they don’t call him dick for nothing.

7 Dec

Dick Cheney, who is, in the opinions of many, pure evil, was recently charged for “involvement in an alleged $182 million bribery scandal to Nigerian lawmakers, who awarded a $6 billion natural gas pipeline contract to Halliburton subsidiary KBR when Cheney was running the company.”

Bribery is one thing but, if you didn’t know, the situation in the Niger Delta, which supplies 40% of U.S. oil imports, is one of the worst examples of environmental destruction and exploitation of local peoples for the benefit of the industrialized world. Since the 1960’s oil companies, notably Shell, have been literally killing Nigeria’s land and people and driving corruption in their government. One community leader in Niger told the Guardian, “Oil companies do not value our life; they want us to all die. In the past two years, we have experienced 10 oil spills and fishermen can no longer sustain their families. It is not tolerable.”

The intense media attention over this summer’s gulf oil spill only added insult to injury. “If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention. This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta.”

Protests and rebellions addressing the area’s environmental crisis, particularly by the native Ogoni, have been met with violence and executions. So by all means, take a moment to gloat at Cheney’s global humiliation. I will too. Just don’t forget the real crisis is still ongoing.

Sources:
Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it,” The Guardian
Interpol Arrest Warrant Issued For Dick Cheney,” The Examiner

 

P.S.: So as not to end on an entirely grim note, could anyone tell me why an article about green kitty litter is 98% relevant to Dick Cheney’s arrest warrant?



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2 Responses to “they don’t call him dick for nothing.”

  1. Beth Ann Locke December 7, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    regarding the kitty litter… maybe they are both full of crap?

    • Lorraine December 9, 2010 at 12:18 am #

      Good one.

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