Sunday, December 30, 2012

US deploying troops to 35 African countries — RT

U.S. Marines arrive with equipment at the United States
 embassy in Monrovia, Liberia (Reuters / Luc Gnago)
US deploying troops to 35 African countries — RT: "The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year."

Friday, December 21, 2012

In Nigeria, capitalist greed wastes petrol, impoverishes people

Burning Pipeline Fire Sign of Nigeria's Woes - ABC News: "The pipeline explosion here in Ije Ododo shows the ongoing problems oil-rich Nigeria faces. While the nation's politicians and businessmen have long profited from the country's production of roughly 2 million barrels of oil a day, many Nigerians remain desperately poor and take dangerous risks to try and earn a living.

Meanwhile, nothing ever seems to change, locals say.

"That sort of thing always happens every year," resident Samuel Otor said with a shrug."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Road traffic a prolific killer

Police: 27 Killed in North Nigeria Traffic Crash - ABC News: "Police in northwest Nigeria say 27 people riding atop a truck carrying livestock have been killed when it tipped over and crashed.

...Traffic crashes remain common in Nigeria, a nation with potholed highways and many speeding drivers. The World Health Organization has said Nigeria is the third worst country for traffic fatalities, after China and India."

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Global plan: feed cars, starve children, blame climate

Climate change will mean more malnourished children, experts warn | Global development | ""What we are seeing already in northern Kenya and parts of Africa is food prices skyrocketing as farmers' production declines in successive droughts," said Mohamed Adow, climate adviser to Christian Aid. "The number of people is growing, putting extra stress on food production.""

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Friday, November 30, 2012

People oppose e-tolling, demand better public transport. Solution? Free Public Transport

All the latest news from the anti e-tolling marches - Times LIVE: "Dakile said the people would not accept the roll-out of e-tolling on roads between Johannesburg and Pretoria.

 "The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The public transport in this country is a mess."" 

"...This e-tolling thing is another way to steal from the poor." Vavi said suggestions that people instead use taxis were "nonsense", as taxis were "moving coffins".

"We are saying use these yourself. Premier, can you get in the taxi? We want the public transit system now. 

"Don't be arrogant with power, because we as workers will take that power and then you will be ordinary people," Vavi said.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mad, reckless race for oil profits

Exxon warning adds to Nigeria oil output problems | Reuters: "Nigeria is among the world's top 10 crude oil exporters and usually ships around 2 million bpd, but a major fire caused by oil theft, Exxon's spill and flooding have severely hit output."

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nigeria Exxon spill spreads for miles along coast | Reuters

Nigeria Exxon spill spreads for miles along coast | Reuters: "(Reuters) - An oil spill at an ExxonMobil facility offshore from the Niger Delta has spread at least 20 miles from its source, coating waters used by fishermen in a film of sludge."

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Pipelines will require more totalitarianism as oil runs out

Shell shuts 25,000 bpd oil pipeline in Nigeria due to theft damage | Reuters: "(Reuters) - Shell (RDSa.L) shut its Imo River oil pipeline in Nigeria on October 31 due to damage caused by thieves and deferred 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production, the company's local unit said on Sunday.

This latest outage will add to a growing list of production problems for Africa's biggest oil exporter."

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Worse than #sandy, Nigeria Floods Kill Hundreds, Displace 2.1 Million

Children paddle a canoe along a flooded road near houses after a heavy downpour in Ikorodu, Nigeria. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria Floods Kill Hundreds, Displace 2.1 Million: "LAGOS, Nigeria -- Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency says 363 people died over months of flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were displaced."

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Nigeria spill said to spread 'for miles' -

Nigeria spill said to spread 'for miles' - "An oil spill near an ExxonMobil oilfield off the south-east coast of Nigeria has reportedly spread along the shore for about 15 miles, and locals said it was killing fish they depend on to live."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Must the poor go hungry just so the rich can drive? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

Must the poor go hungry just so the rich can drive? | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian: "Biofuels are the means by which governments in the rich world avoid hard choices. Rather than raise fuel economy standards as far as technology allows, rather than promoting a shift from driving to public transport, walking and cycling, rather than insisting on better town planning to reduce the need to travel, they have chosen to exchange our wild overconsumption of petroleum for the wild overconsumption of fuel made from crops. No one has to drive less or make a better car: everything remains the same except the source of fuel. The result is a competition between the world's richest and poorest consumers, a contest between overconsumption and survival."

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Insight: A year on, Nigeria's oil still poisons Ogoniland | Reuters

A man samples crude oil at the bank of a polluted river in Bidere community in Ogoniland in Nigeria's delta region August 20, 2011. Picture taken August 20, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Akintunde AkinleyeInsight: A year on, Nigeria's oil still poisons Ogoniland | Reuters: "(Reuters) - A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says 'caution: not fit for use', and the sulphurous stink off the water that children still pump into buckets sharply reinforces that warning."

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Wikileaks: U.S. cables show Shell controls Nigeria government "The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians' every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Nigeria: the wages of oil -- death

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At least 95 killed in Nigeria tanker truck fire - SFGate: People gather next to a burnt minibus after a Nigerian petrol tanker tipped over and pools of spilled oil caught fire in Okogbe on July 12, 2012. More than 100 people who rushed to scoop up fuel after a Nigerian petrol tanker tipped over on July 12 were killed. Children were among those killed, while dozens more were badly burned, despite a warning from troops who arrived at the crash site that a blaze could ignite at any moment. The tanker driving in the southern Rivers state swerved as it was trying to avoid a collision with three oncoming vehicles including a bus, said Kayode Olagunju, head of the state's Federal Road Safety Commission.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Morocco protests fill Casablanca streets | CollapseNet

Morocco protests fill Casablanca streets | CollapseNet: ""There are more than 50,000 people who are demonstrating to call on the government to start a genuine dialogue addressing our country's social ills," opposition Socialist MP Hassan Tariq said on Sunday.""

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

If we had no oil, we would not be attacked.

South Sudan civilians are trapped in conflict over oil - The Washington Post: "Since the attack, there have been more bombings, more deaths and a growing unease that this nation’s prized asset is becoming its biggest misfortune. “If we had no oil,” said Nyak, 27, seated outside her hut, “we would not be attacked.”"

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

People of Egypt continue to reject U.S. puppets

The Associated Press: Tens of thousands protest military's rule in Egypt: "CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters packed Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstration in months against the ruling military, aimed at stepping up pressure on the generals to hand over power to civilians and bar ex-regime members from running in upcoming presidential elections."

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

People of Egypt have to overcome their own army which is funded by the U.S.

To keep access to oil regions, the U.S. backs corrupt governments. The people of Egypt are fighting back. As long as oil continues to be wasted with the auto-and-sprawl system, the oil companies will have tremendous power. As the oil runs out, they will switch to gas. We have to stop the waste, or the wars, dictators, and corrupt regimes will have an endless supply of  money.