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- So seven years later it will come down to this weekend. Whether President Obama can withdraw all American combat troops from Iraq by August will be decided by the Iraqi elections this weekend. If the election passes off peacefully, American soldiers will probably go home on schedule. But if there is a repeat of the...
Continue reading 'Oil “Dominating” Iraqi Election Campaign'.
- Having written about Shell in Nigeria for over fifteen years, we have known that there was huge internal disquiet about the company’s operations in the country. In the aftermath of the murder of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995, Shell was pilloried in the international press for being complicit in his death and for being...
Continue reading 'Shell Employees Attack its “Repugnant” Behaviour in Nigeria'.
- Things are hotting up in the Niger Delta again and once again Shell finds itself at the centre of the vortex of violence and conflict. On Saturday the company had to shut three oil flow stations in the Delta region after a pipeline was sabotaged by armed gun-men. It was the same day as Nigeria’s...
Continue reading 'As violence starts again, Shell off-loads Nigerian assets'.
- Yesterday, the Financial Times rocked the oil world with a story about how the Chinese state-owned oil company, CNOC, was in talks with the Nigerian Government to buy large stakes in some of the country’s key oil blocks. The story was so compelling, because if it is accurate, it puts the Chinese in direct competition...
Continue reading 'Nigeria: MEND Dismiss Chinese Oil Bidders as “Locusts”'.
- A major two- year investigation by EarthRights International has found further, compelling evidence linking oil giants Total and Chevron to forced labour, killings, and high-level corruption in Burma. The important report, called Total Impact, documents how Total and Chevron’s highly controversial Yadana gas project has generated just under $5 billion for the ruthless military junta...
Continue reading 'Burma’s $5 Billion Blood Money'.
- A week ago, on the eve of a highly embarrassing trial, oil giant Shell was forced to pay out $15.5 million to settle a land-mark legal case that it had been fighting for thirteen years against the family of executed writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Nigerians. The legal case argued that Shell was complicit...
Continue reading 'Shell’s Secret Collusion Documents'.
- As president Obama reads the reactions to his first fleeting visit to the Middle East, his first proposed African visit is also causing quite a stir. In just over a month, Obama will undertake his first visit to the continent. The country he will visit is not the powerhouse of West Africa, Nigeria, but its...
Continue reading '“Our oil will be a blessing and not a curse”'.
- Tomorrow is the Shell AGM: the show case of the company’s year. Shell will be under fire from investors over corporate pay, but its record in Nigeria should be the real reason the company is in the spotlight. In the Hague, the main venue for Shell’s main AGM, the oil company’s top brass will be...
Continue reading '1,000 Reported Dead in Nigeria on Eve of Shell AGM'.
- In May 1998, 121 unarmed youths from the 42 communities of Ilajeland in the Niger Delta decided to join the waves of protests against the oil companies sweeping the region. Whereas many of the previous protests had been against Shell, the oil company operating in their area was Chevron. They got into boats and canoes...
Continue reading 'Justice Begins at Home'.
- If he was still alive, I wonder what Ken Saro-Wiwa would make of it all, if he could see his beloved Delta stuck in a vortex of violence that seemingly has no end. For a man who preached peace, he would undoubtedly despair at the continued kidnapping and bloodshed. Thirteen years after his death, there...
Continue reading '13 Years On and Death Still Stalks the Niger Delta'.
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