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Latest update : 2011-04-19

Links between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tues., 19/4/2011: The Independent leads with details on meetings between British ministers and representatives of BP and Shell some five months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A new book by oil campaigner Greg Muttitt claims oil was one of the UK government’s main strategic considerations for going to war in Iraq. Also, US debt and how swearing can relieve pain!

 

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Some articles from today’s international press review:
 
The Independent: Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq
 
Financial Times: “Warning shot to Washington”
 
Wall Street Journal (Europe): “Warning on US debt roils markets”
 
The Guardian: Wall Street shares slump as S&P downgrades US debt outlook
 
Washington Post: Standard & Poor’s is right
 
Il Messagero (Italy): « Treni fermati, Ue: Parigi ne aveva il diritto » (Train stoppages, EU backs Paris)
 
Daily Telegraph: Swearing numbs pain

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