31 Jan 2007

Listen to Ewa Jasiewicz: speak out against the war for oil

Oil is the vital resource under the feet of 35 million men, women and children in Iraq. And it still theoretically belongs to them. The Iraqi National Oil Company is still publicly owned. The warmongers and occupiers haven't yet got what they came for. Iraq's oil is still un-privatised. And Iraq's oil workers in particular are in a strategic position, socially, industrially and historically to make sure that it never is. wrote Ewa Jasiewicz

Two announcements which are important, one on the oil war from LINE and one on direct action against war.

i.e why war must end from my favourite Islamic green network and how we can stop it from a serious focus network.

Peace -

Whilst runaway climate change looms, the pursuit of the world's oil reserves appears no less intense. Within the upcoming February LINE forum (see below), we will look at how the oil wealth in Iraq is being carved up, the implications, and actions that can be taken to resist and to push for alternatives. The dynamics behind the proposed plan has recently been touched on by the mainstream media:
e.g the Independent newspaper:

Our speaker at LINE will be Ewa Jasiewicz, a writer and experienced human rights activist who has worked and lived in Palestine and Iraq. Within the forum we will also be discussing LINE's environmental activities for the coming months. Please feel free to forward this email to others who may be interested, and we look forward to seeing you on the 11th.

Please note, LINE monthly forums take place on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

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London Islamic Network for the Environment (LINE) Monthly Forums invites you to:

IRAQ: THE OIL CONTROL AGENDA AND GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE

Date: Sunday 11th Feb 2007
Time: 2.15 pm to 4.45pm
Venue: 4th Floor, Muslim World League, 46 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4LU (entrance on the corner of Charlotte Street); Nearest Tube: Goodge Street (Northern Line)

Guest Speaker:

Ewa Jasiewicz (Writer and Human Rights Activist, PLATFORM)

How are oil companies and the governments of the occupying powers in Iraq influencing the process of controlling Iraqi oil to advance their own political and economic interests? How are people in Iraq responding to the plans to de-facto privatise their oil without any consultation? What are the alternatives to the agreements advocated to maximise the benefits of Iraq's oil revenues to benefit the Iraqi people? How can those opposed to the agenda of economic occupation in Iraq, through the control of Iraq's oil reserves, resist this process? There will be an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and within the forum to also hear about environmental activities LINE is active with.

About the speaker:

Ewa Jasiewicz is a writer, human rights activist and union organiser. She has worked and lived in occupied Palestine and Iraq supporting families, medical services and civil society organisations. She is a founder of Naftana the UK support committee for the anti-occupation,
anti-dictatorship independent Iraqi oil workers union-the General Union of Oil Employees. She is currently working as an organiser for the Transport and General Workers Union as well as a researcher and campaigner at PLATFORM, a social and environmental justice organisation working on a campaign against oil privatisation in Iraq.

LINE Website: http://www.lineonweb.org.uk ; LINE Tel : 0845 456 3960 (local rate)

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LINE is the UK's first local Islamic environmental group. We hold open monthly forums in central London. Our activities include educational talks and workshops, climate change campaigning, and ethically orientated food and social events. Find out more about us by visiting our website: http://www.lineonweb.org.uk




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