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Reflections on the Judicial Murder of the Ogoni Nine

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NOVEMBER 10, 1995: A DOZEN YEARS LATER
Reflections on the Judicial Murder of the Ogoni Nine

On the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the judicial murder of the Ogoni Nine, MOSOP-USA, and the entire Ogoni people in the Diaspora continue to mourn the loss of our heroes; – Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Barinem Kiobel, Daniel Gbokoo, Felix Nuate, Paul Levura, Nordu Eawo, Saturday Dobee and Baribor Beera May their innocent souls rest in the bosom of the Almighty Father. Amen. read more

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Message from the Office of the President, MOSOP-USA on November 10, 2007

Fellow Ogonis,

November 10, 2007 makes it 12 years since the world witnessed the feral judicial hanging of nine Ogoni environmental activists – Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Kpuinen, Barinem kiobel, Daniel Gbokoo, Felix Nuate, Paul Levura, Nordu Eawo, Saturday Dobee and Baribor Beera (may their souls rest in perfect peace) – by the sadistic dictator, General Sanni Abacha, on concocted murder charges. Fact is: they were hanged for their role in the Ogoni protestation against the overall excesses of Shell, its allies, and the Nigerian nation-state. read more

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The interrogation of Sir Philip Watts by the FSA under caution following his forced resignation as Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Group

By Alfred and John Donovan

Many current and former Shell employees would probably have loved to have been present when Sir Philip Watts, publicly described as a “crook”, was interrogated by the UK Financial Services Authority in June 2004 soon after he was forced to resign in disgrace following the Shell reserves securities fraud. Sir Philip did negotiate a nice sum of hush money, reportedly $18.5 million in the form of a severance/pension pot package.

At long last all interested parties now have the opportunity for the first time to read a full transcript of his interrogation. It is published on what the Financial Times has described as an “anti-Shell” website: www.royaldutchshellplc.com read more

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The Sydney Morning Herald: Oil up again over fear of supply breaks

Christian Schmollinger and Gavin Evans
November 10, 2007

CRUDE oil rose for the first time in three days in New York on concern supply disruptions may hamper US efforts to store fuel for peak winter demand.

A fire at Valero Energy Corporation’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, the company’s largest, left processing rates “somewhat reduced”, a company spokesman said. Strong currents in the Gulf of Mexico are delaying the restart of the 150,000 barrel-a-day Mars platform, shut for maintenance since November 3, Royal Dutch Shell said. read more

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Statesman.com: Teacher Retirement System to study Perry’s request to sell shares of companies with links to Iran

Selling shares can happen only ‘if it doesn’t hurt the fund,’ offical says

By Robert Elder
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Saturday, November 10, 2007

Next year, the state’s two largest public pension funds could start selling shares they hold in companies doing business in Sudan and Iran.

Trustees of the $113 billion Teacher Retirement System said Friday that they would study Gov. Rick Perry’s request to sell shares of companies with links to Iran.

On Sept. 25, Perry called on the teacher fund and the Employees Retirement System, the pension fund for state workers, to sell their holdings to put economic pressure on Iran, which he called a terrorist state whose leaders are trying to destabilize the Middle East. read more

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FT REPORT – WEEKEND MONEY: Oil leaves a bad taste in the mouth

By John Authers, Financial Times
Published: Nov 10, 2007

Oil price spikes can hurt. Ask anyone who can remember the 1970s. Then, two sudden increases in the price of oil, in 1973 and again in 1980, both led to recessions and surges in inflation.

What we are living through now looks an awful lot like an oil price spike. Using West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude as a yardstick, oil prices have risen more than 90 per cent since January, when unseasonally warm weather in the US pushed prices down.

Longer term, the rise is stunning. Since prices bottomed in 1999, at about $12 per barrel, they have risen sixfold, even after inflation is taken into account. That is much the same as the rise from the low in 1973 to the high in 1980. read more

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Financial Times: Lubricating oil

Published: November 10 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 10 2007 02:00

The discovery of an oilfield thought to contain as much as 8bn barrels of oil and gas (the Tupi Sul field in Brazil) ought to prompt optimism about future energy supplies, but such is the growth in demand that, by 2030, 8bn barrels will be barely enough to supply China for a single year. The world is going to have to get used to high oil prices but, handled properly, the economic damage should be limited.

To say oil costs $98 a barrel is somewhat misleading. That is a nominal price in a falling currency for West Texas Intermediate, one of the world’s highest quality crudes, contracted for delivery in one of its biggest markets. But even looking at crudes from the Arabian Gulf, and adjusting for currencies and inflation, today’s prices are high. read more

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Financial Times: Brazil’s Tupi field gives companies a lift

By Dino Mahtani
Published: November 10 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 10 2007 02:00

Shares in Petrobras, BG Group and Galp Energia, partners in the large Tupi field in Brazil, rose sharply for a second day, although analysts said the optimism was overdone.

