We are Nigeria (2 items)

Big Oil – First Nigeria Then the World
by Michael Collins

The big oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is not the first to threaten a people’s way of life.

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Oil Spills Are a Grim Routine in the Niger Delta
Alanna Shaikh

The New York Times reminded us today that while the oil spill in the Gulf is an acute shock to Americans, oil spills have become a way of life in the Niger delta. The area has “has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.” Much of the Niger delta is dead as a result.

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