Croatia On The Top Of The World

CROATIA AT 2016 OLYMPICS OLYMPIC GOLD Josip Glasnovic (shooting) Valent & Martin Sinkovic (rowing) Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic (sailing) Sara Kolak (javelin) Sandra Perković (discus) OLYMPIC SILVER Men’s Water Polo Damir Martin (rowing) Tonci Stipanovic (sailing) OLYMPIC BRONZE Blanka Vlasic (high jump) Filip Hrgovic (boxing)

CROATIA AT 2016 OLYMPICS
OLYMPIC GOLD
Josip Glasnovic (shooting)
Valent & Martin Sinkovic (rowing)
Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic (sailing)
Sara Kolak (javelin)
Sandra Perkovic (discus)
OLYMPIC SILVER
Men’s Water Polo
Damir Martin (rowing)
Tonci Stipanovic (sailing)
OLYMPIC BRONZE
Blanka Vlasic (high jump)
Filip Hrgovic (boxing)

Well, Croatia’s Olympic Games 2016 certainly surpassed my wildest dreams – the team doubled its medal count since my last article about it last week. By the time Olympic competitions were finished Croatia had built up an impressive total of 10 medals: 5 Gold 3 Silver and 2 Bronze! Wow – using medals per capita as criteria this amazing number places Croatia on top of the world !

The 5 gold medals ranked Croatia 3rd in the world for gold medals per capita. Croatia’s performance was an impressive one for a nation of only 4.2 million people, leaving bigger nations like Canada, Greece, Argentina, Sweden, Poland and Turkey in their wake on the final medal table. When looking how Europe performed in Rio, Croatia finished 9th but 1st on medal per capita equation.
So, since my article last week on Olympic success these are the other fabulous Croats reveling in well-deserved glory.

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic Photo: AFP

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic
Photo: AFP

Thursday 18 August 2016 Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic won the men’s 470 gold. They went into the race with a 10-point lead and were never threatened, with their nearest rivals finishing behind them. Australia’s Matt Belcher and Will Ryan claimed silver, while Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis took the bronze medal.

Sara Kolak Photo: Igor Kralj/Pixsell

Sara Kolak
Photo: Igor Kralj/Pixsell

It was Thursday 18 August 2016 also when Croatia’s Sara Kolak threw a personal best and national record to land an unexpected gold in the Rio 2016 Olympic women’s javelin final. The 21-year-old Croat, who also broke the national record in the qualifying rounds, clinched the title with her fourth attempt, throwing 66.18m to secure victory by 1.26m from South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen. The bronze went to Czech Republic’s Barbora Spotakova, the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 champion, who went into the competition harbouring dreams of becoming the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals in the same individual athletics event. A bronze medalist at the 2016 European Championships, Kolak was something of an outsider for gold, with most of the attention heading into the competition focused on the 35-year-old Spotakova’s attempt to make history. In the end, the Czech had to settle for bronze with a best throw of 64.80m, with Kolak emulating Sandra Perkovic in the women’s discus to win her country’s second track and field gold of Rio 2016.
It is a big surprise,” said the victorious Kolak. “It feels amazing. It’s what I have been working for my whole life. I am 21 and I’m an Olympic champion. I did everything I could and I am so proud of myself. When I woke up this morning I was ready for a fight, a fair fight like never before. I wanted to give it everything I had and show everyone that qualification meant little. I wanted more.”

Part of Croatia's Men's Waterpolo Team Photo: Getty Images/ Ryan Pierse

Part of Croatia’s
Men’s Water Polo Team
Photo: Getty Images/ Ryan Pierse

Croatia’s Water Polo Men team had some real talent at this year’s Olympic games: Josip PAVIC, Damir BURIC, Antonio PETKOVIC, Luka LONCAR, Maro JOKOVIC, Luka BUKIC, Andro BUSLJE, Sandro SUKNO, Andelo SETKA, Marko BIJAC, Ivan KRAPIC, Marko MACAN, Javier GARCIA GADEA. On Saturday 20 August 2016 Croatia played against Serbia in the race for Olympic gold. The two teams that face each other regularly and know each other inside, out, in Rio both got off to a slow start but tore through their opponents over the second half of the tournament to meet each other in yet another final. Serbia was the stronger side on Saturday. Croatia opened the third quarter with a goal by Damir Buric to narrow Serbia’s lead to 6-4, but things never really went Croatia’s way and despite the stars being against them the Croat champions came away with grand silver. What an amazing effort!