All three companies have had large gains since Thursday, when Petrobras, the state-controlled but majority-listed oil company and operator of Tupi, said well tests there had confirmed recoverable reserves of between 5bn and 8bn barrels of oil and gas. read more

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The Wall Street Journal; High Drama, if Not More Oil, Expected as OPEC Gathers

By NEIL KING JR.
November 10, 2007; Page A2

With oil prices tickling the historic $100-a-barrel mark and politicians urging producers to loosen the taps, the timing couldn’t be better for next week’s rare gathering of OPEC heads of state in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Right?

Well, not so fast.

The summit of leaders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — only the third of its kind since the cartel’s birth in 1960 — is sure to make for some splendid theater. Iran’s feisty president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will be there. So will Venezuela’s chest-thumping leader, Hugo Chávez. Both could take verbal shots at the U.S. for the Iraq war or other perceived infractions, a move that would make things uncomfortable for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, summit host and longtime U.S. ally. read more

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KEN SARO WIWA NOT A FELON: HE SHOULD BE EXONERATED

By Pius Barikpoa Nwinee

November 10, 2007

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his eight year tenure as Nigeria’s democratic leader meddled with two chronic issues which are of concern to the people of the Niger Delta. First, sincere and honest solution to the neglect of the Niger Delta. Second, exonerate Ken Saro Wiwa. Genuine solution to these issues would have fostered indisputable affection between him, the Niger Deltans and the whole world. He would have earned a permanent place as one of Nigeria’s greatest eldest statesmen. Regrettably, one of such golden opportunities slipped him by not rightly exonerating Ken Saro Wiwa who neither plotted nor murdered the Ogoni four. Instead, he chose to ‘pardon’ him. The word ‘pardon’ whose literal and legal meanings are well known did not go down well with Ogonis and the world community. It was not only a disservice, disrespect but was an affront to world civilization. This could as well be one of the reasons he has become such a pariah; few months after his hand-over of the instrument of state even within his PDP inner circle. Others could have been because he was power drunk, greedy, and corrupt and pursued the interest of foreign firms over alignment of domestic catastrophes. 
 
The lingering threshold issues of the Niger Delta and the exoneration of Ken Saro Wiwa persuaded me to write to draw the attention of President Musa Yar-adua to take a giant stride and stop kid-gloving with our people just like his predecessor. As a captain of the Nigerian state, history will have a place for him depending on the way he stirs and navigate the ship of state. My wish for him is to navigate on the compass of justice, freedom and the rule of law, so his name would be written on the golden layers of Nigeria’s history which eroded his forerunner.
 
The issue of the neglect of the Niger Delta, the extra judicial killings, murder and kidnap is no surprise as it was a covert design for the Niger Delta by the majority tribes of Nigeria. It was of common knowledge to the Nigerian government from the inception of the land use Act of 1978. The causes and effects should have been envisioned with the adoption and entrenchment of the said detested decree. It could arguably be said, that, it was on the way of this notorious Act which defiled human civilization that Ken Saro Wiwa stood and was coerced into the gallows. He was executed not on the grounds of being guilty of a crime but primarily because he was a minority. Secondly, he electrified the Nigerian spectrum to rise up against the status of corporate incarceration. Third, he mobilizes the domicile masses and injected new solutions to the question of the environment, resources, corruption, segregation among others. In my mind therefore, it is invalid, ultra vise, prejudice and naïve to blackmail a man of such calibre and reputation whose outstanding achievements stimulated answers to global problems including global warming. He brought more fame to Nigeria through his outstanding works within and outside of Nigeria. 
 
The rudeness with which Ken was treated and the denial of justice to Ogoni has made me recall a stringent relationship between Ogonis and Nigeria over the past decades. It is unfortunate to recoup that when it comes to addressing Ogoni questions, government are vehemently harsh, insensitive, recalcitrant and particularly not forthcoming.   For instance, since the historic judicial murder of Ken Saro Wiwa and the killing of over 4000 Ogonis, the world has constantly criticised the miscarrage of justice by the Justice Auta kangaroo military tribunal. Sober appeals and excruciating calls to exonerate Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists from trumped-up charges featured prominently yet government was and remained indifferent. It is a sad note, that, Ogoni is constantly used as political oxygen to obtain legitimacy and left at the mercy of those with political muscle. In this case, the big three tribes of Nigeria.
 
It is my candid observation that Nigeria would continue to stagnant in so far it continues to view the issues of Ogoni and Niger Delta with narrow prism. Here, the issue of Shell Oil Company readily comes to mind. This multinational oil giant was and still is mentioned as culpable in the incarceration of Ken Saro Wiwa and other crimes against Ogoni. Although, Ogonis may or may not be pursuing vengeance, it is awful to see Shell Oil company, a criminal contrivance stifling the process  in alter disrespect and disregard to host communities, value of life and rule of law. It only sees the host communities as a chattel. It is with this in mind that I wish to inform the President, that, Shell Oil Company cannot kill Ken Saro Wiwa, refused to own up and make public apology and be accepted in our communities. If Shell Oil Company would continue to do business, it is not only a duty but incumbent upon it to stand up and own up to its wrongful behavior and practices as well as accepting to comply with environmental challenges. It is only following, that there could be a leeway for Nigeria in Ogoni and the Niger Delta. Mr. President, if these chronic issues are not honestly and urgently addressed, make no mistakes, the direction of the looming crisis in the Niger Delta would remain largely unknown.
 
