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originally posted by: EartOccupant
a reply to: roadgravel
So it is widely received in the (inter)Press as good news for peace, and a wise decision?
originally posted by: roadgravel
originally posted by: butcherguy
a reply to: Riffrafter
The left, which were formerly peaceniks, will be shouting battle cries as the new warmongers.
The only complaint so far has been some Republicans over Syria. That the left?
The whole middle east and parts of Africa are not and have not been real borders, with real countries, with real rulers.
In April 1920 the British Mandate of Mesopotamia was created under the authority of the League of Nations. A British-backed monarchy joining these vilayets into one Kingdom was established in 1921 under Faisal I of Iraq. The Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq gained independence from the UK in 1932.
The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup d'état (Persian: کودتای ۲۸ مرداد), was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favour of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project or "Operation Ajax") and the United Kingdom (under the name "Operation Boot"). It was the first covert action of the United States to overthrow a foreign government during peacetime
We shouldn't have gone into the Middle East, but we did. Just because he doesn't want us there, doesn't mean the right solution is to just abandon past allies and bail when they need us.
the US and Big Oil interests go back to 1906
Did you care about the breakup of Libya? Iraq? Afghanistan? or the millions killed and displaced?
Royal Dutch Shell
Shell Oil Company is the United States-based wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, transnational corporation "oil major" of Anglo-Dutch origins, which is amongst the largest oil companies in the world.Approximately 80,000 Shell employees are based in the U.S. The U.S. headquarters are in Houston, Texas.
Fine is not fine
Anti-trust officials of the European Commission raided the offices of a number of oil companies, including Shell, last week. They're investigating allegations of price-fixing.
Anti-competitive agreements -- whether formal or informal, written or verbal -- are prohibited under the UK Competition Act and the EC Treaty. Companies can be fined up to 10% of their global turnover for each year they engage in the behaviour, up to a maximum of three years.
Shell's turnover for the past three years totals over a trillion dollars and the 10% figure is $130 billion. That represents around three times the company's latest annual profit and 18 years of dividends!