From British weekly The Observer:
Iraq imposes ‘Saddam style’ ban on oil union
Heather Stewart, economics editor
Sunday August 5, 2007
Iraq’s energy ministry is using a Saddam-era decree to crack down on trade unions and stifle dissent against foreign exploitation of the country’s vast oil reserves, the Basra-based oil workers’ union claims.
Hassan Juma’a, the union‘s leader, has been at the forefront of a public campaign against the signing of a controversial new oil law – demanded by Washington – that would lead to long-term profit-sharing contracts being signed with multinational oil giants.
British soldiers die in Basra: here.