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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

Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War Private Chris MacGregor, 24 Photographer Lalage Snow, who is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during, and after their deployment in Afghanistan. Similar to Claire Felicie's series of monochromatic triptychs, Snow captures the innocent expressions of these men transformed into gaunt, sullen faces in less than a year. The three-panel juxtaposition allows the viewer to observe the physical changes a stationed soldier in a war zone goes through. Time is sped up for these men under the beating sun, amidst combat. Additionally, Snow's series accompanies each triptych with quotes from each of the servicemen that gives a great deal of insight into their mental and emotional state at each given time. Snow's intention with the series is to not only honor their bravery by featuring them, but to also draw attention to every soldiers' psychological transformation. Private Jo Yavala, 28

Washington’s Blog: War in Gaza = War Over Natural Gas? As Professor Michel Chossudovsky noted in 2009, gas may be a central reason for the war over Gaza as well: This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007).The PA-BG-CCC agreement includes field development and the construction of a gas pipeline.(Middle East Economic Digest, Jan 5, 2001).The BG licence covers the entire Gazan offshore marine area, which is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities. Map 3

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)

Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World (9780525951018): Trevor Paglen Mads Gilbert, eyewitness to 'Cast Lead', says Gaza remains besieged and 'shattered' Two years ago, Dr. Mads Gilbert (right) told me that his experience in Gaza during Israel’s assault in 2009 was the “most horrific experience” of his life, a grim honor previously held by Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which Gilbert also witnessed. Gilbert spent over two weeks as one of the only foreign doctors in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, and worked at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Currently a professor of medicine at the University of North Norway, Gilbert is the co-author of the book Eyes in Gaza, which chronicles what he witnessed during the Israeli assault and invasion. Today, Gilbert says Gaza remains in ruins, betrayed by the international community. Gilbert, who is known for his deeply personal and riveting presentations on the Gaza Strip, recently concluded a speaking tour in the United States. I caught up with Gilbert before his talk at Columbia University. Alex Kane: So, what brings you back to New York? MG: Yes. AK: What are your most recent impressions of Gaza?

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?

EU Earmarking Billions to ‘Secure’ Borders Ceuta, on the Spanish-Moroccan border. On the other side of the barbed wire lies Morocco. 2002 ©Bruno Arbesu via Picture Tank In an effort to manage migration flows and keep watch on its borders, Europe is turning itself into a fortress. In 2004 the European Council set up Frontex, a response force specifically dedicated to the mission of border control and migration monitoring. For more than a year, revolutions in the Arab world have left European leaders in fear of a massive influx of migrants, particularly from the Maghreb. The Frontex agency's operations in Europe and the Maghreb But the European Commission has no plans to stop there. To complement the existing services at their disposal, the Eurosur project has been on the Commission’s desk since 2008, with the objective of “reducing the volume of third world nationals illegally entering the EU“. Eurosur and “smart borders” represent the EU’s cynical response to the Arab Spring. Drones The US example Backlash

13 January 2009: Hibba al-Najjar [The following is narrative seventeen, within a series of twenty-three narratives, to mark the third anniversary of "Operation Cast Lead." A new post will be released each day, marking the incident that happened on the same date three years ago. The narratives are developed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.] “The first two years I could manage but this year I have been suffering a lot from the loss of my mother. When I see girls from my school with their mother or talking about their mother, I miss my mother even more. In the early morning of 13 January 2009, following two days of home demolitions, the Israeli army started to shell the village of Khuza’a and its surroundings, using high explosive and white phosphorous artillery shells. “I can still hear the bullet hit my mother in the head. Hibba is an the only child. From the day of the incident Hibba and her family stayed away from the house for two weeks, saying it was too dangerous to move in that part of Khuza’a.

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.