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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

Under the surface

Iraqi oil and Tony Blair’s absurd conspiracy theory By Greg Muttitt Published in Red Pepper magazine February 2005 Since the invasion of Iraq, Britain and America have taken care to avoid being seen as trying to obtain the country’s enormous oil reserves. However, behind the scenes, they have worked hard to ensure that oil multinationals...
The Sakhalin II PSA – a Production ‘Non-Sharing’ Agreement

The Sakhalin II PSA – a Production ‘Non-Sharing’ Agreement

Platform's report reveals that revenue distribution for Sakhalin II between the Russian government and Shell's consortium (SEIC) is set at a grossly unfair level. The contract terms, defined in a 1994 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), place the Russian state at a significant disadvantage.

Oil and war in Iraq

By Greg Muttitt, PLATFORM Presentation at European Social Forum, October 2004 Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, development of Iraq’s oil industry was divided into two elements. The first was to repair and rebuild the existing infrastructure, to repair damage caused by the invasion, looting and sabotage, the second being to design a long-term future...

Britain: 90 years as a Petro State

By Greg Muttitt and James Marriott In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the same phrase was uttered to the British government by both of the UK’s two major oil corporations. BP and Shell both said that there should be a “level playing field” in the awarding of oil contracts after the removal of...