the privatization of iraq’s oil sector

Niqash - Sa’ad Salloum (Baghdad) – 28 May 2008: In today’s Iraq, a country floating over a river of “black gold”, complaints of fuel shortages are always heard. Officials at the ministry of oil are incapabl more

basra's state industrial sector in dire straits

Niqash - Saleem al-Wazzan (Basra) - 22 April 2008: Basra’s state-owned industrial sector is struggling from a lack of new investment, corruption and political in-fighting, leaving it teetering on the economic more

smuggling of oil: another quota given to leading forces in basra

Niqash - Salim al-Wazzan (Al-Basra) – 18 March 2008: Recent statements made by officials differ regarding oil smuggling operations in Basra. Some sources stress that smuggling poses the danger of depleting the countr more

the kurdistan region gas & oil law

The Kurdistan Region Gas & Oil Law endorsed by the Kurdistan parliament on 6 August 2007 is the first law in the area of the oil industry adopted after the fall of the former regime, whereas political differences on the more

the ration card system: 95% of iraqis want it

The ration card has formed an important economic and political instrument used by the former regime to achieve various aims other than the declared aim of distributing food subsidies to citizens as a social safety networ more

iraq's poverty since the 1980s - a story of national decline

There are a number of interconnected factors causing poverty in Iraq. Among those are the internal and external wars, the nature of the political regime and the way this regime has dealt with its society's resources. Hence, the examination of poverty among Iraqis has to be rooted in the background of the extremely exceptional conditions the Iraqis have suffered and which have led to the impoverishment of the Iraqi people and its continuation.

The long Iraq-Iran war has led to the worsening of the living conditions of the people in border areas and in the middle and south of Ira... more

kurdistan parliament approves region's oil law

After eight extraordinary sessions of the Kurdistan National Assembly, the region's Parliament approved on 6 August 2007 the Oil and Gas Law of the Kurdistan Region moving ahead of Iraq's federal parliament in endorsing this law as it did before when it approved its own Investment Law.

The success of the Kurdistan Region Parliament in endorsing the Oil and Gas Law of the region could be attributed to the united stances of Kurdish political forces managed by the two main political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), who were... more

head of iraqi oil union: "oil minister's decision is illegitimate"

The Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein al-Shahristani's decision to terminate the labor unions in Iraq's petroleum institutions and to consider all unions to be illegal, has caused an uproar. Opinions within the Southern Oil Company in Basra have been conflicting as to the motivations behind this decision, but most workers agree that the oil and petroleum law - vehemently opposed by the majority of union members - is the main reason for minister Shahristani's statements. Ali Faruq, Niqash correspondent in Basra, met with Hassan Juma'a al-Asadi, the Iraqi Oil Workers Union leader, to discuss ... more

the oil law between clear positions and lack of precision

The draft of the Oil and Gas Law has raised many controversies and conflicts between Iraqi leaders and political blocs. It seems as if the existing problems are not enough and we need a new, more precarious problem to h more

"everyone participated in backroom negotiations"

Political responses to the amended draft oil law approved by Maliki's government in early July 2007 and sent to the parliament for endorsement were different. On 4 July 2007, the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) issued a fatwa against the approval of the government of the draft law. The AMS considered that, "members of the parliament should not at all vote for this law." The Association further added that the law "comes within the framework of deals concluded with the occupation forces and signed by politicians who came with occupation. Such deals will lead to wasting the bigges... more
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