The Secret of the Seven Sisters

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The Secret of the Seven Sisters

Documentary series that reveals how a secret pact formed a cartel that controls the world's oil. Throughout the region's modern history, since the discovery of oil, the Seven Sisters have sought to control the balance of power.

They have supported monarchies in Iran and Saudi Arabia, opposed the creation of OPEC, profiting from the Iran-Iraq war, leading to the ultimate destruction of Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

At the end of the 1960s, the Seven Sisters, the major oil companies, controlled 85 percent of the world's oil reserves. Today, they control just 10 percent.

New hunting grounds are therefore required, and the Sisters have turned their gaze towards Africa. With peak oil, wars in the Middle East, and the rise in crude prices, Africa is the oil companies' new battleground.

In the Caucasus, the US and Russia are vying for control of the region. The great oil game is in full swing. Whoever controls the Caucasus and its roads, controls the transport of oil from the Caspian Sea.

Tbilisi, Erevan and Baku - the three capitals of the Caucasus. The oil from Baku in Azerbaijan is a strategic priority for all the major companies.

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  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    Really glad to see this on here, nice one Vlatko.

    If you liked this, there is an even better one here on TDF - "The Prize, epic quest..." [8 hours by PBS] 10/10 I couldn't stop watching. Superbly factual without any of the usual hidden agenda. It's long - nearly 8 hours, but well worth the watch all the way to the end!

    Then, a good follow up for the years that follow (by the same youtube user): "Oil, Smoke and Mirrors" (2006) and "Commanding Heights - The Battle for the World Economy" (PBS) (2002) - by the same team who made "The Prize", very biased towards economic globalisation (which I am not), but gives an insider view of those that promote it.

    BBC Horizon recently did a special called "Tomorrow's World", which in part takes you into the world's first GMO power plant, that could well be (IMO) the answer to the supply of biofuel (without crops) in years to come. I mention this because I fear that even if we meet our needs in the abundant supply of carbon based fuel (which is arguable I know), so that these cartels no longer have to 'invade' other countries, the wars will move in to the supply of fresh water...I fear. Especially when you see what the USA is potentially doing to it's supply through fracking, and the rest of the world begins jumping on board.

    The wheels turn and for all our ingenuity, little of substance really changes. All these programmes I've mentioned will teach you that it's in our nature to do the things we do. But perhaps we can begin to identify those problem areas...just identify...that would be a start at least. Perhaps then we could nail them down as we begin to understand where it all goes wrong. Before we do so again. Hey I'm an optimist.

  • psychorealm11

    While watching this program I could not help but think back to when I
    and my wife are watching Chinese films about the different dynasties and
    how one dynasty would conquer another. In the movies one is usually
    seen as a hero dynasty over another. My wife turned once to me and said
    the irony of all the films we watch about this is that they were all
    bad. None of them provided the peasants with real rights. While this
    documentary went through all the players from the first 3 to the 7
    sisters. Ultimately leading to the nationalization of certain countries
    oil companies to the US, Russia and China. The same thought came up. All
    of this are bad. Some are worst than others. Obviously china, Russia
    and OPEC countries are worst than the west but anytime citizens of the west try to take power away from such financial elites what is their response. I guess my point is the more things change the more they stay the same.

  • bumpercrop

    I am finally understanding the history of oil. So many things make sense at last. Now I know why people in the middle east hate us.

  • Imightberiding

    Thanks for your input, perspective & suggested viewing on this topic. I will do my best to sit through & watch this one, partly on your recommendation. Not sure I will sit through 8 hours of the other though. Maybe? It is a lot of time. Perhaps divided over many days if worthwhile.

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    This is pretty extensive viewing on its own for sure. However it only touches on "Mr 5%" - a fascinating story, and hardly mentions the Rockerfellers. If you mange to reach The Prize, it grabs you from the getgo of how it (and the Rockerfellers) first began. Very insightful viewing all round.

  • Timmy Poo

    Our history will tell of a time when so few controlled all.

  • bumpercrop

    This 1.5 hour documentary provides an excellent, succinctly edited, history of the big oil tycoon psychopaths, that were and continue to be the main culprits in world domination. The film documents the rise to power of the 7 companies, shortly after oil was discovered in Iraq in the early 20th century. The information is based on historical facts, not conjecture. One leaves this documentary with a much deeper understanding for the cause of past and ongoing wars in the middle east. Quite simply, politicians have been willing to do anything to keep the oil flowing for the consumers in the west. The resulting destruction of nature and human lives have simply been collateral damage to the almighty profit of tremendous amounts of money for the 1%. Big oil produced the first billionaires on our planet.
    The environmental side effects of greedy consumption are now taking a major toll on our planet. I highly recommend this historical documentary, fast paced, historical clips and interviews. excellent flow. 1 hr. 30 min.

  • Shirley Major

    All this info is in the book "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klien. Also, "The Rise of the Fourth Reich". Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics from the '50's and the IMF today. Should be MUST reads in the educational system. "Twilight of the American Culture" is another explanation of how the government was on a mission to "dummy down" the educatioal system. Read this in 1998 when no one gave it a second thought. Makes me wonder about the connection of the Boston Marathon bombers (from the Caucasus) to ANY of this; or am I just reading too much into it ?????

