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Archives by Tag 'oil'
Criminalize Fracking
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Activists in New York have drafted legislation that would criminalize the practi...
How to Grease a Pipeline
MARGOT KIDDER
The State Department “hearings” around the country about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline have been rigged from the get go. We were just too passionately righteous to notice. Four of us from Livingston decided to speak at the Montana event. Flyers were posted...
The Rise of Qatar
AKRAM BELKAID
The Qatari authorities are aware that hydrocarbon reserves will not last forever, and they intend to profit from the financial security that oil and natural gas exports have brought them (80% of external revenue, 60% of total revenue) by diversifying the economy. At the e...
Cameron and Sarkozy’s Coy Victory Lap in Tripoli
PATRICK COCKBURN
David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were careful during their first visit to Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi to avoid anything evoking comparisons with President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” rhetoric after the occupation of Iraq. They know ho...
The Real Reason the US Wanted Gaddafi Gone
MURRAY DOBBIN
Powell River, BC When the U.S. invaded Iraq riding a pack of lies and monstrous manipulation, the entire U.S. elite, including major news services, academics, and politicians from both parties, lined up to cheerlead and off they went to war. It was one of ...
The New Scramble for Africa
CONN HALLINAN
Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the rightwing ...
Libya for Libyans
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Since NATO began bombing Libya in March, the global peace movement has been split into two camps. One side portrays the bombing campaign as a “humanitarian intervention” to protect Libyan civilians, comparing it to 1990s attacks on Serbia. This side tends to downplay ...
Tar Sands to Toledo II
Dr. TRUDY BOND
The system counts on you to believe that you’re powerless, but nobody is enslaved until he or she buys into it.  The first step is knowledge. The second is resistance.  Resistance is still possible in this police state, but no one can say for how...
Libya and the World We Live In
WILLIAM BLUM
“Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?” – Television address by Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, April 30, 2011 A few hours later NATO hit a target...
Libya’s Next Fight
RAMZY BAROUD
At a press conference in Tripoli on Aug. 26, a statement read aloud by top Libyan rebel commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj was reassuring. Just a few months ago, disorganized and leaderless rebel fighters seemed t...
Empire and Oil
MISSY BEATTIE
This is the war on terror and the war of terror, the Project for the New American Century, or the New World Order, crafted before the events of September 11, 2001 and trafficked to a frightened-beyond-reason public unwilling to examine why we’re hated, receptive only to...
Return to Africa, 50 Years Later
CHARLES R. LARSON
When I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Nigeria almost fifty years ago, I was avoiding the draft.  I was unformed, undisciplined and unworldly—especially the latter—since I knew little about the world beyond America’s borders.  The experience altered my li...
Libya: Lessons From History
MUSTAFAH BAKHTARY
With all the celebration and praise going around because of the recent victory by Libyan rebels, we must ask ourselves if we can really ascertain what is in store for the state of Libya. Vague undefined responses of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’...
Crude Analysis of Libyan Liberation
CHRIS FLOYD
Another war for oil? Surely not! But just to be on the safe side, the world’s oil barons are already moving in to seal some sweetheart deals on that sweet, sweet crude with the new, NATO-installed masters of Libya. And guess what? It turns out that companies fro...
Obama and the Tar Sands Pipeline
BRIAN L. HOREJSI
Some time in the very near future – perhaps as early as this fall –  President Obama and administration insiders will approve the construction of the massive Keystone XL pipeline. With the stroke of that pen the gates will open to the flow of about 700,000 barrel...
Leaving Oil in the Soil
PATRICK BOND
There’s no way around it: to solve the worsening climate crisis requires we must accept both that the vast majority of fossil fuels must now be left underground, and that through democratic planning, we must collectively reboot our energy, transport, agricultural, p...
The Oil Speculators
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Where are the anti-tax activists when you need them? They should be protesting outside of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, denouncing the agency for failing to take action. And they should be applauding a new legislative propo...