March 14, 2014

Africa's Ugly Big Oil Problem

Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

In late 2006, documentary filmmaker Rachel Boynton was trekking through the oil-rich Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria, and gaining zero traction with masked militants who were regularly blowing up pipelines to disrupt the global economy and protest the official corruption and income disparity arising from the exploitation of their nation's precious natural resource.

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