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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Business As Usual

The Iraqi constitution negotiations continue, and once again, the disputes are focused on the oil rich south:
"We see the need for an autonomous zone in the centre and south of Iraq," Hakim told reporters in the central Shiite holy city of Najaf, adding that discussions were continuing on whether there should be one or more autonomous regions for the Shiites, who are estimated to make up 60 percent or more of Iraq's 27-million population. [...] Some Shiite politicians have previously called for autonomy in the south and centre, notably the leader of the secular Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, a onetime Pentagon darling now accused by Washington of passing on state secrets to arch-foe Iran.
Imagine that, Mr. Oil himself right at the center of it all. As usual, if you want to know the real motives... Follow the money.

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