Tag: Iraq oil revenue plans

…didn’t see this coming….


The first oil contract with the Iraqi government goes to China’s CNPC and they are not hiring local labor. From the BBC: “Left Behind By Iraq’s Oil Rush on why the locals are not getting jobs:

There were hopes too, when the Chinese company first arrived, of an employment bonanza.

“We thought everyone will find a job,” said Zahi, a village elder.

So far, they have taken on just a handful of al-Mazzagh’s residents as guards.

But the CNPC says there is little more they can do for local people.

“We are sorry, but they don’t have skills and they can’t speak English,” says a site manager who agreed to come out to talk to the BBC.

English is a job requirement?

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Iraqi International Initiative

Today, I received an email asking me to endorse the Iraqi International Initiative for Refugees. Basically, the sponsors want to convince the UN to mandate that Iraqi oil revenues be shared with the 4.5 million refugees and displaced persons dispersed throughout the Middle East and the world. Many are living in poverty in neighboring states.

Here is their argument in a nutshell:

The international community, the occupation powers, and the government in Iraq are legally required to support and protect Iraqi refugees

Iraqi refugees are Iraqi citizens who have a full right to live in dignity, a right to benefit equally from national resources, and a right to return to their homes

The UN Security Council, as the highest body of the UN, has the power and legal duty to ensure that the needs of Iraqi refugees are met by passing a resolution to require that the Iraqi state allocate proportionate revenue to responsible agencies and hosting countries

The proposal is footnoted with references primarily to UN documents and NGO statements of various types.

These are their most important signatories to date:

Hans von Sponeck, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (1998-2000), Germany.
Denis Halliday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (1997-1998), Ireland.

I’m not sure those are sufficiently heavy hitters to garner the campaign the attention they seek.

Perhaps Charli has something to say about this transnational advocacy campaign? As this report by the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children makes clear, “In any refugee crisis,the vast majority of the displaced are women and children;they are also the most vulnerable.”

In any case, between 15 to 20% of the population is living abroad or displaced, so this would be a significant policy. As I’ve previously noted, distribution of oil revenues is one of the sticky points that precludes Iraqi political reconciliation.

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