Nov 6, 2003

Bring Halliburton Home: Cancel the contracts. Ditch the deals. Rip up the rules.
Those are a few suggestions for slogans that could help unify the growing movement against the occupation of Iraq. So far, activist debates have focused on whether the demand should be for a complete withdrawal of troops, or for the United States to cede power to the United Nations.

On September 19, Bremer enacted the now-infamous Order 39. It announced that 200 Iraqi state companies would be privatized; decreed that foreign firms can retain 100 percent ownership of Iraqi banks, mines and factories; and allowed these firms to move 100 percent of their profits out of Iraq. The Economist declared the new rules a "capitalist dream."

Order 39 violated the Hague Regulations in other ways as well. The convention states that occupying powers "shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct."
Read Pillage is Forbidden for the Rules

Halliburton Wants Settlement Extension
Nov. 6, 2003, 4:28 PM EST Halliburton Co. needs until Nov. 19 to close a financial gap between new asbestos claims and the nearly $2.8 billion in cash set aside to settle them, the company said Thursday. The oilfield services and construction company hopes the extended negotiations will produce a revised reorganization plan for a pre-negotiated bankruptcy filing by two of its subsidiaries.

Last December, Halliburton agreed to settle 347,000 asbestos claims for about $4 billion in cash and stock. The deal includes agreement on a reorganization plan for subsidiaries DII Industries and Kellogg Brown & Root and certain of their subsidiaries. Halliburton is biding time so the Asbestos Class Action Bill can pass Congress and dissolve any liability Halliburton may have under any settlement agreement.
Halliburton's Price Gouging to End - Lieberman calls for Reimbursement of Overcharges

The Pentagon's Defense Energy Support Center imports military fuel from Kuwait to Iraq for $1.08 to $1.19 per gallon, compared with the $2.65 per gallon that Halliburton charges the U.S. government under a no-bid Army contract. Joseph Lieberman, said the Pentagon should seek reimbursement from Halliburton ``for the amounts it has overcharged'' the government.
The Army said Wednesday it is negotiating to replace Vice President Dick Cheney's former company as an importer of oil products into Iraq. Robert Faletti, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the Army needs to find a long-term importer to serve the Iraqi population and is talking with the U.S. military's fuel delivery agency.
Cruise the Cosmos with the League of Liberals
Harmonic Concordance tomorrow night. - Indigo Ocean _ does that mean we all will vote this week?
Veralynne at A-Changin' Times is in Concordance too but not with Bloodthirsty Christians.
Christmas a week after Halloween? our Philosophical Scrivner wants to be British
A TTLB cartoon at Gotham City and another take on Hillbilly Heroin Rush
The author of The People's Republic of Seabrook and I share more than the same white beards, cats, and politics _ we have the same sunsign
This job "creation" chart from the 18 1/2 Minute Gap will make you wish you could Hitchhike the Galaxy
Officially unofficial is in the poppy fields of OZ looking at the tollbooths on the information superhighway
More cyberspace travel will come later _ Enjoy your trip around our cosmos.
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