Friday, July 6, 2007

  • Founder of Iraq Oil Workers Union Rejects U.S.-Backed Oil Law as "Robbery"


    As the Iraqi Cabinet approves part of a controversial oil law, we speak with Faleh Abood Umara, the general secretary of the Federation of Oil Unions and a founding member of the oil workers union in Iraq. He calls on Iraqi lawmakers to reject the legislation. We also speak with Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, president of the Electrical Utility Workers Union and the first woman to head a national union in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

  • An Iraqi Rhapsody: Poet & Novelist Sinan Antoon on the U.S. Destruction of the Iraqi State, His Latest Novel and the Sad Statement that Iraq was Better Under Saddam Hussein


    Iraqi-born poet and novelist Sinan Antoon joins us in our firehouse studio to discuss the U.S. occupation of Iraq, his latest novel, "I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody," poetry and much more. Antoon says, "Even if there is withdrawal, it’s going to be withdrawal Israeli-style: from urban centers to the military bases ... that have been built there with millions and millions of dollars. This is the old colonial style: When it’s too costly, you let the natives kill each other, let the natives police each other." [includes rush transcript]

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