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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Crime and Punishment: Nigerian Oil Theft
We are proud to initiate a new topic
here on Global Wahrman: Criminal Activities. We hope to be a vital
stop on your internet review of crime opportunities and showcase both
new opportunities for crime, as well as older approaches revitalized
by new technologies, and many other related topics associated with
the fast moving worlds of crime.
In today's modern world, with so many
people disenfranchised and impoverished by our Government's policies,
designed as they are to enrich the few at the expense of the many, we
believe that crime is a growth industry and that it embodies the spirit of entrepreneurial activity that America stands for. Many of our most famous Americans have been criminals, from Carnegie to Morgan, from Astor to Mellon. Its as American as apple pie. The trick is to be successful enough to buy your way out of
whatever trouble your entrepreneurial activities have gotten you
Art fraud, oil theft, poker games, money laundering, cybercrime and government bailouts, all these crimes and more will be covered in future posts.
Today we begin our series with an
article on Phys.Org about Nigerian Oil Theft. Nigeria has the
unusual advantage of both vast mineral wealth, in this case oil, with
an incredibly poor population, combined with a government which is
considered one of the most corrupt and incompetent in the world.
The government and the military of Nigeria have enriched themselves
at the people's expense, which is what all government's do, but
Nigeria's has been extraordinarily good at it. This particular problem
started when vast oil reserves were proven to exist in Nigerian
territory. Could this opportunity be used to both destroy the
environment, further corruption, and yet completely fail to improve
the life of the people of Nigeria? The Government of Nigeria
stepped up to the challenge, and worked with Shell Oil to see to it
that the oil was exploited in a way that helped only a few.
An oil thief caught in the very act of committing a crime!
The problem comes from those plucky
little people, trying to find a way to make a living, who, by
stealing tiny amounts of this oil, also cause environmental problems.
"Its all the poor people's fault," said Shell Oil
executive Rancid "Randy" Smerlow. "We have worked
very hard to steal the oil and make a lot of money which we use to
destroy the environment globally and corrupt local officials, but its
these damn poor people who are stealing oil, they cause all the
environmental damage! Blame them!"
Of course this brings up the much
larger issues of "big crime" vs "little crime".
In America, there is no issue. We always favor big crime. But this
is less clear in other parts of the world and we will explore this
cultural diversity in depth in future articles on Global Wahrman.
Read the article on "Nigeria Oil
Theft Soars to Feed Underground Industry" below and be sure to
click on the links at the bottom of the article.