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The event nominally triggered a wave of riots, protest marches and conflicts that soon swept the Islamic world from Egypt to Yemen and across North Africa and the Middle East. The true instigator of those events, as would become clear, was far away in Washington. The motives behind the greatest series of regime destabilizations since the fall of the Berlin Wall that brought down the Soviet Union had nothing to do with genuine democracy – although cynical use was made of people’s deep yearnings.

189 Tbilisi to Kiev: Ukraine’s Orange Revolution ................................................... 190 13. C HINA BECOMES THE NEW TARGET ........................................ 195 Emerging rival China ....................................................................................... 195 Beijing’s 9/11 shock ......................................................................................... 196 Beijing moves to secure its energy .....................................................................

11 With that deft move, what had been a 75% German-Turkish oil enterprise — a company with exclusive oil rights along both sides of the newlybuilt Berlin-Baghdad railway, with a 25% minority British share via Shell — now became a company controlled 75% by British interests. The German dreams of secure oil from Mesopotamia were not to be realized. The Turkish Petroleum Company had obtained exclusive exploration rights to the rich, recently discovered oil fields near Mosul, then Mesopotamia, a part of the Ottoman Empire.

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