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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…..

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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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The Dictator's Son

The New York Times recently (I am catching up on blogging this weekend) ran a front page story (complete with incriminating documents posted online) on the reasons why Teodoro Nguema…..

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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…..

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THE SO-CALLED "RESOURCE CURSE"

The producers at Al Jazeera English’s “People and Power” program investigates the appropriation of profits from rich natural resources, mainly oil, by Congo-Brazzaville’s political leadership. The family of life President…..

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WHERE DO AMERICAN OIL IMPORTS COME FROM?

The latest statistics (they get updated once a month) from the Energy Information Administration, “the official energy statistics” of the United States government. Nigeria (769,000 barrels a day) and Angola…..