Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The pipeline that will change the world

The first drops of crude will snake their way along a pipeline that traverses some of the most unstable and war-ravaged countries on earth.

A huge 11-year-long undertaking, the pipeline will transform the Caucasus and Turkey into an energy bridge between the Caspian and the rest of the world when it is fully operational six months from now.

But much of the gleam of that accomplishment was worn away over the past week by Azerbaijan when police badly beat and arrested scores of people attending a peaceful rally on Saturday as part of a wider crackdown linked to the pipeline's opening.

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