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Monday, August 08, 2005

Oily Disputes

Iraqi leaders are continuing their negotiations to meet the August 15th deadline for presenting a draft constitution, but shockingly, there is a power grab for the oil rich south...
Talabani suggested there was no problem with the issue of federalism in the north, where his fellow Kurds have enjoyed a de facto state under U.S. military protection since 1991. But he said calls for federalism in the Shi'ite south, home to the country's biggest oil reserves, were a matter for dispute. Religious Shi'ites dominating the government oppose the idea. But some prominent secular Shi'ites, including Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi, a powerful figure in the oil sector, are pushing for it. Shi'ite rivalries in the south are growing as Iraq heads for new elections in December.
Same as it ever was... He who controls the spice, controls the universe.

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