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Iraq oil on the block

The real significance of the Oil Ministry’s bid round July 2008 Published on niqash.org Also available in Arabic Last week saw the biggest step so far towards transferring Iraqi oil into the hands of foreign multinational companies, sparking renewed accusations that the US-UK war on Iraq was really motivated by an oil grab. The Oil Ministry announced on 30...

Oil sell-off by stealth

Iraq’s oil service contracts are more than they seem 26 June 2008 By Greg Muttitt, Co-Director of PLATFORM Published on niqash.org Also available in Arabic and Kurdish Next Monday, the Iraqi federal government is set to sign oil development contracts with BP, Shell, ExxonMobil and Total – their first since their 1925 concession was cancelled in the early 1970s....

Shell blasted on Iraq oil – ‘Plans risk more conflict’

Protest at annual shareholder meeting British oil giant Shell threatens to trigger greater conflict in Iraq with plans to control the development, production and depletion of Iraq’s oil reserves, campaigners warn today. This warning, from the coalition Hands Off Iraqi Oil, comes as Shell holds its annual meeting amid growing resistance to the company’s bid...

No Oil Law in Sight – Opposition Intensifies

Eighteen months since its first deadline and a year since cabinet approval, Iraq’s controversial oil law is still not on the statute book. The last four months have seen a consolidation of protests worldwide over the Bush administration’s top benchmark. Opponents of the oil law and the economic occupation it represents, including oil unions and...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 9. Is carbon capture and storage a safe climate mitigation option? As climate change increasingly becomes a defining political theme for the 21st Century, coal, oil and gas companies have not suffered the existential crisis that might have been expected. Instead, they are betting...

Burning Capital – Exit Strategy II

Back to Black  – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 9. John Browne is not the first head of BP to leave under a cloud. After Robert Horton, chairman & CEO from 1990-92, was ‘encouraged’ to leave his post, the corporate initiative with which he was identified – ‘Project 1990’...

“Somewhere as Yet Undiscovered”: Thoughts on Power, Desk Killing and Resistance

Article by Dan Gretton in Vertigo: Volume 3, Issue 9; Summer 2008 ‘Reich Secret Business: Berlin, 5th June 1942 Modifications to special vehicles now in service at Kulmhof (Chelmno) and  for those now being built Since December 1941, 97,000 have been processed by the 3 vehicles in service with no major incidents. However, in the...

Hellfire Economics: Multinational companies and the contract dispute over Kashagan, the world’s largest undeveloped oilfield

Kazakhstan is set to lose up to $20 billion in the next 10 years, due to an unfair contract to extract the world’s largest undeveloped oilfield. These are the findings of a report released today by development and environment organisations, as a dispute between the Kazakhstan government and oil companies failed today to reach its...

The white man’s burden and ‘oil for peace’ in Iraq

Take up the White Man’s burden The savage wars of peace Fill full the mouth of Famine and bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling, 1899. – This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 8. Pressure for Iraq’s controversial oil law intensified throughout the summer, with increasingly overt threats to topple the...

Exit Strategy – BP and the Refuelling of Heathrow

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 8. A climate change delivery system Imagine a 747 departing from Heathrow. Don’t look at the body of the plane, but at the fuel tanks. In the first 600 seconds after take-off the engines consume 200 gallons of Jet A high-octane fuel. The Jet...

Yasuni – Our Future in Their Hands?

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 8. Ecuador proposes to claim compensation in exchange for leaving crude oil in the ground. Esperanza Martinez examines what this means for resource sovereignty. Oil, for countries that possess it, is often centre stage when it comes to issues of sovereignty. Invasions have been...

The white man’s burden and ‘oil for peace’ in Iraq

Take up the White Man’s burden The savage wars of peace Fill full the mouth of Famine and bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling, 1899 Pressure for Iraq’s controversial oil law intensified throughout the summer, with increasingly overt threats to topple the Iraqi government if it failed to deliver an oil law and other US...