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War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields
More than five years ago, Israel invaded Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”. The following article was first published by Global Research in January 2009 at the height of the Israeli bombing and invasion under Operation Cast Lead. In the wake of the invasion, Palestinian gas fields were de facto confiscated by Israel in derogation of international law A year following “Operation Cast Lead”, Tel Aviv announced the discovery of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean “off the coast of Israel.” At the time the gas field was: “ … the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i) Coupled with Tamar field, in the same location, discovered in 2009, the prospects are for an energy bonanza for Israel, for Houston, Texas based Noble Energy and partners Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Ratio Oil Exploration. Michel Chossudovsky, January 3, 2014 Map 1 Map 2 Related:  Oil WarZero Hedge

What’s the big deal between Russia and the Saudis? — RT Op-Edge Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia. Born in Brazil, he's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Even before 9/11 he specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central and East Asia, with an emphasis on Big Power geopolitics and energy wars. He is the author of 'Globalistan' (Nimble Books, 2007), 'Red Zone Blues' (Nimble Books, 2007), 'Obama does Globalistan' (Nimble Books, 2009) and a contributing editor for a number of other books, including the upcoming 'Crossroads of Leadership: Globalization and the New American Century in the Obama Presidency' (Routledge). The Saudis can’t intellectually understand the see-saw of incoherent Beltway policies due to the power struggle between Zionist neocons and the old establishment.

Pourquoi la France veut-elle renverser la République arabe syrienne ?, par Thierry Meyssan Nicolas Sarkozy et David Cameron signent les Accords de Lancaster House. Ils réitèrent, un siécle plus tard, l’entente cordiale des Accords Sykes-Picot. La France est aujourd’hui la principale puissance qui appelle au renversement de la République arabe syrienne. Alors que la Maison-Blanche et le Kremlin négocient en secret la manière de se débarrasser des jihadistes, Paris persiste à accuser le « régime de Bachar » (sic) d’avoir créé Daesh et à déclarer qu’après avoir éliminé l’Émirat islamique, il conviendra de renverser la « dictature alaouite » (re-sic). Comment expliquer ce positionnement de perdant alors que la France n’a aucun intérêt économique ou politique dans cette croisade, que les États-Unis ont cessé de former des combattants contre la République, et que la Russie est en train de réduire en cendre les groupes jihadistes ? Je voudrais évoquer ici une autre hypothèse explicative : les intérêts coloniaux de certains dirigeants français. Les accords Sykes-Picot

The most unconventional weapon in Syria: Wheat In the fall of 2012, fighters from the Free Syrian Army took over Eastern Ghouta, a semi-agricultural area about eight miles northeast of Damascus. Government forces responded by placing the area under siege, cutting off water, electricity, gas, medical assistance and bread. The regime’s goal was to starve the people of Eastern Ghouta into submission, and it was working: The price of bread and rice went up 50 times. Nine months later, the Free Syrian Army mounted a military operation in a regime-controlled area called al-Matahin, the Mills, just outside Eastern Ghouta. The firefight lasted a day and a half. When they arrived, they were alarmed to see about 80 people, mostly civilians. “They explained that they were hungry,” Dik says, “and they were ready to die just to be able to eat.” Bread is the staple food in the Middle East. The Syrian government understands the importance of bread. Wheat, like oil, is a fungible commodity. But all that productivity came at a price. Twitter: @annia

Understanding the NWO Strategy [1.3] On this page, I’ll offer a comprehensive overview of the New World Order’s true nature and the globalist strategy in building it and presenting it to the public. Since this is a rather big subject, I’ll be constructing this entry in a modular way over time, so check back periodically to see what new material has been added. [Mod 1.5 – 9 December 2015: I have added a new section, “Don’t get swept away by the coming Truth Tsunami,” to the bottom.] THE TWO NWOs The key to understanding the globalists’ strategy in implementing the New World Order is to understand that there are actually two NWOs: a Western-fronted decoy New World Order and a BRICS-fronted real New World Order. > The Western-fronted decoy NWO This evil, menacing NWO is supposedly being constructed by the US and the EU, but it has never really existed as anything but a media construct. …such as “unilateral”… …(source) …”unipolar”… …(source) …and “unipower”… …(source) > The BRICS-fronted real NWO …(from The Moscow Times) …(from RT)

