This video from Britain is called Ewa Jasiewicz, Hands off Iraqi Oil campaign.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Illustrative nuggets about oil
(Sunday 10 February 2008)
Iraqi Oil for Beginners by Jon Sack
Up to date and with a pleasing DIY feel to it, Iraqi Oil for Beginners is a welcome addition to the genre, giving the reader – in 30 pages – a better understanding of the role of “black gold” in the recent invasion and occupation than a lifetime of mainstream media news broadcasts.
US citizen Jon Sack is particularly good at finding parallels between the British occupation of Iraq in the first half of the 20th century and the current conflict.
So, while Tony Blair argued in 2003 that “the oil conspiracy theory” was “absurd,” it is instructive to remember that, 80 years earlier, the British foreign secretary was denying that “the attitude of the British government to Mosul is affected by the question of oil.”
Another historical nugget that Sack has uncovered is a 1920 Times newspaper editorial asking of the British presence of Iraq: “How much longer are valuable lives to be sacrificed … to impose upon the Arab population an expensive administration that they did not ask for and do not want?”
Throughout, there are some excellent illustrations, such as the portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini.
However, towards the end, Sack relies heavily on textual explanation to discuss the intricacies of the proposed oil law that will give Western oil companies favourable access to Iraqi oil for years to come.
Ending on a positive note, Sack highlights the indigenous trade union resistance to the proposed law, despite the risk of arrest and imprisonment.
Tellingly, the only Saddam Hussein-era law retained by the US is the law banning trade unions.
With proceeds going to groups who oppose the oil law and those working for social justice in Iraq, Iraqi Oil for Beginners is a must read.
Iraqi Oil for Beginners is available from Voices UK, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, priced £4.
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