The decision on the part of some outlets to hold back in weighing in may have to do with the fact that everything Burns is 'reporting' on is alleged. It is thought to be. No announcement has been made, no plan has been presented. [And Michael Evans (Times of London) has noted the conditional quality thought to be part of any plan: "The Iraq withdrawal programme is still dependent on security conditions in southern Iraq, and there will be some anxiety about possible violence during the provincial elections that are due to be held on January 31."]
The British are largely in Basra currently. AFP reported yesterday:
Plans to hold an autonomy referendum for the southern region of Basra aim to ensure that Iraq's economic nerve centre benefits from its oil wealth, the initiator of the referendum said on Monday.
""We believe that oil and gas belong to the Iraqi people, to all the Iraqi people,"" Wael Abdul Latif, an independent MP and former magistrate, told AFP.
""We are simply asking to be remunerated for the oil installations on our territory and to have a share of the profits of the oil exports which pass through our ports,"" he said.
Gareth asked if we could note the following win and we can:
|'THE WAR ON DEMOCRACY' WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE 2008 ONE WORLD AWARDS|
The citation read: "There are six criteria the judges are asked to use to select the winner of this award: the film's impact on public opinion, its appeal to a wide audience, its inclusion of voices from the developing world, its high journalistic or production standards, its success in conveying the impact of the actions of the world's rich on the lives of the poor and the extent to which it draws attention to possible solutions. One film met every one of these. It was the winner of the award: John Pilger's 'The War on Democracy'."
BUY THE FILM
John Pilger is an independent journalist and one of the few remaining who can say that and actually mean it.
Jillian notes Joe Piasecki has an Iraq compilation at Pasadena Weekly entitled "The Count."
Meanwhile Reaganite Larry Korb is itching for war on Darfur -- remember which desperate 'lefties' let Korb in the club house.
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