Que deviendra le Proche-Orient après l'accord entre Washington et Téhéran ?, par Thierry Meyssan Que peuvent bien se dire John Kerry et Mohammad Javad Zarif ? La réunion du Conseil de coopération du Golfe, le 14 mai à Camp David, était la dernière étape avant que Washington et Téhéran ne signent leur accord, le 30 juin. Les États du Golfe ne pouvaient publiquement que se féliciter de la paix retrouvée. Le président Obama a refusé de signer un traité qui garantisse le maintien des régimes actuels, tandis que les délégations du Golfe ont refusé de signer un texte qui ne garantisse que la pérennité de leurs États. Durant des années, Washington a entretenu le mythe selon lequel la République islamique d’Iran cherchait à se doter de l’arme nucléaire, s’apprêtait à renverser tous les régimes arabes, et voulait exterminer la population israélienne. Que peuvent bien être les clauses de ce partage ? Le rôle des intellectuels est de permettre de comprendre le monde qui nous entoure. Initialement Washington avait envisagé de se partager le « Moyen-Orient élargi » avec la Russie.

Grandmaster Putin’s Trap | Oriental Review Accusations of the West towards Putin are traditionally based on the fact that he worked in the KGB. And therefore he is a cruel and immoral person. Putin is blamed for everything. But nobody ever accused Putin of the lack of intelligence. Any accusations against this man only emphasize his ability for quick analytical thinking and making clear and balanced political and economic decisions. Often Western media compares this ability with the ability of a grandmaster, conducting a public chess simul. Despite numerous success reports in the style of Fox News and CNN, today, Western economy, led by the United States is in Putin’s trap, the way out of which no one in the West can see or find. What is the truly tragic predicament of the West and the United States, in which they find themselves? Development of crude oil prices. Last time under president Reagan, such actions of the West’s lowering of oil prices led to ‘success’ and the collapse of USSR. Are we witnessing the end of dollar era?

Arabie saoudite et Russie : nouvelle prise de contact, par Boris Dolgov Le prince héritier d’Arabie saoudite, Mohammed ben Salmane, avec le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, lors du Forum économique de Saint-Petersbourg La prochaine visite en Russie du roi d’Arabie saoudite, Salmane ben Abdelaziz, pourrait devenir une étape charnière dans le développement des relations entre les deux pays. Les liens Russie-Arabie saoudite se sont créés il y a maintenant 80 ans. Dans le monde de l’islam, le roi d’Arabie saoudite porte le titre de « gardien des deux lieux saints » : la Mecque et Médine. Le roi actuel d’Arabie saoudite, Salmane ben Abdelaziz, est arrivé sur le trône en janvier 2015 suite à la mort du roi précédent, Abdallah ben Abdelaziz. Seul l’avenir montrera si ce nouvel ordre de filiation renforce le royaume, sans oublier le fait que les fils du fondateur de la dynastie sont souvent initiateurs d’alliances concurrentes. Ces derniers temps, la liste des problèmes auquel fait face Riyad à l’échelle régionale s’est considérablement agrandie.

Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It Photo Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. Wahhabism, a messianic radicalism that arose in the 18th century, hopes to restore a fantasized caliphate centered on a desert, a sacred book, and two holy sites, Mecca and Medina. The West’s denial regarding Saudi Arabia is striking: It salutes the theocracy as its ally but pretends not to notice that it is the world’s chief ideological sponsor of Islamist culture. One might counter: Isn’t Saudi Arabia itself a possible target of Daesh? Continue reading the main story It is worth reading certain Islamist newspapers to see their reactions to the attacks in Paris. Continue reading the main story

