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Articles from No. 361, October

And the Oil Runneth Over.: As the Oil Flows, the Earth Bleeds. Photos Currently Being Exhibited by Oilwatch Illustrate Why. A Selection of Case Studies Compiled by the NI Adds to the Pictures
NIGERIANigeria was the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to the US in 2002, and a major supplier to Western Europe. From 1976 to 1996, 2.5 million barrels of oil spilled over the land and waterways of the Niger Delta - nearly 10 times more than was...
Encounter with the Miners of Potosi
THE miners of Potosi eat their coca leaves one by one. They place the stem between their front teeth and pull it through with their fingers, cleaving the juicy waxy leaflets, which go to join a pile that they store - like a cow collects its cud - in...
Everything's A-OK
The US Army - which partially sponsors Children's Television Workshop, makers of Sesame Street - has been using the American kids' TV show's relentlessly cheerful theme music to torture Iraqi prisoners.US 'psychological operations officers' intent on...
Evicted but Vindicated: Occupied Factory a Symbol of Resistance despite Police Raids
IN December 2001 workers took over the Brukman clothing factory in central Buenos Aires in an effort to preserve their livelihoods. Having survived two eviction orders, fended off countless police menaces and amassed an order book of around 4,000 new...
Gunfire on Rio's Mean Streets: Plagued by Gun-Crime, Brazilians Seek to Rid Their Streets of Firearms
BRAZIL isn't at war and hasn't been since 1945. But recent research shows that deaths from firearms in Rio de Janeiro are higher than in some of the worst conflicts of recent years, including those in Sierra Leone, ex-Yugoslavia and Uganda.And the cost...
Kicking the Oil-Habit: On the Campaign Trail
If we have to have pipelines, they must be made less destructive to people and the environment. Between now and the time when countries move away from oil development, NGOs are making a number of recommendations. They include:[Symbol Not Transcribed]...
Kicking the Oil-Habit: The Oil Party's over - Time to Clean Up the Mess
'We must face the prospect of changing our basic ways of living. This change will either be made on our own initiative in a planned way, or forced on us with chaos and suffering by the inexorable laws of nature.'Former US President Jimmy Carter (1976)Many...
Moths to the Flame: The More Effort That Goes into Protecting Oil Pipelines, the Less Secure Are the People Living around Them. Jason Hagen Investigates the Spiral of Pipeline Violence and Its Impact on Innocent Colombians
ONE autumn day last year in Colombia's Arauca province some 2,000 people were rounded up by the military in the town of Saravena. Using new emergency police powers, the military took these people to the local stadium. There they were photographed. Then...
Oil Pipelines; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR
THERE they were, blowing all over the park. A public park, where city dwellers come for play and enjoyment. A milk-crate-load of magazines, just dumped! I know it was a crate-load because that's what I carted them away in. I had to. Because although...
Once upon a Pipeline.: The Financial Risks They Take Up Front Justify the Profits They Make in the End, Say the Owners. Just Another Fairytale, Say James Marriott and Greg Muttitt
THE projected cost of the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline is $3.6 billion. The current annual capital expenditure of BP, the leading partner in the proposed pipeline, is $19 billion. Consequently, BP could easily afford to finance the pipeline...
Paul Biya [Worldbeaters]
Job: Perpetual President of Cameroon.Reputation: Esteemed Warrior Against Terrorism, Champion of Regional Political Stability and Friend to Business.AFRICANS have, with a few notable exceptions, been ill-served by their political leaders.Some have been...
Pipedreams: Pipelines Bring Jobs and Development to the Countries They Cross, Which in Turn Bring New-Found Economic Prosperity. Those Affected by the Minimal Disruption Are Amply Compensated. Yeah, Right. in Their Dreams. Here'show Some of the PR-Hype Used to Justify Africa's Newly Completed Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Is Translating in Reality
[Graph Not Transcribed]'Economy transformed!''Out of the estimated profits of $8 billion, Cameroon will receive 7%, Chad 22% and the [oil corporations] consortium 71%. The project's economic benefits are all the more reduced in Cameroon as the construction...
Pipelines to Power: As the Oil Runs out, Pipelines Are Being Taken to Ever More Violent Lengths. Chris Richards Traces a New World Order That's Mapped out by the Flow of Oil
[Graph Not Transcribed]WALK into any modern home and you'll find petroleum-based products everywhere: preservatives in foods: soapy detergent liquid: synthetic fibres in clothes and carpets: plastic bottles and bags: chemicals that fertilize plants:...
Raising the Dead: The Shocking Report of Peru's Truth Commission
NUMBERS matter. Figures tell a story. And the figure 69,280 holds especially potent meaning for Peruvians these days. The country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded its inquiries and found that this is the number of people killed or...
Running on Empty: Oil Is Disappearing Fast. Adam Porter Surveys the Consequences
IT is going to get messy. That is if the former industry executives, geologists and statisticians in the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) are correct, and oil reserves have started their decline.It will change the way we live. Oil is the...
Terror as Religion: Jeremy Seabrook Explores the Rites and Holy Precepts of the World's Newest Religion
It has always been the fate of religion to be pressed into the service of material interests. So today's resurgent assertion of religious identities continues a familiar process.When the United States publicly begs the blessing of the Almighty, as the...
The Blessed Curse: Quinton Temby Exposes the Negotiations to Pipe Oil Andgas Away from East Timor - and the Profit and Jobs That Flow Away with Them
As development of the rich oil and natural gas reserves in the Timor Sea near East Timor takes off, the Government hopes that investment by oil-industry giants will bring the petroleum onshore for processing. Ten thousand jobs could be created and untold...
The Hive and the Hard Drive a Fable of Corporate Consultation from Eastern Turkey
MEHMET is a beekeeper in the Turkish village of Hacibayram. It is a village with many hives and no people.Mehmet was born in Hacibayram. Like those he lived alongside, and those in generations before him, he worked the fields' pasture for livestock,...
The Men in Red a Fable of Corporate Compensation from Azerbaijan
'THEY were here yesterday. Men in red suits. We tried to talk with them, but they wouldn't talk. They just stayed outside the fence and looked. They wouldn't talk, and then they went away.'The elderly Shalala is tiny; she can't be much over five feet...
True Gold of Our Future: Costa Ricans Are Saying 'No!' to Oil Explorationcompanies. Mark Engler and Nadia Martinez Join the Growing Queue in Latin America to See How It Is Done
FOR activists engaged in seemingly impossible struggles with transnational oil interests, the scene might seem surreal. In May 2002 newly elected Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco stood on stage for his inaugural address and declared that his country...
Windows 11: Political Economy
The Wafer ManThe sounds of the little organ announced the wafer man's arrival in the neighbourhood. Made of wheat and air, and of music too, those crusty wafers made our mouths water.[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]The number of wafers...
Worldbeaters.Taking Aim at the Rich and Powerful; Paul Biya
Job: Perpetual President of Cameroon.Reputation: Esteemed Warrior Against Terrorism, Champion of Regional Political Stability and Friend to Business.AFRICANS have, with a few notable exceptions, been ill-served by their political leaders.Some have been...
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