Saturday, February 18, 2006

Africa's Poor Get No Benefits From Oil We Pump Out

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Nigerian citizens attack another oil rig. Chad, another forgotten African oil country, can't seem to get any of that oil wealth to the people there, either, and also has insurrections and riots. Ditto Iraq, for that matter. Meanwhile, we scream about Venezuela sharing the oil wealth successfully with the lower classes there! Go figure.

From the BBC:
Nine foreign oil workers have been seized by armed militants from a barge in Nigeria's Niger Delta.
The group, including three Americans, two Thais, two Egyptians, a Briton and a Filipino, were on a pipelaying barge.

A Shell facility near the Forcados export terminal was also set on fire, although the blaze was extinguished.

The attacks come a day after a militant commander told the BBC his group was declaring "total war" on all foreign oil interests in the Delta.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta gave oil companies and their employees until midnight on Friday night to leave the region.
Geeze, you would think this would make headlines in America! Yup. Nope.

I have watched with fascination as this rebellion unfolds. The USA corporations work hand in hand with the despots ruling Nigeria. Between them, they have turned the country into a wasteland. This is their plan for America. Let everything rot, loot the people and steal as much of the resources as possible and leave it a total mess. This is why we have to shut down K Street and I am happy Cheney is taking a forwards approach to all this by shooting a lobbyist. Heh. Power to the people, Cheney!

From the NYT:
Such is reality under a World Bank-supported program that was supposed to harness this impoverished African nation's oil wealth for the benefit of its poorest citizens. A $4.2 billion oil pipeline has generated $399 million for Chad since mid-2004, but the spending of the money has been seriously marred by mismanagement, graft and, most recently, the government's decision that a hefty share can be used to fight a rebellion.

And now the approach, once envisioned as a model for the development of other African countries, seems to be on the verge of collapse. In recent weeks, Chad seriously weakened a law that dedicated most of its oil revenue to reducing poverty and reneged on its deal with the World Bank. In response, the bank suspended all its loans to the country.

What is happening in Chad, a Central African country twice the size of France, is an important test of the idea that international institutions like the World Bank can influence governments of poor countries to spend newly tapped riches on their people instead of using the money to further entrench themselves in power.
OK, the money goes only to the rich and politicians and tools of the corporate state, they cut back services to the poor and the middle class, they tax only the lowest levels of society, they drive the country very deeply into debt and then tell the poor people there, all the money from their resources have to pay off these stupid loans, and what country are we talking about, anyway?

The USA! Whoopee! Please, dear readers, attend carefully. WE ARE CHAD. The New York Times and all the other American corporate tool media are very careful to call the properly elected President of Venezuela "a regime" as if he took over the way all our tools take over: violently, using the CIA and American military! His election was much fairer than our own twisted elections! Do we call Bush's rule a "regime"?

Well, bloggers do! But the media, no! And why do they hate the freely elected President of Venezuela so much?

He is sharing the oil wealth and not driving his country into bankruptcy! Gads! Chavez, could you run for office here? Pretty please?
High-level talks in Paris to resolve the crisis with Chad ended inconclusively this month, though World Bank officials still hope for a settlement that preserves the government's promise to use its oil money to build schools, clinics and roads rather than to support an army that has recently experienced a rash of defections among rebellious officers.

As a rising tide of oil money flows to poor African countries in the coming years, the bank will have little choice but to grapple with its role.

"It's not clear at all how to get your hands around it," said Paul D. Wolfowitz, who became president of the bank last summer. "But I think to stand back and say the whole thing is a dirty business and we in the World Bank don't want to have anything to do with it is very shortsighted."
Isn't it just an odd coincidence that the World Bank is being run by an American war criminal who helped launch a dirty war for oil in Iraq? This pious fool is concerned about using oil money to build schools?

Maybe he could visit Texas and explain this to them! Hahaha. Texas schools=bottom of the barrel. Ditto oil exporting Louisiana! Third world conditions mirroring Africa's suffering! How about visiting Venezuela and seeing how real democracy works, Wolfie?

Or, for that matter, visit Iran. Of course, we hate both countries. We want them to be helpless and stupid, run by corrupt tools, traitors working for Shell Oil or Exxon.
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