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Thank You, New York Times, For Making Us Free

By Mohammad T.

This article was written originally for KABOBfest, and can be viewed here. Big shout out to the editors there for accepting this contribution.

I’ve never seen an Iraqi break dance before. But apparently Tim Arangon and Yasir Ghazi have.

You see, these New York Times reporters are truly on the cutting edge. They dig deep. They unearth the worms. They uproot the, well, roots. Everybody else is too lazy, or too stupid, to do any serious journalism. Everybody else covers the same old Negative Nancy material. Continue reading

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Did the U.S. Intervention in the Iraqi Constitution Help Make It Illegal?

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MARCH 24: Iraqi political leaders and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad (R) are seen during a meeting at the Talabanis residence on March 24, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Discussions on the formation of the new Iraqi government resumed today between Iraqi political leaders. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images can be found at www.jamd.com/image/g/57175013)

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MARCH 24: Iraqi political leaders and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad (R) are seen during a meeting at the Talabani's residence on March 24, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Discussions on the formation of the new Iraqi government resumed today between Iraqi political leaders. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images can be found at http://www.jamd.com/image/g/57175013)

By Yousef K.B.,

This post will show two things: 1) the heavy handed intervention of the U.S. in the process of drafting the permanent Iraqi constitution and 2) the permanent Iraqi constitution is illegal based on its own legal foundations, namely the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL).   There are two ways that can be used to provide evidence for U.S. intervention in drafting the permanent Iraqi constitution.  One is to show how the permanent constitution that was being written by Iraqis changed over time to resemble more and more the constitution that was written by the U.S., the TAL.  This is a longer study that I will try to post at a later time.  The other way this intervention can be shown and what I do in this post is to show the pressure put forth by the Americans as well as by direct personal interference such as by the American Ambassador at the time, Zalmay Khalilzad.

There are two constitutions that were written and implemented after the invasion of Iraq.  The first is the CPA’s “Law of Administration for the state of Iraq for the transitional period” (TAL) passed in March 8th of 2004 setting the legal groundwork for the “transitional period” which was defined as the “period beginning on 30 June 2004 and lasting until the formation of an elected Iraqi government pursuant to a permanent constitution … no later than 31 December 2005” (TAL, Article 2 Sec. A).  The second is the permanent constitution that was voted in by a referendum on October 15th of 2005. Continue reading

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Coalition of the Extra Willing: Transnational Oil, Iraqi Government, and the Occupation Regime

The draft Iraq Oil and Gas law integrates the Iraqi oil sector into transnational oil market.

The draft Iraq Oil and Gas law integrates the Iraqi oil sector into transnational oil market.

By Yousef K. B.

This is a draft section of a larger project on the political economy of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the imposition through it of neo-liberal policies.  The section will address the following questions:

  1. Why is the Iraq Oil law so controversial?
  2. Why has the Oil law not been passed so far?
  3. What are key features of the Oil law?
  4. Does the Draft Oil law effectively privatize the Iraqi oil sector, and if so how?

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