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Black gold turns grey as Western giants prepare to draw from the wells of Iraq

The big oil multinationals thought the prize was theirs under new production-sharing agreements in the war-torn country. But the 'Iraqi wealth for the Iraqi people' movement is growing amid internecine conflicts and trade union resistance.

Iraq Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

According to a new study, 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since the 2003 invasion, the highest estimate of war-related fatalities yet. The study was done by the British polling firm ORB, which conducted face-to-face interviews with a sample of over 1,700 Iraqi adults in 15 of Iraq's 18 provinces. Two provinces -- al-Anbar and Karbala -- were too dangerous to canvas, and officials in a third, Irbil, didn't give the researchers a permit to do their work. The study's margin of error was plus-minus 2.4 percent.

Israel, Palestine and the Hypocrisies of Power – an interview with Noam Chomsky

In an interview given to the London branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in July 2007, the celebrated American intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky provided a devastating insight into what lies behind the continuing conflict - and could lead to the death of the Palestinian nation itself, if the ‘rejectionists’ are allowed to prevail against overwhelming public opinion, East and West.

Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran

The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on

'Largely irrelevant:' Study says Iraqi government near 'collapse'

Iraq's government has lost control of vast areas to powerful local factions and the country is on the verge of collapse and fragmentation, a leading British think tank said on Thursday.

The pro-Israeli lobby

Transcript of a debate between James Pertas and Norman Finkelstein on Radio Intifada discussing the relationship between Israel and the United States.

Protests mark Iraq anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of Shia protesters have burnt and trampled on US flags in the Iraqi city of Najaf during an anti-American rally called by Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Shia leader.

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