Zionists’ Nabucco Pipe Dream Scuttled By BP

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The name Nabucco was derived from a Verdi opera, which ” follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (short for Ital. Nabucodonosor, Eng. Nebuchadnezzar).”

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DELTA NIMIR KHAZAR LIMITED, UNOCAL KHAZAR, LTD, two of the ten corporations merged with the Azeri state oil co. in the SOCAR Corp.

In 1996, Delta Oil Company formed a joint-venture with Nimir Petroleum Company, a company controlled by Osama Bin Laden’s brother in law, financial backer, and sponsor of international terrorism Defendant Khalid Bin Salim Bin Mahfouz. This joint venture was known as Delta Nimir Khazar Limited.  Khalid bin Mahfouz is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (or “BCCI”)

BP punches Nabucco below the belt

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UK oil major BP said it was no longer considering shipping gas from its Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan through the Nabucco pipeline, dealing a blow to the troubled European project. But the European Commission said the “full-scale version” of Nabucco was still the main option under consideration.

Iain Conn, BP’s head of fuel refining and marketing, said in a speech last week that BP and Azeri state oil group Socar were now considering only two options for the pipeline’s route to Austria – a smaller, pipeline from the Nabucco consortium, known as “Nabucco West”, and the South East Europe Pipeline (SEEP).

“Nabucco West” is a shorter line that would run from Turkey’s western border through Bulgaria and Romania to Austria. The full-scale Nabucco project involves new pipes all the way from Azerbaijan to the Baumgarten gas hub near Vienna.

BP: An interested party

BP is an interested party in the race for the Southern gas corridor and it is not the first time that the company makes statements harming Nabucco’s interests. One year ago, German energy giant RWE, a Nabucco shareholder, blamed BP for expressing concerns about Nabucco’s viability.

A major source for the Southern gas corridor is the Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, which is being developed by BP and Statoil of Norway, as well as by the Azeri state energy company Socar and some others. It is estimated to contain 1.2 trillion cubic metres of gas.

BP has its own pipeline project from Turkey through Bulgaria to the Romanian-Hungarian border, called the South East Europe Pipeline (SEEP). Unlike Nabucco, SEEP is expected to make use of the existing gas infrastructure.

A “southern” branch of the Southern gas corridor running from Greece to Italy, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), is at an advanced approval stage. TAP’s Managing Director Kjetil Tungsland recently told EurActiv that for the “northern” branch, Socar would choose between SEEP and Nabucco West, and make a decision this summer.

An Austrian newspaper quoted today a Socar official who played down the statements by the BP official.

“We informed BP that we do not agree with this comment. BP apologised and described the comment as a private opinion,” Socar’s deputy head Elshad Nassirov was quoted as saying in an interview from Baku, printed by Die Presse.

EU still has faith in Nabucco

The full-scale version of the Nabucco pipeline is still under consideration, the European Commission said on 25 May. “To our understanding, the Nabucco classic version, is still on the table,” Commission energy spokeswoman Marlene Holzner said,  quoted by Reuters.

For the European Union – which is seeking to reduce its reliance on Russian gas – the name of the pipeline is not the most important thing, she added in emailed comments.

Rather it is crucial that the “content is Nabucco”, Holzner said.

Germany’s RWE says it is likely that the original plans for the Nabucco gas pipeline will still be discussed, even if a proposed shorter route is picked, board member Leonhard Birnbaum said.

“We are confident that Nabucco West will win the bid, and then I still think that the original Nabucco concept will be discussed again,” Birnbaum told Reuters in e-mailed comments.

Russia sees Nabucco as dead

In the meantime, the Russian press wrote that Nabucco was “unlikely to survive summer”. Russia is pushing forward its own project, South Stream, largely intended to make Nabucco irrelevant (see background).

Gennady Shmal, head of the Union of Russian Oil and Gas Producers, is quoted as saying that Azerbaijan has only a small amount of gas to supply to the Nabucco pipeline after meeting its domestic needs and fulfilling its contracts with Turkey and Georgia.

Regarding another possible supplier – Turkmenistan – Shmal says that it would not have much gas left for export to the West either, having already constructed two gas pipelines to China and building a third one. 


Jordan has denied reports of plans to deploy on its territory of U.S. military bases

Jordan has denied reports of plans to deploy on its territory of U.S. military bases

Jordan has denied reports of plans to deploy on its territory of U.S. military bases


Kuwait, May 29. (ARMS-TASS). Jordan appeared in today denied media reports about the existence of a plan to host the permanent U.S. military bases, which can subsequently be used for intervention in neighboring Syria.

“Relationships of Amman and NATO are strong, but they do not imply its consent to the placement of U.S. bases on the territory of the kingdom. This question is not considered” – the newspaper “Al-Ghada” statement senior Jordanian representative.

As argued May 20 American newspaper “Washington Post,” the U.S. is carried out with several partner nations defense planning in case of a whole series of new crises in Syria, including the seizure of its chemical weapons by militants. Referring to the officials in the security forces and U.S. Middle Eastern countries, the publication notes that such military planning includes “at least seven states.” It’s Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, as well as the main foreign ally of the Americans – Britain.


UN Spokesman Says Most Houla Victims “Were Executed,” Not Killed By Artillery

Syria crisis: Most Houla victims ‘were executed’


Most of the 108 people killed in Syria’s Houla region on Friday were summarily executed, the UN says.

A spokesman for the UN’s human rights office says witnesses told investigators that pro-regime militias carried out most of the killings.

Survivors have described gunmen entering homes, firing indiscriminately and slitting the throats of children.

The UN statement comes as UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is meeting President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists in Geneva that initial investigations suggested that fewer than 20 of the victims in the village of Taldou, near Houla, were killed by artillery or tank fire.

“Most of the rest of the victims in Taldou,” he added, “were summarily executed in two separate incidents.”

Earlier, survivors who spoke to the BBC said that those who carried out the killings were militiamen – shabiha – from nearby Alawite villages.

Mr Annan called the massacre “an appalling moment with profound consequences”.

‘Murderous folly’

Ahead of his meeting with President Assad on Tuesday, the former UN secretary general said the Syrian government had to take “bold steps” to show it was serious about peace.

The BBC’s Jim Muir, in neighbouring Lebanon, says it is make-or-break time for Mr Annan’s peace plan, and he has to get something out of his visit to stop the drift towards a vicious sectarian civil war.

Under the plan, both sides were meant to stop fighting on 12 April ahead of the deployment of monitors, and the government was to withdraw tanks and forces from civilian areas.

Western leaders have expressed horror at the killings, and the UK, France and US have all begun moves to raise diplomatic pressure on the Assad government.

France is convening another meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group, which Russia does not take part in.

“The murderous folly of the Damascus regime represents a threat for regional security and its leaders will have to answer for their acts,” said President Francois Hollande’s office.

However Russia, who supplies arms to the Syrian government and has blocked UN resolutions calling for action against Damascus, said on Monday that both sides bore responsibility for Friday’s massacre.

On Tuesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern that “certain countries” were beginning to use the Houla massacre “as a pretext for voicing demands relating to the need for military measures to be taken”.

Syrian leaders insist that the massacre was the work of hundreds of armed rebels, whom they called “terrorists”, who massed in the area and who carried out the killings to derail the peace process and provoke intervention by Western powers.

BBC Busted Trying To Inflate Casualties In Houla Massacre by Reposting Old Photo from Iraq

Posted on the BBC news website today under the heading

“Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows.”

Mis-captioned photo on BBC website

The photograph was actually taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003 

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.

The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

A BBC spokesman said the image has now been taken down.