Sunday, March 25, 2007

Iran/British Sailors; US Attorneys/CIA; Venezuela/Drugs; Pakistan/Gwadar Port; China Gasoline; McKinney/Pentagon; Gas OPEC/Russia, Iran, Qatar

Iran Considers Charges Against British Sailors
U.S. Attorney's Firing May Be Connected to CIA Corruption Probe Venezuela Acquiring Spy Technology to Fight Drugs Pakistan Opens Gwadar Port Of particular interest to China's Western region. The chumminess of Pakistan with the US as manifested around September 11 has not stopped President Musharraf from making other friends. J.O. China's Gasoline Demand Projected Up 6.5% This Year Cynthia McKinney at the March on Pentagon Rally Russia, Iran, Qatar Discuss Gas OPEC

18 comments:

Pandabonium said...

The last link -about OPEC- did not work for me, but a search of the site brought up this link for that article which does:
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail.aspx?id=3315§ionid=351020103

Truth Be Told said...

Tillman probe finds no criminal negligence(what a shocker):

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6603578

Rice Farmer said...

Thanks, Pandabonium. I too wanted to read that article!

Rice Farmer said...

Iran presses oil customers to pay in currencies other than dollars
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/27/business/euros.php

China already paying in euros. Here's one of the real reasons for all the saber-rattling toward Iran.

Pandabonium said...

Venezuela, China Create $6B Energy Fund -
http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=43041

Pandabonium said...

Regarding gas "opec" story:
"E.U. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on Monday warned natural gas producers such as Russia and Algeria that if they considered forming a cartel, he would strongly push the development of nuclear power to meet the E.U.'s energy needs."

http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=43044

Nihil Matters said...

A little off topic...but I thought this might be of interest to some.

PBS is creating an online "Alternate Reality Game" called "World Without Oil". The game will be launched next month and is asking players to imagine a world without oil and envision how Americans would respond to such a crisis.

Such alternate-reality games feature interactive story lines that draw on the real and virtual worlds. The designers of World Without Oil say it's the first nonprofit-backed game created for "social good."

For further info, please visit their website:

http://www.worldwithoutoil.org/

I thought that this was an interesting method to deliver Peak Oil scenarios to the American "entertainment society". ;)

Rice Farmer said...

Ha! Gas consumers are already desperately trying ways to dissuade gas producers from forming a gas OPEC.

"Speaking after a strategic energy review with U.S. officials, including Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Piebalgs said a gas cartel wouldn't be in the interests of producer countries."

Is that a veiled threat, or what? And they seem to think (or want gas producers to think) that coal and nuclear can stand in for gas, but the picture's not that rosy. Coal reserve figures have been substantially revised downward (see "peak coal" posting), and with uranium inventories running out, production won't be able to keep pace with rising demand.

Nihil Matters -- actually, that item is quite ON topic, I think. Nice catch!

gaelicgirl said...

This may well have been mentioned on here before, but I only saw it recently at Carolyn Baker's blog. It's a film on Peak Oil and the role of 9-11 within that. I watched the part available online (about half of the DVD, and thought it was very well done, and in line with Mike's work. Here's the link:

www.oilsmokeandmirrors.com

Pandabonium said...

nihil matters - That is very interesting. Thanks!


King Abdullah: U.S. Occupation 'Illegitimate'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6515900,00.html

Metro Doc said...

I linked to this site from From the Wilderness. I am impressed by the clarity and truthfulness...Will keep checking the sites now that I have access (or better said, now that I know these sites are out there). Keep it up. Glad I met you two.

armine

FTW admin said...

gaelic girl, many thx for that interesting link. some of the speakers (ie heinberg, meacher, von buelow) are sterling. others are more questionable. at least one is associated with a holocaust denial website. (full disclosure: i have had a run-in with this person in the past regarding his association) see:

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:C_esKYjhhjEJ:www.oilempire.us/afp.html+%22american+free+press%22+%22barnes+review%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us&ie=UTF-8

gaelicgirl said...

ftw admin: Thanks for the heads-up on that....which one is the Holocaust denier? I looked at your link, but didn't remember any of those names in the clip I watched. It's too bad that the makers of that film would include someone of that ilk, when they have other such legit people as Julian Darley, et al. It tarnishes the rest of the film, in my view, and I'm sure many others.

FTW admin said...

gaelic girl:

chris bollyn works for american free press.

Rice Farmer said...

Sourcewatch has this article on the Barnes Review:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Barnes_Review

Rice Farmer said...

Moscow police raid Aker Kvaerner HQ
http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/article130440.ece?service=print

To understand the significance of this article, it has to be seen in the overall context of how Russia has for the past year or so been giving foreign capital the boot and reasserting control over its oil and gas.

Rice Farmer said...

Oil and the Empire
http://www.counterpunch.org/maass03302007.html

This article, posted barely a day ago, is already making the rounds on the net. And with good reason. If you haven't read it yet, please do. The absolute and essential importance of oil is not lost on the neocon and their allies.

Howlin_Dog said...

I was in a chat room earlier talking with some of my chat buddies around the world and they gave me this link.

It is probably worth watching for some laughs and to see what others think of us.
Stupid Americans