The “mother of all sell-outs”

June 19, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

UPDATE 6/24: The Wall St. Journal has an interesting article on this. Way back in November 2002, as the build up to the war in Iraq gathered pace, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared on the Arabic Service of Monte Carlo radio, in an address targeted at the Iraqi people. “The idea that this … Read More

1,000 Reported Dead in Nigeria on Eve of Shell AGM

May 18, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

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 … Read More

Russia Warns of Oil Wars in the Arctic

May 14, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

A true addict does not know that it is addicted. It does not know when to seek help. It cannot tell when its actions move from the sublime to the ridiculous. It cannot tell it is time to wean itself off a lethal product before it self-destructs. Russia threatening war in the Arctic over oil … Read More

Welcome to the “Oil War”

September 15, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 3 Comments

So finally it comes to this… The Niger Delta is at “war”. Yesterday, the region’s most prominent militant group, MEND declared an “oil war”, warning all oil workers to evacuate the delta immediately. This morning, true to their word, MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) attacked a Shell flow station in … Read More

Bush’s Iranian legacy

July 2, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Poor old George. He doesn’t quite get it. He doesn’t quite understand that what he does with his right hand impacts what he does with his left. Take the thorny issue of Iran. There is increasing speculation that Bush wants one major shot at Iran before he leaves office. Writing in the New Yorker this … Read More

Climate Change “May Put World at War”

April 23, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading think tank has warned. The Royal United Services Institute, based in the UK, said a tenfold increase in research spending, comparable to the amount spent on the Apollo space programme, will … Read More

MEND Threatens War

April 21, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Many years ago, before he died in a plane crash, the Nigerian academic Claude Ake warned about the consequences of the militarisation of commerce. Over a decade later, the spiral of violence concerning oil continues. Ake’s painful warning has come true. As America conducts more naval maneuvers in the Gulf of Guinea, the Movement for … Read More

Iraq War Fuel Costs Soar

April 3, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

So you think you’re being ripped off by Big Oil? Spare a thought for the poor old American military in Iraq that is burning fuel at a staggering rate. Military units pay an average of $3.23 a gallon for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, some $88 a day per service member in Iraq, according to … Read More