Magazine article New Internationalist

The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria

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The Next Gulf London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria by Andy Rowell, James Marriott & Lorne Stockman (Constable ISBN 1-84529-259-6)

Ten years after the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria stands at a turning point. The oil and gas from the Niger Delta is seen as increasingly important to the United States' 'energy security'. The US military is building up their presence in the region as well as providing training for local forces and looking into using the nearby island of São Tomé as a base for possible 'forward operations'.

This is potentially bad news for those in the region who have already had first-hand experience of the human rights abuses that foreign fossil-fuel expropriators have carried out with impunity. But rather than continue to live in poverty as their environment is desecrated and their assets stripped, the local people have put together an alternative vision of the future that puts them in control. …

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