Thanks, it works very well with the pieces I already had set aside for today's post.
So......here we go
Picture Iraqi Oil Minister Abdelkarim al-Luaybi, Syrian Oil Minister Sufian Allaw, and the current Iranian caretaker Oil Minister Mohammad Aliabadi getting together in the port of Assalouyeh, southern Iran, to to sign a memorandum of understanding for the construction of the Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline, no less.
This pipeline plan seems linked to Assad's 4 seas strategy covered oh so long ago, here at the blog
Pipelinestan is one of the fundamental reasons (but,not the only reason) for the proxy war in Syria. Against the interests of Washington (and Israel), for whom integrating Iran is anathema, the pipeline bypasses two crucial foreign actors in Syria - prime "rebel" weaponizer Qatar (as a gas producer) and logistical "rebel" supporter Turkey (as the self-described privileged energy crossroads between East and West).
Also related to this post Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Qatar: Pipelineistan at work
And probably about 100 other posts on the topic of competing pipelines. I won't relink them all, that would be just overwhelming.
The US$10 billion, 6,000 kilometer pipeline is set to start in Iran's South Pars gas field (the largest in the world, shared with Qatar), and run via Iraq, Syria and ultimately to Lebanon. Then it could go under the Mediterranean to Greece and beyond; be linked to the Arab gas pipeline; or both.But, then Europe follows the dictats of the US and Israel...see the news of Hezbollah's military wing being labelled a terrorist group
Before the end of August, three working groups will be discussing the complex technical, financial and legal aspects involved. Once finance is secured - and that's far from certain, considering the proxy war in Syria - the pipeline could be online by 2018. Tehran hopes that the final agreement will be signed before the end of the year.
Europeans - who endlessly carp about being hostages of Gazprom - should be rejoicing. Instead, once again they shot themselves in their Bally-clad feet.
The US and Israel are ecstatic. Or perhaps they are on ecstasy? I don't know?
Pepe touches on this development in his piece: "Round up all the Prada jihadis"
Well, that is one brand name choice..
Designer jihadis- Jihadis by design
The European Union decided to act; meekly bowing to US and Israel pressure, the EU - itself pressured by the UK and the Netherlands - blacklisted the armed wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.The pretext was the false flag bombing in Bulgaria. Covered previously at the blog. Israel/Canada and the Bulgarian Bus Bombing
Pepe continues along, well within the lines of acceptable discourse. That being controlled discourse
“As a graphic illustration of utter EU cluelessness - some might say stupidity - Britain, the Netherlands and France, especially, followed by the others, have just branded the organization that is fighting jihadis on the ground in Syria/Lebanon "terrorists", while the jihadis themselves get away with it. So much for European ignorance/arrogance”
It is not utter stupidity, nor is it ignorance/arrogance, that the EU branded the organization fighting jihadis on the ground in Lebanon and Syria. It is intentional and falls well within the NATO led agenda to prevent legitimate state affiliated entities from fighting NATO’s Islamist Army in nations that are on the NATO destroy list. The decision is in fact rational, well thought out and follows along the lines of the global order/world army agenda of NATO. But, then Pepe gets paid and I don’t. So he won’t dare to say that.
So what's next? It's not far-fetched to imagine the EU totally forgetting about a pipeline that will ultimately benefit its citizens and issuing - under US pressure - a directive branding Iran-Iraq-Syria as a terrorist axis; lobbying for a no-fly zone applying to all; and recruiting jihadis all over for a Holy War against the axis, ( see break out news from Iraq. All NATO Islamist Army fighters- AQ) supported by a fatwa issued by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Quoting from AQ jailbreak article " The carefully orchestrated late-night attacks killed dozens Sunday, including at least 25 members of the Iraqi security forces.Looks like the recruitment is already in play! No it is not far fetched to imagine the EU going along to get along.
The prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji house thousands of prisoners, including convicted al-Qaeda militants. Exactly one year ago, al-Qaeda’s Iraq arm launched a campaign called “Breaking the Walls” that made freeing its imprisoned members a top priority.
This news should come as NO SURPRISE to anyone.
Congressional panel approves arms to the Syrian opposition (Openly)
The House and Senate intelligence committees have approved CIA weapons shipments to opposition fighters in Syria, allowing the Obama administration to move ahead on the stalled program, senior congressional and administration officials said Monday.
Despite ongoing “very strong concerns about the strength of the administration’s plans in Syria and its chances for success,” the House committee reached consensus “after much discussion and review,” Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in a statement.
The infrastructure for the program, which also includes training, logistics and intelligence assistance — most of it based in Jordan — is already in place and the arms would begin to flow within the next several weeks.
One last piece because it was such a good example of spin:
Blue Coat Surveillance Devices Used in Iran, Syria and Sudan, Experts Find
You are supposed to believe..”There’s a lot of controversy around the sale of web surveillance devices to governments that are known for violating fundamental human rights”
Unless it is the US government/NSA? Then violation of fundamental human rights is just hunky dory and not worth mentioning.
The piece would then have you believe that it was the governments of these nations that was using these devices. But, was it?
“In Iran, for instance, six active devices have been spotted on the networks of Internet service provider (ISP) Max Net, and on the networks of the Information Technology Company, which is managed by the country’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
In Sudan, a web-monitoring device has been discovered on the networks of the Canar Telecom ISP. In Syria, devices have been identified on the networks of state-owned Syrian Telecommunications Establishment.
In addition, Blue Coat products have also been spotted in countries that are subject to more limited US sanctions, such as Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, and Zimbabwe”
All nations mentioned are ones that the one world order/ imperial power have an interest in spying on.