Blanka Vlasic

Blanka Vlasic

32-year-old Croatian Blanka Vlasic has claimed the bronze medal in the women’s high jump at the Rio Olympics on Saturday evening 20 August 2016. This particular bronze medal is more than a commendable accomplishment bearing in mind the horrific injury problems she has experienced in recent times. Vlasic had just returned from injury and has not had much competition this season, cleared 1.97 metres to come third in the final of the event at Rio. Wow! Blanka, who already has an Olympic silver medal (2008) and two World Championships (2007 & 2009), was one of only four jumpers to clear 1.97 metres. The Croatian cleared it on her second attempt to move into third place. Vlasic, like the rest of the four final jumpers, however was unable to clear the next level of 2.00 metres and had to settle for bronze. Gold medal went to Spain’s Ruth Beitia who jumped 1.97 on her first attempt, whilst Mirela Demireva from Bulgaria took out the silver.

Filip Hrgovic Photo: Croatian Olympic Committee

Filip Hrgovic
Photo: Croatian Olympic Committee

Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović won his quarterfinal match of the Olympic super-heavyweight boxing category on Tuesday August 16th 2016. He beat Leiner Eunice Pero in dying seconds of the second round knocking him out with a powerful right jab. Filip Hrgovic was close to getting to the finals of Olympic super-heavyweight boxing tournament, but in a tight match versus the World Champion Tony Yoka, the judges have decided that the Frenchman was better for a point (2:1). Earlier this year Hrgovic won gold at the European championship in Bulgaria becoming the second Croat to win a European boxing title and the first Croat to win gold since Mate Parlov, who won gold in 1971 and 1973. Filip Hrgovic is the first Croatian boxer who can boast to be the first Croat boxer winning an Olympic medal since Croatia’s declaration od independence a quarter of a century ago. And on that note an huge congratulations to the sports men and women of Croatia – what an exhilarating effort you’ve put in this time around. A world citizen indeed! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)


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Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ Irish Times 13 Aug 2016

Recently I published the appeals of Eamon Cooke [5] [6] [7] and to accompany them an article from the Sunday Times on 2016 Jun 19 Sunday Times Did this DJ really kill Philip Cairns? [1]

In the interests of searching for the truth and also noting that the Sunday Times appears to have an agenda on child sexual abuse, I now publish this article by Conor Lally which can be found in the Irish Times 2016 Aug 13 Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ [2]

It is largely about information that Gareth O’Callaghan, a respected investigative journalist, has found out about the Philip Cairns case. He has evidence to suggest Philip Cairn’s death was to do with influential men in South Dublin child abuse ring.

Gareth has the address of a garden where he believes the body could be. At present the Gardai are taking no action with respect to this garden. He has a facebook page Gareth O’Callaghan [3] “Why don’t they just go and dig the garden?” asks O’Callaghan

Irish Times Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’

Gareth O’Callaghan does not believe Eamon Cooke played part in boy’s disappearance

by Conor Lally

Photograph of Philip Cairns from when he went missing in 1986.Photograph of Philip Cairns from when he went missing in 1986.

Having made his name in broadcasting and become one of RTÉ’s marquee names, Gareth O’Callaghan has been commended for his bravery in recent years when speaking out about his depression.

Of late, however, he has taken on something of a new public persona, agitating for justice for a boy who has been missing, presumed murdered, for 30 years: Philip Cairns.

The 13-year-old was a distant relative of O’Callaghan, not that the veteran broadcaster knew of the link.

“I found out our family was related to the Cairns family around 10 years ago,” O’Callaghan says. “We shared the same great grandad; that was obviously a long time ago. But that was never my main reason for getting involved in the case.

“My interest in this started 30 years ago when I heard that a young boy had gone missing. This was a phenomenally big case in 1986.”

