F. William Engdahl
US-German author and analyst of geopolitical and economic issues. His newest book is Myths, Lies and Oil Wars. Earlier works include A Century of War : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order (2011, republished in a new edition) and Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century (2010).
At a time when much of the world is looking with a mix of envy and excitement at the recent boom in USA unconventional gas from shale rock, when countries from China to Poland to France to the UK are beginning to launch their own ventures into unconventional shale gas extraction, hoping it is the cure for their energy woes, the US shale boom is revealing itself to have been a gigantic hyped confidence bubble that is already beginning to deflate. Carpe diem!
Out of the blue in the last days Mali has suddenly become the focus of world attention. France has been asked to militarily intervene by Mali’s government to drive Jihadist terrorists out of the large parts of the country they claim. What the conflict in Mali really is about is hardly what we read in the mainstream media. It is about vast untapped mineral and energy resources and a de facto re-colonization of French Africa under the banner of human rights. The real background reads like a John LeCarre thriller.
The looming confrontation will be even harsher that the previous ones. U.S. forces have been withdrawing from Europe and disengaging from the Middle East. They are currently clustering around China and developing a ballistic missile shield which - should it actually prove effective some day - would enable Washington to strike Beijing without fear of reprisal.
Despite the miscarriage of NATO’s secret military operation against Syria, withdrawal by the West stumbles on two issues. Can Washington and its allies refrain from grabbing the Syrian gas reserves? And can they leave Syria in the position of being the only state in the region which escapes the control of the Muslim Brotherhood?
The assassination of the most respected Sufi religious leader in Dagestan, Russia’s volatile Caucasus, comes as Salafist jihadists in Libya murder a US Ambassador who was actually a key player in ousting Gaddafi and bringing the Salafist Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadists into power. Throughout the entire Islamic world today, a wave of hate is being unleashed in the name of Islamic fundamentalism that could bring a new world war. This is the consequence of the Greater Middle East Project put in play in 2010 and earlier by the Washington-London-Tel Aviv axis. Manipulating religious fervor is an explosive cocktail as F. William Engdahl shows here.
With little fanfare Barack Obama late last year announced a "strategic pivot" in US defense policy to focus on the Pacific, bolstered by "Coalition of the willing" Australia. It is all about emerging China as an economic colossus with a mind all its own. The US military has been steadily positioning itself along the strategic sea lanes surrounding China to deal potentially deadly blows to the mainland as well as cutting off its oil corridors to the Middle East and Africa. This author breaks down a situation where the noose tightening around China could generate a major new conflict zone in the not too distant future.
For blocking a UN resolution that could have led to military intervention in Syria, Russia has been accused by the Orwellian West of putting its national interests ahead of the lives of millions of Syrians. By scrutinizing Vladimir Putin’s actions since his reelection, William Engdahl shows that Russia is indeed pursuing her national interests which are best served by fostering a just and peaceful world environment and by thwarting the US-Israeli agenda for a Greater Middle East.
Across the United States the exploitation of gas and oil from shale rocks using Halliburton’s hydraulic fracturing technology continues amid rising disasters. Unregulated drilling practices, rendered legal by the "Halliburton Loophole" engineered in 2005 by Vice President Dick Cheney, have had staggering health and environmental effects. Lured by the prospect of reducing oil dependence, President Obama has adopted an ambivalent approach, which ultimately yields ground to industry. With the same expectancy, countries all around the world have joined the shale-gas craze, arguing that if the U.S. has been "fracking" it must be safe. Energy independence would undoubtedly represent a game changing opportunity for many countries, but at what cost?
The prospect of an unparalleled Eurasian economic boom has been further solidified following recent talks between Turkish and Chinese leaders. The first steps are being constructed with a number of little-publicized rail links envisioned to connect China and parts of Western Europe. It is increasingly clear to all nations concerned, especially China and Russia, that their natural tendency to develop these markets faces only one major hurdle: NATO and the US Pentagon’s Full Spectrum Dominance obsession. According to Engdahl, rail infrastructure is a major geopolitical tool for obviating that obstacle.
Not satisfied with having sponsored the artificial creation of Kosovo, the United States has now decided to ram the mafia state through NATO and the European Union. A new member with such characteristics is the last thing that Europe needs right now. However, it should work wonders for the consolidation of U.S. political and military agenda in the region, not to speak of the flourishing heroin trade from Afghanistan...both of which, as Engdahl points out in this sharp analysis, pose a threat to Russia and may backfire in the end.
While few would criticize putting indicted Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony in prison, the motives and timing of the viral video campaign launched by an NGO with an angelic sounding name are less clear. Invisible Children has blurred the line between charity and politics, advocating direct military action. What is clear to this author is that “Kony2012” is ’manipulative propaganda being used to advance an AFRICOM military presence in the richest mineral region in the world’ before China stakes a claim to it. The battle for Africa has only just begun.
While the drop in oil demand and enhaced production should be pulling prices down, fuel has never been more expensive. Engdahl dismisses explanations linked to saber-rattling and the peak oil theory. He points instead an accusing finger at oil price speculation and manipulation by Wall Street banks, with the collusion of the Government Agency which should be regulating their activities but whose chairman - a "former" Goldman Sachs asset - has conveniently been asleep at the wheel.
After the Eastern Mediterranean, this author focuses on the gas and oil windfall in the Aegean sea, which promises to fiercely shake up the geopolitical landscape. In the case of Greece, while new-found reserves could potentially blot out her entire debt, and possibly have even averted it, the foreign patrons of this de-sovereignized state have very different plans. Hillary Clinton, for one, was quick to turn up in Athens to dictate her terms on behalf of U.S. (and Bill’s) energy interests in the region, not least that of antagonizing Russia.
