Swampyville's - The Middle East has never been about Democracy!
February 12, 2012
Swampyville's - Reading between the Lines!
The Middle East has never been about Democracy!
Is the current Syrian "Tyrannical" Government getting their payback for not joining the Global (IN) Crowd?
THAT WILL "LEARN YA - DERN YA"!
Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria. I'm assuming Iran will be the next target to be whacked by the Internationalusts!!!
Syria along with Iran, North Korea and several Central and South American countries have always been considered part of the "Evil Empire". With the fall of these countries, who will Russia and China sell their AK-47s to? Oh! thats right, they could smuggle them through the U.S. into Mexico for world wide distribution! Anyone remember the Iran-Contra Affair?
From Wikipedia: _ Given the policies adopted from the 1960s through the late 1980s, which included nationalization of companies and private assets, Syria failed to join an increasingly (interconnected global economy). Syria withdrew from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT-1947 until it was replaced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995) in 1951 because of Israel's creation. Syria has never been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Syria was developing regional free trade agreements. As of 1 January 2005, the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) came into effect and customs duties were eliminated between Syria and all other members of GAFTA.
In addition, Syria has signed a free trade agreement with Turkey, which came into force in January 2007, and initialed an Association Agreement with the European Union, which has yet to be signed. Although Syria claims a recent boom in non-oil exports, its trade numbers are notoriously inaccurate and out-of-date. Syria's main exports include crude oil, refined products, raw cotton, clothing, fruits, and grains. The bulk of Syrian imports are raw materials essential for industry, vehicles, agricultural equipment, and heavy machinery. Earnings from oil exports as well as remittances (pay backs) from Syrian workers are the government's most important sources of exchange.
In 2009, Syria’s net petroleum exports were estimated to be 148,000 bbl/d. All oil exports are marketed by Sytrol, Syria’s state oil marketing firm, which sells most of its volumes under 12-month contracts. Syrian crude oil exports go mostly to the (European Union), in particular Germany, Italy, and France, totaling an estimated 137,400 bbl/d in 2009, according to Eurostat. In 2010, the European Union as a whole spent $4.1 billion on Syrian oil imports. _
The Syrian Petroleum Company owns 50% stake in Syria's main oil producer: Al-Furat Petroleum Company. Other shareholders (50%) of the Al-Furat Petroleum Company are Royal Dutch Shell, India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, and China's National Petroleum Corporation.
Will we soon see NATO in full force against Syria as we did with Libya?
Government officials estimate that the country's untapped mineral deposits are worth between $900 billion and $3 trillion. One official asserted that "this will become the backbone of the Afghan economy" and a (Pentagon memo) stated that Afghanistan could become the "Saudi Arabia (oil) of huge lithium deposits (batteries)". Another 2009–2011 USGS study estimated that the Khanashin carbonatite (Concentrations of rare earth elements) in Helmand Province contained 1,000,000 metric tons (1,100,000 short tons) of rare earth elements. Afghanistan's biggest cash crop is still 75% of the world's Opium (Heroin) trade!
REUTERS: Feb 12, 2012! (Reading between the Lines)
The Afghani currency has slipped following its rise through 2010-11 on the back of large capital inflows (International Funds), sliding from 49 to the dollar to around 46 cents, making foreign havens and currencies more attractive. (Sounds a lot like what is happening to the United States - giving our tax money to finacial interests for investment in overseas ventures)
The head of the (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) in Kabul, said Afghanistan needed a stronger system of capital controls, adding the agency is setting up financial investigations (institutions?) to deal with not only laundering of money from the opium trade but also to monitor cross-border cash flows.
"It is a huge concern," he said. "This country cannot afford this and we need to have better capital controls and have the money within this country invested in productivity(?), so we can share the rewards that it will bring."
STANDBY IRAN YOU ARE THE NEXT ONE ON THEIR CHOPPING BLOCK!
"AURI SACRA FAMES" (Accursed Hunger for Gold)