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12 February 2005

What could be behind Condi's extended "Axis of Evil"?

4 More Countries Added To Bush's Axis Of Evil

"To be sure, in our world there remain outposts of tyranny and America stands with oppressed people on every continent ... in Cuba, and Burma (Myanmar), and North Korea, and Iran, and Belarus, and Zimbabwe," Rice told a Senate committee considering her nomination to succeed ColinPowell as secretary of state."

I wonder what could be behind this? Especially since we don't mind tyranny and oppression in our "allied" client states like Pakistan, Colombia, Central African Republic, Saudi Arabia, or Turkmenistan. Hmmm....

Myanmar: Chinese, Myanmar firms ink petroleum deal
"A Chinese oil company and a state-run Myanmar oil company reached a production-sharing contract here Friday on cooperation in petroleum exploration. Under the contract, signed between the Dian-Qian-Gui Petroleum Exploration Bureau of SINOPEC of China and the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, petroleum exploration will be carried out at Block D, an onshore block in Myanmar's western Rakhine state."

Cuba: Pebercan Discovers a New Deposit in Cuba http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2004/24/c8683.html
"The first analysis of the oil produced by the SANTA CRUZ 100 well shows a higher grade of oil than that produced up until then on the CANASI and SEBORUCO fields. The results of the ongoing supplemental analysis will be communicated during the course of January 2005. Upon completion of the first production tests, the SANTA CRUZ 100 well flows 1,300 barrels per day on a 14mm choke."

Zimbabwe: Oil And Gas Industry
"Zimbabwe has no proven oil or natural gas reserves. It has, however, large coal reserves and good potential for coal-bed methane gas production. In February 1999, two US investors and local mining firm, Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company (ZIMASCO) announced the discoveryof 500 billion cubic metres of sulphur-free methane gas in a 177-square kilometre basin near Lupane in western Matabeleland. The investors have set up a joint venture called Shangani Energy Exploration (SEE) and intend to invest in excess of US$ 62 million in the project which will include building a power station near the gas fields. The potential to exploit the methane gas to make diesel and petrol, generate electricityand to produce fertilizers and paraffin, could benefit Zimbabwe greatly considering its fuel crisis due to a shortage of foreign currency."

Belarus: The U.S. Should Oppose Dictatorship in Belarus
"Consult with Russia regarding possible political changes that would make Belarus more democratic and predictable. Such a coordinated effort would benefit Russia by making the transit route for Russian gas to Europe less prone to Lukashenka's interference and would eliminate the need for Russia to support the Belarusian economy with subsidized natural gas at a cost of over $2 billion per year."

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