Daily Archives: December 6, 2015

Paying climate debts for global climate justice

Helmut Selinger

The issue of worldwide climate injustice has been high on the agenda of the global climate movement for several years. This injustice stems from the fact that many countries of the Global South are suffering the worst effects of anthropogenic climate change even though they themselves played a very small role in creating it.

Whose oil conveys destroyed Russian jets?

Russian Defence Ministry accused Turkey of oil trade with ISIL. It is hard blow on Turkish image in the world. Turkey needed to deny allegations. Its current explanation: it was Kurdish oil.
Daily Sabah newspaper wrote: “The recent allegations put forth by Russia on Turkey – Daesh oil trade, which also involved Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, were denied by Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials.
Sherko Jawdat, the chairman of the KRG Parliament’s Energy Committee, said on Thursday that the oil tankers shown in the aerial photos and footage presented by Russia as evidence of the alleged trade are in fact carrying oil from the KRG to Ceyhan terminal in southern Turkey”.
Turkey really deals with Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government in oil trade and enlarges its cooperation. But Russian side quickly published new videos from Aleppo region, i.e. too far from Iraqi Kurdistan. What is the origin of this oil? It can’t come there from Iraq without ISIL.

Iraq continues to demand that Turkey withdraw its troops

Iraq continues to demand that Turkey withdraw its troops from its territory. But Iraq does not go beyond verbal demands. It seems it does not have any means of influence on Turkey.
Iraqi government has published new statement on December 5, though it is dated by December 3:
“It has been confirmed to us that Turkish troops numbering around one regiment armoured with tanks and artillery entered the Iraqi territory, and specifically the province of Nineveh claim that they are training Iraqi groups without the request or authorization from the Iraqi federal authorities and this is considered a serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty and does not conform with the good neighbourly relations between Iraq and Turkey.
The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to respect good neighbourly relations and to withdraw immediately from the Iraqi territory”.
Now they don’t condemn the intrusion on their territory but appeal for “good neighbourly relations”. It looks like Turkey continues its military presence for a long.