AVAAZ.org – Make Some Noise!

// May 22nd, 2007 // Blog

I'm sure that most of you have heard about this great-yet-simple activist site by now. For once, i was not the last one to know. I have been following them for a while, but kept on forgetting to mention them here. So, for the few of you who don't know about Avaaz.org, please check out the site right this minute, and get involved. It's so easy, but it will hopefully be an effective stratagem to grab the attention of the world's movers and shakers, to actually encourage them to move and shake in an ethical manner!

The latest campaign is to help keep Iraq's oil in Iraqi hands. Extract from the e-letter:

Amidst rising bloodshed, President Bush has told the Iraqi Parliament they have till the 31st of May to pass a flawed oil law that could give multinational companies unprecedented control of Iraq's oil fields. But some Iraqi leaders are daring to resist – and they need our help.

Two weeks from now, members of the Iraqi Parliament — including Sunni, Kurdish and Shia leaders — are planning to read Avaaz's petition of solidarity from the floor of Parliament. They say this statement of global support for Iraqi sovereignty will strengthen the resolve of their colleagues to face down Bush and big oil companies by opposing this law. So sign the petition today–let's make 100,000 voices heard in Iraq's Parliament before they vote:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

Our simple message: we support Iraq's sovereign right to its own oil. Revenue from oil should be distributed fairly to the Iraqi people. And the Iraqi national parliament should decide this without foreign influence.

Oil accounts for 70% of Iraq's national income. The proposed oil law would give multinational companies broad control of those revenues for three decades — a deal more generous than any in the Middle East. In most countries, oil corporations perform services under contracts with governments. In Iraq, foreign companies would sit on the national council that gives out the contracts.

Here's how the head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hassan Jum'a Awwad, put it:

“Iraq is passing through the most difficult of times, because all and sundry are hounding it and covet a share of its riches. Everyone knows that the oil law does not serve the Iraqi people, and that it serves Bush, his supporters and the foreign companies at their expense.”

It's a rare sign of hope to see Iraqis coming together on anything, but this law is bad enough to unite almost everyone. Iraqis are asking for our help. Let's tell them the world supports their right to set their own future. Sign on and help us reach 100,000 voices before they present the petition to the Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

We are always signing petitions, and often nothing gets done in response. But these guys seem to be combining petition power with real activism, and i am praying that with enough support, things will change – one step at a time, inshā’Allāh. This will not bring about world peace in itself, but it's a start, and we have to start somewhere, right?

4 Responses to “AVAAZ.org – Make Some Noise!”

  1. God Bless America says:

    I believe that the oil restructuring bill will not be signed off by the iraqi parliament with or with out the petition above. To do other wise would be political suicide. But as they, it never hurts to have a plan B.
    I Signed the petition!

  2. iMuslim says:

    Thanks, GBA (hmm… reminds me of GBH – grievous bodily harm – coincidence?)

  3. Ibro says:

    America has divided many countrys already like South and North Corea ,Bosnia and Herzegovina 49% of the Islamic land they gave to terrorist “Srbs”Richard Hollbrook chief of UN was a mastermind for genocide in Srebrenica Bosnia 8000 innocent people have been killed including women and children and now he is a good man shoulder to shoulder whit president Bush and that is three times more then how many people have been killed on september 11,how many thousend of people are killed in Afghanistan ,Iraq,Palestine and other Islamic states.My opinion is that the Americans are only after Islamic terrorist not after all terrorist like American, Russians ,Israelis,and others christian radicals
    I want to THank You AVAAZ for your hard work.

  4. iMuslim says:

    Politics is a dirty game, Ibro; every nation has its dark side. Thanks for stopping by.

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