Mr. P.K. spotted this story on Russia's RT site, and passed it along, and my initial reaction was that this deal - if it goes through - will definitely have western Anglosphere unipolarists more than slightly concerned:
Here's the meat of the story:
Moscow and Tehran are holding talks on digging a ship canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai, speaking to students in St. Petersburg. Any canal linking the two has to go through Iran.
"Yes, this issue is being discussed", said the ambassador on Thursday without specifying details, quoted by TASS.
The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water in the world. Its coastline is 7,000 kilometers long and is bordered by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan.
The North-South corridor, when built, is expected to significantly reduce the time of cargo transport from India to Central Asia and Russia. At present, it takes about 40 days to ship goods from Mumbai in India to Moscow. The new route will be able to cut this time to 14 days.
The corridor will also bypass the overloaded and expensive Suez Canal.
Obviously, such an engineering project will be huge, particularly through the mountainous terrain of Iran, but as the article points out, the route would bypass the troubled Middle East entirely (perhaps allowing it to sink ever more backward into Wahhabism), but it comes on the heals of the other recent news concerning the ongoing development of Central Asia. namely, the recent shipment of goods by rail directly from China to Iran, a shipment that cut down shipment costs and time dramatically.
Geopolitically, the Russo-Iranian canal project, if it comes to fruition, will be yet another game-changer, for as the article avers, such a canal, coupled with the planned railroad development of the region, will remake the economic and therefore the geopolitical lanscape considerably, and again, bypass almost entirely the Anglo-American structures of finance, alliances, and geopolitics as they have obtained more or less since the nineteenth century after the defeat of Napoleon. In effect, by developing land-based rail and canal links, the Anglo-sphere's dominance of the seas is effectively flanked.
There's another point that will probably have the analysis experts in the Pentagram burning the midnight oil, and that is with the close ties between Russia and Iran, the Caspian canal would provide an outlet for Russian naval power directly into the Indian Ocean, completely bypassing the Bosporus bottleneck, and making the long trip from Russian naval bases in the Baltic, Arctic, and Vladivostok, unncessary. This will necessitate that Washington review and attempt to renew the often shaky relationship with India, and with that in mind, I have a modest suggestion as to how they might go about attempting to begin that process: Tell Mon(ster)santo and other GMO companies doing business with India, to cool it, and quit the strong arm tactics with Indian farmers.
See you on the flip side...