The United Nations Oil-for-food programme allows Iraq to export more oil in return for humanitarian relief packages covering a series of basic necessities. In one week, Baghdad’s crude exports jumped from just over 5 million barrels per day to 19.3 million in the week ending November 1st, according to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, bringing 430m. USD in revenue.
Meanwhile, 5 members of the UN instection team arrived at the crossing point of Arar on the Iraq-Saudi Arabia border, to set up a UN inspection site in the vicinity. This is expected to be in operation by Friday and will be the fifth border post for the import of goods under the oil-for-food programme.
John ASHTEAD PRAVDA.Ru LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill