Iraqi oil to Bush’s financial backers


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bush’s buddy’s oil deal destroys revenue sharing agreement in Iraq.

Rachel Maddow speaks on Count Down about Hunt Oil’s ties to Bush and effects on Iraq.

By David Walsh in the USA:

Bush administration encouraged oil deal in Kurdistan, undermining Iraqi “national unity”

4 July 2008

The Bush administration publicly criticized a deal made between Hunt Oil of Dallas, Texas and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq last September for supposedly undermining Iraqi “national unity,” while privately officials were facilitating the oil firm’s activities, documents released this week by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reveal.

Hunt Oil, whose chief executive Ray Hunt has been a major backer of George W. Bush, signed the agreement with the Kurdish government on September 8, 2007 to explore and develop oilfields in the region.

No national law on the division of oil revenues had been passed at the time (and still has not been), and the agreement outraged Iraqi government officials fearful that Baghdad would be cut out of its share of lucrative oil profits by such arrangements and that the country might well break up under centrifugal pressures. At the time Iraq’s oil minister, Hussein al-Shahristani, called the deal “illegal.”

See also here.

Naomi Klein on Iraqi oil: here.

Rising oil prices: here.

McClellan: Iraq’s Oil ‘Certainly Played Heavily’ In Cheney’s Desire To Launch War: here.

US election: Obama denies flip-flop over policy on Iraq withdrawal: here.

In Iraq, US military kicks photographer out of embed program for reporting the news.

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    End the Occupation of Iraq — Bring the Troops Home Now

    AFGHANISTAN

    U.S.-LED AIR RAID KILLS 22 AFGHAN CIVILIANS
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    The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. . . . In the last two months, the violence in Afghanistan has led to more U.S. and coalition casualties there than in Iraq, and June was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began in late 2001.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan4-2008jul04,0,4406004.story

    US VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN
    The war on terror has led to widespread civilian deaths, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies. These foreign intelligence units “operate” with “impunity” in Afghanistan.
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    ANTIWAR LABOR

    SHIPPING COMPANIES FILE CHARGES OVER MAY DAY ANTI-WAR STRIKE
    The longshore action on International Workers Day was the first ever US strike against war, closed all 29 West Coast ports and inspired a solidarity stoppage in the Iraqi Port of Basra. The PMA claims it constituted an “unlawful secondary boycott”.
    http://libcom.org/news/shipping-companies-file-charges-over-may-day-anti-war-strike-02072008

    IRAQ

    OBAMA MAY CONSIDER SLOWING IRAQ WITHDRAWAL
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    THE REAL STATE OF IRAQ
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    http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3567

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    IRAN

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    From the anti-war movement and all movements for social change, to religious and grassroots organizations, unions and schools, let us join forces to demand “No war on Iran, U.S. out of Iraq, Money for human needs not war! ”
    http://stopwaroniran.org/aug2.shtml

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    A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.
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