Tag: Iraq’s Odious Debts

Debt deal controversy: Iraq

(October 15, 2004) High-profile author-activist Naomi Klein this week alleged a consortium, involving a US investment firm linked to President George Bush’s Iraq debt envoy, James Baker, had offered to use its influence to help Kuwait collect $27 billion in reparations from Iraq.

Transparent arbitration should be used to handle Iraq’s odious debts

(September 24, 2004) Most debts created by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein were used to oppress the Iraqi people or were otherwise not used in the public interest. Such debt should qualify as “odious” according to international legal doctrine on the matter. Debt arbitration, which relies on the rule of law and a public judicial process, should be used to determine how much of the more than $120 billion in claims creditors currently hold against Iraq are legally enforceable, a new Cato Institute study contends.

Banking on empire

(February 4, 2004) Iraqi ministries will now be able to borrow billions of dollars to buy much-needed equipment from overseas suppliers, but only by mortgaging the national oil revenues through a bank managed by New York-based multinational JP Morgan Chase.