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Pipelineistan

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Pipelinestan "encompasses Macedonia, Iraq, possibly Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and maybe a few more 'stans'." [1]

  • "With all the devious subterfuge now [February 2002] inferencing a Bush/Cheney/Enron connection, one has to wonder whether Enron played a role in the 'Pipelinestan' dilemma that has plagued our involvement in Afghanistan for the last decade? Enron had a huge stake in a natural-gas-fired power plant in India. Enron had a huge problem in finding cheap gas to fuel that plant. ... To find a link, one has only to connect the dots." [2]
  • "In 2004, commercial and security ties between Kazakhstan and China were strengthened when Beijing signed a deal with Astana to build a pipeline from the Caspian Sea to western China." [3]
  • "The pipeline deal with Kazakhstan prompted Beijing to pledge increased military and technical assistance to Kyrgyzstan, through which this pipeline passes. Despite its small size and lack of natural resources, the geostrategic importance of Kyrgyzstan, which hosts military bases for both Russia and the US, is enormous." [4]

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