Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tag: Croatia

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

AK-47s, machine guns, explosives and more travel along new arms pipeline from Balkans to countries known to supply Syria. Eastern European countries have approved the discreet sale of more than €1bn of weapons in the past four years to Middle Eastern countries that are known to ship arms to Syria,...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

The Budding Autocrats of the Balkans

From Montenegro to Macedonia, a new generation of leaders has learned to tell the West what it wants to hear while crushing democracy back home. At first glance, especially compared to other parts of the world, the Balkans seem to be in great shape. The last few years, in particular, appear...

US Delivers 3,000 Tons Of Weapons And Ammo To Al-Qaeda and Co in Syria

The United States via its Central Intelligence Agency is still delivering thousands of tons of additional weapons to al-Qaeda and others in Syria. The British military information service Janes found the transport solicitation for the shipment on the US government website FedBizOps.gov. Janes writes: The FBO has released two solicitations in recent months looking for shipping...

Welcome to Greece (but Not to Europe)

Europe's efforts to exclude Athens aren’t about migration or debt. They’re about the continent’s deep-seated racism toward its southern frontier state. Last month, Greece found itself once again facing expulsion from the club. Not, this time, from the single-currency eurozone and not (for the moment) from the European Union. This...

Steamrolled

A special investigation into the diplomacy of doing business abroad. One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working...

U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

WASHINGTON — When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for...

Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade

The EU's move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate-conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote writes in Surging Liquefied Natural Gas...

Trans Adriatic Pipeline gains new shareholder

Snam S.p.A. (Snam) will become a shareholder in Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG by acquiring a 20 per cent stake in the project from Statoil. The news follows Statoil’s announcement that it has agreed to sell its shareholding in TAP, by which it will divest its 20 per cent interest stake...

Trans Adriatic Pipeline: Socar preparing a feasibility studies for Montenegro

After the recent visit of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to Azerbaijan, the construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline and gasification of Montenegro is again in focus. The novelty, compared to previous conversations conducted on this subject, writes Dnevne Novine daily, is that Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company Socar plans to conduct...

A quiet gas revolution in Central and Eastern Europe

Turkish Stream, Nord Stream, South Stream, Nabucco – the discussion about the European gas market centres on big gas pipeline projects which are supposed to make Europe either more or less dependent on Russia. However, unnoticed by most observers, Central and Eastern European countries have been carrying out numerous smaller...

Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From CIA

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and...

US and Europe in major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday. Decisions by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to provide non-lethal assistance and training, announced in...

Croatia is transit point for Syrian rebels’ arms: report

The Croatian capital has served for months as a transit point for Saudi-financed weapons for Syrian rebels, a local newspaper said on Friday, but the report was swiftly denied by the government. Some 75 civilian transport planes carrying weapons for the rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad took...

Nabucco against the minnows

Nabucco, the strategic project for transportation of Caspian gas to Europe, seems threatened by the non-strategic pipeline projects, ITGI (Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy) and TAP (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline). These are less advanced, compared with Nabucco, but are also less ambitious in scope, and consequently easier to source with gas. At stake is the...

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