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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

‘The Oil Complex’

Video of a worthwhile lecture (recorded in February this year) by Berkeley geographer Michael Watts breaking down the workings of the oil industry.  In the lecture–titled “Dispossession and Oil Violence”– Watts riffs off David Harvey’s explanation of the workings of neoliberalism, challenges the “the resource curse” theory, makes fun of Paul Collier’s ideas, and gives his

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Cost of Oil to Nigeria

“Nigeria is the world’s 8th largest producer of crude oil, yet remains one of its poorest nations — an estimated 70 percent of its 150 million residents live below the poverty line. The environment is paying a...

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

‘The Ballad of the Black Gold’

Keeping with the oil theme, here’s Talib Kweli, featuring his frequent collaborator Hi-Tek and Imani Uzuri, from June 2010.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Snake Oil

Chevron knows a thing or two about good PR. Something Shell and BP neglected to their peril. Of course we know the difference between good PR and actual actions. Let’s hope these pretty girls’ lives won’t be...