Friday, October 09, 2009

Did you know? Capitalism creates its own evils.

Nobel Peace Prize Also-Rans

From Henry Kissinger to Yasir Arafat, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has made some controversial picks over the years. Here are seven people who that never won the prize, but should have.

BY DAVID KENNER | OCTOBER 7, 2009

KEN SARO-WIWA

PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Achievements: Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian environmental activist and author who led a nonviolent campaign against the environmental degradation occurring in the Niger Delta as the result of crude-oil extraction. A member of the Ogoni indigenous group based in the region, Saro-Wiwa founded the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People to protest the collusion of the Nigerian military regime and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil company at the expense of Ogoni agricultural and fishing lands. He organized peaceful protests against Shell and advocated for the cleanup of the area's environment.

In January 1993, he led 300,000 Ogoni in a march to demand a share of oil revenues and a degree of political autonomy. As Saro-Wiwa's efforts gained publicity, the Nigerian government, dependent on the revenues from Shell's oil extraction, arrested and tried him in a special military tribunal on trumped-up charges and subsequently executed him in 1995. His death triggered international outrage

~~ As followers of Jesus living in America, we often think democracy and the sort of capitalism we embrace is the worlds best choice for both a political and economic system. Yet, if we take these stories seriously, we quickly realize that we create our own atrocities in the name of profits for our investments.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"As followers of Jesus living in America, we often think democracy and the sort of capitalism we embrace is the worlds best choice for both a political and economic system. Yet, if we take these stories seriously, we quickly realize that we create our own atrocities in the name of profits for our investments."

Randy, let me get this straight-an evil Nigerian military regime (Nigeria went through what-6 or 7 military juntas in the 1980s to 1990s) colludes with a Dutch oil company to stop any protests (they might as well have gotten in line-the government killed anybody that got in their way)-and somehow, that is an atrocity that Americans in 2009 are responsible for? Huh? Say what?
And who ever said that is the sort of capitalism we embrace?

You must hang out with the wrong crowd.

randy buist said...

Shell Oil gets plenty of support from individuals in America. How many Americans have Shell Oil in their stock and mutual fund portfolio? If you own any mutual funds, or if you have a 401k or an IRA, it's likely that you own a very small portion of Shell Oil.

I'm not going to tell you if you are responsible, but I wonder how we resolve this issue with Yahweh on the days of judgement? "Oh sorry. I was just trying to make money." "It never occurred to me that I owned a bit of Shell Oil."

By the way, the Nigerian government has always received the support of the United States over the past twenty years. We've never closed our embassy or even threatened to do so.

So, yes. We are culpable.

randy buist said...

Just read this from a friend who posted it: Lauren Winner quoting Frederick Douglass, "The christianity of this land and the christianity of Christ is the widest possible ditch."

Interesting perspective...