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One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

6 January 2016 | The Intercept

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. Hours later, Iranian protestors set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. On Sunday, the Saudi government, which considers itself the guardian of Sunni Islam, cut diplomatic ties with Iran, which is a Shiite Muslim theocracy.

Spied on by BP

1 November 2014 | New Internationalist

Jess Worth’s oil-sponsored stalker is just the tip of the surveillance iceberg.

The Kerry-Abdullah Secret Deal And An Oil-Gas Pipeline War On Iran, Syria And Russia

27 October 2014 | Counter Currents

The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. The unintended consequence will be to push Russia even faster to turn east to China and Eurasia.

A Pump War?

14 October 2014 | New York Times

Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the other?

Afghanistan says finds 1.8 billion barrel oilfield

15 August 2010 | Reuters

Afghanistan said on Sunday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where U.S. and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency.

Canadians could be defending Afghan gas pipeline

21 June 2008 | CTV News

A U.S-backed pipeline would be an inviting target for the Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, and the planned project would run directly through Kandahar, the volatile region that Canada has promised to defend through 2011.

Kabul to clear mines on TAPI gasline route in 2 yrs

7 June 2008 | Daily Times

Afghanistan has informed Pakistan that it will clear all landmines from the proposed route of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline within two years, sources within the Pakistan Petroleum Ministry told Daily Times on Friday.

Oil experts see supply crisis in five years

10 July 2007 | Telegraph

The International Energy Agency has predicted a supply crunch in the world's oil markets that could send prices soaring and place a severe dent in global growth.

Analysis: India revives TAPI gas pipeline

24 November 2006 | United Press International

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the four partners of a proposed $3.3 billion pipeline, have vowed to accelerate work on the four-nation project to bring natural gas from Turkmenistan to India.

Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force

16 November 2005 | Washington Post

A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 — something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.

Caspian oil set for fast flow to the West

5 May 2005 | BBC News

As growing concerns about dwindling global reserves help maintain oil prices close to the $50 a barrel mark, a major supply route linking newly developed oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea with western markets is due to be opened.

Experts hear oil depletion fear

25 April 2005 | BBC News

The world's oil reserves are running out much faster than industry and governments are admitting, a conference in Edinburgh has been told.

Bank says Saudi's top field in decline

12 April 2005 | Aljazeera

Speculation over the actual size of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves is reaching fever pitch as a major bank says the kingdom's — and the world's — biggest field, Gharwar, is in irreversible decline.

World oil crisis looms

21 April 2004 | Foreign Report

The oil industry has been gripped by scandal since Royal Dutch/Shell twice this year downgraded its proven oil reserves by 20 per cent, or nearly 4bn barrels. Shell may not be alone.

When the last oil well runs dry

19 April 2004 | BBC News

Just as certain as death and taxes is the knowledge that we shall one day be forced to learn to live without oil. Exactly when that day will dawn nobody knows, but people in middle age today can probably expect to be here for it.

Power struggle over oil

29 January 2004 | Foreign Report

The US$2.9bn, 1,760km pipeline, known as the BTC, is intended to be the main conduit for Caspian Sea oil to western Europe, cutting Russian and Iranian influence in the energy-rich Caspian.

OPEC mulls move to euro for pricing crude oil

12 January 2004 | Globe and Mail

OPEC is considering a move away from using the U.S. dollar — and to the euro — to set its price targets for crude oil, the highest-profile manifestation of the debilitating effect of depreciation on the greenback's standing as the currency of international commerce.

US ready to seize Gulf oil in 1973

2 January 2004 | BBC News

The United States considered using force to seize oilfields in the Middle East during an oil embargo by Arab states in 1973, according to British government documents just made public.

US plan to invade for oil: secret memo

2 January 2004 | Washington Post

The United States seriously considered sending airborne troops to seize oilfields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi during the 1973 Arab oil embargo, according to a top-secret British intelligence memorandum released yesterday.

Bottom of the barrel

2 December 2003 | Guardian

The world is running out of oil — so why do politicians refuse to talk about it?