As a broadcaster and author, O’Callaghan speaking out about Philip’s disappearance is, on the face of it, a little unusual, even if the boy was a relation.

But O’Callaghan, who is a psychotherapist and has a strong sense of social justice, has spoken out before on issues that were of concern to him and that he felt required airing.

His comments about what he said was the late Gerry Ryan’s long-term cocaine use won him few plaudits, but he felt the issue needed to be faced.

Having become concerned that paedophile Eamon Cooke, the former owner of pirate station Radio Dublin, was being identified as Philip’s abuser and killer, O’Callaghan decided to put his head above the parapet.

Using his profile and Facebook following of 21,000, he has written a number of posts outlining his concern that a paedophile ring – with well connected men among it – was linked to Philip’s disappearance.

Compulsion

O’Callaghan says he has been contacted by a large number of people, from Philip’s old school mates to people who say they were sexually abused by men operating in a paedophile ring in south Dublin in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond.

While he was moved by Philip’s disappearance in 1986 and became even more interested when he learned they were part of the same family network, O’Callaghan says his interest became a compulsion to speak out in recent months.

“When I realised they were pointing the finger at Eamon Cooke; he was a dead paedophile,” he says. “I said to myself, ‘hang on now, it’s too easy to pin the blame on him and just leave it to die’.” He says he appreciates the Garda believes the information alleging Cooke was behind Philip’s disappearance was worth close examination.

“But if they are going to pin their hopes on this guy, I think they’re letting a lot of guys go free. This has nothing to do with Eamon Cooke. I was beginning to get information from people who knew I had worked for Radio Dublin with Eamon Cooke who were saying, ‘it’s not him’, including one of his family. His daughter had come to me and said, ‘it’s not my father, you do know that?’.

“I worked in 1979 for Radio Dublin for almost nine months. I moved on to another pirate radio station after that. I wasn’t aware that he was abusing children; I was about 18 or 19 at the time and all I wanted to do was be on the radio.”

Asked what he recalled of Cooke, he says: “A strange, shifty, dirty guy; creepy, always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He never washed. He looked despicable; you almost felt sad for the guy. He had a bit of a violent temper, but he just kept to himself and I kept to myself.”

He does not believe the narrative that has taken hold in the media of late: that Cooke lured Philip back to the Radio Dublin studio in Inchicore, Dublin to show him around and once there fatally injured him and disposed of the body, probably in the Dublin Mountains.

Philip was last seen leaving his home in Rathfarnham at about 1.30pm, on Thursday, October 23rd, 1986, as he began his journey on foot back to Coláiste Éanna after lunch.

The mystery of what became of the 13-year-old shot back into the headlines in June when it emerged gardaí were being aided by a witness who said she was present when Philip was in the Radio Dublin studio.

She said she saw him lying injured on the floor. She then passed out. When she woke up, she was in a car with Cooke. Philip was not there.

The witness, herself an abuse victim and who was just a child when Philip vanished, came forward and gave a statement to gardaí earlier this year.

However, by that time Cooke was out of prison – he was serving a sentence for historical child sex abuse – and was in a hospice in Raheny, north Dublin, dying of cancer.

When some of the allegations were put to him, he is said to have made a confession of sorts, though the import of any words he may have uttered has not been revealed.

Garda inquiry

The witness also gave information about Philip’s schoolbag, which was found in a laneway near his home six days after he disappeared. She detailed how Cooke directed others to leave the bag there to confuse the Garda inquiry. The bag was tested for Cooke’s DNA and no link found.

That, of course, does not mean that he wasn’t involved. But O’Callaghan doesn’t believe it was him anyway.

“Quite a few indications seem to me that it’s got nothing to do with Eamon Cooke; let’s rule that out of the equation. There’s no body as far as I am concerned buried in a field up the Dublin Mountains.”

He has no confidence in the reported partial deathbed admissions by Cooke of being involved in the disappearance.

His information, from people who knew Cooke, was that he had Alzheimer’s and was medicated and close to death when gardaí spoke to him.

O’Callaghan dismisses as “nonsense” the suggestion a person in that condition could contribute credibly to a historic Garda investigation.

While the allegation Cooke had killed Philip was now in the public domain, O’Callaghan says it is impossible to see where that line of inquiry would, or indeed could, lead.

