Tell Me a Secret: Thanks giving, Thanks Bliar.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanks giving, Thanks Bliar.

I want a piece of that Turkey! :)

Hot news:

Bush planning to bomb al Jazeera offices in Qatar and other places?
now how would they explain it? " The missile was supposed to hit Al Zarqawi in Iraq but missed and hit Aljazeera in Qatar (Qatar is that country with total population of 700 000 people to the east of Saudi Arabia, where the headquarter of Aljazeera is), we will make investigations and punish those behind this mistake that doesn't represent the spirit of America " ??
That's mean, I know.

even worse: The British government thretened to prosecute the editors in chief of the Daily Mirror, the Guardian and The Times if they published more details about the secret document that leaked to the press.
"A civil servant has been charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that a newspaper said Tuesday suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded President Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera", Read more...

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Update, thanks to Najma: A blog by Aljazeera staff: don't Bomb!

Update: "I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and al-Jazeera", says Boris Johnson, the British MP for Henley-on-Thames and Editor of the Spectator who pledged to deny the ban on publishing the Memo - if anyone passes him the Memo he will publish it in the Spectator. He says. Read more.
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Hot news 2:

"Control of Iraq's future oil wealth is being handed to multinational oil companies through long-term contracts that will cost Iraq hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a new report published today.
Crude designs: the rip off of Iraq’s oil wealth, reveals that current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at least 64 per cent of Iraq’s reserves to foreign oil companies. Iraq has the world's third largest oil reserves

Figures published in the report for the first time show: the estimated cost to Iraq over the life of the new oil contracts is US $74 to US $194 billion, compared with leaving oil development in public hands.
These sums represent between two and seven times the current Iraqi state budget.
the contracts would guarantee massive profits to foreign companies, with rates of return of 42 per cent to 162 per cent" Read the Rest.

Hot news 3:

Personally, I would choose to be in one of the torture houses of the Iraqi interior ministry, rather than any of the CIA secret prisons around the world .I really don't want to know what they do to people there. I mean It's terrifying enough what happens in Guantanamo which is not a secret one.

That's all for now!
Khalid*

18 Comments:

Blogger Bruno said...

Nice one Khalid. I also read the "Crude Designs" article. Pretty much what I expected. The US oil companies are circling like vultures ... so good of the Americans to first help destroy the oil sector, and then to offer to rebuild it - for a modest fee, of course. Do you know that if those same companies happen to 'accidentally' steal a few million barrels of Iraqi oil, Bush's Executive Order 13303 effectively gives them immunity from prosecution?

11/25/2005 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt Najma said...

HOT NEWS: Check Iraq bog count for it ;)

11/25/2005 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Bruno, would you care to explain to me and the rest of the readers what Bush's Executive Order 13303 is? :)

11/25/2005 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anyse Joslin said...

Khalid,

I am so ashamed of our governmnet and all of the harm and sorrow it has brought upon you and your people. As an American, I have to at the very least apologize for this as I have no real power to change this underhanded sale of Iraqi oil that was SUPPOSED to be used to rebuild and enrich Iraq rather than to fill the pockets of American oil companies and executives.

I also know that the US government does not listen to Iraqis and their wishes. I know you want the US out of Iraq and the sooner the better. I know that the ultimate plans for Iraqi oil was to establish a semi-socialistic country that would be able to care for, feed and emply its own people. However, the US wants it their way because they have been going to the "Burger King School of Dipolmacy and International Affairs."

With sorrow,

Anyse

11/25/2005 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Ahmed Shokeir said...

khalid
Today's pic in my ahmed funny pics
can tell more
Regards

11/25/2005 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hahaha, very funny Ahmed!
Khalid*

11/25/2005 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Executive Order13303 is nothing else than another try (amongst many) of the american government to grant themselve and their "sponsors" from the oil industry the freedom to commit crimes without being held accountable by justice. As far as i understand this order every contractor, every american employee can commit whatever crime {stealing, fraude,rape, murder) and will enjoy imunity for it.

This issue was widely discussed in your bro's comment section (I still hope he has copies of all and puts it back online (in a cleaned up version).Thx to the incredible efforts of people like Bruno, McGhee, Sahir and many others those pages were a great historical document and a never ending source of interesting and good information.

This pdf file provides you with information about the meaning of this EO.

peace4all

p.s: had again lots of trouble to get this posted.What's wrong with blogspot?

11/25/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

I guess this must be the first time that a non event makes the news.

News Flash: The US has not gone to Mars.
News Flash: The US has not built a new shuttle to replace it's aging fleet
News Flash: The US has not launched a war against Saudi Arabia to control world oil supplies.

11/25/2005 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Mad tom i have a question and i am serious, do you really read the post before making a comment?

11/25/2005 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

OK maybe you would prefer this:

Oh I am so horrified by the evil actions of my government, oh god what evil, I am so sorry. We are terrible, horrible how can I offer an apology, oh the horror of it all..

There more to your liking?

