it’s as if they want to kill us all…
the immensity of british petroleum’s disaster in the gulf of mexico has finally brought home to the u.s. what has been happening in other countries around the world for decades already – deregulation of industries, which leads to horrific environmental ruin, followed by the rebellion of the local population, which is then crushed by ruthless, blood-thirsty private contractors, who are either ignored by the local government, or actually backed by the military and police forces.
this post from the daily censored news gives the background of a similar, ongoing oil catastrophe in africa which has particularly hit hard in the niger river delta area. pay particular attention to the parallels between the way the governments of nigeria and the u.s. have done nothing to stop this, and are instead focusing their energy on preventing the local people from doing anything about it…
The big oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is not the first to threaten a peoples’ way of life.
Just ask the Ogoni people from Nigeria’s oil rich central Niger Delta. Their experience over decades offers a model of things to come without serious changes in consumption and regulation.
Since the early 1960′s, oil spilled from Shell pipelines has fouled their region. Food and fresh water sources vanished. Their economy collapsed. While Shell and the Nigerian elite reap their rewards, the people in the polluted oil regions live with steadily declining jobs, incomes, and living standards.
The amount of oil spilled in just this region during the 1970′s far exceeds that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The problem has been continuous since then. Most of it is still sitting there.
In some critical ways, oil exploration, pollution, and the reaction of Shell and the Nigerian government parallel the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.
The government of Nigeria abandoned its sovereign obligations to protect the people by failing to take charge of clean up operations. In the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe, BP took the lead in repair efforts while the United States government accepted an oversight role.
The Nigerian oil industry ignores locals in hiring and contracting. BP uses locals as public relations props for its cleanup operations.
The Nigerian government makes blames oil companies for turning the country into ‘World Oil Pollution Capitol’, yet does little to stop the situation. The U.S. government is investigating criminal charges against BP while it allows BP control of the crime scene.
Nigerian and international press are chased off of the scene by Shell and the other oil giants just as BP chases away the media and citizens who try to document and report on the Gulf catastrophe.
The government tried and hanged those who resisted what economists call the Dutch Disease, Shell’s ruinous impact in Nigeria’s economy. There have been few demonstrations in the U.S. and no trials of protesters. However, federal whistleblowers who tried to warn the world of what we’re seeing today were ignored.
They can’t do that here. Can they?
It’s happening here right now. Why think the BP catastrophe is the first and last of its kind. There are 4,000 active drilling platforms in the Gulf. BP isn’t the only oil giant to make major mistakes.
Think of it as a lottery. This year it’s BP. Next year it could be Exxon, Shell, or one of the smaller companies.
This deep water drilling foul-up threatens to turn large sections of the Gulf of Mexico into dead zones for decades. It will happen again.
(first nigeria, then the world, from daily censored news)
the gulf oil spill has diverted attention from several oil-related catastrophes committed by chevron/texaco
in the amazon rainforest of ecuador, the greatest oil spill in history (so far) has led to death and ruin in an unprecedented level. this 18.5 BILLION barrel oil spill was not an accident, though, as reported by rainforest action network, nor is it an isolated incident in chevron’s operations…
Chevron’s dangerous, irresponsible practices and policies are not confined to Ecuador or to the past.
Today, Chevron’s century-old oil refinery in Richmond, California, is the state’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases . This pollution has for decades caused high rates of asthma, cancer, and heart disease in the region. But instead of reducing pollution, Chevron has been trying to “update” the refinery to process heavier oil grades, thereby spewing greater amounts of global warming and disease-causing gases.
Around the world, over and over again, Chevron’s outdated practices and policies have consistently violated human rights, damaged health, and worsened global warming.
In Kazakhstan, Chevron has contaminated land and water resources and impaired the health of local residents. In Canada’s Alberta region, Chevron is invested in tar sands – one of the most environmentally damaging projects on the planet. In the Niger Delta, Chevron is complicit in human rights violations committed by security forces against local people. In the Philippines, regular oil leaks and spills have sickened Manila residents. Chevron’s operations in Burma are providing a financial lifeline to the Burmese military regime – known for its appalling human rights record. In Western Australia, Chevron’s liquefied natural gas facility threatens the health of local communities and fragile humpback whale and turtle populations. From Richmond, California and to Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, communities are working to change Chevron. But to really move one of the world’s largest and most dangerous corporations, we need an even bigger, more powerful, and more global movement.
(chevron’s toxic oil legacy, from rainforest action network)
meanwhile, mining interests are being given government support to destroy entire regions of the earth and oceans
so, instead of protecting the lives and well-being of their own citizens, governments are instead crushing any opposition to resource extraction, knowing very well how much the pollution created in the process will lead to death and environmental ruin.
as this article from rainforest protection issues website reported, governments all over the world are attacking their citizens, stripping them of any legal and civil rights, to allow unlimited freedom for mining industries to pollute land and murder their opponents…
Papua New Guinea’s Indigenous Landowners Stripped of Land Rights
(Madang, PNG) – Indigenous landowners have been stripped of ancestral and constitutionally-protected land rights [search] by the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The fact that 97% of land has been under communal, customary land tenure has long been a source of pride, provided an important social safety net, and protected against resource corruption. Similar efforts pushed by the World Bank in the 1990s were met with national protests and over-turned. Ultimate power to irrevocably issue resource development environmental permits will now reside with the Department of Environment secretary, an office who’s current and past occupants have long been known for flagrant corruption.