O’Callaghan has said one member of the public who contacted him believes a man he worked for for many years was linked to Philip’s murder and has nominated the garden at that man’s home in south Dublin as Philip’s burial place.

The former 2FM broadcaster, who now plies his trade with 4FM, told The Irish Times another man contacted him nominating the same suspect – who is now deceased – as the possible killer of another long-term missing person.

People have also contacted O’Callaghan with the names of men who abused them as part of a paedophile ring.

Influential

The deceased man, whose garden O’Callaghan believes may contain Philip’s remains, has been named as a member of a Dublin paedophile ring by several people who have contacted the broadcaster and writer.

“This is a ring of individuals who have protected this case,” says O’Callaghan, saying that, while the surviving members of the alleged ring are now into their 70s and 80s, they were still influential.

O’Callaghan has passed that information to the Garda, as well as the information about the garden in south Dublin he believes “should be searched” if only to rule it out.

Garda sources said they were aware of the information, saying it was being examined along with other lines of inquiry and the excavation of any land would take place if there were grounds for such a dig.

O’Callaghan says some of the people who contacted him went to the Garda, some about Philip, others about the abuse they had suffered and had a bad experience.

“The individuals who have come forward to me confidentially have said they were treated like third-rate citizens,” he says.

“Some of them were sexually abused, some of them were raped. They were told the information they were coming forward with was not accurate, that it was not a good idea to be saying what they were saying.”

He says the Garda has told him they will examine all the information he has passed on.

“Why don’t they just go and dig the garden?” asks O’Callaghan. “This is information that is not being given the respect it deserves.”

Other articles relevant to child sexual abuse see [constantly updated] Index Timeline of Newspaper Articles on Cathy Fox Blog [4]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2016 Jun 19 Sunday Times Did this DJ really kill Philip Cairns? http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/did-this-dj-really-kill-philip-cairns-wfgdblp6p

[2] 2016 Aug 13 Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/philip-cairns-a-ring-of-people-have-protected-this-case-1.2754635#.V7OXHL1ZjEU.twitter

[3] Facebook page Gareth O’Callaghan https://www.facebook.com/gareth.ocallaghan.1/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

[4] 2016 Cathy Fox Blog Index Timeline of Newspaper Articles on Cathy Fox Blog

[5] 2016 Jun 19 Cathy Fox Blog Eamon Cooke Appeal 1 2003 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/eamon-cooke-appeal-1-2003/

[6] 2016 Jun 19 Cathy Fox Blog Eamon Cooke Appeal 3 2015 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/eamon-cooke-appeal-2-2007/

[7] 2016 Jun 19 Cathy Fox Blog Eamon Cooke Appeal 2 2009 May 11 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/eamon-cooke-app

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

[J] 2016 Jan 5 Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-indigenous-australian-approach-to-healing-trauma/

[K] Survivors UK website for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men https://www.survivorsuk.org/ and twitter https://twitter.com/SurvivorsUK

[L] Voicing CSA website – http://voicingcsa.uk/ helps arrange survivors meetings in your area. Voicing CSA supports the IICSA and VSCP and works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email ecooke

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the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” Charles Peguy

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/philip-cairns-a-ring-of-people-have-protected-this-case-1.2754635#.V7OXHL1ZjEU.twitter

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/philip-cairns-murdered-by-eamon-cook-sunday-times-article-19-jun-2016/

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Incoherence of Blindness (Extremism)

Amid the race behind blood…

A state of madness is taking over the scene.

It is fanatically crazy. I don’t know where we are heading.
Everything is so mixed, we cannot differentiate anymore. Our extremism and theirs. Them and us.

What happened on the Greek airlines with the Arab passengers and the mad Israeli mass was by all means not different than the madness in opposing the Dabkeh in Bir Zeit University.

For the first instant. One would think… what? What are you talking about?

But if we just give our selves a passing breath of air we will realize that we are all driven by the same panic. A fear of something dark that will overwhelm our existence if we let go. We seem to protect ourselves with this shield of fear.

To arrive a level of radical extremism that cannot but defined by “apartheid” and “racism” in the scene that took place in the airplane. Brought to people’s minds those old days of black and white.

