In his first full-length work of journalism in a decade, the ‘heir to R. Crumb & Art Spiegelman’ brings his comics mastery to a story of indigenous North America, resource extraction, & our debt to the natural world. The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around – it is central to their livelihood & their very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are also home to valuable natural resources, including oil, gas & diamonds.

With mining came jobs and investment-but also road-building, pipelines and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape; and alcohol, drugs, and … More

Are oil-rich countries prone to war? And, if so, why? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources and to ensure energy security. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines. Outside intervention only makes things worse. The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor security of supply.

This book examines the relationship between oil and war in six different regions: Angola, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria and Russia. … More

Are oil-rich countries prone to war? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources & to ensure energy security. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society & economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines.

Outside intervention only makes things worse. The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor … More