Libyan oil and war


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WikiLeaks Reveals US Wanted to Keep Russia out of Libyan Oil (Video)

Monday 16 May 2011

by: Paul Jay, The Real News Network

Kevin G. Hall, is the national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. Previously he served as Latin America correspondent. During his career he has reported from Mexico City, Saudi Arabia, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., for the Journal of Commerce and United Press International. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers reports that on April 20 the big Italian oil company Eni put off its deal with Gazprom, the big Russian oil company, connected to its president, Vladimir Putin, put off a deal that would have given Gazprom a big stake in Libyan oil. That’s been an objective of US foreign policy for at least three years. Kevin went through WikiLeaks documents and found the following cable. At the time, Silvio Berlusconi was about to become Italy’s prime minister, and the embassy urged headquarters to twist his arm, writes Kevin. Then he quotes the cable. Post, meaning the embassy, would like to push the new Berlusconi government to force Eni to act less as a stalking horse for Gazprom interests. The confidential cable said, quoting, Eni, which is 30 percent owned by the government of Italy, seems to be working in support of Gazprom’s efforts to dominate Europe’s energy supply and against US-supported US efforts to diversify energy supply. Now joining us in the studio to talk about the new scramble for oil and controlling Europe’s energy supplies is Kevin Hall. Thanks for joining us.

The Responsibility to Protect – the Cases of Libya and Ivory Coast. Marjorie Cohn, Marjorie Cohn’s Blog: “The United States, France and Britain invaded Libya with cruise missiles, stealth bombers, fighter jets and attack jets. Although NATO has taken over the military operation, US President Barack Obama has been bombing Libya with Hellfire missiles from unmanned Predator drones. The number of civilians these foreign forces have killed remains unknown. This military campaign was ostensibly launched to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 in order to protect civilians in Libya”: here.

Ministries ablaze after Tripoli strikes: Security services building and anti-corruption agency hit in overnight strikes: here.

3 thoughts on “Libyan oil and war

  1. Libya’s top oil official has defected: TV reports

    CAIRO | Mon May 16, 2011 6:28pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), has defected from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, Arab television stations reported on Monday.

    It was not possible to immediately verify the reports and Libyan officials in Tripoli were not available for comment.

    Al Arabiya television quoted sources in the rebel Transitional National Council as saying that Ghanem had defected and joined rebel ranks.

    Al Jazeera also reported that Ghanem had defected and left Libya, but it did not give any details.

    Ghanem denied in an interview with Reuters in late March that he had left Libya, after al Jazeera carried a similar report saying he had defected from the Gaddafi regime to Tunisia.

    Ghanem, 68, represents Libya at OPEC meetings. The U.S.-educated official has been NOC chairman since 2006.

    (Reporting by Omar Fahmy; writing by Joseph Nasr)

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