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INT'L NETWORK TO ABOLISH FOREIGN MILITARY BASES: Inaugural Conference Set for March 2007 in Ecuador

30 October 2005 -- After a long process of consultations and discussions, organizers have set 7-10 March 2007 as the date and Ecuador as the venue of the planned inaugural conference of an international network to abolish foreign military bases.

The conference is aimed to be the biggest gathering of anti-bases campaigners, researchers, and activists from around the world in recent history.

Since the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its coalition, there has been a renewed push on campaigning for the closure of foreign military bases around the world. The United States, among other countries with bases, maintains an estimated 725 bases and other forms of military presence in about 150 countries.

The United States' hands-on and far from impartial involvement in the
drafting of Iraq's constitution has ensured that the document is friendly
to big, international business. When Iraqis vote on the draft in October,
essentially they will be deciding whether to control their oil riches or
hand them over to foreign oil companies.

By Herbert Docena
Asia Times Online, September 1, 2005

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Article 25: "The state shall guarantee the reforming of the Iraqi economy
according to modern economic bases, in a way that ensures complete
investment of its resources, diversifying its sources and encouraging and
developing the private sector."

Article 26:
“The country shall guarantee the encouragement of investments in the
different sectors.”

Article 110:
“The federal government and the governments of the producing regions and
provinces together will draw up the necessary strategic policies to develop
oil and gas wealth to bring the greatest benefit for the Iraqi people,
relying on the most modern techniques of market principles and encouraging
investment.”
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By Walden Bello*
It was on the second day that I got the sense that things were coming together in a way akin to that whereby several climatic disturbances fuse to create what meteorologists have called the “perfect storm.”
It was probably the combination of eyewitness accounts that made clear beyond a shadow of doubt that the siege of Fallujah in November 2004 was a case of collective punishment; a damning expose of how the so-called reconstruction of Iraq was actually meant to make it a free-market paradise for corporations; and a chilling analysis of how White House presidential directives have made it possible for US agents to snatch anyone anywhere in the world and transport him or her to the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba on mere suspicion of being an “enemy combatant.”

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