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Troubling questions surround 9/11 events: lengthy list of inconsistencies, non-sequiturs, technicalities and legal challenges remain unanswered

Posted by gasweek on 2 October, 2007

Robert Fisk is reported in The Australian (27/8/2007, p. 17) as writing in The Independent in Britain: “Each time I lecture abroad on the Middle East, there is always someone in the audience whom I call the ‘raver’. His – or her – question goes like this. ‘Why, if you believe you’re a free journalist, don’t you report what you really know about 9/11? Why don’t you tell the truth that the Bush administration (or the CIA or Mossad, you name it) blew up the twin towers? Why don’t you reveal the secrets behind 9/11?'”

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US suspends all land travel by diplomats and civilian officials in Iraq after law-immune US-paid mercenaries kill 20 Iraqis: Iraq’s Ministry of Defence confirms deaths

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The US has suspended all land travel by diplomats and civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the US Embassy’s security provider Blackwater USA, reported The Mercury (20/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Defense, Iraq, Liquids, Middle East, oil, Policy, Security, US, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Dubai’s staggering construction boom continues; seeks to be future link for Asia, US, Europe

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

To see Dubai for the first time was to be confronted with a staggering construction boom that in its scope and ambition dwarfed anything the world has seen for decades, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (22/9/2007, p.44). Biggest and boldest: Seemingly out of nowhere, this tiny emirate on the Persian Gulf decided to force its way into the ranks of the world’s great business and tourism centres by building bigger than anyone dreamed possible. The city’s pursuit of the biggest and boldest was a deliberate strategy put in place by its ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al­ Maktoum, whose 20-storey image adorned downtown buildings.

Not just oil: Dubai joined six other emirates to form the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Then Dubai was awash with oil money from reserves dis­covered in the late 1960s but the state had nowhere near the resource potential of its neighbours, so it pursued a different path, aiming to become the financial and trading centre of the Arab world. Today, oil revenues made up less than 5 per cent of the economy. The majority of the 1.4 million people in Dubai were from elsewhere. Most were brought in to work on the more than 5,000 construction sites, mainly from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and they did not live in the luxury that surrounded them, but in cramped communal quarters. Others were Western expatriates who worked in finance or property development, or in the burgeon­ing and profitable health-care sector.

Seeks world-hub status: As China and India emerged as the new centres of the global economy, Dubai has, by its own outsized ambition, tried to build itself into the hub that will link Asia with North America and Europe.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22/9/2007, p. 44

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Israel and US at war with Syria and Iran: mystery explosion at Syrian military installation near Aleppo followed by 6 September F-15Is bomber attack

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The Syria installation where the July 26 explosion occurred is in the same general area as the alSafir site where the Israeli air attack was carried out on September 6 but there has thus far not been any indication of a connection between the two events. Jane’s Defence Weekly, a respected British journal, reported an explosion in a Syrian military installation near Aleppo on July 26 killed 15 Syrian soldiers and dozens of Iranian weapons engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Defense, Israel, Middle East, oil, Petrol, Policy, Security, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Iran unveils new home-grown fighter jet: “Our forces like a thunderbolt will blind the eyes of the enemies of our land”

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Iran has unveiled a new home-grown fighter jet amid growing tensions with the United States, and said the plane could “blind the eyes” of its enemies, reported The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.15). Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Iraq war is largely about oil”, says ex-US Fed Reserve chair, Alan Greenspan

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

 Former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan created another Iraq-related crisis for the Bush Administration, alleging in his new memoir that “the Iraq war is largely about oil”, reported The Canberra Times (18/9/2007, p.7).

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Arabian Gulf and Red Sea desalination model using subsidised natural gas distorts choices, encourages inefficient technologies, says World Bank

Posted by gasweek on 25 September, 2007

More than 50 per cent of the world’s total desalination capacity was located around the Arabian Gulf and a large proportion of the remainder took water from the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean, wrote the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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Posted in Middle East, natural gas, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

Rivals attempt to create benchmark futures contracts to trade Middle East crude oil but lack of interest means little competition for Brent and West Texas Intermediate

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Two rival attempts to create a benchmark futures contracts to trade Middle East crude oil, but trading volumes in the two contracts, launched three months ago, evaporated in August and traders said they were now unlikely to recover significantly after the holiday period, reported The Australian (6/9/2007, p.28).

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Posted in Markets, Middle East, Oman, Price, UAE, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

Iraqi parliament yet to pass legislation on US oil revenue sharing that gives global oil companies control over Iraq’s oil reserves

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Iraqi oil exports were down to less than half the $55 billion that they were worth in 1980 said Senator Lyn Allison (Victoria—Leader of the Australian Democrats). “The invasion has created large numbers of Shia and Sunni jihadists that probably did not need any assistance from Iran”.

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Kurds agree that they would get 17pc of Iraq’s oil income from fields already in operation; still arguing over not-yet-discovered fields

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

The Kurds had agreed that they would get 17 per cent of Iraq’s oil income from fields already in operation. But they are still arguing with the authorities in Baghdad over the management, exploration and contracts in unexploited or not-yet-discovered fields, reported The Economist (8/9/2007, p.48).

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