The Company We Keep: Shell in Nigeria

What is the impact on National Geographic’s brand — and its future — when one of our Society’s big corporate partners makes news like this?

(Hat tip: Alun)

Read the whole thing here.

And in case you’re wondering about Shell’s backstory in Nigeria, consider this rap sheet from Essential Action:

Shell and the military dictatorship of Nigeria have earned billions at the expense of the people of the Niger Delta, who now live in extreme poverty.

Shell has imported weapons for the Nigerian military, its business partner in the oil business.

Shell is fully aware of its environmental devastation in Nigeria. In the early 1990s, the head of Shell Nigeria’s environmental oversight team quit to protest Shell’s environmental racism in Nigeria.

Shell alone provides over 40% of the Nigerian dictatorship’s budget, and has the influence to force the military to reform and insure that a just and democratic government is formed which represents the interest of all Nigerians.

We can do so much better than this.

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