To get to a level where an Israeli is shocked with a panic attack at the scene of an Arab is both ridiculous and scary. I don’t think they exaggerated. They are really afraid.

It is likely that someone ignited all that emotional outrage. But the fact that everyone followed says a lot about the fear that was taking over the scene.

The same thing happened with the Dabkeh. When a Dabkeh becomes a threat to heritage when it is strict part of it, and a moving figure of a woman inside the stumping legs of this dance becomes pornographic.

Something horrible is taking place.

A fear of losing control on the extremity of the situation.
The madness that is endangering the street. Both within the Palestinian society and the Israeli society is a natural outcome of the “daesh” thinking that has been fostered in the last few years.

I think we already agree today, that #Daesh has nothing to do with Islam as a teaching. I hope that we already know as well, that, the notions and terms that can be taken from one book can be taken from another.

Promoting violence and hate is not hard after all within the text itself… all texts …

The whole idea of #Daesh is promoting fanatic thinking.

Extremism. Fostering hatred to anyone who is not “we”. Implanting fear as the roots of survival. Fear from the attack that is awaiting us from the other.

We are all joining this mass madness. Not allowing ration to lead us.

We Palestinians are celebrating our deaths. We are filling our thirst in the blood of our youngsters, not realizing that it is loss we are applauding. We stopped rationalizing between the songs of joy and songs of funerals. We actually commemorated our joy in death.

The Israelis are walking like humans in the land of Zombies. We are all the zombies that want to suck the blood out of their lives. Thye don’t realize that we strongly believe they are the vampires of a darker hollow past incarnated in the suits of liberal generations of men.

In Hebron two a man is shot in the head in the middle of a road in a busy sunny day of winter. Cars pass by. A man lying dead on the ground. It was another Palestinian that killed him… ok.

If it was an Israeli we would have declared their savagely behavior to the world. To realize later we are still living a clannish environment that didn’t recover from its medieval centuries of revenge. A total absence of the rule of law. What happened to all those investment in empowerment programs and rule of law? Where is the government? Where are the assigned people aside from the ranks thye all fight savagely to get?

No one can stop the flaw of revenge that started among the rival families. Shortly after, a video appeared with a young man from the deceased family abducting another young man from the killer family savagely torturing him. It was like those videos we have been seeing in Syria under Daesh or the military or whoever. I never believed those were true. And suddenly it was here….

People…. What happened to the intifada? The murders of the innocents by the Israelis? How fast did that pistol appear? How come there are armed people there? Who are those armed people? Why don’t they use it against the Israelis then?
Suddenly israle and occupation disappeared. Those two families put the country under stake of fire. A fire much more vicious than that of occupation. The university of Hebron was closed. Streets. Shops.

The president himself won’t dare to open his mouth.

And then, Israel wanted to prove the controversy, and they shoot to death four Palestinian youth in one instant… and we start our rage against them again. How criminal they are … savages…

It is true.
But,

The chaos of murder and crime that took place the moment before is much more dangerous. It is much more threatening to our lives than occupation itself…
It is the madness of the mass. The clans.

A Palestinian in Ara (north Israel-the triangle area) is the attacker of last week in Tel Aviv. Another controversy of being. A shock in the Israeli street. In the Palestinian society inside Israel. An approval on the other bank of this nationaland.

We look for heroes in martyrs and martyrs to be. And here we found one.
His father calls the police. His father is a known collaborator or police\military something. Another controversy.

The Palestinian inside israle ache for their Palestinian identity. But they don’t want to go to Palestine. They don’t want to become Palestine.

They also cheer from their end to our heroic acts and martyrs. Thye want more sacrifice. Like us.
But when this happened…. A state of panic occurred. Another split within the splatted fragmented society occurred.

What a mess.

The man was found yesterday after a haunt of a whole week. It was his father again who led to his son.

Did he sacrifice his son to israle or did he just try to maneuver around his fear. He wanted less damages in the damaging situation. He was screaming and his family loud all week that this son is crazy and has mental problems. He was adapting to Israeli scenarios of such attacks.

