in India and was also very close to the sectarian terrorist outfits in Pakistan besides being very close to the former Intelligence Bureau Head, Brig. (rtd) Ijaz Shah. Omar Saeed was also linked (in the reports of the Associated Press, DAWN, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, among others) to transferring $100,000 to Mohd. Atta, who allegedly led the hijackings of 9/11. Read more »
We have been able to secure an electronic version of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s Book, America’s “War on Terrorism”. This book is not available in Pakistan though it can be ordered through Amazon.com. You can download this as a pdf file.
The book starts with a reference to a report by Dan Rather of CBS News [ CBS Evening News with Dan Rather; CBS, January 28, 2002] that on September 10, 2001 Osama bin Laden had been admitted to a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi. What follows is a massive documentary evidence work according to Amazon.com
Michel Chossudovsky is professor of economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Canada and author of several books. He is Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), a think-tank based in Montreal. He has taught as visiting professor at academic institutions in Western Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia, has acted as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has worked as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Development Bank, the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (AIEDEP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
From Army Times, USA
Critics: Afghanistan plan takes SF from usual training mission
By Sean D. Naylor – Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Dec 23, 2008 13:30:19 EST
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ announcement of a plan to deploy an additional three brigades of combat troops to Afghanistan by the summer has superseded a contentious debate that pitted the Bush administration’s “war czar” against the special operations hierarchy over the National Security Council’s proposed near-term “surge” of special operations forces to Afghanistan, a Pentagon military official said. Read more »
Published in the NEWS
The current received wisdom in the United States is that the militants in northwest Pakistan have provided safe havens to Al Qaeda has along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and the greatest threat to America’s security comes from this region. No US official or journalist or think-tank has ever raised or answered the question that Alan Greenspan posed in his book, The Age of Turbulence: Read more »
By Gideon Rachman
Chief foreign affairs columnist, the Financial Times
Published: May 13 2008
With the oil price heading upwards and President George W. Bush heading for Saudi Arabia, as part of a Middle Eastern tour, it is time to accept the truth. The pursuit of oil is fundamental to US foreign policy. Read more »
By Nesa Subrahmaniyan
May 6 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil may rise to between $150 and $200 a barrel within two years as growth in supply fails to keep pace with increased demand from developing nations, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts led by Arjun N. Murti said in a report.
New York-based Murti first wrote of a “super spike” in March 2005, when he said oil prices could range between $50 and $105 a barrel through 2009. The price of crude traded in New York averaged $56.71 in 2005, $66.23 in 2006 and $72.36 in 2007. Oil rose to an intraday record of $122.49 today on speculation demand will rise during the peak U.S. summer driving season. Read more »
May 04, 2008 (McClatchy Newspapers – McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) — – The ethanol giants of southeastern Brazil have transformed how 185 million residents of this South American nation power their cars and trucks. Now, they say they’re ready to start the same ethanol revolution in the rest of the world, if only the world will let them. Read more »
The government, oil marketing companies (OMCs) and dealers are making billions of rupees by charging Rs14.94 on one litre petrol, Rs25.03 on HOBC, Rs9.84 on kerosene oil and Rs8.5 on one litre diesel, discloses detailed notification about raise in POL products effective March 1. Read more »
OFFICIALS in Tampa, Florida, got a surprise recently when a local firm building the state’s first ethanol-production factory put in a request for 400,000 gallons (1.5m litres) a day of city water. The request by US Envirofuels would make the facility one of the city’s top ten water consumers overnight, and the company plans to double its size. Florida is suffering from a prolonged drought. Rivers and lakes are at record lows and residents wonder where the extra water will come from. Read more »
By Iqbal Mirza
The powerful oil lobby, in collaboration with top bureaucrats, has schemed to block the utilisation of Thar coal for power generation, according to sources here. A 1000 MW power plant, based on Thar coal, could result in a saving of minimum $840 million per year, they said. Read more »
By Yousuf Nazar
Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) is Pakistan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, accounting for about 33% of the country’s total reserves and 59% and 25% of total oil and gas production respectively. Read more »
By Javier Blas in London November 9 2007 Read more »
“All the various components (of the global energy crisis) came together after 9/11, and 9/11 was a major factor in bringing them together. Once we realize this, many other developments fall into place: the war on terror; the invasion of Iraq; the rise of Iran; the radicalization of Islam and the increasing sectarian tensions within Islam; the decline in American power and influence; nuclear proliferation; China’s pursuit of natural resources and its negative effect on curing the resource curse; and Russia use of gas supplies to suborn its former empire and the larger danger it poses for Europe. The core of the crisis is the tight supply situation for oil.” So wrote George Soros, probably the world’s most influential hedge fund manger, in 2006 [The age of fallibility].
