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The REAL Oil for Food Scandal
By : Anthony Arnove - Monday April 11, 2005
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A COMMISSION investigating allegations of corruption in a UN humanitarian assistance program in Iraq during the 1990s cleared Secretary General Kofi Annan of wrongdoing. Annan had been accused of steering a contract to his son, Kojo, through the oil-for-food program, which allowed Iraq to sell oil on the world market and use money approved by a UN committee for food and other humanitarian goods. But the real scandal never had anything to do with Kojo Annan or kickbacks from certain (...)
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BIODIESEL INFORMATION / introduction
By : Matt Lechien - Saturday April 9, 2005
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Prelude THE BIODIESEL Environment friendly and revolutionary By : Matt Lechien With technical support from : Joner Translated from french by : Simon Hallynck ( http://www.reclaimyourwork.org ) Media partner : Bellaciao ( http://bellaciao.org ) SURREALISTE editions ( http://www.surrealiste.org ) Original version ebook and paper : All is copyleft :-) Introduction How to strike capitalism at the capital while protecting the Earth, here’s the complete biodiesel file. This file (...)
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The real oil-for-food scandal: The humanitarian cover for the brutal embargo of Iraq
By : ANTHONY ARNOVE - Friday April 8, 2005
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by ANTHONY ARNOVE ANTHONY ARNOVE edited the book Iraq Under Siege and is coauthor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Here, he examines the controversy over the United Nations (UN) oil-for-food program in Iraq, following the release of the findings of a corruption investigation. A COMMISSION investigating allegations of corruption in a UN humanitarian assistance program in Iraq during the 1990s cleared Secretary General Kofi Annan of wrongdoing. (...)
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US Had Hand In Violating Iraq Oil Sanctions
By : Molly Ivins - Wednesday April 6, 2005
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US Had Hand In Violating Iraq Oil Sanctions Molly Ivins April 05, 2005 Some days, it’s hard to pick the outrage du jour, but hypocrisy is always an inviting target, and the United Nations oil-for-food scandal provides a two-fer. We have been hearing much right-wing huffing over the dreadful, terrible, awful, unprecedented, worst-ever scandal in all history. One indignant winger was livid because The New York Times devoted more coverage to the collapse of Enron than to the (...)
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Hey Folks, it’s a Coercive Hoax. stOp. (S)HriLL (O)iL (S)hiLLs.
By : CultureJamCleveland - Wednesday March 16, 2005
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RePort @ Deceit UNveiled: -’Peak’ is PreText ’ PiLL’ Forcing the ’UNavoidable’ ? die-off Plan/Scam One theory is backed by a massive body of research representing fifty years of intense scientific inquiry. The other theory is an unproven relic of the eighteenth century. So which theory have we in the West, in our infinite wisdom, chosen to embrace? Why, the fundamentally absurd ’Fossil Fuel’ theory, of course — the same theory (...)
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US Officer: "Why I Disagree With Bush’s War For Oil"
By : Pip Hinman - Tuesday March 8, 2005
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by Pip Hinman Brayden joined the US army not thinking he’d ever be sent to war. He certainly hadn’t entertained the idea that he would turn against a war. He served as a commissioned officer, rising to the rank of captain, from June 2000 to November 2004. Originally part of an Air Defence Artillary combat unit based in Germany, Brayden was sent to Iraq in May 2003 and spent 14 months there. His company of 125 soldiers, one of six that made up the 1st Armored Division’s (...)
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If Attacked, Iran and Venezuela Threaten to Cut Off US Oil Supply
By : World Tribune & AP - Sunday March 6, 2005
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Iran Threatens Retaliation On Persian Gulf Arab Oil If Attacked By U.S. Iran has warned that Gulf Arab oil would be endangered by any U.S. attack on the Islamic republic. In the first such threat, a leading Iranian official raised the prospect of Iranian retaliation against Middle East oil exports. The official said such Persian Gulf oil states as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia could be threatened, Middle East Newsline reported. "An attack on Iran will be tantamount to endangering Saudi Arabia, (...)
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Oil brokers trade blows with eco-warriors
By : James Sturke - Friday February 18, 2005
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By James Sturke Greenpeace campaigners, not a group of people unaccustomed to flying in the face of danger, were forced into a tactical retreat yesterday after feeling the wrath of angry oil traders. On the day the Kyoto Protocol came into force, 35 eco-warriors stormed the Interna- tional Petroleum Exchange [IPE] in the City. Armed with fog horns, rape alarms and whistles they tried to stall business by creating a deafening noise that made it impossible for the traders to work. But the (...)
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The Struggle For 0il And Power: Is Iran Next?
By : Murray Polner - Monday February 14, 2005
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The Struggle For 0il And Power: Is Iran Next? Murray Polner January 29, 2005 I started wearing a "Don’t Bomb Iran" pin in my lapel when the number of American dead in the Iraq War passed the 1400 mark with some 10,000 others wounded, plus tens of thousands of uncounted Iraqi civilians. As W.H. Auden memorably and painfully asked in his "Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier": "To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?" With casualty (...)
