DICTIONARY

ARENA: MIND CONFLICT
Kartsen MEYHOFF
Denmark

BLITZKRIEG
Friedrich KITTLER
Germany

PAINE. MEMORY. A MEMORY-BOOK
Zoya YEROSHOK
Russia

WAR AND PEACE IN TERMS AND DEFINTIONS
Dmitry LOSKUTOV
Russia/Brussels

IMAGE WAR
Sotirios BAHTSETZIS
Greece

REDEMPTION OF THE HOSTAGES
Viacheslav IZMAILOV
Russia

WARS, WAVES, RULERS
Wladimir VELMINSKY
Russia/Germany

HARMONY (WAR SONG)
Yuki HIGASHINO
Japan/Frankfurt

CIVIL WAR
Valery PODOROGA
Russia

INTERPRETATIONS
Oleg NIKISHIN
Russia

INFORMATION
Dmitry ROGOZIN
Russia

ZONE INERDITE
Christoph WACHTER
Germany
Mathias JUD
Switzerland/Berlin

CLOWN (AT WAR)
Leo BASSI
Italy/Spain

CIRCLE OF WAR
Arkady BABCHENKO
Russia

CONCEPT - UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Oleg ARONSON
Russia

CORPORATION
Uzochukwu NDUKA
Nigeria

CAT-NOTATION
Joulia STRAUSS
Russia /Berlin

FACES OF TERROR
Anthony BEEVOR
UK

IMAGE OF AN ENEMY
Ljubov VINOGRADOVA
Russia

UN: CONDITIONS FOR PEACE
Vladimir PETROVSKY
Russia

REFUSAL
Roman SCHMIDT
Germany

HEROISM
Boris LEONOV
Russia

ANCESTORS
Nikolay PLUZHNIKOV
Russia

SERGEANT KOSOV: PEACEMAKER
German VINOGRADOV
Russia

RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION
Andrey TKACHENKO
Russia

SNIPER
Jakob BOESKOV
Denmark/NY

STRATEGIC CONFLICT PREVENTION
Anton IVANOV
Russia

LEVEL OF DISPERSION. ASHES
Ilya PLEKHANOV
Russia

FINANCIAL WAR (EX-VASION)
Sigudrur INGOLFSSON
Iceland

PRIVATE WAR
Obrad SAVIC
Serbia/UK

SHALAMOV:WAR/CAMP
Mikhail RYKLIN
Russia

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CORPORATIONS

Uzochukwu Nduka

Concept: Corporations, operating in a conflict area, must take on the responsibilities for peace-keeping

 

It is no longer news that there is conflict, resulting in several hundreds if not thousands of violent deaths, going on in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria since the turn of the millennium. The quick conclusion most people reach from media education is that the conflict is about “bad” multinational corporations and “poor” communities. In many regards this is true, but, it is also only one tree in the forest. The Region is actually rife with conflicts at various levels and on several fronts. There are conflicts rooted in land disputes, the struggle for political power and chieftaincy titles, corruption, ethnic tensions and a good number of other factors. These conflicts are sometimes within one community, between two or more communities or between ethnic groups. On a Regional level, the communities and ethnic groups and even regional governments are aligned in conflict against the Federal Government.

The Ijaws who are about the 4th largest ethnic group in Nigeria are the arrowhead of this region-level conflict. The central issue, which has now been over layered by many others, is the continued reluctance of the Government to invest in socio-economic infrastructure and services in the Region. And the distribution of the profits is unfair.

In this very basic equation of conflict, the multinational oil companies are seen as helping to perpetuate this unfairness. The modern-day conflict engagement strategy of the Niger Delta peoples is to bring the oil and gas industry to a halt, until the Government addresses the unfairness by specific actions. Clearly, this strategy means that the multinationals are nothing but collateral damage and as far as many people from the Region are concerned this is acceptable, after all the companies have been richly-rewarded and amused-bystanders for 5 decades. Which of course is not the solution. Yet the multinationals operating in conflict-prone regions, like the Niger Delta, need to recognize not only their corporate social responsibilities, but, also their responsibility to contribute to peace-building.