14 thoughts on “Iraqi workers fight for their rights

    • Hi Mark, your remark on Iraqi oil fits excellently in the bigger picture of the Iraq war. A war, mostly for oil, as also Bush administration officials, their Australian conservative allies, etc. have admitted. A war which killed over a million Iraqi civilians, made over four million of them refugees, made the situation of women much worse, made torture worse then ever (as, among many other sources, a recently published report by a US top ranking officer to Bush’s “defence” secretary Rumsfeld shows), etc.

      Even the present Iraqi government, brought to power by Bush’s invasion, hates United States occupiers. Like the Karzai regime in Afghanistan also hate their “big brother” in Washington. Because the people, from Iraqi oil workers to hungry Afghan homeless, hate the occupation. And without at least symbolic nods to that, the regimes would lose their last shreds of credibility. This is why the Baghdad government now sells oil rather to Russia or China than to the USA. Bush’s neoconservative warmongers started the war for oil; but things went differently from what they expected.

      By the way, the USA has diplomatic relations with Russia and China and trades with them. It owes much debt to especially China. So, though there are warmongers like the gutter press of phone hacker in chief and burglar in chief Rupert Murdoch, Russia and China are NOT officially enemies of the USA. Maybe, Mark, when you wrote that you drank more whiskey than tea 🙂


  1. Arianna Huffington: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” It’s one of Milan Kundera’s most famous lines, from his novel The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. It’s one worth keeping in mind as we approach March 20, the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest disasters in the history of the United States. That was the day George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and a team of others — along with much of Washington and a very complicit mainstream media — took the nation to war against Iraq. The devastating consequences of that war will continue for decades, but a full accounting has still yet to happen. Allowing the toxic mixture of lies, deception and rationalizations that led to that war to go unchallenged makes it more likely that we will make similar tragic mistakes in the future. So I hope we can use this moment to assess what really happened, to look back in order to look forward.



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  4. Iraqi teachers protest unpaid salaries

    Some 5,000 teachers held a protest in the city of Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. They were protesting unpaid salaries. After gathering in front of the education ministry, they marched to the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). PUK is the dominant political party in the Kurdish region. The teachers vowed to strike until the arrears were paid.

    Public sector workers in this region have been protesting intermittently over the last 18 months in an ongoing dispute over pay arrears.



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