Help Iraqis keep their oil
l.maxey at swansea.ac.uk
Wed May 23 11:45:38 BST 2007
If the War wasn't for Oil stopping this law should be easy....
Dr. Larch Maxey
Abertawe/Swansea SA2 8PP
l.maxey at swan.ac.uk
Am wybodaeth am Lammas weld/For Information on the Lammas Low Impact
Project see www.lammas.org.uk
From: Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org [mailto:avaaz at avaaz.org]
Sent: 22 May 2007 13:07
To: l.maxey at swan.ac.uk
Subject: Help Iraqis keep their oil
Dear Avaaz friend,
Take Action Now
Amidst rising bloodshed, President Bush has told the Iraqi Parliament
they have till the 31st of May to pass a flawed oil law that could give
multinational companies unprecedented control of Iraq's oil fields. But
some Iraqi leaders are daring to resist - and they need our help.
Two weeks from now, members of the Iraqi Parliament -- including Sunni,
Kurdish and Shia leaders -- are planning to read Avaaz's petition of
solidarity from the floor of Parliament. They say this statement of
global support for Iraqi sovereignty will strengthen the resolve of
their colleagues to face down Bush and big oil companies by opposing
this law. So sign the petition today--let's make 100,000 voices heard in
Iraq's Parliament before they vote:
Our simple message: we support Iraq's sovereign right to its own oil.
Revenue from oil should be distributed fairly to the Iraqi people. And
the Iraqi national parliament should decide this without foreign
Oil accounts for 70% of Iraq's national income. The proposed oil law
would give multinational companies broad control of those revenues for
three decades -- a deal more generous than any in the Middle East. In
most countries, oil corporations perform services under contracts with
governments. In Iraq, foreign companies would sit on the national
council that gives out the contracts.
Here's how the head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hassan Jum'a
Awwad, put it:
"Iraq is passing through the most difficult of times, because all and
sundry are hounding it and covet a share of its riches. Everyone knows
that the oil law does not serve the Iraqi people, and that it serves
Bush, his supporters and the foreign companies at their expense."
It's a rare sign of hope to see Iraqis coming together on anything, but
this law is bad enough to unite almost everyone. Iraqis are asking for
our help. Let's tell them the world supports their right to set their
own future. Sign on and help us reach 100,000 voices before they present
the petition to the Parliament:
Ricken, Graziela, Paul and the Avaaz Team
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