The Taliban's minister for mines and industries began meetings with Pakistani officials yesterday to strategize how they might speed up construction of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
Such a pipeline would carry about 20 billion cubic meters of gas each year and could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the fundamentalist Taliban militia. The pipeline would be built in western and southern areas of Afghanistan that are currently under the Taliban's control.
Since U.S.-based Unocal dropped out of a consortium of international companies interested in building the pipeline called CENTGAS, Argentine company Bridas has taken over its leadership role.
Past Stories on Pipeline:
Unocal May Rejoin Pipeline Project
Bridas Ready to Build Pipeline Through Afghanistan
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .