Ahmed Chalabi – Petroleum’s Point Man By William Bowles

4 January 2006

Ahmed Chalabi

He’s a criminal banker … He’s a swindler. He’s interested in getting money, and I suspect it’s all gone into his bank accounts and those of his friends – James E. Akins, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Convicted fraudster, bagman, carpetbagger, (dis)informant, playboy, opportunist, failed mercenary army leader, go-between creature of imperialism, of one thing we can be sure, Ahmed Chalabi is a survivor by virtue of (almost) always being on the ‘right’ side.

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On the road to Damascus By William Bowles

2 December 2005

Oil

Oil in the next war will occupy the place of coal in the present war, or at least a parallel place to coal. The only big potential supply that we can get under British control is the Persian and Mesopotamian supply .… Control over these oil supplies becomes a first class British war aim

– Sir Maurice Hankey in 1918 and Britain’s First Secretary of the War Cabinet

So what’s changed?

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Book Review: A Century of War – Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order by William Engdahl By William Bowles

31 December 2004

A Century of War – Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order by William Engdahl. Pluto Books, London 2004.

Many years ago I read the autobiography of R Buckminster Fuller (one of my heroes whilst at art school), who before becoming a visionary architect/engineer/designer and philosopher trained as a naval architect, a profession he later credited with equipping him with his holistic vision of the world. Not surprisingly therefore, Fuller had an abiding interest in the Royal Navy’s strategic role in maintaining the British Empire. Continue reading

Crunch Time in Caracas By William Bowles

13 August 2004

Never even in Latin American history has the media been so directly involved in a political coup. Venezuela’s ‘hate media’ controls 95% of the airwaves and has a near-monopoly over newsprint, and it played a major part in the failed attempt to overthrow the president, Hugo Chávez, in April [2002]. Although tensions in the country could easily spill into civil war, the media is still directly encouraging dissident elements to overthrow the democratically elected president – if necessary by force.
Maurice Lemoine, Aug 2002, Le Monde Diplomatique[1]

This coming Sunday 15 August, the infamous Recall Referendum takes place in Venezuela. For those of you not familiar with the situation in Venezuela – fifth largest producer of oil on the planet and 10% of it going to that insatiable guzzler of the stuff, El Norté, the US – in 1998, the country voted into power a president, Hugo Chávez Frias who incurred the wrath of the imperium by daring to promote the interests of the poor and the dispossessed of the country who constitute some 80% of the population.

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Making Sense of Sudan By William Bowles

27 July 2004

Have you noticed something missing in the media of late? Have you noticed how Iraq has virtually disappeared from front-page coverage to be replaced by the latest ‘Third World disaster’ – Sudan?

Conspiracy? Well if redirecting people’s concerns to something less ‘controversial’ than Iraq can be a considered a conspiracy, then yes it’s a conspiracy. After all, who can’t fail to be moved by the obligatory images of starving Africans and the predictable headlines eg “Congress presses for armed action to halt Sudan ‘genocide’” (London’s Telegraph 24/07/04). Millions have been raised for the ‘victims’ by an online Website for the latest catastrophe to beset yet another African ‘basket case’.

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Coup D’etats and all that stuff By William Bowles

18 June 2004

Is it conceivable that a core group of people within the US Establishment led by the CIA could, over a period of years, engineer what amounts to a coup d’etat to remove the Bush Gang from the White House? The motivation being that the Bush administration’s policies were threatening the very basis of US capitalism and hence had to go. Such is the proposal advanced by Michael Ruppert and Wayne Madsen in their article “Coup D’etat”. To this end, the CIA fabricated fake documents on Iraq’s WMD and deliberately fed them to the Bush Gang knowing that they would eventually be exposed and open up Bush to impeachment and/or criminal proceedings.

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Iran: Two lies and why By William Bowles

21 October 2003

Lie #1: That Iran is an ‘Islamist’ state bent on destroying the West with nuclear weapons.
Lie #2: That only the US (and its allies) has the right to possess nuclear weapons.

These two lies are historically connected via the role Iran used to play in the Cold War and of course because of its possession of oil, lots of oil. And like Iraq and its changing role in the making of our current reality, Iran’s relationship to the West has changed to suit whatever policies of the West are, and principally of the US.

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Iraq Fire Sale! $100 billion for one, war-damaged country By William Bowles

24 September 2003

Underpinning all the propaganda, the bluster and the bullshit about bringing ‘democracy and freedom’ to Iraq and other points East and South, lies the real truth, that the reality is about capitalism and the triumph of the ‘free market’. That’s what the entire invasion has always been about, everything else is but a smokescreen.

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The Energy ‘Crisis’: Futurology without a future? By William Bowles

17 September 2003

According to an interview conducted by Mike Ruppert and available on the Guerrilla News Network,[1] and which first appeared on Ruppert’s From the Wilderness website, we have already passed the point of no return when it comes to new sources of oil and gas and we’re headed for a disaster, if not next year then at some point in the near future, of which the recent North American blackout was a mere prelude. In the preamble to the interview, GNN tells us: Continue reading

Buddy can you spare $87 billion? By William Bowles

10 September 2003

“…I hypothesize that President Bush intends to topple Saddam in 2003 in a pre-emptive attempt to initiate massive Iraqi oil production in far excess of OPEC quotas, to reduce global oil prices, and thereby dismantle OPEC’s price controls. The end-goal of the neo-conservatives is incredibly bold yet simple in purpose, to use the `war on terror’ as the premise to finally dissolve OPEC’s decision-making process, thus ultimately preventing the cartel’s inevitable switch to pricing oil in euros. Continue reading