First Iraq graphic novel launched

6 November 2007 - 3:49pm
Press release

The book - Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover - is launched with comic publisher Boychild Productions before a public event tonight during the London international comics festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Guardian columnist Seumas Milne will chair a discussion between the novel's award-winning script writer, Sean Michael Wilson, and its illustrator, Lee O'Connor.

The launch comes as War on Want intensifies pressure on the British government to regulate UK companies operating in countries such as Iraq. In the book, Nazem, a young Iraqi man, returns to Basra after studying medicine in London, to find his country torn apart by war and the exploitation and conflict generated by foreign companies seeking to profit from the occupation.

Amid the daily violence suffered by Iraqis, multinational companies and the US and British governments are exploiting the country's weakness to secure long-term control over its huge oil reserves.

And private military and security firms are making a killing in Iraq, while remaining unaccountable for many human rights abuses and deaths caused by mercenary soldiers. As Nazem discovers the extent of the corporate takeover of Iraq, he decides to act.

Ruth Tanner, senior campaigns officer at War on Want, said: "Our new graphic novel allows us to get across the message that companies are profiting from conflict at the expense of the poor. The British government must heed that message with regulation to curb abuses by big business, especially in conflict zones such as Iraq."

Copies of the novel, price £5 (US$10), are available here, along with a short preview and a film trailer.

 


 

CONTACT: Paul Collins, War on Want media office (+44) (0)20 7549 0584 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

]]>

Cultural Resistance

Culture can speak truth to power, and create and maintain hope where previously it had been extinguished.

We believe that culture has a crucial role to play in the struggle for a better, socially just world

Latest news

Comment: Supreme Court must find for worker's rights in gig economy case

20 February 2018 - 11:30am

Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The supreme court case must confirm what many courts have already decided, that claiming these workers were self-employed is a ploy to dodge taxes and deny worker’s rights, such as holiday and sick pay.

Read more

War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

Read more

Join the conversation

RT @nusBSC: Friday 23rd - Rich Mix London, Shoreditch Sounds of Resistance ft @BZephaniah, @Remroum and more Organised by @Art4PalestineUK 3 hours 53 min ago
Tomorrow night – Remi Kanazi LIVE at the Palestine Museum & Cultural centre, #Bristol: https://t.co/vGZgW8R9U9 Ded… https://t.co/57lAhjkMhE 10 hours 14 min ago
What is #apartheid, and how does that word describe #Israel’s regime of control over Palestinians? Read our piece i… https://t.co/XmzbOc1LzV 12 hours 13 min ago