In the latest issue of Ms. Magazine, Martha Burk’s “Crude Awakening” draws fresh connections between the United States’ oil interests and its willingness to overlook gross violations of women’s rights, especially in oil-rich nations.

Writes Burk: “Whether supporting gender apartheid abroad, or sacrificing feeding programs for U.S. women and children so that ExxonMobil can get a tax break, or simply standing by while the company reaps record profits at the expense of women who must drive to work and heat their houses, U.S. priorities are consistent: Oil wins over women’s rights hands down…”

Check out “Crude Awakening” for an interesting perspective on how oil profits are implicated in perpetuating war, human rights violations, and the foreign policy that fuels them.