116. Iran oil, west finance..?

June 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

Is this true?

Unlike in the West, where governments are owned and run by the banking and financial system, in Iran its the Oil Ministry that controls the purse strings and calls the shots. The Khamenei faction has gradually been taking over key positions in the ministry and its myriad state corporations.

It should be remembered that when Ahmadinejad gained power he was able to put in his own appointees as ministers, except for the key Oil Ministry, where the Majlis, or parliament, twice rejected his appointments and appointed someone acceptable to the “Oil Mafia” more or less identified with former president Hashemi Rafsanjani.

In the past couple of years, we have finally seen a new oil minister appointed by Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. In August 2007, National Iranian Oil Company boss Gholamhossein Nozari took over from Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh. Most of the old guard – people like Kazempour Ardebili, who was for 20 years Irans representative at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and several others of long standing in key positions – have “retired” or become “advisers”.

Having finally wrested control after years of struggle of the oil revenues from the Rafsanjani faction, the Khameneiites are in no mood to give it up.

Ahmadinejad is, as far as I know, not one of the beneficiaries being a genuinely honest and religious man, but is a useful appointee in the same way that George W Bush was a useful cipher for Big Oil, before Big Money reasserted control in the US.

via Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs.

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