11/25/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

let me see..ahhh..horrified (check)...evil (check)...sorry(check) yes i think they are all here, thanks Tom much better.
well one of these lama excuses would be a plus though.
Khalid*

11/26/2005 08:09:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Hi Khalid,

Just reading your remarks on detainee camps and was wondering what your reasoning was for choosing an Iraqi prison over say what you call a CIA prison.

I would rather be in neither but if I had to make a choice, seems like a CIA prison for me. At least there would be a record of my existence there.

11/26/2005 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Nadia said...

Khalid please visit www.4iraqis.net political forum and become a member, your voice is needed over there.

Peace/ Nadia

11/26/2005 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Khalid, I knocked off fot the weekend, or I would have responded immediately. Sorry about the delay. First off, on Executive Order 13303:


Bush Gives Legal Immunity to Transnational Oil Corporations in Iraq
By Steve Kretzmann and Jim Vallette
First published by TomPaine.com, July 28, 2003


“The Bush/Cheney administration has moved quickly to ensure U.S. corporate control over Iraqi resources, at least through the year 2007. The first part of the plan, created by the United Nations under U.S. pressure, is the Development Fund for Iraq, which is being controlled by the United States and advised by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The second is a recent Bush executive order that provides absolute legal protection for U.S. interests in Iraqi oil.
[...]
New debt for Iraq will accrue through the very program that President Bush pledged would "benefit the people of Iraq." The Development Fund, derived from actual and expected Iraqi oil and gas sales, will apparently be used to leverage U.S. government-backed loans, credit and direct financing for U.S. corporate forays into Iraq. Besides financing reconstruction projects, some of the funds will also be used as collateral for projects approved by the U.S. Export-Import Bank (ExIm), whose mission is not development or poverty alleviation, but rather the creation of U.S. jobs and the promotion of American business abroad.
[...]
Executive Order 13303 decrees that "any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process is prohibited, and shall be deemed null and void," with respect to the Development Fund for Iraq and "all Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products, and interests therein."

In other words, if ExxonMobil or ChevronTexaco touch Iraqi oil, it will be immune from legal proceedings in the United States. Anything that could go, and elsewhere has gone, awry with U.S. corporate oil operations will be immune to judgment: a massive tanker accident; an explosion at an oil refinery; the employment of slave labor to build a pipeline; murder of locals by corporate security; the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The president, with a stroke of the pen, signed away the rights of Saddam's victims, creditors and of the next true Iraqi government to be compensated through legal action. Bush's order unilaterally declares Iraqi oil to be the unassailable province of U.S. corporations.

In the short term, through the Development Fund and the Export-Import Bank programs, the Iraqi people's oil will finance U.S. corporate entrees into Iraq. In the long term, Executive Order 13303 protects anything those corporations do to seize control of Iraq's oil, from the point of production to the gas pump -- and places oil companies above the rule of law.” //end excerpt


So, the “Crude Designs” article you quoted is actually an extension of this, earlier process. Scumbags.



Oh, and as for Madtom, he’s a laugh, isn’t he? I think he reads a post, makes up an imaginary dialogue with himself and then suddenly posts it halfway through the story. Then the rest of us look at his comment and think EH?? What does THAT mean? I used to think it was just poor English, but now I’m starting to wonder if the poor chap isn’t mentally disconnected in some way.

[mt] “Oh I am so horrified by the evil actions of my government, oh god what evil, I am so sorry. We are terrible, horrible how can I offer an apology, oh the horror of it all..”

One day, the same will befall to his people. That day, there will be people mocking him too, when he bemoans the destruction of his country. We’ll see how he likes it then.



[joe] “I would rather be in neither but if I had to make a choice, seems like a CIA prison for me. At least there would be a record of my existence there.”

Apparently you are not aware that CIA prisoners are NOT reflected on any records. This is where the whole ‘ghost detainee’ phenomenon originated from. The commander of Abu Ghraib, Karpinski, wrote eloquently about the spooks flitting in and out without so much as a by-your-leave.



Peac4All, thank you for your kind remarks!

11/28/2005 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

"One day, the same will befall to his people. That day, there will be people mocking him too, when he bemoans the destruction of his country. We’ll see how he likes it then."

Bruno, what do you mean one day? Come out from under your rock for a minute. My people have been suffering for the last 47 years. They die on a daily bases, they drown trying to escape, those are the lucky ones, the not so lucky are picked to the bone by sharks, or die of exposure trying to leave the workers paradise. your right I don't like it, and that's why I try my best to make sure that no one else has to suffer like we do. it's a pipe dream I know, But you have to be able to dream of a better future before you'll ever find one.

11/28/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

[mt] "Bruno, what do you mean one day? Come out from under your rock for a minute. My people have been suffering for the last 47 years."

Strange, one would have thought that in that case you would have had more empathy for the suffering of others. Guess not.

11/29/2005 05:42:00 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

"Strange, one would have thought that in that case you would have had more empathy for the suffering of others. Guess not. "

I guess what you call empathy is sitting on the sidelines rooting for the sharks.

11/29/2005 04:42:00 PM  
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