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
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .