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A BBC Report: “Shell brought me here …”

In a video posted today on BBC News, the BBC’s International Development Correspondent Mark Doyle is shown in a helicopter, bullet proof vest atop of the foreign correspondent’s uniform–the baby-blue…..

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'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…..

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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…..

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(S)hell in the Niger Delta

Powerful Amnesty International spot for its campaign around conditions in Nigeria’s Niger Delta where the oil spills make the Gulf of Mexico look like a picnic. It also points to…..

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'A Time Bomb' in the Niger Delta

Trailer for “Sweet Crude,” a new documentary on the violent and exploitative (for the local population) politics of oil and the struggles to control this lucrative resource in Nigeria’s Niger…..

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Links

It’s Friday so here’s some links and stories I have managed not to give the proper treatment to this week. * What’s Jeffrey Gettleman problem? This week he has a…..

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NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE

It’s the 49th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from Britain this weekend. From the outset the colonial leaders wanted to prevent the country from developing, but the new leadership class has…..