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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fighting back

Throughout the developing world, movements are gathering to arrest the tide of national resources being stolen by Western multinationals. Take the example of Nigeria:

"Militants behind attacks aimed at disrupting Nigeria's oil exports said they will target all producers in the country, in a message singling out U.S.-based Chevron.

"The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which has caused major disruption at Royal Dutch Shell and kidnapped four foreign oil workers, said it has also attacked installations run by France's Total and Italy's Agip, a unit of ENI.

"So far, Shell is the only major operator to have said it suffered at the hands of the ethnic Ijaw militants, who are demanding greater control for the impoverished local people over the delta's enormous oil wealth."

Bolivia is also aiming to lessen Western influence:

"Evo Morales takes office as Bolivia's president today after promising to help the poor and seize control of the nation's energy reserves from multinational companies such as Repsol YPF SA of Spain and France's Total SA.

"Morales, an activist for indigenous rights, said one of his first acts as president will be to sign an agreement with state- owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to help develop Bolivia's gas reserves, the second-largest in South America, according to Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez."

Such struggles - connected by a desire to not prostitute an economy to US-led international monetary funds - suggest a growing awareness of successfully tackling Washington-led policies.

7 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

"Stolen"? How?

Monday, January 23, 2006 9:21:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

P.S. This Nigerian group you're talking about is also holding four hostages, one of them critically ill, and is threatening to kill the lot if the sick one dies.

As a man more famous than I once said, Have you no shame?

Monday, January 23, 2006 9:34:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Some on Shab,

Stop feinging ignorance. Stolen as in maybe you should read a little history abtou how the US has made shady deals with corrupt leaders to obtain resources on the cheap.

Yes the hostage situation is unfortunate, but Sheel has been involved at the highest levels with the military in suppressing the people of Nigeria. There is no effro to even hide the fribes and corruption.

Again, we see a country right in resources, who suffer from high levels of poverty.

Monday, January 23, 2006 10:24:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Thanks, Addamo, but I was really directing my question towards Anty, who feigns peace-loving humanism on the one hand and yet is quite willing to see a few eggs broken to make his global progressive omlette.

Monday, January 23, 2006 10:34:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Sorry to but in Shab,

But I missed the part where Ant actually endorses the taking of hostages. I know that you're smarter than to suggest that aknowledging the signs is not the same as siding with the militants.

Monday, January 23, 2006 10:42:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Sure, he doesn't explicitly endorse it, but nor does he mention this murderousness - and I've heard about this case several times just on the regular TV news. So he either is ignorant of the tactics - i.e. threatening death - which go beyond "disrupting Nigeria's oil exports", or he tacitly doesn't mind a bit of biffo in the cause. Which, as I say, is a bit odd for someone who claims to be such a humanist.

And remember, Anty has applauded Western casualties in Iraq, as an way to end the "imperial war".

Furthermore, I wonder how the Nigerians employed to work in the oil fields and so on feel about their employment and lives being jeopardized? Remember, things that progressives love from afar often have real consequences for real poor people in targeted countries. (Think Arundhati Roy's ridiculous campaign against mobile phones, for one slightly more comical example).

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:11:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Shab,

"And remember, Anty has applauded Western casualties in Iraq, as an way to end the "imperial war"

Every time you spin this argument, you embelish it further. Ant has never applauded Western casualties. Much as you want everyone to believe that.

And those Nigerian's being employed are probably a minority who are being paid minimum wage.

I wonder what those same people woudl say to more food, hospitals, shcools and otehr infrastructure being built or upgraded.

Do I take it you are opposed to the US bombing which killed women, children and 2 sets of grandparents in Pakistan? I always seem to miss your posts expressing your outrgae at these crimes.

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:55:00 am  

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