The Great Game on a razor's edge

Asia Times
by M K Bhadrakumar

12/27/06

Over the past year, it has become clear that the US will not be able to become the single dominant power in Central Asia and thereby control oil and gas and their transportation routes. Russia and China have together put up dikes delimiting US influence, though they are far from being a tight couple. The death of Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov, however, could dramatically shift the center of gravity of the Great Game...

//www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HL23Ag01.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Our Next Big Mess

By Ted Rall

Chances are that you heard more about Rosie O'Donnell's flame war with Donald Trump than the passing of Sapamurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov. As seems to occur with increasing frequency, America's media ignored the most important story of the year.

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