We call on those states responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq to terminate their illegal and immoral war, and express our solidarity with the Iraqi people in their struggle for peace, justice and self-determination.

In particular, we demand:

  1. An immediate end to the US and UK-led occupation of Iraq;
  2. Urgent action to fully address the current humanitarian crises facing Iraq’s people, including help for the more than three million refugees and displaced persons;
  3. An end to all foreign interference in Iraq's affairs, including its oil industry, so that Iraqis can exercise their right to self-determination;
  4. Compensation and reparations from those countries responsible for war and sanctions on Iraq;
  5. Prosecution of all those responsible for war crimes, human rights abuses, and the theft of Iraq's resources.

We demand justice for Iraq.

This statement was adopted by the Justice for Iraq conference in London on 19th July 2008. We plan to publish this more widely in future. If you would like to add your name to the list of supporters please contact us.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Business is booming

Op-ed pieces in the New York Times and other US newspapers about the possible descent of Iraq into civil war may have less to do with concern for Iraqis  - or even the US military mission - and more to do with the developing opportunities for US business interests, as these two stories underline:

U.S. firm wins $640 million contract to drill 60 wells in southern Iraqi oil field

Azzaman reports (December 24th): The Iraqi government has approved a contract under which a U.S. firm is to drill 60 new wells at al-Zubair oil field in the southern Province of Basra.

The deal is not part of the technical service contract Iraq’s South Oil Company has struck with Eni, Occidental Petroleum and KOGAS to develop Zubair, one of the world’s largest oil fields.

Foreign business in Iraq quadruples in 2011

USA reports (December 30th): U.S. investment and other business in Iraq has quadrupled this year despite concerns over violence and sectarian rivalry as the last American troops withdrew from Iraq. U.S. companies reached deals worth $8.1 billion through Dec. 1, up from $2 billion last year, according to Dunia Frontier Consultants, which studies emerging markets.

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