Tag Archives: big oil

Venezuela expels more US diplomats over destabilization plot

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela expelled the top American diplomat and two other embassy officials from the country on Monday, accusing them of supporting plots to sabotage the country’s electrical grid and the economy. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/world/americas/venezuela-expels-top-us-embassy-official-and-two-others.html?ref=world “We have detected a group of officials of the United States Embassy in Caracas, in Venezuela, and we have been […]

Bahrain gives prison terms to arab spring protesters

A court in Bahrain handed down sentences of between 5 and 15 years in jail for 50 people on Sunday whom the authorities accused of belonging to a protest movement. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/world/middleeast/bahrain-dissidents-said-to-get-prison-sentences.html?ref=world  The court’s action, if it is confirmed, would appear to be part of a widening effort by the authorities to quash protests led by […]

Halliburton admits to destroying evidence in Gulf spill case

A US court has accepted a guilty plea from Halliburton for destroying evidence connected with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24168384   In a statement, the company said it had agreed to a fine of $200,000 for the unauthorised deletion of a computer record. One of the firm’s employees was also charged on […]

Elite use destabilization to create artificial oil shortages

Two years after local militias overthrew the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, many of those same fighters have brought Libya’s critical oil industry to a halt. Disturbances at several large export terminals and oil fields have throttled Libya’s daily oil production to one-tenth its capacity in recent days, jeopardizing the national economy and tightening world […]

NSA and Big Oil spy on national oil company of Brazil

The National Security Agency spied on Petrobras, Brazil’s giant national oil company, according to a report here on Sunday night by the Globo television network, in the latest revelation of the agency’s surveillance methods that have raised tension between Brazil and the United States.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/americas/nsa-spied-on-brazilian-oil-company-report-says.html?ref=world  The company is controlled by Brazil’s government and ranks among […]

Water safety analysis after BP gulf spill erroneous

An analysis of water, sediment and seafood samples taken in 2010 during and after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has found higher contamination levels in some cases than previous studies by federal agencies did, casting doubt on some of the earlier sampling methods. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/earth/new-analysis-of-gulf-oil-spill.html?ref=us  The lead author, Paul W. Sammarco of the […]

CIA admits overthrowing democracy in Iran because of oil

The C.I.A. has admitted orchestrating the 1953 coup that toppled democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran after he tried to nationalize his country’s oil wealth, which was controlled by Britain, according to a declassified document. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/world/middleeast/cia-orchestrated-1953-coup-in-iran-document-confirms.html?ref=world The agency’s role in the coup has long been known, but George Washington University’s National Security Archive, […]

Protesters oppose fracking by Cuadrilla Resources in UK

Opposition to shale gas extraction flared up in the tiny village of Balcombe, England on Sunday as hundreds marched on an oil exploration site in protest at the drilling process known as ‘fracking’.   Activists are concerned the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process used to extract gas from rocks underground can trigger small earthquakes and pollute […]

What the Keystone XL pipeline has in store for America

It has been three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured beneath this small western Michigan town, spewing more than 840,000 gallons of thick oil sands crude into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek, the largest oil pipeline failure in the country’s history. Last March, an Exxon Mobil pipeline burst in Mayflower, Ark., releasing thousands […]

The elite’s war on the low-wage worker

Relegated to the background, America’s low-wage workers have been making considerable noise lately by deploying an unusual weapon — one-day strikes — to make their message heard: they’re sick and tired of earning just $8, $9, $10 an hour.  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/sunday-review/fighting-back-against-wretched-wages.html?from=homepage  Their anger has been stoked by what they see as a glaring disconnect: their wages […]

Halliburton pleads guilty and receives slap on the wrist

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf-spill.html?hp  Halliburton , BP and Transocean, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon […]

Cheney gives Snowden highest honor

It was “the highest honor you can give an American” to be called a traitor by Mr. Cheney, whom he denounced as “a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, […]

US operative killed fighting with Syrian rebels

F.B.I. agents from Detroit’s field office showed up in Flint, Mich. with reports and images, broadcast by pro-government news media agencies in Syria, show that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, and a British man were among three people killed in Syria on Wednesday during a confrontation with government forces. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/us/syria-fighting-touches-a-family-in-michigan.html?ref=us The state media agencies broadcast a […]

US operatives shot in Venezuela

Two staff members of the American Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, were shot and wounded at a strip club there early Tuesday, according to officials. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/world/americas/2-american-embassy-officials-are-shot-in-venezuela-strip-club.html?ref=world President Nicholas Maduro had expelled two American Air Force attachés stationed at the embassy, saying they had been involved in activities meant to destabilize the country. He said they  had […]

Exxon Mobil continues employee discrimination

Exxon Mobil ranks last in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index of the Fortune 1000 corporations, with a score of negative 25 out of a possible 100. The company received the first and thus far only negative score for “engaging in activities that undermine L.G.B.T. equality,”   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/business/a-corporate-giants-missing-support-for-gay-rights.html?ref=us    Exxon Mobil hasn’t changed it’s […]

Guatamalan elite overturn genocide conviction

The decision by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court was a dramatic legal victory for General Ríos Montt, 86, and a blow to human rights advocates who had called his conviction a sign that Guatemala’s courts would no longer allow impunity for the country’s powerful. General Ríos Montt was found to be responsible as commander in chief for […]

Secret fracking fluids in groundwater

The Obama administration on Thursday issued a new set of proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands, moving further to address industry concerns. The new rule allows oil companies to keep some components of their drilling fluids secret and will allow them to run well integrity tests on one representative […]

EU looks at oil price fixing scheme

On Wednesday, the European Commission ramped up its inquiry into the potential manipulation of oil and biofuel prices, as investigators continued to question BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil about their trading activities. Oil is one of the murkiest markets. Much of the vast global oil trade occurs away from regulated financial exchanges, as companies […]

Julian Assange: Why Wikileaks

“Let me first frame this. I looked at something that I had seen going on with the world. Which is that I thought there were too many unjust acts. And I wanted there to be more just acts, and fewer unjust acts. http://wikileaks.org/Transcript-Meeting-Assange-Schmidt?nocache And one can sort of say, well what are your philosophical axioms […]

Dead Iraqi children: Mission Accomplished

Ten years on from the US-led invasion, violence is increasing and life expectancy is falling for children in Iraq, a new report says. Nearly 700 children and young people were killed in the last five months.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22366451  The report warns that Iraq’s children are being abandoned as international donors “sign up to the view that the […]