Israelis who kill Palestinians are always mentally disturbed.

They are …

And Palestinians are as well…
There is no normal human who can enjoy blood shed. There is no normal human that can go on his own legs to death.

But them and us.

And all those fanatics among them and us.

This madness needs to stop…

Original Article: https://nadiaharhash.com/2016/08/13/incoherence-of-blindness-extremism-2/

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Iraq: To The Victor Goes The Spoils

Recently Mr. Trump made a speech that was labeled as a foreign policy speech….as usual it was slap full of platitudes and one liners made for applause…..slogans for the nose picking ass scratchers…..

The one thought that I most liked (sarcasm) was the one about the invasion of Iraq and the oil…..

“We should have kept the oil,” Trump said during the middle of a 48-minute speech on radical Islam and national security that he delivered Monday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio.

This might seem like a minor aside coming from Trump, a provocative little I-told-you-so from a man who loves to tell you so. The fateful Iraq decision happened so long ago now: Why would the Republican nominee want to muddle a key distinction between himself and Hillary Clinton that, at least according to his revisionist history, works in his favor? But Trump’s point about the oil was an important one—so much so that he repeated it three more times. “I was saying this constantly and consistently to whoever would listen. I said: Keep the oil, keep the oil, keep the oil,” Trump recalled. “Don’t let someone else get it.”

I find it interesting that I probably watch his speeches more than the bloggers that claim they support him for president….instead these ass scratchers take their news and opinion from the nose picking Right….

With that said let me touch on the whole “we should have kept the oil“…….

Back in 2007 when Iraq was working on their new Iraqi Oil Law I wrote a couple of op-eds about the thing…..

Source: Who Gets Iraq’s Oil? – In Saner Thought

And

Source: Another Look At Iraq’s Oil Law – In Saner Thought

Since the US does not have nationalized oil industry we did the next best thing….we wrote an oil law that benefited the oil industry and NOT the people of Iraq…..

So Mr. Trump, in essence we did keep the oil from Iraq for ourselves……

Do I need to explain what a “production sharing agreement” to Mr. Trump?

I just did but NO one was reading…..

Applause lines are great but have NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING to do with reality or for that matter nothing to do with this election.

But that is what I have come to expect from the toads we run for president….all talk…NO knowledge!

Trump continued…….

Had the U.S. controlled Iraqi petroleum reserves, Trump argued, the Islamic State would not have been able to seize them years later and sell them to fund its terror operations and expansion in the region. Moreover, he said, the U.S. could have used the proceeds from selling oil to care for wounded troops; if the military had been managing the oil fields it seized in Iraq, it could have prevented the destabilization of the region and the rise of ISIS that followed the troop withdrawal on President Obama’s watch, he went on.“In the old days, when we won a war, to the victor belonged the spoils,” Trump said. “Instead, all we got from Iraq—and our adventures in the Middle East—was death, destruction and tremendous financial loss.”

I disagree….we did control the fields….but I will agree with the “death and destruction” part of his statement.

That is now fundamentally the “American Way“……

As I was writing this post a news item about the subject came to my attention…..

Iraq wants to review contracts with oil companies to cut the fees that the firms receive when crude prices are low, the OPEC nation’s new oil minister said, standing by a demand made by his predecessor.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali Al-Luaibi conveyed his position at a meeting on Monday in Baghdad with BP’s head in Iraq, Michael Townshend, the ministry said in a statement.

The minister also discussed increasing oil and gas output from BP’s giant Rumaila field in southern Iraq.

Iraq was in talks with foreign oil companies to link the fees they charge for developing their fields to oil prices and have them share the burden when markets go down, former oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told Reuters in January.

Iraq generates 95 percent of its public budget from oil sales. It has service agreements with companies including CNPC, BP, Shell, Eni, Exxon Mobil and Lukoil, which get paid for the extra barrels produced at fields awarded to them through a bidding process.

Current service agreements with oil companies are straining Iraq’s budget as the government pays them a fixed fee for increasing production at ageing fields. Its own revenue dropped as oil prices have more than halved compared to 2014.

(Reuters)

This has all the makings of a new problem for the companies doing business in Iraq…..could this be a new front in the war?

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