Privatisation & globalisation

World Food Day: Iraqi farmers aren't celebrating

Press Release, GRAIN

Not only does the Iraqi government hand over their crude oil to US corporations, they now ban Iraqi farmers from saving their seeds. Transnational biotech corporations are given control over Iraqi seed banks.

archived October 15, 2004
	

The Hundredth Monkey

John Mackenzie, 321Gold

Oddly enough, I've been cheering on a "Marxist Dictator" of late. Not that I'm a no good pinko commie red mind you... no, but I am rooting for Hugo Chavez as he's poking the Plutocratic forces at play outside Venezuela.

archived October 11, 2004
	

The Hundredth Monkey

John Mackenzie, 321Gold

Oddly enough, I've been cheering on a "Marxist Dictator" of late. Not that I'm a no good pinko commie red mind you... no, but I am rooting for Hugo Chavez as he's poking the Plutocratic forces at play outside Venezuela.

archived October 11, 2004
	

Venezuela raises oil drilling tax

Iain Bruce, BBC

Venezuela has announced that it is increasing the royalties paid by foreign oil companies from 1% to 16.6%.

archived October 10, 2004
	

New snag to Gazprom-Rosneft merger

Staff Reporter, Business Report

The absorption of Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft by the gas giant Gazprom appears to have run into trouble amid press reports yesterday of furious infighting among top Kremlin officials over the deal.

archived October 4, 2004
	

Arguments erupt over petroleum capacity

Amelie Herenstein, The Courier Mail

THE spike in oil prices in recent months is stoking heated arguments between market players, who blame each other for the lack of production capacity that has been exposed by strong global demand.

archived September 19, 2004
	

YUKOS raises Yugansk reserves estimate fivefold

Reuters, Houston Chronicle

Russian oil major YUKOS, fighting to prevent a cheap fire sale of assets in a tax dispute with the state, boosted oil-reserve estimates of its core Yugansk unit fivefold today.

archived September 16, 2004
	

Russia pressures Yukos on licenses

Reuters, CNN Money

Russia turned up the pressure on beleaguered oil major Yukos on Wednesday, threatening to strip it of a key oil production license, a move that could force it out of business.

archived September 14, 2004
	

Putin merges Gazprom and Rosneft

Charles Gurin, ISN, Center for Security Studies

The Kremlin moves swiftly to strengthen its vertical power by giving the green light to a merger between Gazprom and state-owned Rosneft, paving the way for the consolidation of the state’s control over the energy sector.

archived September 15, 2004
	

Australia: Leaked documents reveal fossil fuel influence in White Paper

Andrew Fowler, ABC Radio

Leaked documents reveal that the Australian government's recent Energy White Paper was heavily influenced by the country's biggest polluters.

archived September 6, 2004