There’s been a lot of focus on the world oil market recently, with rising petrol prices hitting many of us where it hurts the most – in the wallet. The war in Iraq and the after effects of Hurricane Katrina have been frequently blamed, but events in Nigeria are playing their part too. Violent protests by local tribes over the contamination of their land has seen a quarter of Nigeria’s oil production shut down, contributing to the current spike in oil prices. Anna Zalik from the University of California spoke to Dr John Bruni about the recent violence.

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