"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Uncle Sam's Glove puppets come - and Uncle Sam's Glove puppets go

General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (محمد ضياء الحق) - whose brother was Lord Patel's GP for many years - died 20 years ago today in a suspicious (and still unexplained ) crash of a Lockheed C-130 , accompanied by several high ranking officers and , surprisingly the then United States Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Lewis Raphel. Many theories abound about the causes of the C-130's crash - General Hameed Gul, head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency at the time, has recently suggested that the United States was responsible for murdering their Cold War ally.

Zia had overthrown Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup d'état on July 5, 1977 who was eventually judicially killed. His daughter was extra judicially killed.

Starting out as a martial leader he became President of Pakistan in September 1978. A year later Russia invaded Afghanistan and the US invaded the upper reaches of the Pakistan Government - ending up unde President Reagan pouring billions of dollars into supporting the mujahadeen and a a rich and rum Arab playboy fight their proxy war for the US against the Russian Bear.

Which sounds familiar this weekend as 2 more US Glove puppets fighting proxy wars for their paymasters are due to meet their Nemesis.

Pervez Musharrif another General who seized power, like it and stayed on too long, is expected to quietly slink away before Pakistan's Parliament impeach him. Intense jockeying and negotiations are going on today to guarantee his safe passage and cast iron immunity from prosecution.

Mikhail Sakashvalli's fall from grace started only 6 years ago. In May 2002, Gazprom signed a deal to manage natural-gas routes in Georgia without disclosing many contract terms. American diplomats were so alarmed that US President George W. Bush’s top Caspian adviser hastily flew to Tbilisi to warn that the deal could harm American-backed efforts to develop natural gas resources in Azerbaijan. "These negotiations between Gazprom and the Georgian Ministry of Fuel and Energy are not, in my opinion, sufficiently transparent," said Steven Mann, Bush’s Caspian-energy envoy, told Rustavi-2 television. He also cautioned that the Gazprom agreement could "significantly weaken Georgia’s position along East-West energy transportation routes."

Mann’s visit a few days after Richard Miles the US Ambassador’s expression of "concern" that Gazprom’s plans for piping gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field to Erzurum, at the Georgian-Turkish border. would hamper the development of the Shah Deniz BP/Statoil pipeline. On October 18th , Russian wunderkind Anatoly Chubais - head of RAO (Unified Energy Systems) which controls more than 70% of the CIS electric power capacities, and output of more than 70% of electricity in the country.was in Yerevan signing up a deal with Armenia.

These diplomatic developments highlight the geopolitical motives behind energy-sector deals in the Caucasus. Gazprom was closely allied with the Kremlin. Russian leaders had long sought to increase their economic leverage in former CIS states, including Georgia, in the belief that stronger commercial ties enhance Moscow’s political influence. Conversely, the United States has long sought to reduce Russia’s economic dominance of countries on the Caspian Basin.

After his meeting with Shevardnadze, Mann stressed that the Gazprom deal is "not yet final."

However, elsewhere things were moving. After the collapse of Enron, AES who had bought into the Georgian electricity industry saw their shares plummet from US$73 to a little over a dollar. On May 1st 2003 AES announced Richard Darman as new Non Executive Chairman. A busy man. Ex-manager of the Office of the Budget, famous for saying that George Bush as Presidential candidate did not say "No more Taxes", it was "just something he read in a speech". MD of the shade loving Carlyle group whom he joined in 1993, Darman (who died aged 64 of lukaemia on Lord Patel's birthday this year) was also on the hugely influential and secretive Council of Foreign Relations, as was Philip Odeen, ex-chairman of huge DoD contractor TRW who joined AES at the same time (also one time aide of Henry Kissinger).

On May 8th 2003, PA Government Services Inc. (PA), part of the PA Consulting Group, (We are proud that our clients say 'PA makes it happen') announced in a little noticed Press release, an interim management contract with the Republic of Georgia, to manage the United Distribution Company for a period of approximately 18 months, with funding to be provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The United Distribution Company (UDC), they said, was formed in 2002, as an amalgamation of several regional electricity companies. It is estimated to have approximately 660,000 customers, close to 5,000 employees and a service area covering 70% of the country, much of it being rural. It was also a company in very serious difficulty, characterized by dismal financial performance, huge payables, inadequate business systems, all of which combined to make the UDC unable to provide reliable electricity supplies to its customers.

Then, unexpectedly on August 6 2003 (surprisingly Anatoly Chubais was in Tblisi that day) RAO/UES announced the purchase of a 75 percent stake in Georgia’s AES-Telasi joint venture from AES Silk Road, a subsidiary of the US-Arlington based AES Corp. for an undisclosed purchase price (AES paid US$35Mn in 1999 and claim to have spent a further US$250 since). "The Georgian government will take all the steps necessary to convince AES to stay," Georgian Energy Minister David Mirtskhulava Business Week quoted as saying. "AES's presence is important for the future investment climate. This gave Russian UES a virtual lock on Georgia’s domestic electricity market.