A recent major oil and gas find is bound to change dramatically the geopolitical equation in the Eastern Mediterranean region and beyond. To start with, it has sent Israel from rags to riches in terms of energy independence and security. However, Lebanon contends that part of the gas field lies within its territorial waters, and Washington happens to agree. Engdahl explores the implications of this key development, which have already rippled into the U.S. electoral scene, with Netanyahu betting on Republican race horses against Obama.
The United States is continuing its penetration and stranglehold of Africa one country after another, while attempting to keep China at bay. As Nigeria spirals into instability, historian and geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl argues that a recent government decision to lift subsidies on imported fuel in the oil-rich nation bears the hallmarks of Washington Consensus shock therapy, packaged and personally delivered by IMF’s new managing director.
Vladimir Putin is one of the few world leaders capable of rattling the foundations of U.S. hegemony: military dominance and the dollar’s supremacy as reserve currency. Engdahl shows that the recent election protests in Russia were orchestrated by Washington-sponsored NGOs and their domestic agents in an unsuccessful attempt to destabilize the country. With the rapid erosion of U.S. global dominance, Engdahl warns that the neutralization of Russia and other recalcitrant states will again be on the agenda of the next White House occupant.
Most in the civilized world are blissfully unaware that we are marching ineluctably towards an increasingly likely pre-emptive nuclear war. No, it’s not at all about Iran and Israel. It’s about the decision of Washington and the Pentagon to push Moscow up against the wall with what is euphemistically called Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).
Through the new North Stream and South Stream pipeline systems, Russia is clearly redrawing the energy map of Europe. Its status as the pre-eminent supplier of natural gas-hungry European countries, including major NATO member states, is certain to significantly transform future east-west relations. As expounded by this author, energy is the lever for Russia’s return to the world stage and for checkmating Washington’s NATO encirclement strategy.
While nervously watching China edging closer to becoming the predominant world power in the 21st century, Washington has also been keeping a keen eye on China’s heavy reliance on foreign oil to meet its growing energy needs. Engdahl analyses the oil trap that Washington has laid for China in Libya and through AFRICOM’s deployment across Africa.
Amid wars in the oil world, financial crises and economic depression little notice is being paid to what is looming as the worst potential catastrophe in modern times, namely a global crisis in food availability. This author exposes the intrigues that enabled the U.S. to gain worldwide control over food production and supply, using food as a political weapon. Domination and profit are not the only goals; a long-time scheme is at play which serves a much darker agenda.
In his "1984" imaginary scenario of a totalitarian world George Orwell wrote that the Ministry of Peace deals with war, and the Ministry of Love deals with torture, that War equals peace. In 2011 the world is witnessing a grand scale playing out of Orwell’s horror scenario in the guise of the NATO "humanitarian" intervention into Libya in order allegedly to support the higher principle of the Responsibility to Protect. What lies behind this seductive rhetoric could be the next step towards the realization of Orwell’s 1984 global order.
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.
Controverting majority opinion, F. William Engdahl questions the spontaneity of the protest movements in Arab countries and sees them as a replay of the US-orchestrated colour revolutions that triggered regime change in post-Soviet countries. The same script and cast of characters are at hand: local opposition leaders coached by CIA-front organizations in the art of staging "spontaneous" uprisings. However, Washington’s current stratagem may well backfire. Unlike East Europeans, the "American way of life" is hardly what the Arab masses are putting their life on the line for.
The final decision in the Russian trial against former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has drawn dramatic statements of protest from the US Obama Administration and governments around the world labeling Russian justice as tyrannical and worse. What is carefully omitted from the Khodovkorsky story however is the true reason Putin arrested and imprisoned the former head of Russia’s largest private oil giant, Yukos.
Whatever internal factional battles might be going on inside Kremlin walls between Medvedev and Putin, there are clear signs of late that both Beijing and Moscow are moving decisively after long hesitation to strengthen strategic economic cooperation in the face of the obvious disintegration of America as the sole Superpower. If the recent trend is deepened it will create Washington’s worst geopolitical nightmare: a unified Eurasia landmass capable of challenging America’s global economic hegemony.
The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller. However, a closer look at the details of what has so far been carefully leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the New York Times reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to buttress that of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet.
Believed to be behind the decline in bee populations that has swept across many parts of the world, a new class of insecticides marketed by German chemicals giant Bayer AG is now suspected of causing the decimation of bird species. It is so effective at killing insects, that it has deprived birds of their basic food. F. William Engdahl points an accusing finger at a system where corporations fund the research, the scientists and the government agents, thus making sure all the cards are stacked in their favor.
The earlier filing of fraud charges against Wall Street banking titan Goldman Sachs by the US Government Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was only the tip of a huge fraud iceberg. Now a US mortgage insurer has charged one of the most aggressive banks involved in the US subprime mortgage scam of fraud. The bank is none other than Deutsche Bank. This case is also likely to be just the “tip of a very big iceberg.”
With almost flawless political timing, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee of the Norwegian Parliament announced the giving of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese critic, political activist Liu Xiaobo. The announcement came just as US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither was upping the pressure on the government of China to agree to a substantial revaluation of the Yuan, a move that would do little for the embattled dollar but cause great harm to China’s economy. The Nobel Prize theater is part of an escalating long-term pressure strategy of Washington against China.
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