[act-ma] [UJP Activist] Author-Activist Greg Muttitt on War, Oil, and Labor in Iraq

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UJP Activist: Author-Activist Greg Muttitt on War, Oil, and Labor in Iraq


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When: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: AFSC Office • 2161 Massachusetts Ave. • Cambridge 


At the Home of Terry Rockefeller

When: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 6:00 pm

Where: 246 Park Avenue • Arlington

Meet visiting British author, Greg Muttitt, when he discusses he new book, Fuel
on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.Since 2003, Gregg has tracked how
western oil interests pursued their agenda through the occupation of Iraq. 
Central to his story is the struggle of Iraqi oil workers and activists to
control their future. Greg’s work is well known in Iraq and in the
international anti-war movement, and has had a central influence on policy
debates in Baghdad.


The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken
country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why
and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years? And why did the troops
have to leave? Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated the last
decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to
answer these questions and tells the untold story of the oil politics that
played out through the occupation. We see how Iraqis struggled for their own say
in their future, despite their dysfunctional government and rising levels of

Drawing upon hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive
interviews with senior American, British, and Iraqi officials, Muttitt exposes
the plans and preparations that were in place to shape policies in favor of
American and British energy interests. We follow him through a labyrinth of
clandestine meetings, reneged promises, and abuses of power; we also see how
Iraqis struggled for their own say in their future, in spite of their
dysfunctional government and rising levels of violence. Through their stories,
we begin to see a very different Iraq from the one our politicians have told us

In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya, and renewed threats against
Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq and of
the global consequences of our persistent oil addiction.

And here's what some other folks have said about the UK edition of the book:

"Nothing short of a secret history of the war" - Naomi Klein

"Excellent... a textbook example of how international pressures are put on
politicians to get them to buckle" - The Guardian

"Set to turn our understanding of the war on its head" - The Independent

"Will trouble the most ardent liberal interventionist" - Petroleum Economist

"The Iraqi civil society voices resound with dignity in this brilliant,
comprehensive account" - New Internationalist


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