The government, through the Environment Minister, Benny Allan, made changes to sections of the Environment Act 2000 to prevent landowners and concerned Papua New Guineans from “interfering” with industrial resource development projects destroying oceans and rainforests – like the Chinese Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang and Exxon-Mobil Liquid Natural Gas project in the Southern Highlands. Without any warning or consultation, on May 27, 2010, the government of PNG introduced emergency legislation that dissolved the Constitutional rights of all landowners in PNG, including the right of Indigenous People to own land, challenge resource projects in court and receive any compensation for environmental damage. The bill was passed without being seen or debated by parliamentarians.
“Chinese communist techniques are corroding Papua New Guinea’s democracy. Environment Act amendments reflect increasing Chinese communist control of the PNG government, and Prime Minister Michael Somare’s move towards authoritarian rule. The amended act makes communities powerless third parties as their resources are stolen. The most vulnerable in PNG society are being stripped of customary as well as English common law rights, denying democratic freedom. With no means to protect their land, families and culture; this can only lead to more Bougainville type revolutionary conflict, as landowners are pushed over the cliff, become desperate, and have no legal recourse to remedy legitimate grievances.” states Dr. Glen Barry, Asples Madang and Ecological Internet President.
(read the article from rainforest protection issues)
and to ensure the rights of corporate activity – literally over the dead bodies of their own citizens – the government of png has banned all discussion of the legislation.
BLACKOUT ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
There shall be no more discussion, comment or reference in the media to the Environment Act amendments,’ he said in the statement, published in part by The National newspaper. ‘This mean there will be no talkback radio programmes or interviews, no more advertisements, no more letters to the editor and above all no more protest meetings, no public demonstrations, and no public marches.’
Mr Pala’s office refused to comment on the statement, saying only that the minister was unavailable. Critics argue that the amendments reduce landowners’ legal rights to oppose projects approved by the government.
(read this article, from the singapore newspaper the straits)
the worthless piece of shit occupying the white house allows british petroleum corporation to seize control of u.s. gulf coast
in the first instance in u.s. history of the surrender of its continetal territory to a foreign power, the worthless piece of shit in the white house is doing nothing about bp’s gulf oil disaster, and helping the giant oil firm to seize control of the gulf coast region.
as numerous reports on tv and and other newsmedia have shown, private contractors have been preventing media access to areas affected by the spill, backed by local law enforcement. this amounts to martial law, imposed by corporations. to bp and our government, the people of the u.s. are no different than any other people anywhere corporations desire to exploit and destroy. if we get in their way, what will happen to us?
in this article from the nola.com, news restrictions are being implemented in the areas affected by the oil spill…
Media, boaters could face criminal penalties
Associated Press photographer Gerald Herbert, who has been documenting the oil spill, raised concerns about the restrictions within his news organization on Wednesday. He has asked for a sit-down with Coast Guard officials to discuss the new policy – and the penalties – but has not received a response.
Photographers have had similar problems viewing the oil’s impacts from the air. Photographer Ted Jackson of The Times-Picayune was trying to charter a flight with Southern Seaplane in late May to photograph oil coming ashore on Grand Isle, but the pilot was told that no media flights could go below 3,000 feet, due to restrictions from the Federal Aviation Administration.
That FAA policy has remained in effect, requiring media outlets to get special permission in order fly below 3,000 feet.
(read the article at nola.com)
and just what is it that the government does not want us to see? the huffington post had this to say…
OIL SPILL MEDIA ACCESS…
The latest chapter in the media’s ongoing struggle to cover the Gulf Oil Spill comes courtesy of PBS Newshour’s Bridget Desimone, who has been working with her colleague, Betty Ann Bowser, in “reporting the health impact of the oil spill in Plaquemines Parish.” Desimone reports that on the ground, officials are generally doing a better job answering inquiries and granting access to the clean-up efforts.
But Desimone and Bowser have encountered one “roadblock” that they’ve struggled to overcome: access to a “federal mobile medical unit” in Venice, Louisiana: “The glorified double-wide trailer sits on a spit of newly graveled land known to some as the “BP compound.” Ringed with barbed wire-topped chain link fencing, it’s tightly restricted by police and private security guards.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set up the facility on May 31. According to a press release, the medical unit is staffed by “a medical team from the HHS National Disaster Medical System — a doctor, two nurses, two emergency medical technician paramedics (EMT-P) and a pharmacist.”
For over two weeks, my NewsHour colleagues and I reached out to media contacts at HHS, the U.S. Coast Guard and everyone listed as a possible media contact for BP, in an attempt to visit the unit and get a general sense of how many people were being treated there , who they were and what illnesses they had. We got nowhere. It was either “access denied,” or no response at all. It was something that none of us had ever encountered while covering a disaster. We’re usually at some point provided access to the health services being offered by the federal government.
are there health effects associated with oil spills that the government does not want people to know about? here’s what cnn had to say about this…
CNN: Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead!!!
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and – just to show us all how little our lives mean to the rich, speculation in food production futures have caused starvation worldwide, despite increases in food production, as this article points out…
Two hundred million people went hungry as a result, not because there wasn’t any food – supply had in fact risen – but because futures market speculation had pushed prices beyond what they could afford to pay. There were food riots in 30 countries, and at least one starvation-induced revolution. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has called it “a silent mass murder” entirely caused by “man-made actions”. Another word for it would be genocide.
They reckoned food prices would stay steady or rise while the rest of the economy tanked, so they switched their funds there. Suddenly, the world’s frightened investors stampeded on to this ground. So while the supply and demand of food stayed pretty much the same, the supply and demand for (financial – rlr) derivatives based on food massively rose – which meant the all-rolled-into-one price shot up, and the starvation began. The bubble only burst in March 2008 when the situation got so bad in the US that the speculators had to slash their spending to cover their losses back home.
But hey, the bankers made money, so it must be OK, right?