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Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson is a former staff reporter for Reuters-London, a regular contributor on oil in Africa’s Guinea Gulf to the Financial Times, and profiled President Obiango for BBC News in 2004. He is the Africa fellow at the UK-based think-tank Chatham House, and his book Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2007.


What Caring Neighbors Do

As President Obiang Nguema’s limousine approached the Congresses Palace in Bata, soldiers brandished whippy sticks to part the worthies in green caps and white party T-shirts. For months, officials had been organizing this, ordering tiepins and lea [...]