On July 31, 2003 the US Embassy made a public statement, "The US is sorry that AES Corporation of Arlington, Virginia, has decided to sell its assets in Georgia". A brilliant film by Paul Devlin "Powertrip" shown at the Berlin Film Festival Feb 2003 detailed the problems AES had, including machine gunning of their Georgian executives.

On August 18th there was a complete power blackout throughout Georgia – unremarked in the West and whose causes are still subject to wild speculation. Fuel and Energy Minister Mamuka Nikolaishvili, enjoying his first day in office said "We know only that an emergency shutdown occurred. Power was off from 7.00 am to 10.00pm." Prior to this there had been some surprising and influential visitors to President’s Shevardnadze's office. US frustration with Georgia has been mounting, as second largest per capita recipient of US aid after Israel, the US has given US$778 Mn roughly 5 times that of neighbouring Azerbaijan.

So in early July, interrupting his Independence Day weekend celebrations, in flew former US Secretary of State, James Baker, acting as a special Bush Administration envoy, to discuss the problems of the president's cronies ponying up the proceeds of the sale amongst themselves and to seek assurances about the conduct of the forthcoming elections.

On September 24, a US State Department official responsible for aid-related issues in the former Soviet Union, Thomas Adams, announced that Washington’s assistance to Tbilisi would decline in 2004 from the roughly $100 million that Georgia was currently receiving . This is known diplomatically as removing the carrot.

This was followed by another high powered US delegation -- including John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the US military’s joint chiefs of staff, along with Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state during the Clinton administration and head of the Brookings Policy Research Institute to monitor developments after Baker’s plan and attempt to defuse the confrontational mood then enveloping domestic politics. Even Republican Arizonan Senator John McCain turned up to put the heat on the most famous Georgian after Stalin – but with no success.

A letter from the US President on October 31st when his fellow countrymen were celebrating Hallowe’en failed to win Shevardnadze to control the excesses expected in the election 2 days away.

It’s evident that after the shambles of the election with missing ballots, dead voters and all the other paraphernalia of fraudulent elections (something the US President is intimately acquainted with), that Russia and the United States, rivals for control over the Caspian Sea's enormous oil wealth, set up a pragmatic deal to protect their joint interests and ensure a smooth transfer of power.

Half Georgian Igor Ivanov, Putin’s representative flew in and saw Shevardnadze and eventually spoke to Colin Powell after Shevardnadze had twice refused to take calls from Jim Baker. In a move which could exaggerate tensions over the former Soviet state between the US and Georgia's neighbour, Russia, US national security adviser Condoleeza Rice rang her Georgian counterpart and previously Georgia's ambassador to Washington Tedo Japaridze (who had six aides paid for by USAID) after the election confirming that the US was "ready to help Georgia, and support it in transition". Senior western diplomats confirmed separately that the US and EU were" keen to assist."

Evidently Moscow and Washington saw their own interests were best met by engineering a peaceful exit for long-time and mortally weakened President Eduard Shevardnadze.

Russia didn't need more problems on its sensitive southern border to allow militants to step up attacks on Russian forces in rebel Chechnya.

The US, whose main interests were then elsewhere didn't want local political unrest to disrupt construction of oil and gas pipelines that cross Georgia to bring Azerbaijan's huge energy reserves to Western markets via Turkey.

So fast forward. The "velvet" revolution (nice sound bite PR bullshit line from the Czech revolution ) ripped a few doors off the parliament building, Shevardnadze has gone home, (spurning fleeing to Germany where Gerhardt Schroeder had invited him to spend his retirement at his $11Mn villa) Nino Burdzhanadze , smart, tough and classy lady who was the last elected speaker of the country's parliament (and still is) , was made temporary President until elections early in January 2003 and the opposition was then led by ambitious and well connected Harvard educated lawyer and ex-Justice Minister Mikhail Saakashvili. "We feel like a plane taken over by hijackers," he said at the time.

The White House did not express a preference for the incoming President, but said it would support "free and fair elections."

The rest, is, as they say. History.


mi said...

Well do you see Fema Camps equivilent in UK? Mathew . Stands for Stoppping New World Order. However accepting it seems unstoppable - Clean up and get ready for the Symphony of Armeggeddon. Like Moses and Pharoah, But Christ and Satan. Hey well life sure aint boring! Serious notes stopping children suffering would be great. Sigh .

Woman on the Clapham Omnibus said...

Sorry, read that as Shopping New World Order. GIven me an idea for a new series of chick lit. Sex and Shopping New World Order/

joe said...

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http://postmanpatel.blogspot.com/2006_04_30_archive.html, and is of "gulliver". Any details at all would be greatly appreciated.

ziz said...

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