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Since its 2005 takeover of Unocal, US oil giant Chevron has been one of the joint venture partners developing the Yadana offshore gas field in Burma, which earns the military regime millions of dollars. Chevron also owns Texaco.

In response to calls from Burma’s democracy movement, the Burma Campaign UK and other campaign groups around the world have been pressuring companies to sever business ties with Burma.

Please contact one or more of the companies on the Dirty List and ask them to cut their ties with Burma’s military government. If appropriate, tell them you will not purchase their products as long as they continue to support the regime in Burma.

I dont drive. So i don't buy Chevron Gasoline.

There will be a big critical mass friday in
SF at 6pm at Embarcadero and Market streets.

15th aniversary.

Chevron does nasty things in other places:

This Day (Lagos)

16 August 2007 - Constance Ikokwu  - Washington, DC

In a landmark development which could open the door for a flood of lawsuits against oil companies operating in the country, Chevron Nigeria Ltd is to stand trial later this year in the United States for the alleged murder of villagers in the Niger Delta region in two separate incidents in 1998 and 1999.

In a series of ruling issued yesterday, the United States (US) District Court Judge in San Francisco, Susan Illston, ruled that Chevron was directly involved in the alleged attacks by acting in consonance with Nigerian government security forces, paving the way for a trial which the company had made spirited attempts to avoid for eight years.

The lawsuit was brought against Chevron eight years ago in San Francisco Federal Court by nine Nigerian plaintiffs for alleged deaths and other abuses in the two incidents in 1998 and 1999. The plaintiffs assert claims ranging from torture to wrongful death.

According to information made available to THISDAY, Judge Illston "found evidence that CNL [Chevron Nigeria Limited] personnel were directly involved in the attacks; CNL transported the GSF [Nigerian government security forces], CNL paid the GSF; and CNL knew that GSF were prone to use excessive force."

The report alleged that the crime occurred when the Nigerian Military and Police were paid by Chevron to shoot and torture protesters opposed to the company's activities in the troubled region. Chevron helicopters and boats were used by the security forces, resulting in torture and wrongful death, it further alleged.

The said evidence, the Judge said, will allow a jury to find that Chevron knew the attacks would happen and supported the military's plan. ...

How about Iraq?

Chevron, the second-largest American oil company, is preparing to acknowledge that it should have known kickbacks were being paid to Saddam Hussein on oil it bought from Iraq as part of a defunct United Nations program, according to investigators.

The admission is part of a settlement being negotiated with United States prosecutors and includes fines totaling $25 million to $30 million, according to the investigators, who declined to be identified because the settlement was not yet public.

The penalty, which is still being negotiated, would be the largest so far in the United States in connection with investigations of companies involved in the oil-for-food scandal.

always read palast, even if you do get tased:

by  Greg Palast
Sunday, March 18, 2007

Four years ago this week, the tanks rolled for what President Bush originally called,
"Operation Iraqi Liberation" -- O.I.L.
I kid you not.

And it was four years ago that, from the White House, George Bush, declaring war, said, "I want to talk to the Iraqi people." That Dick Cheney didn't tell Bush that Iraqis speak Arabic ... well, never mind. I expected the President to say something like, "Our troops are coming to liberate you, so don't shoot them." Instead, Mr. Bush told, the Iraqis,

"Do not destroy oil wells."

Nevertheless, the Bush Administration said the war had nothing to do with Iraq's oil. Indeed, in 2002, the State Department stated, and its official newsletter, the Washington Post, repeated, that State's Iraq study group, "does not have oil on its list of issues."

But now, we've learned that, despite protestations to the contrary, Condoleezza Rice held a secret meeting with the former Secretary-General of OPEC, Fadhil Chalabi, an Iraqi, and offered Chalabi the job of Oil Minister for Iraq. (It is well established that the President of the United States may appoint the cabinet ministers of another nation if that appointment is confirmed by the 101st Airborne.)

In all the chest-beating about how the war did badly, no one seems to remember how the war did very, very well -- for Big Oil.

The war has kept Iraq's oil production to 2.1 million barrels a day from pre-war, pre-embargo production of over 4 million barrels. In the oil game, that's a lot to lose. In fact, the loss of Iraq's 2 million barrels a day is equal to the entire planet's reserve production capacity.

In other words, the war has caused a hell of a supply squeeze -- and Big Oil just loves it. Oil today is $57 a barrel versus the $18 a barrel price under Bill "Love-Not-War"Clinton.