UK and US in joint effort to secure African oil

14 November 2003 | Guardian

The government is helping the US to secure a guaranteed supply of oil from new sources in Africa and elsewhere, official documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Globalized Gaz: The realities of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago

26 October 2003 | Petroleumworld

In November 2001 President Hugo Chavez-Frias of Venezuela passed fifty laws, one of which was the Hydro Carbon Law. These fifty laws were the catalyst for the launch of the covert/overt strategy to remove President Hugo Chavez-Frias from state power by any means necessary.

Russia to price oil in euros in snub to US

10 October 2003 | Telegraph

Russia is to start pricing its huge oil and gas exports in euros instead of dollars as part of a strategic shift to forge closer ties with the European Union.

Oil and gas running out much faster than expected, says study

2 October 2003 | Independent

World oil and gas supplies are heading for a “production crunch” sometime between 2010 and 2020 when they cannot meet supply, because global reserves are 80 per cent smaller than had been thought, new forecasts suggest.

World oil and gas ‘running out’

2 October 2003 | CNN

Global warming will never bring a “doomsday scenario” a team of scientists says — because oil and gas are running out much faster than thought.

Getty helped traitors sell oil to Hitler

25 August 2003 | Telegraph

The Texan oil billionaire Jean Paul Getty was at the heart of a conspiracy to provide support to Hitler's Germany early in the Second World War, according to newly released intelligence documents.

Smoking Gun: The CIA's Interest in Peak Oil

15 August 2003 | From The Wilderness

A recently declassified CIA document casts new light on some of the most significant geopolitical events of the past quarter century. This document, an Intelligence Memorandum titled “The Impending Soviet Oil Crisis (ER 77-10147),” was issued in March 1977 by the Office of Economic Research and classified “Secret” until its public release in January 2001 in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. (1) Until now, the document has prompted little discussion.

How important is African oil?

9 July 2003 | BBC News

President George W Bush is in Africa to launch HIV/Aids, development and anti-terrorism initiatives. But his visit has also highlighted the growing importance of oil imports for the United States.

Scramble for Africa

17 June 2003 | Guardian

Washington's determination to find an alternative energy source to the Middle East is leading to a new oil rush in sub-Saharan Africa which threatens to launch a fresh cycle of conflict, corruption and environmental degradation in the region, campaigners warn today.

Kazakhstan president denies cash-for-oil claims

12 June 2003 | Financial Times

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, has denied involvement in alleged bribery by a former trusted aide and blames a storm about the allegations in the US on “false charges” by a former prime minister.

Dollar-euro-oil equation

9 June 2003 | Dawn

The euro is finally taking its place alongside the US dollar as a new global reserve currency. This has been further enhanced by the euro's recent gains against the dollar. But what would happen to the US economy if Opec decides to use euro, instead of dollar, to price oil?

Chinese bid for share of Caspian oil blocked

10 May 2003 | Financial Times

CNOOC, China's second biggest oil company, said on Monday it had been blocked by western oil companies from buying a $615m stake from BG in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement.

Angry oil chief quits UK

5 April 2003 | Guardian

The president of Russia's premier state oil producer has stormed out of Britain, snubbing invitations with senior officials, after accusing UK immigration officers of prejudice.

When will we buy oil in euros?

23 February 2003 | Observer

When it comes to the global oil trade, the dollar reigns supreme. But it has a challenger, writes Faisal Islam.

Iran urges India to back pipeline

27 January 2003 | BBC News

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has urged India to join in the construction of a multibillion-dollar pipeline that would bring Iranian gas to the subcontinent.

Venezuela: Interventions 'r' US

30 December 2002 | From The Wilderness

Who is the United States' number one opponent in its quest for imperialism? Forget about Osama Bin Laden, George Dubya certainly has. And don't fret about Saddam Hussein, he is simply an excuse for intervention. Never mind looking down the road to see when Russia or China will step into the fray. Our no. 1 opposition is a business cartel with the power to strangle the U.S. economically. As global oil production begins to decline, OPEC could become the most powerful organization on the planet, providing that George Dubya Bush does not smash it first.