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    Hi Shirley, Naomi's "the Shock Doctrine" is also a documentary here and interestingly uses identical, almost uncut footage to completely reverse the narrative of 'Commanding Heights'. Free market capitalism vs. socialist nationalisation (and central planning) seems to be the perpetual argument here. Keynes vs Hayek. Control vs no control. Both have their merits, both are flawed, severely (imo). The rest (being the violent reprisals) are the knock-on effects that occur when one side doesn't get its way. In other words it's a power struggle, where intellectual, ideological and military mite is right, in the absence of agreement.

    To my mind this is what makes us an uncivilised species - our inability, or unwillingness, to agree (or beg to disagree) with others who oppose our views - which in turn leads to intolerance and indifference, and cultivates propaganda, lies and fear. This is what I mean by it being 'in our nature to do the things we do' (earlier post). This is where, I believe, our downfall originates.

    Are you reading too much in to this? No, I think you have your sights right on target. The problems are visibly 'fractal' by nature - they affect us all, not just the elites, but they become most visibly destructive through the most powerful. And the more power they achieve, the worse these failings become in their expressions.

    We all are subject to these failings, because they are built-in to each and every one of us. I truly believe Gandhi knew this when he said - 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.'

  • bringmeredwine

    Yup. There are no "good guys".
    I feel like a "peasant" whose life is in someone else's hands, no matter what I do or what I believe in.
    Sorry, I haven't watched this doc yet so I should just shut up!

  • arcot

    I always wonder how these European are rich with no natural resources of their own. The funny thing is they are complaining that Africans and other Asian country immigrants are bleeding their country. On the contrary these European countries are sucking and bleeding the so called third world countries for the past several hundred years and filling their stomach so far and keep doing it. I hope this will all come to an end very soon or later and i would like to see these European countries go down on their knees and begging other so called third world countries for food

  • John Marus

    'Be the change you wish to see in the world.', I wish I could be that optimistic. My way of thinking the whole system needs a reboot. We've tried voting for 200+ years, perhaps "When no one votes change will happen"

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    Indeed John. I wonder...does "Jonathon Seagull" mean anything to you?

  • a_no_n

    already does...it's called the medieval era

  • http://www.facebook.com/ddardis1 David Dardis

    Certainly explains the fuel shortage of of 1973 and our presence in Iraq.
    Very well done. Everyone should see this.

  • John Marus

    more familiar with Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, but yes I know the story. BTW, I started reading Naomi's "the Shock Doctrine" since you mentioned it, the doc here is only a preview, perhaps available on a torrent? B4N

  • 1concept1

    He means a lot to me! He changed my life at a very early age.

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    It can be found... ;-)

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    ...tipping my hat.

  • 1concept1

    I wish you'd take that hat off so i can get a better look at you.

  • unknown

    countries.. countries.. countries.. Seriously, have you even watched this documentary? It's the greedy affiliations of a few CORPORATIONS that affected the decisions made by certain countries. Eliminate those corporations and you'll have a clean slate. Because they are the parasites, they profit the most of the economic welfare while citizens suffer for the sake of their greedy need of money. So, is it therefore the country to be blamed? If you were to ask me, it would be the corrupt politicians along with those corporations, not the country.

    Edit: I don't know where you live, but your statement about immigrants bleeding our economy is completely wrong. You should inform yourself more thoroughly before you make such ridicule statements.

  • http://www.about.me/bartolomeulanca Bartolomeu Lança

    so...now the excuse is called '7 sisters'?
    what a joke

  • adam

    read all the shah's men + a line in the sand + the prize... this is a true story with a true label. those companies were called the seven sisters. their story however is no secret..

  • aikanae

    Highly reccomended however it's too brief to get into all the complexities and context involved. It's also old already (Rosnet). Still, as a building block for understanding today's world, it's good and highly unlikely to be widely shown in the west.

  • pookybear

    and you plan on getting gas for your car, your heater, your airconditioning, the plane you use to fly, your lights from where???

  • arcot

    "War By Other Means", i think you should watch this recent doc. It is not necessary to know where i live and i didn't post my self as unknown. I hope this will open up your mind and the facts about the real world power my europeans/americans

  • WMDlololol

    I wish to thank TOP DOC for the doc's you send me! A lot of them have helped me open my eyes to Alot of s*it in the world as well the great people in the world!
    Thanks again

  • WMDlololol

    Corporations go into a resource rich nations and turn them into 3rd world county's by bribing certain individuals or remove them and rip off there resources and create unimaginable poverty in their wake!
    and then people wonder why groups like ISIS pop up!

  • WMDlololol

    EVERYONE should see!!! Your RIGHT!
    Hunter Biden (VP's son) now sits on the board of directors
    for Ukraine's Burisma Holdings! It proves the US government is in bed with the SEVEN SISTERS and has been for a long time!

  • WMDlololol

    Yes it's all about YOU! You couldn't give a rats ass about other people or their suffering
    just as long as You can jump in your car and drive to the nearest McDonald's so you can fill
    your piehole with Mac's!
    Your probably one of those that threatened your own father to the Authority's for trying to discipline you.......

  • Maria

    The whole world knows by now that the so called "war on terror" is an absolute lie...American government totally ruined Iraq and manipulated the American people into believing that 9/11 was a terrorists attack, when in reality it was planned and executed by the CIA. Next is Iran's turn..and again..the American public are gonna be too naive to know the truth.

  • Keebler

    This is the first I've seen, anywhere, of any mention of the Seven Sisters. I have heard about them for years, but finally they're getting a spotlight.