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Documents: US Condoned Iraq Oil Smuggling
By : Elise Labott and Phil Hirschkorn, CNN - Thursday February 3, 2005
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Documents: US Condoned Iraq Oil Smuggling Elise Labott and Phil Hirschkorn, CNN Wednesday, February 2, 2005 (CNN) — Documents obtained by CNN reveal the United States knew about, and even condoned, embargo-breaking oil sales by Saddam Hussein’s regime, and did so to shore up alliances with Iraq’s neighbors. The oil trade with countries such as Turkey and Jordan appears to have been an open secret inside the U.S. government and the United Nations for years. The (...)
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Venezuela Enlists Iran To Steer Oil To China
By : Andy Webb-Vidal in Caracas - Thursday February 3, 2005
Venezuela Enlists Iran To Steer Oil To China Andy Webb-Vidal in Caracas January 31 2005 Venezuela has enrolled Iran to help it accelerate a strategy to steer its oil exports to China and away from its traditional market of the US. A team of traders from Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company, is to be trained in London by Iranian advisers in how to best place oil in Asian markets, according to industry sources. The action is part of efforts by Venezuela, the (...)
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The Axis Of Oil
By : Jehangir Pocha - Thursday February 3, 2005
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The Axis Of Oil Jehangir Pocha January 31, 2005 China and India are locked in an increasingly aggressive wrangle with the United States over the world’s most critical economic commodity: oil. More than any other issue, this tussle will shape the economic, environmental and geopolitical future of these three countries, and the world. Ensuring a steady flow of cheap oil has always been one of the central goals of U.S. foreign and economic policy, and Washington’s preeminent (...)
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Were Americans Profiting From Oil-For-Food Scams?
By : Mark Hosenball, Newsweek - Tuesday February 1, 2005
Saddam’s Oily Deals Were Americans Profiting From Oil-For-Food Scams? Mark Hosenball, Newsweek Jan. 24 issue - If you’re puzzled by the Oil-for-Food scandal, don’t feel bad. Government investigators have been working the case for months, and still they fear they might need years to figure out who profited from helping Saddam Hussein beat U.N. sanctions against his regime. In 1996 the U.N. Security Council signed off on a program allowing Iraq to sell oil for hard (...)
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Caulking For Change
By : Mike Schiller - Tuesday January 25, 2005
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By Mike Schiller There are many issues where I find myself in agreement with John Kerry, and many issues where I find myself in disagreement with him. Overall, I obviously agree more with his philosophies than with Bush’s philosophies, but my views are usually much closer to those of Howard Dean’s. Then again, there are times when I find myself to left of Dean, and times when I take a position which liberals think of as conservative, but which I still consider liberal. (...)
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The Three Technologies That Will Blow Oil Away
By : Dan Stafford - Tuesday January 25, 2005
The Three Technologies That Will Blow Oil Away © By Daniel A. Stafford 01/24/2005 There are currently three relatively new technologies poised to put oil to rest in the United States. Each has been years in development, each is reaching a production price range that is directly competitive with traditional power sources. Together, they overcome seasonal limitations on renewables generation and vastly reduce atmospheric pollutants, virtually eliminating carbon dioxide being added to the (...)
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Bush’s Choice for Energy Secretary Was One of Texas’ Top Five Worst Polluters
By : Jason Leopold - Wednesday January 19, 2005
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By Jason Leopold In the bizarro world that President Bush lives in, it pays-literally-to be a miserable failure, a criminal and a corporate con man. Those are just some of the characteristics of the dastardly men and women who were tapped recently to fill the vacancies in Bush’s second-term cabinet. But one of the President’s most outrageous decisions (besides naming Alberto Gonzales, who concocted a legal case for torturing foreign prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, (...)
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US Ignored Warning On Iraqi Oil Smuggling
By : jeani - Sunday January 16, 2005
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By Claudio Gatti For months, the US Congress has been investigating activities that violated the United Nations oil-for-food programme and helped Saddam Hussein build secret funds to acquire arms and buy influence. President George W. Bush has linked future US funding of the international body to a clear account of what went on under the multi-billion dollar programme. But a joint investigation by the Financial Times and Il Sole 24 Ore, the Italian business daily, shows that the single (...)
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Key Iraqi oil pipeline blown up
By : Aljazeera - Wednesday August 4, 2004
Kirkuk A major attack on the main pipeline connecting the oilfields of Kirkuk with the Turkish port of Jihan has halted limited exports from northern Iraq, a Northern Oil Company official said. "An improvised explosive device was placed close to a network of pipelines at the level of al-Fatiha, west of Kirkuk, causing a big explosion and huge fires that damaged the main pipeline running to Jihan and stopped exports," said Nasir Qasim, a logistics and security official with the state-owned (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
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Monday 12 November
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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Sunday 28 October
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by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
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Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Friday 28 September
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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