By Garry Leech
At first of the twenty first century, a brand new global affliction is rising during which battles over assets are enjoying an more and more favourite position. the significance of oil to this photo is underscored through the unilateral and militaristic international coverage of the world's biggest strength in its try and safe entry to this severe source. during this worldwide context, oil-rich groups of the South are being drawn into struggles to protect their sovereignty, cultural integrity, human rights and threatened ecosystems.
Crude Interventions examines the army and fiscal guidelines of the Bush management in oil-rich areas of the realm. extra accurately, it examines the socio-economic and human rights outcomes of those regulations, in addition to these of modern US administrations and multinational strength businesses, for the peoples of oil generating international locations within the worldwide South. With in simple terms 4 percentage of the world's inhabitants, the us consumes 25 according to cent of world strength creation. This thirst for power has performed an important position in making a choice on US international coverage in contemporary a long time. the need to safe entry to trustworthy provides of oil has performed a good extra well-liked position in choosing the overseas coverage of the govt. of George W. Bush than past administrations.
By targeting the united states function in Iraq, primary Asia, West Africa, Colombia and Venezuela, Crude Interventions makes obtrusive the connections among US strength pursuits, the battle on terror, globalization, human rights abuses and different social injustices persisted by means of these peoples of the South cursed with an abundance of the world's such a lot wanted source.
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At the same time the Bush administration was implementing its ‘democracy promotion’ project, it was also overseeing the economic and physical restructuring of Iraq. In addition to the tens of billions of US taxpayer dollars that were funding the reconstruction, Iraqi oil revenue was being used to pay for contracts issued to foreign companies. Neither the Governing Council nor its successor, Allawi’s interim government, however, controlled 44 the revenues generated by Iraq’s post-invasion oil exports.
Crude Interventions : the United States, oil and the new world (dis)order by Garry Leech