Iran and the Pipelineistan Opera

Pepe Escobar, Tomdispatch.com: "Oil and natural gas prices may be relatively low right now, but don't be fooled. The New Great Game of the twenty-first century is always over energy and it's taking place on an immense chessboard called Eurasia. Its squares are defined by the networks of pipelines being laid across the oil heartlands of the planet. Call it Pipelineistan. If, in Asia, the stakes in this game are already impossibly high, the same applies to the 'Euro' part of the great Eurasian landmass - the richest industrial area on the planet. Think of this as the real political thriller of our time."

//www.truthout.org/100109I?n

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The evilness of sanctions

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

10/01/09

Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, President Barack Obama is threatening to impose even stricter sanctions on Iran, in an attempt to bend Iranian leaders to his will. Let’s examine two major cases in which the U.S. government has imposed sanctions, examples that any reasonable person would not consider to be success stories: Iraq and Cuba. For more than 10 continuous years after the Persian Gulf War, the U.S. government, under Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush imposed one of the most brutal systems of sanctions in history on Iraq...

//www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2009-10-01.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Bitter Fruits of Mideast Wars

The sanctions road appears headed for dead end, or war.

By Patrick J. Buchanan

"Smart sanctions" that punish Iran's leaders are not going to persuade them to give up a nuclear program for which they have already suffered and sacrificed greatly. And a cutoff of gasoline to Iran would hit hardest not the Revolutionary Guard but Iran's middle class, which tends to be anti-regime and pro-Western.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23612.htm



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