Labor - Iraq

May Day 2008 Statement from the Iraqi Labour Movement

To the Workers and All Peace Loving People of the World: On this day of international labour solidarity we call on our fellow trade unionists and all those worldwide who have stood against war and occupation to increase support for our struggle for freedom from occupation - both the military and economic. We call upon the governments, corporations and institutions behind the ongoing occupation of Iraq to respond to our demands for real democracy, true sovereignty and self-determination free of all foreign interference. Five years of invasion, war and occupation have brought nothing but death, destruction, misery and suffering to our people. ... May

May Day Message from the Port Workers in Iraq to West Coast dock workers in the US

General Union of Port Workers of Iraq, April 29, 2008 US Labor Against the War is pleased to be able to share with you a statement of solidarity from the General Union of Port Workers in Iraq to the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in support of the decision by ILWU members to shut down all the ports on the West Coast on May Day 2008 as a demonstration of their opposition to the war and occupation of Iraq. In solidarity with the ILWU, the General Union of Port Workers in Iraq will stop work for one hour on May Day in the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al Zubair. ... May

An Opinion Opposing Existing Draft Iraqi Oil & Gas Law

Fouad Alamir, Paris Seminar on Iraqi Oil, February 24, 2008

It is clear now, and we are at the end of the fifth year of occupation, that the reasons announced by USA for the war were completely untrue, and the main reason, which was not announced, was Iraqi oil, a fact known by many who were following the Iraqi affair then. Lot of articles, books, debates and analyses were produced in the last five years, in the USA and other countries, emphasizing the oil reason. Here we are not going to repeat this, but we are going to point out those that are relevant to this paper.

1. USA policy to develop Iraqi oil

Oil giants are poised to move into Basra

Brown's business envoy says that investment is the next step in bringing stability to the region. David Smith, The Observer, February 24, 2008 Basra - Western oil giants are poised to enter southern Iraq to tap the country's vast reserves, despite the ongoing threat of violence, according to Gordon Brown's business emissary to the country. Michael Wareing, who heads the new Basra Development Commission, acknowledged that there would be concerns among Iraqis about multinationals exploiting natural resources. Basra, where 4,000 British troops are based, has been described as 'the lung' of Iraq by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. ... Oil

Lack of a Lucrative Oil Law is the 'Real' Problem in Iraq

Magnifico, Daily Kos, February 24, 2008 According to those in the corporate world, the fighting and the lack of security in Iraq is no longer a major obstacle to getting at Iraq's oil. The real problem now is the lack of a favorable hydrocarbon law. Meet Michael Wareing. He is Prime Minister Gordon Brown's business emissary to Iraq. His job is to bring international investors to Iraq to help stimulate economic growth. Wareing is head of a well-connected auditing firm and was appointed head of a new Basra Development Commission. The Basra region has 70 percent of Iraq's proven oil reserves and according to The Observer, Oil giants are poised to move into Basra. ... Lack

Oil and Politics in Iraq

Rakhshanda, February 24, 2008 Although oil prices have more than doubled in the five years since the United States invaded Iraq, that hasn’t translated into much more income for the beleaguered country. Security issues and the lack of a legally binding national oil policy have dogged Iraq for years and experts say they will continue to be a problem in the foreseeable future. Iraq’s proven oil reserves top 115 billion barrels, with the potential for another 45 billion to 100 billion barrels of recoverable oil, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The country hosts nine “super giants” ... Oil

Kick that barrel

Mike Ferner, February 23, 2008

In a town awash in irony, this particular example of it couldn't have been more striking. 

Days of Action on Iraq Oil Law

Maine Owl, February 22, 2008 "February 23 marks the one-year anniversary of the Cabinet’s passage of the Iraq Oil Law. The Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions has called for an International Day of Action on Feb 22-23. People around the world will hold actions on these days in solidarity with the people of Iraq to say NO to the oil law and NO to foreign contracts under the occupation." ~ US Labor Against the War. We will be joining the worldwide protests against expropriation of Iraq's oil and associated attack on workers' livelihoods by multinational oil companies with a program at the Worker Center in Brewer, Maine. ... Days

Labor, Environment & Anti-War Groups Demonstrate Against Iraqi Oil Law

Talk Radio News, February 22, 2008 Oil Change International, US Labor Against the War and Iraq Veterans Against the War responded to the call by Iraqi Unions to oppose a US-backed oil law with a press release and demonstration march. Oil barrels were rolled down the street to the White House to protest a law being considered by the Iraqi Parliament that would give foreign corporations extensive access to undiscovered Iraqi oil reserves. ... Labor

Why Iraqis Cannot Agree on an Oil Law

Lionel Beehner & Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations, February 22, 2008 Disagreements over oil production, exploration, and revenue sharing threaten to unravel hopes for a political breakthrough and national reconciliation in Iraq. A draft oil law (PDF) has drawn criticism from Iraq’s Sunnis, who prefer a stronger role for the central government, and from Kurds, who prefer a stronger management role for the regional authorities. The majority Shiites have sought to mollify the Sunnis by keeping control of Iraq’s oil sector primarily in Baghdad, not the regional governorates. The role of outside investors ... Why

Stop the Theft of Iraq’s Future

Iraqi Oil for the Iraqi People

Washington - One year ago, the Iraqi Cabinet, under intense pressure by
the United States government, passed an Oil Law that is now awaiting
Parliament’s approval. The proposed Oil Law is a plan to give Big Oil
unprecedented control over Iraq’s oil fields for 30 years. The US
government collaborated with corporate oil giants in this resource
grab, and has continued to put pressure on Iraq to pass the law.[1] The
Iraqi Parliament has so far resisted pressure to pass it, but their
struggle is by no means over. 

No Iraqi Oil Law!

International Days of Action ~ February 22-23, 2008

Stop the Theft of Iraq's Future
Iraqi Oil for the Iraqi People

In Iraq, the on-going war and occupation has led to hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi deaths, widespread devastation, relentless
insecurity and crippling poverty.  Foreign oil companies are
scrambling to use this opportunity to secure access to massive profits
from Iraq's large untapped oil reserves at the expense of the Iraqi
people.

Open Letter from US Labor Leaders

From: American labor leaders
To: The governments of Iraq and the US

Hon. Nouri Kamel Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki
State Prime Minister, Iraq

George W. Bush
President, United States

Dear Prime Minister Maliki and President Bush:

Iraq Oil and Gas Law caught in a bitter row

Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite Network, February 20, 2008 Though all Iraqi
parties have agreed that Oil and Gas law is vital to securing foreign
investment to boost Iraq's oil output and rebuild its shattered
economy, the law remains stalled by bitter wrangle between Baghdad and
the Kurdistan region over who is entitled to control the fields and how
revenues will be shared. A US official in Baghdad, who asked not to be
identified, noted that ratifying Oil Law requires the political will to
reach the kind of compromises both sides need to make to achieve this. ... Iraq

Texans Join Iraqi Oil Workers in International Oil Action

Consumersforpeace.org & Dallas Peace Center, February 19, 2008
Washington -The Big Three Oil Boycott to End the War against Exxon
Mobil, Shell, and BP will take to the street on Saturday, February 23,
in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas by the Dallas Peace Center and
ConsumersforPeace.org as part of a two-day international action with
oil workers in Iraq and demonstrators in England, Indiana and
Washington, DC. "We are thrilled to act in Dallas, home to Exxon Mobil,
in solidarity with the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions as they protest
in Basra and elsewhere in Iraq against the occupation and the attempt
by Big Oil to ram an oil law through the Iraqi parliament that will
harm the Iraqi people" ... Texans

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