Russia's High Stakes Energy Geopolitics BY F. William Engdahl

14 November 2011 — Global ResearchF. William Engdahl – Oil Politics

Nord Stream, the huge Russian-German pipeline project, began delivering gas to the EU

On November 7 the first of two pipelines for Nord Stream, the huge Russian-German gas pipeline project, began delivery of gas. The event was no minor affair. German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Medvedev along with the prime ministers of France and the Netherlands and the EU Energy Commissioner formally opened the first of two 1224-kilometre pipelines at Lubmin in northern Germany, beginning delivery of the first gas direct from Russia’s Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field in Siberia to Germany.

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Getting Used to Life Without Food: Wall Street, BP, Bio-ethanol and the Death of Millions By F. William Engdahl

3 July, 2011 — Information Clearing House

My late grandfather, a man of sturdy Norwegian-American farm stock, who later became a newspaper editor and political activist during the First World War, used to say, ‘A man can get used to pretty much anything with time, except dying…and even that with some practice.’ Well, as fate has it, it seems we, the vast majority of the human race, are about to test that adage in regard to the availability of our daily bread itself.

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Humanitarian Neo-colonialism: Framing Libya and Reframing War By F. William Engdahl

4 May 2011 — Global

Creative Destruction Part III

The most remarkable facet of NATO’s war against Libya is the fact that “world opinion,” that ever so nebulous thing, has accepted an act of overt military aggression against a sovereign country guilty of no violation of the UN Charter in an act of de facto neo-colonialism, a ‘humanitarian’ war in violation of basic precepts of the laws of nations. The world has accepted it without realizing the implications if the war against Gaddafi’s Libya is allowed to succeed in forced regime change. At issue is not whether or not Gaddafi is good or evil. At issue is the very concept of the civilized law of nations and of just or unjust wars.

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The Gods of Money – German style By F. William Engdahl

31 May, 2010 — The Real News Network

The German banks played casino with Wall Street and now demand austerity from Greece

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F William Engdahl is an economist and author and the writer of the best selling book “A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order.” Mr Engdhahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. Mr. Engdahl contributes regularly to a number of publications including Asia Times Online, Asia, Inc, Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine; Freitag and ZeitFragen newspapers in Germany and Switzerland respectively. His newest book is called “Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century”. He is based in Germany.

The “Evil Guys List”? “Free Journalism” in the Service of US Foreign Policy: The Role of Reporters without Borders By F. William Engdahl

5 May, 2010 – Global Research

An organization calling itself Reporters Without Borders (RWB; French: Reporters sans frontières, or RSF) has just named Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, China’s President Hu Jintao, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to their list of Forty Worst Predators of Press Freedom for 2010. Most significant about their list of ‘bad guys’ is the geopolitical relation of those leaders and those countries to the current ‘enemies list’ of the US State Department. That is no accident, as becomes clear when we look more closely at who funds RWB.

In their declaration RWB states, “Since these predators have faces, we must know them to better denounce them. Reporters without Borders has decided to draw their portraits.” Their colourful language is no accident. The term predator conjures up images of horror in most people.

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The Yemen Hidden Agenda: Behind the Al-Qaeda Scenarios, A Strategic Oil Transit Chokepoint By F. William Engdahl

5 January, 2010 — Global Research

On December 25 US authorities arrested a Nigerian named Abdulmutallab aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on charges of having tried to blow up the plane with smuggled explosives. Since then reports have been broadcast from CNN, the New York Times and other sources that he was “suspected” of having been trained in Yemen for his terror mission. What the world has been subjected to since is the emergence of a new target for the US ‘War on Terror,’ namely a desolate state on the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen. A closer look at the background suggests the Pentagon and US intelligence have a hidden agenda in Yemen.

For some months the world has seen a steady escalation of US military involvement in Yemen, a dismally poor land adjacent to Saudi Arabia on its north, the Red Sea on its west, the Gulf of Aden on its south, opening to the Arabian Sea, overlooking another desolate land that has been in the headlines of late, Somalia. The evidence suggests that the Pentagon and US intelligence are moving to militarize a strategic chokepoint for the world’s oil flows, Bab el-Mandab, and using the Somalia piracy incident, together with claims of a new Al Qaeda threat arising from Yemen, to militarize one of the world’s most important oil transport routes. In addition, undeveloped petroleum reserves in the territory between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are reportedly among the world’s largest.

The 23-year-old Nigerian man charged with the failed bomb attempt, Abdulmutallab, reportedly has been talking, claiming he was sent on his mission by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen. This has conveniently turned the world’s attention on Yemen as a new center of the alleged Al Qaeda terror organization.

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America’s Phoney War in Afghanistan By F. William Engdahl

25 October, 2009 — Global Research

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Obama Presidential agenda is how little anyone has questioned in the media or elsewhere why at all the United States Pentagon is committed to a military occupation of Afghanistan. There are two basic reasons, neither one of which can be admitted openly to the public at large.

Behind all the deceptive official debate over how many troops are needed to ‘win’ the war in Afghanistan, whether another 30,000 is sufficient, or whether at least 200000 are needed, the real purpose of US military presence in that pivotal Central Asian country is obscured.

Even during the 2008 Presidential campaign candidate Obama argued that Afghanistan not Iraq was where the US must wage war. His reason? Because he claimed, that was where the Al Qaeda organization was holed up and that was the ‘real’ threat to US national security. The reasons behind US involvement in Afghanistan is quite another one.

The US military is in Afghanistan for two reasons. First to restore and control the world’s largest supply of opium for the world heroin markets and to use the drugs as a geopolitical weapon against opponents, especially Russia. That control of the Afghan drug market is essential for the liquidity of the bankrupt and corrupt Wall Street financial mafia.

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PEAK OIL AGAIN…and Again and Again and Again… (Pt. 1 of 2) By Mark S. Tucker

“It may be that I’m wrong”. Thom Hartmann, the Thom Hartmann Show, responding to a caller re: his (Hartmann’s) former steadfast, adamantine, almost fanatical position on Peak Oil, 6/26/09.

Though few know it, because “Left” radio will never travel the path of looking past and AlterNet for their “news”, Hartmann was reacting to an article by F. (Frederick) William Engdahl a freelance journalist, historian, and economic researcher who grew up, ironically enough, given the subject here, in Texas. He then obtained a degree in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton (1966) and conducted graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, working as an economist and free-lance journalist in New York and Europe. Please note that two-time insertion of “freelance”. It’s crucial. It means Engdahl can’t be censored very easily.

In the 70s, Engdahl interested himself in the “oil shock” (think Naomi Klein) of the era and published his first book A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, addressing a number of factors he saw as relevant to the coming Energy Wars. Central to his discussion was, oh look!, the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran so that the U.S. and Britain could manipulate oil prices and, or so it was claimed, stop ideological Soviet expansion, communism, blah blah blah, woof woof woof – a move Western leaders well knew (though few “Lefties” understood it then or now) was aiming at capturing oil lands, were that possible. Anyone now professing puzzlement at our involvement in Afghanistan under a pretext of immense concern for terrorism (gratis CIA, MOSSAD, and MI6) might want to reconsider why that terrorism was genesised in the first place, flanking the oil fields as it does.

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