> I read a couple of quite unreflected articles about what to do about the
> military and Shell.
> As good as sanctions are, Nigeria is so bancrott, it would hurt the overseas
> banks more then the Nigerian rulers...
> Now, what about convincing for example Bonn Municipality to rename a street
> in honour of Ken Saro-Wiwa, suggesting the one which currently is used by
> the Nigerian Embassy in Germany as their street address? :-)-O
> Costs nothing other than a couple of steet signs, but the embarrasment :-)-O
Your idea is a very good one, and I agree that headline grabbing
stunts a la Greenpeace are often very effective. I do hope some
municipalities in the West take it up, since it can only help.
However, in the case at hand, I doubt embarassement would make a big
difference. The whole world already thinks the Nigerian rulers are
despicable scumbags, and they know it, and it doesn't really seem to
bother them that much. What some of the "unreflected articles" were
suggesting is that a) the only way to hurt them is through their
pocketbooks; b) Shell was and is in an exceptionally good position to
do so (something well over 3/4 of the Nigerian government's income is
from oil); c) Shell isn't willing to. From that, and its past record
on apartheid, we infer that Shell is prominent even among
multinational oil corporations (no group of girlscouts they) for being
criminally insensitive to the plight of African people. Therefore,
self respecting Africans around the world should do their best to
ensure that their hard earned money doesn't go to Shell.
Furthermore, I don't know which overseas banks you're talking about,
but if you mean some lenders who would be collecting from Nigeria's
oil revenues, well, I hope you will forgive me for not being too
sympathetic to their plight. I will start caring about them when they
start caring about human rights in Africa. In any case, I fail to see
how that relates to the issue of holding Shell accountable for its