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Regime change in Syria and Iran on hold for now

Posted by seumasach on January 9, 2012


9th January, 2012

The lengthy implementation and the heavy capital investment required to kick start the gas pipeline projects designed to meet Europe’s spiking demand and to diversify its supply sources are very revealing about Atlanticist ambitions in the region.

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EU sanctions on Iran threaten Nabucco

Posted by seumasach on October 12, 2010


12th October, 2010

Unilateral sanctions against Iran by the EU threaten the Nabucco pipeline project to bring natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe, a German paper reports.

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Caspian Sea Geopolitics: Nabucco will be the most expensive pipeline ever built

Posted by seumasach on January 7, 2010

Dr. John C.K. Daly

Global Research

5th January, 2010

Inside Beltwayistan, a number of Bushevik oil patch zombies still roam the recession-blasted landscape mindlessly chanting their Caspian mantra, “Happiness is multiple pipelines” – with the caveat that they flow westwards and bypass both Russia and Iran . They’ve now added a new word to their vocabulary, “Nabucco,” and worse, have bitten a number of Obama administration officials and visiting European politicians, who have joined their shuffling ranks.

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Color Revolutions: Bulgaria vs Ukraine: Don’t blink

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2009

Eric Wallberg

Global Research

21st July, 2009

Obama’s geopolitical demarche in Russia’s backyard is moving ahead nicely…  First there was the election in Bulgaria 5 July which brought a new party to power — Boyko Borisov’s Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria. Borisov, or Batman, as he is affectionately called, was a Communist-era policeman who subsequently established a prosperous private security business and has been the mayor of Sofia since 2005. He campaigned on the usual — to fight corruption and secure a better economic future. The Batman bragged in an interview with Der Spiegel of receiving “letters of accolade” from the CIA and FBI, presumably for his battle with the dark forces. One of the first things he did as PM, however, was to suspend the existing energy contracts with Moscow, both the South Stream and a nuclear power plant project.

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Nabucco, Turkey, EU And Obama Geopolitics

Posted by seumasach on July 20, 2009

F.Wlliam Engdahl
19th July, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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US: Iraq’s Nabucco chances better than Iran’s

Posted by seumasach on July 17, 2009

“I don’t think there would ever be an agreement at this point among the Nabucco consortium for Iranian participation at this time,”

Can the English language survive the twists and turns of an increasingly disorientated US foreign policy?  Never, or, at least, not at the moment.


16th July, 2009

Richard Morningstar, the US State Department’s Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy.
A senior US official rules out the possibility of Iran’s participation in Nabucco, saying the gas pipeline consortium would reject Tehran’s involvement.
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Overload-Toward a Confrontation With Moscow

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2009

Nebojsa Malic


15th July, 2009

At a meeting in March 2009, Secretary Clinton presented her Russian counterpart with a red button that was supposed to read “Reset” in Russian. Instead, it read “Overload.” It seemed like an innocent mistake, a syllable lost in translation. But was it, really?

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Pipeline deal is sweet music for Iran

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2009

This is rather sensational news which seems to point inexoarably towards detente between the USa and Iran. The US would have preferred a different regime in Iran but their orange revolution has obviously failed. Will we see convergence nonetheless?


Asia Times

15th July, 2009

How a trans-Caspian gas pipeline project came to be named after the 19th-century Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera Nabucco remains obscure. The opera is based on a Biblical story about the tragic plight of persecuted Jews exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Maybe, the opera’s enchanting story of love and struggle or its tendency toward melodrama was considered an apt metaphor for the acute Caspian energy rivalry.
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