The back up Blog of the real Xenophilius Lovegood, a slightly mad scientist.
Yeah, meanwhile in Iraq, it's WORSE than COLONIALISM:Its the Oil, stupid!By Noam Chomsky08/07/08 "Khaleej Times" --- - The deal just taking shape between Iraq's Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq — questions that should certainly be addressed by presidential candidates and seriously discussed in the United States, and of course in occupied Iraq, where it appears that the population has little if any role in determining the future of their country.Negotiations are under way for Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners decades ago in the Iraq Petroleum Company, now joined by Chevron and other smaller oil companies — to renew the oil concession they lost to nationalisation during the years when the oil producers took over their own resources. The no-bid contracts, apparently written by the oil corporations with the help of U.S. officials, prevailed over offers from more than 40 other companies, including companies in China, India and Russia... . . . Thus, the US, while extracting the oil from Iraq, will permanently station its military bases between Iran and Israel, which it supports and funds (thanks to US taxpayers), for a long, long time to come. Sooner or later the US will be in war with Iran.
You know, someone should teach the US State Department some diplomacy.Again, meanwhile:Czech missile shield: Russia to 'retaliate' over US plan, President Dmitry Medvedev saysBy Jon Swaine and Richard HoltLast updated: 2:14 PM BST 09/07/2008Russia will take "retaliatory steps" over a planned US missile shield in the Czech Republic, according to President Dmitry Medvedev. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/
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