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[nvusa digest 10/5/2001]

Updated clips and links at Nonviolence USA include a Sept. 8 report that Russia & China had signed a pathbreaking agreement for cooperation in oil & gas development. China has been releasing reports of very promising oil fields in several regions of Tibet, usually associated with British Petroleum. Meanwhile, web pages for upbeat Russian energy companies speak of investment potential for Americans and a consolidated Eurasian energy network.

These developments may be viewed in context of a Sept. 7 press release from Chevron announcing FTC approval of the ChevronTexaco merger, considering that Chevron holds 45 interest in the 9 billion barrel Tengiz oil field of Kazakhstan. When we consider the long-standing Central Asian energy interests pursued by Dick Cheney, James Baker III & IV, Henry Kissinger, etal., the rush to Central Asia becomes part of an unprecedented consolidation of global interests in Central Asian oil & gas.

It was the US Department of Energy that reported in December, 2000, that: "Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographical position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea."

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