October 2003

Oil pipelines

NI (No.361)


9 Pipelines to power
Oil pipelines are supposed to bring power to the people, but Chris Richards finds conflict and corruption littering their length.

13 Pipedreams
The facts and fictions behind the PR hype used to build Africa's Chad-Cameroon pipeline.

14 Once upon a pipeline...
James Marriott
and Greg Muttitt tell tales of how public funds used for private projects will rob the people of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia.

16 Moths to the flame
In Colombia's civil war, the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline keeps both the Government and guerrillas in arms. Pick the true terrorist with Jason Hagen.

18 Paying the pipers - THE FACTS
Who's got oil, who wants it and who profits from it.

20 The blessed curse
Asia's richest country is trying to take oil and gas away from Asia's poorest country. Quinton Temby uncovers some devious diplomacy.

22 And the oil runneth over
A gallery of spills, explosions and flares from around the world.

24 Running on empty
Oilfs running out. Adam Poster surveys the consequences.

24 & 27 Kicking the oil-habit
Alternative approaches to oil consumption and transportation.

26 True gold of our future
Costa Rica has banned oil exploration. Mark Engler and Nadia Martinez find out how.


<Regular Features>

2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
Bread, the heart of Uzbekistan, by local photographer Anatoliy Rakhimbayev.

5 View from the South
The 11th in Eduardo Galeano's occasional Windows series: Political Economy.

6 Currents
Worker-occupied factory becomes symbol of resistance in Argentina; burning guns in Rio de Janeiro; new hope for malaria based on Chinese herbs; combating wife-beating in the Pacific.
PLUS: Word Corner - Purchase/Pay
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

29 World beaters
Still ruling the roost after 21 years: the perpetual President of Cameroon, Paul Biya.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Mount Rushmore updated for the 21st century by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Why the miners of Potosi in Bolivia have to pay homage to the Devil.

34 Essay - Terror as religion
The United States of America has transcended mere power to become a world religion, according to Jeremy Seabrook.

36 Country Profile - El Salvador

NI-Japan (No.49)


Oil pipelines
Oil. Our lives in their present forms depend on it. But along the pipelines that bring oil from its ancient source to our modern lifestyles is a trail of death and destruction-both environmental and social. Ridding ourselves of our oil dependency seems like a monumental task, but the people at the other end of the pipeline are also fighting back.

<This month's article>
-Translation of "Pipelines to power" (p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
-The Shadow over Sakhalin - Japan's newest energy source
(What the development of oil and gas reserves will mean for the people who live on the northern island.)
---by Kanzaki Naomi (FoE Japan)

<Contact Points>
Research or lobbying organizations for Sakhalin Oil and Natural Gas Development Project.

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - El Salvador" (p36)

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