Oil price has hit record levels and has been trading over $80-a-barrel level since September 13. While seasonal and speculative factors do play a role, the oil price is in a long-term upward cycle with little signs of weakness. Oil has always been a subject of great importance for the global economy and politics but what is new this time? Why the oil price has more than trebled during the last five years (see crude oil price graph above: January 2001 – September 2007) after hitting last decade’s low of $11-a-barrel during November 1998? Could it break all previous records and why it has come to occupy a central place in the United States foreign policy are questions that directly concern Pakistan. Hence, it is important to examine these issues in a holistic manner. Read more »
PRIME Minister Shaukat Aziz told the third annual Oil and Gas conference that Pakistan will proceed with plans to build a gas pipeline from Iran even if India pulls out of the project because its energy needs are expected to more than double by 2020.
It has taken a few years for the government to realise that transporting gas from the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan is not a practical option. On December 27 in 2002, Foreign Minister Kasuri signed an agreement – in the presence of Afghan President Hamid Karzai – in Turkmenistan to construct a gas pipeline that was supposed to pass through Afghanistan. Read more »
Published in DAWN
THE much-awaited GDR offering of Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC), promoted as Pakistan’s largest ever, fell short of expectations in terms of size and pricing with a negative impact on OGDC share price in the local stock market. The KSE 100-share index dropped by 231 points to close at 10,388 on Friday following the offering in London.
The sale of government’s 8.8 per cent (376.79 million shares) stake in OGDC raised $712 million on November 30, but did not meet the earlier target of selling 10-15 per cent stake to raise $1 to $1.5 billion.
The Minister for Privatisation had billed this as the largest ever equity offering of a Pakistani company abroad at a press conference on November 12 but this GDS offering did not exceed the $900 million sale of a 10 per cent stake in Pakistan Telecommunication Company in September 1994.
However, it is a welcome development that a Pakistani company has been able to raise such a large amount in the international capital markets after a long time and does indicate confidence of the international investment community in Pakistan’s economic prospects as well as about OGDC’s future. Read more »
Published in DAWN
ON October 2, Russia rejected calls from the European Union to lift economic sanctions on Georgia, saying it had cut transport links to curb a dangerous military build-up by its pro-western neighbour. In unusually strident remarks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also took a swipe at the United States, saying its support for Georgia had “stimulated” Tbilisi into taking unfriendly steps against Russia.
Russia cut rail, air and postal links with ex-Soviet Georgia in response to the arrest of four Russian soldiers on spying charges. Tbilisi released the four on October 9 in what it termed a goodwill gesture. But Moscow made it clear the spying row was just part of what it sees as a deeper dispute with Georgia, which has irked Moscow by aggressively pursuing membership of Nato and the European Union and pulling out of Russia’s orbit. Read more »
The Democratic Leader in the US Senate Harry Reid said on August 21, “Far from spreading freedom and democracy in the Middle East, the Bush administration has watched while extremists grow stronger, Iran goes nuclear, Iraq falls into civil war and oil and gas prices skyrocket. Simply staying the course is unacceptable.”Bush’s approval rating has slumped to the lowest point of his presidency, and Republicans are concerned that they could lose control of Congress because of voters’ unhappiness. Read more »
By Jonah Goldberg
April 23, 2008
During the Cold War, few people said, “We have to solve the problem of Latvia, before we can even begin to address the problem of the Soviet Union.” Latvia’s problem — as well as the problems of Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, etc., etc. — was the Soviet Union. To concentrate on the plight of Latvia would be like treating a runny nose while shrugging off the pneumonia which caused it. Read more »