Les projets de réorganisation du « Moyen-Orient élargi », par Thierry Meyssan Voici quatre ans que les États occidentaux ont lancé une vaste opération de remodelage du « Moyen-Orient élargi » qui devait placer au pouvoir, partout dans le monde arabe, la Confrérie des Frères musulmans. Ce fut d’abord le renvoi par les seuls États-Unis de Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali de Tunisie et d’Hosni Moubarak d’Égypte, tandis que l’on faisait croire aux populations qu’elles venaient de renverser ces dictateurs. Puis, ce fut les guerres d’agression contre la Libye et la Syrie, toutes deux travesties en soutien à des « révolutions démocratiques », alors qu’elles s’appuyaient sur al-Qaïda. Cependant, depuis deux ans, force est de constater que ce dispositif a atteint sa limite et qu’il ne sera pas possible d’imposer par la force un changement de régime en Syrie. Nul ne sait ce que Washington et Téhéran sont convenus. Israël a tenté d’en savoir plus et a déployé ses services d’espionnage pour arracher des informations à son suzerain. Israël a déjà intégré Au plan politique :

Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud, Part IV Hold your real assets outside of the banking system in a private international facility --> Written by Jeff Nielson (CLICK FOR ORIGINAL) Part I of this series explained how most of what we call “banking,” and in particular “fractional-reserve banking,” is inherently criminal and fraudulent. What the banks call “business” would be a crime if perpetrated by any other entity in our societies. Part II of this series noted how after the Big Banks blew up our financial system in 2008 (with their reckless gambling and systemic frauds), both the Big Banks and our corrupt governments promised “never again.” What they actually did was the exact opposite. Why would the tentacles of this financial consortium even want to operate with virtually zero reserves? What happens when a Big Bank suffers a supposed “catastrophic loss?” Part III of this series pointed out the obvious truth that we don’t need any of this. There is no such thing as “a 0% loan.”

How Russia and Iran Plan to Push Oil Prices Back above $100 by John Galt September 27, 2015 09:30 ET And in turn, Remove the United States as a Superpower in the Middle East On post super blood moon Monday, Vladimir Putin will be meeting with President Obama to discuss the ISIS crisis in the Middle East. There are many within the U.S. media who are promoting this meeting as some strange idea that the Russians are about to ask the Americans for help against ISIS. While there might be a small gnat’s hair bit of truth to this, in reality, Putin is about to dictate terms and the United States is ill prepared to deal with the consequences. In 2014, I penned a piece reflecting the true reason ISIS was created so that the Arabian sheikdoms could establish pipelines through Iraq and Syria to permanently shift Europe’s dependency on Russian oil and natural gas over to their own private market where they can re-assert control over the world market price. Watch the latest video at <a href=" Like this:

Exclusive: "And It's Gone... It's All Gone" - The One Gold Scandal That Goes To The Very Top Long before Turkey was flagrantly arming and funding the CIA-created "terrorist organization" known as ISIS, there was another, far more elaborate way in which Turkey was flaunting international sanctions against an ostracized state - in this case Iran - which involved an epic gold smuggling triangle of Hollywood-thriller proportions, all made possible thanks to the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai. Best known known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture including the world's tallest building, a lively nightlife scene, and a facade of openness and decorum, what Dubai is less known for is its unprecedented seedy underbelly of corruption and untouched criminality among the handful of billionaire oligarchs, princes, sheiks and sultans, who quietly dominate the local (and global) power and financial structure. But first, a little history. This, in itself, is not surprising. So three years ago, Turkey was purchasing Iran oil and paying in gold. But why gold? Who is Abu-Alhaj?

Mises Daily | Mises Institute With the creation of the BRICS bank and now the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the major economies of the world are hoping to lay the foundation for a multi-polar financial world beyond the unilateral control of the United States. Due to the enormous size of the US economy, coupled with the reserve status of the US dollar, the United States government has long been able to achieve strategic and military goals through flexing its financial power. This power has long allowed the US government to buy allies and friends among foreign regimes, to finance proxy wars, and to threaten the growth potential of foreign economies whenever the US government deemed it necessary. Today, however, with an enormous debt and a rapidly inflating supply of dollars, the US has become vulnerable to financial warfare aimed at cutting off the US government’s ability to finance its debt and to keep price inflation under control. Military and Financial Power Financial Warfare and the Suez Crisis