Just as the New York Times reports on billions in missing Iraqi Oil (see below), Hasan Jum’a Awwad, Head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, has urged Congress “not to link withdrawal with the oil law”:
Open Letter to: “The Members of the US Congress who Oppose the War on Iraq [and] Members of the European Parliaments who Oppose the War
New Brunswick is quite busy dealing with the self-sufficiency task force report these days; the sheer amount of coverage in the newspapers attests to this fact.
Still, the world is a bigger place.
As we all know, a number of New Brunswick soldiers are embroiled in battle in Afghanistan.
We, in New Brunswick, know of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their family and friends. I was shocked to read in a newspaper that an American think-tank urges Canada not to withdraw.
Don’t we have think-tanks capable of “urging” our government to make decisions, one way or another, about Canadian men and women serving in Afghanistan?
Whose war is this anyway?
Clifton Royal, N.B.
May 14, 2007
NATO is considering deploying sea-borne rapid-reaction forces to help private oil firms such as BP, one of its senior officials has announced.
Jamie Shea, director of policy planning in the office of NATO’s secretary-general, said the proposal may mean sending NATO forces to Africa, Asia and the Middle East to protect oil companies’ facilities.
“In NATO, we are looking very actively at using our maritime resources,” Shea told a conference in London on Monday. He said NATO wanted to “see how we can link up with oil companies”.
Shea said he had so far discussed the issue with Royal Dutch Shell and BP, respectively the world’s second- and third-largest Western oil companies by market value.
While most oil companies already have substantial security measures, Shea said they were also keen to receive help with intelligence.
NATO is also in talks with Qatar about how it could help to secure the Gulf state’s large liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.
LNG is gas cooled to liquid and transported under pressure in tankers. LNG facilities are seen as a particular security risk because of the pressurised gas.
NATO is not yet in talks with Saudi Arabia but may be prepared to help there as well, Shea said.
TUESDAY: *STORIES & SONGS BY SIERRA LEONE WAR SURVIVOR SAA ANDREW*
On Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm, at the UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall, St. Thomas University student Andrew Gbongbor will tell his story of surviving Sierra Leone’s civil war. Saa Andrew will sing songs he has written about the war. He will show pictures of what diamonds mean for the people of Sierra Leone and other African countries. Sierra Leone is ranked the world’s poorest country by the UN Human Development Index. The Kono District has particularly high poverty levels but it has also produced billions of dollars worth of diamonds. In the past 15 years, an estimated 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, 500,000 Angolans and nearly 4 million people in the DRC have died from civil wars funded through the sale of conflict diamonds. Child and slave labour is employed in the diamond trade of many nations while the majority of artisanal diamond miners live in poverty, making less than one dollar a day. Decades of diamond mining by rich multinational companies have devastated large tracts of land, poisoned local water, and forced indigenous populations from their lands.
FRIDAY: *GRAND OPENING OF PANZOS ART EXHIBIT WITH ARTIST MARLON GARCIA ARRIAGA*.
On Friday, May 18, at 7pm, in the Auditorium of Memorial Hall, UNB, Guatemalan Artist Marlon Garcia Arriaga will lead guests through the Panzos exhibit. The evening will include musical entertainment by Salvadorian performer Cesar Morales and an array of delectable snacks by Fredericton’s Guatemalan community. Panzos was the site of a horrific massacre on May 29, 1978, when indigenous villagers gathered to protest their land being expropriated for nickel mining by the Canadian-owned company, Inco. Ltd. Through painting and photography, Marlon Garcia Arriaga has eloquently paid tribute to those who lost their lives standing up for their basic human rights and to the survivors who continue to stand at the forefront. The Panzos Art Exhibit is on display at the UNB Art Centre at Memorial Hall from May 1st June 15th.
For more info, contact Judy Loo at 455-9068 or Tracy Glynn at email@example.com
Organized by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.
May 8, 2007
Starting immediately PLEASE continually call, email, fax Stockwell Day, Stephen Harper and KIHC with the same message: resolve the hunger strike and appoint the Correctional Investigator.
ALSO contact any media you may have connections with.
Fax: (613) 995.1154
Phone: (613) 992-4211
Phone for Cindy Berry: (613) 351-8805
Fax Number: (613) 351-8818 or (613) 351-8822
Barrick Gold had lots to say about a CorpWatch report alleging widespread eco abuses by the T.O.-based mining giant. The company released a five-page rebuttal on its website (www.barrick.com). Still, a lot of questions are left unanswered. Here, we mine a few of the nastier nuggets.
At least 40 civilians were killed in an air strike in Afghanistan by foreign forces, witnesses said on Thursday