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Film: ‘Venezuela: the forgotten cost of oil’

Gabriele Muzio explains what inspired him to make a film among forgotten communities in Venezuela’s oil producing area – This feature report was first published in Platform's carbon web newsletter, issue 4. Venezuela’s president Chavez is arguably the only Latin American leader who dares challenge the Washington Consensus and US hegemony over the continent. The...

Iraq steps toward long-term oil contracts

In late January, the International Monetary Fund finally released its Standby Agreement, signed with the Iraqi government a month previously. The Agreement provided a future financing facility, but more significantly allowed the cancellation of 30% of Iraq’s debt owed to the Paris Club of creditor nations – in exchange for Iraq’s compliance with the IMF’s...

Signing away Iraq’s democracy

This report was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, issue 3. As Carbon Web goes to press, Iraqi politicians are still haggling over the key roles in forming a new government. The outcome will be closely watched not only by Iraqis, but as a recent PLATFORM report reveals, by multinational oil companies, hoping to...

Turbo-Charging Investor Sovereignty: Investment Agreements and Corporate Colonialism

[gview file=”https://platformlondon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/turbo_charge_invstr_sov.pdf”] How draconian legal agreements have guaranteed corporate profits in the Caucasus at the expense of host countries, and are set to be applied in Iraq. Jointly written with the Corner House, and published as a chapter of Destroy and Profit: Wars, Disasters and Corporations, by Focus on the Global South.

Signing away Iraqs democracy

PLATFORM’s new report exposes the true cost to Iraq of the oil majors’ agenda As Carbon Web goes to press, Iraqi politicians are still haggling over the key roles in forming a new government. The outcome will be closely watched not only by Iraqis, but as a recent PLATFORM report reveals, by multinational oil companies, hoping to...

Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth (Italian)

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Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth (Arabic)

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Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth

Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth

Also available in Arabic and Italian. Control of Iraq's future oil wealth is being handed to multinational oil companies through long-term contracts that will cost Iraq hundreds of billions of dollars. 'Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth' reveals that current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at least 64% of Iraq’s reserves...

Iraq Constitution lays ground for oilfield selloff

As Iraq goes to the polls in this month’s referendum on the draft Constitution, the fate of the country’s oil reserves has once again escaped public scrutiny – despite their central importance to Iraq’s future economy. According to Oil Ministry officials, contracts will be signed with foreign oil companies during the first nine months of...

Iraqs untold story

“Iraq is a rich country, but its people are poor,” Hassan Juma’a tells me as we sit in the sparse living room of his crumbling rented house in Basra. Hassan is lucky: he earns just over 300,000 Iraqi dinars (IQD) per month (about £120). With that he is just able to pay rent of 50,000...

Iraq’s other resistance

Originally published in The Guardian. Faced with daily reports of car bombs and kidnappings, it’s difficult to feel optimistic about Iraq. But last week in the south of the country I heard a very different story. A story of the movement that has formed to rebuild the country’s economy and national pride, to create an...

Production sharing agreements: oil privatisation by another name?

[gview file=”https://platformlondon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/PSAs_privatisation.pdf”] Paper presented to the General Union of Oil Employees’ conference on privatisation Basrah, Iraq, 26 May 2005