Since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation, Halliburton stock has tripled to $64 a share -- not, as some believe, because of those Iraq reconstruction contracts -- peanuts for Halliburton. Cheney's former company's main business is "oil services." And, as one oilman complained to me, Cheney's former company has captured a big hunk of the rise in oil prices by jacking up the charges for Halliburton drilling and piping equipment.

But before we shed tears for Big Oil's having to hand Halliburton its slice, let me note that the value of the reserves of the five biggest oil companies more than doubled during the war to $2.36 trillion. ...

more to read, actions against Chevron in the SF Bay:

Chevron is also regularly criticized for creating hazardous conditions around its refineries and operations areas in communities from Richmond to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Finally, companies like Chevron make billions of dollars in profit off of a destructive product (oil), which is one of the leading causes of global warming.  

Originally posted to carlos oaxaca on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 12:16 PM PDT.


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  •  Put up a tip jar. :) (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pontechango, aaraujo, DemInLux, SpamNunn

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in this diary!

    "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments - Shakespeare, Sonnet 116"

    by xysea on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 12:17:38 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting this (3+ / 0-)
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    aaraujo, carlos oaxaca, xysea

    It's not only Chinese oil companies in Burma, even if China's material interest there does more to prop up the regime than that of any other country.  Bush is quick to condemn (and rightly so) the actions of the junta, but will that condemnation extend to reining in his oil buddies?  I'm not holding my breath.

  •  Yes (4+ / 0-)
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    vacantlook, aaraujo, carlos oaxaca, xysea

    Violence + oil = money to be made.

    Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

    by gatorcog on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 12:20:48 PM PDT

  •  Shhhh... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    carlos oaxaca

    Don't you know that Chrevon wants us to join them?

    It says so right there on the front page.

    Let us make history, together with Clinton/Obama 2008

    by aaraujo on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 12:25:41 PM PDT

  •  Wish this info was included in all those protest (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    carlos oaxaca, xysea

    news stories, which are mysteriously no longer front page news now that the violence has started.  

    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it - Thomas Paine

    by Bikemom on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 12:57:04 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting your own diary (0+ / 0-)

    Much better!


    Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    by zenbowl on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:09:51 PM PDT

  •  Let's see, boycott every oil company that does (0+ / 0-)

    business in Sh#tville.  Which one doesn't?  What's next, Myanmar t-shirts, to update the Darfur fashion statement?  Do this right.  Do something that matters.  Buy an electic car, or one that burns ethanol or bio-diesel.   Gas boycotts are to Big Oil what mosquitos are to elephants.  Barely noticeable nuisances.  They don't feel them, they don't last and, if anything, they just drive the boycotters to the other Big Oil evildoers.   OK, I am going to fast now, to make more corn available for ethanol production.   :>P

    Because everyone has one. Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:44:55 PM PDT

    •  yes good point (0+ / 0-)

      ride a bike
      or ruin the earth

      if you are so addicted to driving
      and cant help but destroy the earth
      buy Citgo gasoline:

      Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
      by Jeff Cohen

      Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations.

      And tell your friends.

      Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him "the Anti-Bush."

      Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. There are 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the US. (Click here to find one near you.) By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.

      Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez.

      So this is the opposite of a boycott. Call it a BUYcott. Spread the word.

      Of course, if you can take mass transit or bike or walk to your job, you should do so. ...

      " what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil " -- Alan Greenspan

      by carlos oaxaca on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:52:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's a joke, right? (0+ / 0-)

        Because everyone has one. Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:58:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  the earth is melting fast (0+ / 0-)

          did you hear gore at the UN?

          did you know some one swam at the now ice free north pole?

          Santa's workshop has collapsed into the Arctic sea. Christmas is cancelled. Maybe we can support the global marshall plan instead of buying presents since there wont be enough toys this year.

          The one message that we are trying to promote all the time, that poverty in the world is an artificial creation. It doesn't belong to human civilization, and we can change that, we can make people come out of poverty and have the real state of affairs. So the only thing we have to do is to redesign our institutions and policies, and there will be no people who will be suffering from poverty. So I would hope that this award will make this message heard many times, and in a kind of forceful way, so that people start believing that we can create a poverty-free world. That's what I would like to do.

          Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of Grameen Bank

          " what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil " -- Alan Greenspan

          by carlos oaxaca on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 02:05:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  God Bless you, Carlos (0+ / 0-)

            I am sure that you believe in Santa Claus, too.  

            Because everyone has one. Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

            by SpamNunn on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 03:25:49 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

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