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Blood in Beirut: $75.05 a Barrel

Greg Palast 

mideastmapThe failure to stop the bloodletting in the Middle East, Exxon’s record second-quarter profits and Iran’s nuclear cat-and-mouse game have something in common — it’s the oil.

The Guardian

I can’t tell you how it started — this is a war that’s been fought since the Levites clashed with the Philistines — but I can tell you why the current mayhem has not been stopped. It’s the oil. …more

But Syria’sly, Folks!

Greg Palast 

The New York Times today reported that, at the meeting of nations on the Mideast’s future held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Sharaa criticized the US occupation of Iraq. …more