“Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil”

AMY GOODMAN: John Ghazvinian has just returned from Nigeria, where oil has been the driving force behind a longstanding bloodshed. Protesters in Ogoniland have just ended their week-long occupation of a major oil pipeline hub that forced Royal Dutch Shell to cut their daily production by nearly 40%. In recent weeks, villagers demanding compensation and regional control over Nigerian oil have kidnapped at least thirteen foreign workers, occupied a Chevron oilfield and bombed other international oil pipelines. Two major US companies, Chevron and Hercules Offshore, are evacuating all their nonessential workers from the oil-rich country. read more

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