Read between the news: Manufactured Supply and Demand
Chevron opens Caucasian pipeline
Oil Prices Jump Amid Instability in Iraq
This is the real reason for the invasion of Afghanistan. To secure the region with its Northern neighbours for the sake of the Baku pipeline. It really had nothing to do with 9/11. It all began with the American expansion into the Balkans under Clinton with their 'humanitarian war' in Kosovo. It also is no coincidence that the pipeline also runs through Chechnya.
The West's, including Russia,historic war on Islam is neither religious nor a clash of cultures it is simply a war for oil. Always has been since the begining of the 20th Century and the carving up of the Middle East by the Imperialist nations.
It will only worsen as we come closer to global Peak Oil.
And as Technocracy warned back in the 1940's ( The Sell Out of the Ages 1941 [op] by Howard Scott) these oil wars will lead to increased tendencies to fascism at home and abroad. As we have seen with the hysterical phoney "war on terror" which is simply an excuse for the creation of the post-9/11 Security State.
“A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.” Howard Scott
You will see that the Russian pipeline runs through Dagestan and Chechnya – the regions which the West has been trying to destabilize, so as to squeeze Russia from its soft southern underbelly using the Islamic "freedom fighters" a.k.a. terrorists as their whips. As they did in Bosnia and Kosovo, they used the mostly Islamic Albanian KLA "freedom fighters," a.k.a. drug trafficking terrorists, to cause trouble in Serbia.The Bulgaria-Macedonia-Albania route has already won support in Moscow and from the Chevron-led Caspian Pipeline Consortium that is developing the Caspian-Kazakhstan oil deposits. Turkish authorities have now conceded privately that Ankara had underestimated Russia's capacity to extend its influence in the southern Caucasus states of Armenia and Georgia, thereby dictating a high-risk security environment to the building and maintenance of the Baku-Ceyhan line.BLOOD FOR OIL, DRUGS FOR ARMS
International News Electronic Telegraph Friday 25 July 1997
Oil boom slips from Russia's grip
By Alan Philps in Baku
Vertical integration is the process whereby different aspects of a business, "upstream" and "downstream" -- ranging from sourcing raw materials and production to marketing -- are brought together. In the oil business a company whichis primarily engaged in the production of crude petroleum may decide to engage in vertical integration by acquiring downstream refineries and distribution networks. Similarly, a company strong in its downstream operations may try to engage in vertical integration by investing more in exploration and development and acquiring a greater stake in the production process. Vertical integration may also occur when complementary companies make long term contracts with one another or joint ventures, or if they decide to merge.
Vertical integration should not be confused with horizontal integration, or movements toward greater oligopoly or monopoly within an industry. However, vertical integration may encourage tendencies toward oligopoly by offering the integrated companies a competitive edge against their less integrated rivals.
Oil companies in developing countries
Oil is the most powerful industry in the world. It fuels manufacturing, agriculture and transportation. Petrodollar flows shape the global financial system.
Many wars have been waged out and are still being fought all over the world to ensure corporate control over oil. Oil is power and power needs to control oil. Behind the names of presidents and dictators are the names of much more powerful actors: Exxon/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco, Shell, British Petroleum, Elf.
A government is toppled by armed opposition in a country in the South and coverage of the story only reports on the local hatred between factions and almost never the corporations and foreign governments backing each of the sides. In many cases, the actors behind the scenes are oil companies. In Venezuela, an elected president has had to face a coup and a general strike because he is sitting on top of a sea of oil and is not perceived as being sufficiently friendly to the US oil establishment.
But oil is not only behind civil wars, coups d'etat and presidential campaigns. Oil is also responsible for countless "low-intensity" wars, that destroy entire communities throughout the world and particularly in the tropics. Many indigenous and other local communities have been wiped off the map or have had to face enormous hardship due to the environmental destruction resulting from oil exploration and exploitation in their territories, as well as from the widespread violation of their human rights. From Ecuador to Nigeria and from Indonesia to Chad, "black gold" has been a curse to local peoples and their environments.
Governments of the world have made some attempts at addressing this issue. They signed and ratified the Convention on Climate Change and its related Kyoto Protocol. Similarly to what happened recently in the United Nations Security Council in relation to Irak, one government -representing the interests of oil corporations-decided not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol because it would affect its interests. This one country -the United States- happens to be the world's number one culprit in CO2 emissions and home to the most powerful oil corporations in the world. It is thus responsible for most of the past and present oil wars.
Big Oil also dominates the Bush administration. President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and many other top-ranking officials in the administration have been top corporate oil executives or have longstanding ties to the industry.
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