Nouri al-Maliki ups stakes in Syria
Alongside Iran, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered his full support to Damascus, despite the risk that this could pull Iraq into a regional conflict. [...]
France’s Total is one of the world’s top seven oil and oil products companies and is involved in every aspect of the oil chain from extraction to sales. In the early 2000s, it merged with Elf Aquitaine and was called TotalFinaElf before changing its name back to Total.
Despite Nicolas Sarkozy's determination that they make their mark in Iraq, French companies have yet to catch up with their European and U.S. competitors and now a number of them, jaded by Iraq's bureaucracy and insecurity, are turning their attentions [. [...]
The payment of kick-backs to influential ‘agents’ has become old-hat: these days, major international contracts are won by buying confidential information from the private consultants in charge of assessing bids. The practice is little-known but is widespread in all areas [. [...]