Pius Barikpoa Nwinee
Missouri, USA read more

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(NUOS INTL), USA: SPEECH ON THE 12TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUDICIAL HANGING OF KEN SARO WIWA

NOVEMBER 10TH 2007

Fellow Students and Ogonis,
Friends, Supporters of Human Rights and Environment.
All protocols observed

Today marks the 12th agonizing year of the judicial execution by hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa, and eight other human and environmental rights crusaders: – Dr. Barimen Kiobel, John Kpuinen, Saturday Doobee, Paul Levura, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Daniel Gbokoo, and Nodu Eawo. These men of valor were matched, against their will,  to the gallows by the Nigerian State under Gen Sani Abacha on Nov. 10,1995.This was in criminal conspiracy with Shell Oil Company for daring to speak against human rights abuses in Ogoni and the defacement of the Niger Delta environment. Shell Oil and the Nigerian State martyred these men in netted conspiracy with other unknown Petro-Dollar conspirators and governments. To these ark angels of death, no body stands on the path of Shell Oil and the Oil industry, no matter how altruistic or just his/her cause. read more

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The Times: Question of the week: Oil prices are going through the roof. What will that mean for the world’s big economies?

November 10, 2007
Robin Pagnamenta

Average UK petrol prices rose above £1 a litre this week for the first time. They increased to just under 101p on Tuesday, up more than 17 per cent from about 86p a year ago, according to the AA.

In the past two months prices paid at UK petrol stations have climbed sharply, driven by the increasing global price of crude oil, which exceeded $98 (£47) a barrel this week.

Why do oil prices keep on rising?

Low stocks of oil in the US, the world’s biggest consumer, and a decision last year to cut production by the countries of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), which is responsible for about a third of total world oil production of 85 million barrels a day, have upset the balance between global supply and demand. read more

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The Times: Need to know: Natural resources: November 10, 2007

November 10, 2007

Need to know

Natural resources

BG Group’s shares soared yesterday on the biggest oil discovery for seven years as Petrobras, BG’s Brazilian partner, announced a find that could propel Brazil into the club of petrostates.

Sibir Energy, the oil and gas exploration and production company, said that it is producing more than 60,000 barrels of oil per day ahead of schedule, after its Salym Petroleum Development joint venture achieved record output of more than 107,000 barrels per day. Sibir said that its share of production from the 50-50 joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell was more than 53,500 barrels, with the additional amount coming from Sibir’s 95 per cent-owned Magma Oil subsidiary. read more

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ameinfo.com: Shell, Occidental lead race

United Arab Emirates: 10 November 2007

Royal Dutch Shell and the US based Occidental Petroleum are the favourites to land a multi billion dollar deal to develop sour gas reserves in Abu Dhabi, reported Reuters. The two energy firms, who could end up working together, are ahead of rival US bidders ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips according to an un-named industry source. Bids were submitted to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in August.

http://www.ameinfo.com/137677.html

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The Washington Post: Oil Price Rise Causes Global Shift in Wealth: Iran, Russia and Venezuela Feel the Benefits

By Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 10, 2007; A01

High oil prices are fueling one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history. Oil consumers are paying $4 billion to $5 billion more for crude oil every day than they did just five years ago, pumping more than $2 trillion into the coffers of oil companies and oil-producing nations this year alone.

The consequences are evident in minds and mortar: anger at Chinese motor-fuel pumps and inflated confidence in the Kremlin; new weapons in Chad and new petrochemical plants in Saudi Arabia; no-driving campaigns in South Korea and bigger sales for Toyota hybrid cars; a fiscal burden in Senegal and a bonanza in Brazil. In Burma, recent demonstrations were triggered by a government decision to raise fuel prices. read more

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The Washington Post: Congress Exhibits Less Outrage Over Gas

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Former Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Raymond, left, accompanied by other oil company executives, testifies on Capitol Hill before a joint Senate Energy and Commerce Committees hearing in this Nov. 9, 2005 file photo. From second from left are, David O’Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation; James Mulva, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Conoco Phillips; Ross Pillari, former President and Chief Executive Officer, BP America Inc.; and John Hofmeister, President and US Country Chair, Shell Oil Company. Unlike the Senate hearing two years ago Friday that focused on record profits, oil companies are not being blamed this time. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais – AP) read more

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japancorp.net: Showa Shell Raises Earnings Estimates for 2007

Tokyo, Nov 8, 2007 (Jiji Press) – Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. <5002> said Thursday it has raised its group recurring profit forecast for the year to December to 80 billion yen from 70 billion yen as high crude oil prices are expected to lift its appraisal profit on oil inventories.

The Japanese oil distributor also increased its net profit projection to 45 billion yen from 39 billion yen. Sales are estimated at 3.06 trillion yen, up from the previously estimated 2.96 trillion yen.

The company now assumes a crude oil price of 77 dollars per barrel for October-December, up from 64.5 dollars it had estimated for July-December, leading to higher-than-expected appraisal profit on its oil inventories. read more

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