May 27, 2007 - Nearly one thousand American troops have been killed in Iraq since last Memorial Day, and that number is expected to rise.
In the past year, 980 US forces have been killed in Iraq, compared to 807 who died in the previous year. At least 100 troops have died this month alone... http://politicsplus
Covert efforts to accomplish privatization of Iraq's oil through the supplemental spending bill
The $12 billion dollar "Support the Troops" legislation passed by Congress requires , in order to get reconstruction funds from the , to privatize its oil resources and put them up for long term (20- to 30-year) contracts.
Comment: US uses 25% of world oil production/demand with 3% of world oil reserves.
Baker negotiated a deal whereby the Paris Club would forgive 80 percent of Iraq's debt, but the catch–and it was a big one–was that Iraq had to agree to an economic "reform" package administered by the International Monetary Fund… The debt would be written off in stages; 30 percent would be cancelled outright, another 30 percent when an elected Iraqi government accepted an IMF structural reform agreement and a final 20 percent after the IMF had monitored its implementation for three years. This gave the IMF the role of watchdog over the country's new economy, despite the fact that its share of the country's debt burden was less than 1 percent of the total.
Among a number of provisions in the IMF agreement, along with privatizing state-run companies (which resulted in the layoffs of an estimated 145,000 Iraqis), slashing government pensions and phasing out the subsidies on food and fuel that many Iraqis depended on, was a commitment to develop Iraq's oil in partnership with the private sector. Then-Finance Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi said, none too happily, that the deal would be "very promising to the American investors and to American enterprise, certainly to oil companies." The Iraqi National Assembly released a statement saying, "the Paris Club has no right to make decisions and impose IMF conditions on Iraq," and called it "a new crime committed by the creditors who financed Saddam's oppression."
.-MAY 11, 2007 the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) released its first projections of world grain supply and demand for the
coming crop year: 2007/08. USDA predicts supplies will plunge to a 53-day
115-day supply in 1999/00.. "The world is consistently failing to produce as much grain as it uses,"
The converging problems of natural gas and fertilizer constraints, intensifying water shortages, climate change, farmland loss and degradation, population increases, the proliferation of livestock feeding, and an increasing push to divert food supplies into biofuels means that we are in the opening phase of an intensifying food shortage.
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