This video says about itself:
17 September 2012
Jere Van Dyk is a former TV correspondent and Taliban expert (and was once held captive by them). He believes the Taliban is poorly understood in the West, but that better understanding is key for US foreign policy. He shares his views with RT that ‘US has never been straight with its people about its foreign policy aims’, that US is in Afghanistan not for Al-Qaeda, but OIL.
By Steve LeVine in the USA:
Posted By Steve LeVine Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 11:08 AM Share
ExxonMobil confirms that it has filed to bid on a group of Afghanistan oilfields containing an estimated 1 billion barrels of oil and gas, an instant validation of one of the riskiest resource plays on the planet. If the company’s application proceeds, it could set up a battle of colossals, since the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. and India’s ONGC have also filed to bid, I have been told.
The tender deadline was yesterday to file an expression of interest. Company spokesman Alan Jeffers told me that the filing is among Exxon’s global search for new hydrocarbon opportunities. The filings are to be made official after a government meeting Wednesday at which applications will be vetted.
The Exxon filing is surprising because until now the Afghan natural resource play, while rich, has been perceived as highly speculative, a place for the most daring wildcatters, in addition to regional state-owned companies such as CNPC, which won the first Afghan oil tender last year. The reason is both security — no one knows whether a 30- 40-year project would endure since Afghanistan has been at almost constant war for more than three decades — and the lack of infrastructure. Namely, how do you get the oil and gas to the market? Majors of the scale of Exxon rarely pursue such ventures, preferring for wildcatters to prove them out, then seek to buy in with their deep pockets.
Potential for a mining boom splits factions in Afghanistan: here.
Afghanistan aid conference signals indefinite foreign occupation: here.
Dozens of men and women took to the streets of Kabul today to protest against the recent public murder of an Afghan woman accused of adultery whose killing was captured on video: here.
Afghan authorities are investigating former Afghan Surgeon General Zia Yaftali after reports of patient abuse at a U.S.-backed military hospital in Kabul, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday: here.
An Afghan prison chief was jailed for 16 years on Tuesday for raping a teenage girl, a rare show of justice for women in a country where they are suffering increased violence and offered scant protection from the law: here.
Afghan Women’s Shelters, A Lifeline For Many, Face Uncertain Future: here.