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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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'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.

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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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(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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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…..