Central Asia pipeline deal signed

27 December 2002 | BBC News

An agreement has been signed in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, paving the way for construction of a gas pipeline from the Central Asian republic through Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia calls for oil output cuts

10 December 2002 | BBC News

Ali Naimi, the most influential man in Opec, has said the cartel should reduce the amount of oil being pumped into the world marketplace.

US eyes African oil

9 October 2002 | BBC News

The United States has denied persistent reports that it intends to build a military base on the tiny west African island state of Sao Tome — but said it will expand co-operation with the former Portuguese colony.

Oil has always been top of Bush's foreign-policy agenda

7 October 2002 | Sydney Morning Herald

As the United States prepares for war with Iraq, a report commissioned early in George Bush's presidency has surfaced, showing that the US knew it was running out of oil and foreshadowing the possible need for military intervention to secure supplies.

What the White House really wants

28 September 2002 | Sydney Morning Herald

The unifying element in an often-contradictory US foreign policy is the dream of toppling OPEC and controlling the world oil market. And Iraq is the key, writes Paul McGeough from Riyadh.

US Moves to Protect Interest in African Oil

16 September 2002 | East African

Oil is lubricating a potentially historic shift in United States' relations with Africa. Bountiful hydrocarbon deposits are luring the US closer to nations along the Gulf of Guinea, from Nigeria in the north to Angola in the south.

US tries to halt rights suit against Exxon

5 August 2002 | Financial Times

The US is trying to quash a human rights lawsuit launched by Indonesian villagers against Exxon Mobil, claiming it could undermine the war on terrorism.

A Halliburton Primer

11 July 2002 | Washington Post

Following President Bush's demand for more corporate accountability, public interest group Judicial Watch, Inc., filed suit against Vice President Cheney and the Halliburton Company, alleging accounting fraud during Cheney's stewardship of Halliburton in the 1990s. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating Halliburton's accounting practices.

Warning to Venezuelan leader

May 2002 | Greg Palast, Newsnight

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had advance warning from Opec of last month's failed coup attempt against him.

Forget Mideast, Here's New Source of Oil Wealth

24 April 2002 | ABC News

This week, Saparmurat Niyazov, the president-for-life of Turkmenistan, a California-sized former Soviet republic just northwest of Afghanistan, met with officials from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in an attempt to divide one of the world's richest oil and gas regions — at the bottom of the Caspian Sea.

A war for the pipelines?

8 November 2001 | BBC News

Just four years ago Taleban officials were at the Texas headquarters of the US energy company Unocal to discuss building a gas pipeline across Afghanistan to Pakistan.

How Oil Interests Play Out in US Bombing of Afghanistan

31 October 2001 | Drillbits & Tailings

We have synthesized a number of current analyses into some key facts about how oil ties into the US government's long time involvement in Central Asia and its hopes of accessing the oil and gas riches of the area. Oil is clearly not the only force operating, and this is not a comprehensive analysis, but it is an important piece of a complicated political and economic struggle.

Oil rush

25 October 2001 | Channel 4 News

With world-wide demand for oil increasing and the Gulf States — in particular Saudi Arabia — vulnerable to instability the United States is desperate to tap the vast untapped fields of Kazakhstan and the other Central Asian states. And as Liam Halligan explains Afghanistan is central to trying to move oil from there to the west.

The new Great Game

5 March 2001 | Guardian

East and west are jockeying for influence in the Caucasus. The prize is oil and gas.

Arafat says natural gas field great hope for Palestinian economy

27 September 2000 | Associated Press

British Gas has been searching for natural gas near Gaza for the past six months, and last month discovered a vast field Palestinian officials say could provide electricity to Palestinians for generations, and could perhaps even be exported.

Protecting oil supplies in a crisis

24 September 2000 | BBC News

With oil prices riding at 10-year highs and commercial stocks of crude and heating oil remaining dangerously low ahead of winter, politicians in the United States have been debating their next move.