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View Diary: Goodnight and Goodluck Jonathan: The Niger Delta Cries Out for EcoJustice (32 comments)

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  •  wooooww... remember when (3+ / 0-)
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    calls to mind Sebastian Unger's incredibleVF piece in '07 and  above mentined Watts writes of MEND ... the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta)

    A spectacular escalation in violent attacks on oil installations and abduction of oil workers beginning in December 2005 and January-February 2006 by a shadowy and largely unknown militant group MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta), have thrown into dramatic relief the enormous fragility of the Nigeria's oil economy. Among MEND's demands were the release of two key Ijaw leaders but as their operations became more brazen and daring so did their political demands. MEND claimed a goal of cutting Nigerian output by 30 per cent. Within the first three months of 2006, $1 billion in oil revenues had been lost and over 29 Nigerian military had been killed in the uprising. By early July 2007, 700,000 barrels per day were shut (deferred) by growing political instability and insurgent attacks. The situation across the oilfields is now as fraught as at any time since the onset of civil war in 1967. How did this instability and political order arise and does it reflect, as some have suggested, an oil insurgency draped in the garb of organised crime?

    "And the dream lives on" Edward M. Kennedy

    by boatsie on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 07:48:01 PM PST

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    •  Watts has been front and center of this (2+ / 0-)
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      I didn't have enough space in the diary but there is so much more that Watts writes about between the photos in the book. The whole colonial history, all the way back to when the Delta was first settled by these warrior spirits. They had to be fierce and tough just to survive in the swamps, and in a sense that's what MEND is all about. It ain't no picnic for sure, and it's not as simple as good natives vs. evil oil company either. I'm still learning a lot more about this...

      Live life. Not too fast. Mostly walk. (or bike)

      by citisven on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:01:36 PM PST

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