Nigeria: “Shell has access to everything”

December 9, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

One of the main concerns of the Ogoni activist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa was the collusion between Shell and the Nigerian Government. We already know that this collusion went from the top levels of the government to routine logistical and financial support for the military. Saro-Wiwa once said that one of their protests was “anti-Shell, … Read More

Obama’s War Machine Goes Green

October 5, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, a report from Oil Change International, entitled A Climate of War, analysed both the greenhouse gas emissions of the war and the costs involved in fighting that war rather than climate change. The report contained many shocking facts but a couple were that the projected total US … Read More

Senators Accuse BP of “Blood Money” Handouts

July 15, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

For many in America, BP has been public enemy number one since the Deepwater disaster started on April 20th. It’s not only the disaster itself, but the way BP has handled itself before and since then that has added to the palatable anger. The failure by the company to stop the spill, the public gaffes … Read More

De-dollarisation of Oil Market by 2018

October 7, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Sometimes a story grows legs, other times it hits the dust. But yesterday’s front page story in the Independent about negotiations to end oil trading in dollars seems to have hit a raw nerve and sent shock-waves through the currency markets. In response to the story, gold is now trading at record levels and the … Read More

Oil Traders to Ditch the Dollar…

October 6, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 12 Comments

The dollar is sliding on the currency markets this morning after reports by the Independent newspaper that Arab states are in secret talks with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading. The move – if it happens – would be the most profound financial change in recent Middle East … Read More

Gordon Brown: “No Deal on Oil” Over Lockerbie

September 3, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

When the British Government sanctioned the release of the Lockberbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, they would have hoped that, after an initial outcry about his release, the matter would die down and something else would fill the news bulletins. But this Government has made an artform of creating a crisis out of a … Read More

Dick to the Rescue?

September 3, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Do not fear worry, everyone, Dick is coming to the rescue. For those of you who were worried that supplies of gas and oil would be disrupted after the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia, there is no need to worry as Old Dick Cheney is going to sort it out. In what could be … Read More