The Macedonian Tendency: CIA Double Deals in Macedonia

Thursday, June 07, 2007

CIA Double Deals in Macedonia "10. CIA double deals in Macedonia

Rounding out the top 10, we have a pair of heavily footnoted essays by Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Centre for Research on Globalisation and an economics professor at the University of Ottawa.

According to Chossudovsky, U.S. spooks are meddling in the affairs of Macedonia by arming an array of guerrilla factions in an attempt to secure control of a still-unbuilt oil pipeline and fill the coffers of American corporations.

Drawing from reports in the European press (the London Sunday Times, Edinburgh Scotsman, etc.) and military trade magazines (Jane's Defence, Defense Daily) the writer laid out a theory that the United States has been covertly seeking to 'consolidate America's sphere of interest in southeastern Europe' by installing a Macedonian government friendly to 'oil giants including BP-Amoco-Arco, Chevron and Texaco.'

Given the Central Intelligence Agency's inglorious history – 'Make the economy scream!' Richard Nixon once barked to agency operatives in Chile – Chossudovsky's thesis is plausible and worth exploring. Really, though, what he offered in these two pieces, which ran online on the CRG's Web site ( and on the Emperor's New Clothes (, was more of a starting point than a smoking gun.

Michel Chossudovsky,, August 2001; Emperor's New Clothes, June 200"

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