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Sitting with Shell’s Unsettling Settlement (IMPORTANT ARTICLE)

THE DAILY BEAST

by Steve Kretzmann 

The reality is Shell settled because they were scared, and they knew the evidence against them was overwhelming. The settlement doesn’t end the struggle for justice.

After thirteen years and countless hours by lawyers, community members, and activists around the world, Royal Dutch Shell finally settled the Wiwa v Shell case in a New York court for $15.5 million.

Shell says they settled the case as a “humanitarian gesture” to the Ogoni. Does anyone really believe that after fighting for more than a decade to keep this out of court, Shell suddenly woke up and felt great compassion for the Ogoni? Please. read more

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NUOS INTERNATIONAL UNHAPPY WITH “SETTLEMENT” IN WIWA V.SHELL OIL

Shell Oil maintained, "The payment was part of a "process of reconciliation." We are reminding the world that 99.9% of Ogoni people still unequivocally maintain that Shell Oil remains persona non grata in Ogoniland. Shell Oil has refused to accept any guilt and we wonder why they agreed to settlement if they were not guilty. Ogonis are not ready to reconcile with Shell Oil and any covert or overt attempt by the company to step into Ogoni for Oil extraction would be totally resisted.

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Shell and Society: Securing the Niger Delta?

Shell’s security strategy, whilst ostensibly being guided by the need for community engagement, subsequently contributes to ‘uncivil’ tensions along gendered, generational and ethnic lines. Due to its focus on placating violent and threatening actors and communities, it creates and exacerbates conflict, reinforcing existing dynamics of violence and undermining the prospect of a long-term solution.

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Was Shell’s $15.5 Million Alien Tort Settlement A Win ‘For the Principles of Human Rights Law’?

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THE AM LAW LITIGATION DAILY

By Alison Frankel

June 10, 2009

In a lengthy analysis at The Am Law Daily of Monday’s $15.5 million settlement between Royal Dutch Shell and Nigerian plaintiffs who accused the oil giant of complicity in the torture and death of activists protesting Shell’s drilling in the Ogoni region of the Niger delta, American Lawyer senior international correspondent Michael Goldhaber points out that the biggest winner in the case may be the cause of international human rights.

“A settlement is a victory,” Michael Hausfeld, an architect of the Holocaust settlements who was not involved in the Shell case, told Goldhaber. “Every settlement advances the principles of human rights law.” read more

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Ken Saro-Wiwa v Shell oil unfurls: how the Guardian covered it

Shell, one of the world's biggest oil firms, is accused of complicity with the then Nigerian government in the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a well-known environmental activist and author, and several other campaigners against the oil industry. Here is how the Guardian has covered the story since the early 1990s

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Fuelling the fury

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As Shell settles a major legal action over protests in Nigeria, closer to home emotions are running high over a gas pipeline near the Irish village of Rossport, sparking violent clashes and bitter recrimination. Harriet Grant and John Domokos report

  • The Guardian, Wednesday 10 June 2009

It is a clear spring evening on the wild north-west coast of Ireland. Atlantic waves surge into a wide bay surrounded by open countryside. In a field close to the beach, 200 police officers are inching their way along a high metal fence as a crowd of about 100 protesters closes in, some pulling chains from under their jackets as they prepare to attack the fence. A mile up the road, police roadblocks have been stopping cars from approaching the site since late afternoon. read more

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Shell’s $15.5m settlement: the robber barons knocking at the Ogoni door

By John Donovan

The Ogoni people are being played for fools. A few will become rich as a result of the so-called settlement, while the vast majority will remain poor and pitilessly exploited, as always.

Read between the lines of what Shell Executive Malcolm Brinded has said in the carefully co-ordinated media campaign.

“We believe this settlement will assist the process of reconciliation and peace in Ogoniland, which is our primary concern.” 

The real purpose of the paltry $15.5 million is as a re-entry fee to once again plunder the hydrocarbon riches of the Niger Delta: an entry payment for future exploitation, not compensation or genuine atonement for past sins. Note that many other Shell related stories were generated yesterday by the Shell propaganda machine in an unsuccessful attempt to bury news of the so-called settlement. read more

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People of Niger Delta see new beginning in settlement for executions

"We believe this settlement will assist the process of reconciliation and peace in Ogoniland, which is our primary concern," Malcolm Brinded, Shell's executive director for exploration and production, said in a statement released Monday. The settlement "acknowledges that, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place, the plaintiffs and others have suffered.

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