Libya, Elusive Revolutions and the Empire of Oil

Here you can find the script of Wilf’s JustShare talk on the interconnected subjects of Libya, revolutions, and oil empires, given on the 21st September 2011. There may have been minor edits and updates since its original publication.

LIBYA, ELUSIVE REVOLUTIONS AND THE EMPIRE OF OIL (PDF file – 11 pages, 245 KB)

In this talk Wilf offers a critique of what he calls the Empire of Global Capital, drawing together his experiences as a political economist, City analyst for an oil company, Ofgem director and Christian. Tracing the geo-politics and history of the Middle East and North Africa from the 19th century to today, he argues that the ‘crude motive’ for the US and UK’s interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya is, and always has been, oil.

Contents:
READING BETWEEN THE LINES
AFGHANISTAN AND STRATEGIC INTERESTS
ELUSIVE REVOLUTIONS
CRUDE MOTIVES
FROM 1911 to 2011
DE-STABILISING EGYPT?
FROM RAPPROCHEMENT TO CONFRONTATION: 2003 – 2011
THE LIBYAN PRESENT AND THE NTC
‘VICTORY’ IN LIBYA
WHO RULES THE MIDDLE EAST?
FLOATING ON OIL