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David Versus Goliath Off the Irish Coast--OIl Giant Gets a Shelling

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The documentary "The Pipe," shown during the Berlinale film festival, tells the story of residents in a remote Irish coastal community who took on the oil giant Shell, and their own government.


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Susan S (187)
Friday February 18, 2011, 7:20 pm
Thanks for posting this. I have been to Ireland once and the people of the west coast are absolutely wonderful.

Agnes H (144)
Friday February 18, 2011, 9:10 pm
Noted for a great story Cal. Unlike Susan I've never been in Ireland, but always admired the photos of the areas. How beautiful and unspoilt they still are! Why can't the government keep it that way? Ireland is a Rural Country and has suffered enough in the past. All due to the Dutch {Says a Dutch-born!} The Dutch Prince married an English Princess and became King. As such he invaded Ireland. Thus the trouble in Ulster for so long. And now the Dutch are at it again! Don't they ever learn?

This area is a Farming and Fishing area. With a Gaspipe there and a Gas flame burning most of the time, it'll destroy the cleanliness of the area and destroy the air. No, I'm with the Irish people and support them all the way. They have my backing and if that documentary comes here on DVD I'll buy one to show my support.

I'm forwarding your news Cal!

Past Member (0)
Friday February 18, 2011, 9:41 pm
The whole world needs to know this story......can we spread this story all around the Gulf and every part of the world......anyone do a YouTube on this? This is huge......forward it to everyone.

Toni C (508)
Friday February 18, 2011, 11:25 pm
Well, I've never had the good fortune to visit Ireland, either, but have long enjoyed seeing the beauty of the land in pictures, and listening to the stories told of their suffering. How wonderful this small village managed to take on the big oil giant Shell. Blessed be! Thanks for the article, Cal.

Kerrie G (116)
Friday February 18, 2011, 11:45 pm
Noted, thanks.

- M (24)
Friday February 18, 2011, 11:45 pm
A big hug to everybody over there. May they serve as an example of how sometimes the smallest wins

Saturday February 19, 2011, 2:11 am
The fact that this story until now was unknown to the world illustrates once again the way in which so much of the media and our journalistic "Heros" manipulate information not necessarily by distortion but by convenient omission. I can think of much "censorship by omission" that went on for years before the story was allowed to "break" from East Timor, to the Bushmen of Botswana and numerous African conflicts. Situations that the media choose to keep the lid on still include West Papua and the plight of the Bushmen of South West Africa.

Liz Recko-Morrison (0)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 4:08 am
Bravo to the people of Western Ireland. Does anyone know of showing of this film in America?

Melissa Dawson (284)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 10:59 am
Inspiring... Thank you, Cal. Posted to my FB.

Paul Elder (3)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 12:40 pm

Nelson B (0)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 6:44 pm
It's the same world wide. Officials are selling out to oil companies, mining companies, chemical companies and any other companies that are flashing money.

Cristina M (137)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 3:09 am
Great story, it shows how if we unite and work together we can achieve whatever we want. These people are so brave fighting against an oil company and their won government, BRAVO!

Gail Lopez (65)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 1:43 pm
Thank you for this article, Cal. Never give up.

Jan Garen (86)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 2:21 pm
I did not know about this - what a fantastic story! It shows what a united front can do even against all odds.

Edith B (146)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 9:06 pm
Good for them! This story should be an inspiration to others to stand for what the believe is right.

Helena-Sophia E (10)
Monday February 21, 2011, 12:21 am
I'm a Spiegel subscriber and saw the story, but couldn't submit it. Thanks for doing it.
There are two slides that need to be pondered upon. The first is the image where a cop is full of hate, getting inertia to beat down on a protester.
Cops all over the world have become corporate enablers. They protect corporate parasites, in this case Shell. What is wrong with these people? Beating their own brothers and sisters. That is so sick in the head.

Secondly, you can see that the 'Solitaire' is registered in Panama. Why? Because the corpofascists prefer not to pay taxes on their income.

"The panama register of ships will also allow ships to operate international trade without taxation as it's only territorial and will not tax the income of ships involved in international navigation or trade."

Boycott Shell. Do it now, do it wholeheartedly. No more tax free environmental destruction.

KS Goh (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:39 am
Thanks for the article.

chris b (2474)
Monday February 21, 2011, 8:44 am
More treading on the little man by big oil for the greedy needs of it's bottom line! Ably assisted by a non representative government! Could be anywhere in the world as the greed of big oil knows no boundaries!

Carol H (229)
Monday February 21, 2011, 9:57 am
noted, thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 10:36 am
Thank You for your work, Cal.

Bonny G (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 12:33 pm
I feel for these people. Eight years. A 24/7 nightmare of continual stress because your government does not give you any recourse. In this case, their government isn't even for the people who elect it. The village and area have not won yet, but I hope the documentary helps them and their cause immensely. I went through eminent domain for three years plus, and it was perpetual turmoil, and then you lose anyway. Recourse here? Supposedly....

Charlene Rush (2)
Monday February 21, 2011, 1:14 pm
Roger R., is absolutely, correct.
The world needs to know that, even a small group of people have power, if they have determination and stick together.

Shell's sins are numerous. Their treatment of indigenous groups, in some countries has been published, but keep as quiet as possible.
This is not a corporation to be admired, to say the least.

The sooner we rid ourselves of our addiction to oil, the better our world will be.
The oil companies know that people around the world are turning against them, and will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing, to keep the oil flowing.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:10 am
See what vociferous opposition can do. Shouldn't we all stand and be counted. We complain about the oil sands as often as possible. Ah the age of stupid.

Joy Wong (100)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 4:44 am
Down with Golliath, he was defeated once before. Come on David. don' t give up.
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