New Falklands war, about oil?


This music video by the British punk band Crass is called Sheep farming in the Falklands. It is a protest against the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war. The lyrics are here.

From Associated Press:

Argentina blocks supply ship in Falklands dispute

As I toured Buenos Aires, residents were uniformly upbeat except when I mentioned my upcoming visit to the Falkland Islands.

”The British stole the Falklands from us,” I heard over and over. “Those islands belong to Argentina.”

Now, I was approaching East Falkland Island and Stanley, the largest town — well, the only town — on more than 200 South Atlantic Ocean islands whose combined population includes 650,000 sheep and 3,000 humans.

Three British soldiers have died in southern Afghanistan, officials announced Monday, raising Britain’s death toll in the conflict to 256 – breaking the number of Britons lost in the Falklands war of 1982.

Britain reached the grim milestone as British, American and Afghan forces are preparing for a major attack on Marjah in Helmand province, the biggest town in southern Afghanistan under Taliban control. Britain’s defense secretary has warned the British public to expect more casualties when the Marjah attack occurs. …

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina has escalated its dispute with Britain over oil and gas exploration in the South Atlantic, blocking a ship it said was carrying drilling equipment for the disputed Falkland Islands from leaving the port of Buenos Aires.

The Foreign Ministry said port officials prevented the Techint vessel from leaving because of evidence that its cargo of Argentine-made seamless tubes would be used for drilling activity “illegitimately promoted” by Britain in the sea surrounding the islands.

The ministry said the boat visited Port Stanley, the islands’ capital, last month without securing Argentine permission.

Last week Argentina formally objected to the start of oil and gas exploration in the islands, which the government calls the Malvinas and considers to be its own despite losing a war with Britain over the territory in 1982.

Techint, the world’s biggest producer of seamless steel tubing for the oil industry, denied that the tubes were destined for the Falklands. It said they were headed to destinations in the Mediterranean and companies that have no operations in the disputed area.

Argentina took the South Atlantic islands by force in April 1982, and 649 of its soldiers and 258 British soldiers were killed before it surrendered two months later.

Both countries have filed claims with international organizations over rights to the seabed surrounding the islands.

This is a music video of another song against the 1982 Falklands war; Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding (1982).

Argentina has refused to back down from controversial legislation designed to hamper trade between the country and the Falkland Islands. The ruling requires ships heading to the islands to obtain a government permit from Buenos Aires first: here.

A British rig is due to begin drilling for oil in the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina: here.

A British firm has started drilling for oil off the disputed Falkland Islands in the face of fierce opposition from Argentina: here.

Argentina’s foreign minister went to the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday over its escalating dispute with Britain: here.

Britain’s decision to begin exploratory drilling has stoked tensions with the Argentine government over control of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, and the oil reserves on the seabed around them: here.

Guardian: Rockhopper shares soar on Falklands oil upgrade: here.

Oil firm Rockhopper raises £48.5m for Falklands drilling: here.

Rockhopper fails to find oil with Falklands well: here.

3 thoughts on “New Falklands war, about oil?

  1. I just watched an Argentine movie about the Falklands war last night, “Blessed By Fire/ Iluminados Por El Fuego”. It was a little confusing. The film was confusing in that it is anti war, anti militarist but intensely chauvinistic about the Malvinas/Falklands. The officer caste are shown as corrupt, incompetent, stupid and sadistic. The war is shown to be pointless and destructive to the Argentine people but at the end the film maker insists on proclaiming that Las Malvinas are part of Argentina.

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  2. Hi Jon, thanks for pointing out about this film. More about it is here.

    Sometimes I think it would be best if the Malvinas/Falklands would be ruled by the Intrernational Union for the Conservation of Nature or a sinmilar organization. And if the oil, instead of being awarded to some British or British-Dutch or British-US American big business consortium, as is probably the plans of the British government now, would be exploited in a non profit environmentally non damaging way for the benefit of poor people everywhere in the world.

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  3. Argentina blocks ship in Falklands oil dispute

    Argentina steps up row with Britain over oil and gas exploration in South Atlantic by detaining ship ‘to support drilling’

    Argentina ship dispute

    Argentina has blocked a ship carrying pipes for oil exploration, allegedly for a British company, bound for the Falklands. Photograph: C zaro De Luca/EPA

    Argentina has escalated its dispute with Britain over oil and gas exploration in the South Atlantic, blocking a ship from leaving with equipment it said would have been used to support drilling around the Falkland Islands.

    Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana discussed the issue yesterday with the governor of Tierra del Fuego province, which, on every schoolchild’s map in this South American country, includes the islands the Argentines call Las Malvinas.

    “Great Britain is violating Argentine sovereignty,” Governor Fabiana Ríos said after the meeting.

    The foreign ministry said on Wednesday that port officials prevented the vessel from leaving because of evidence that the cargo of Argentinian-made seamless tubes would be used for drilling activity “illegitimately promoted” by Britain.

    The ministry said the boat had visited Port Stanley, the islands’ capital, in January without permission. By law, any company involved in the oil business must obtain government permission before engaging in activity in Argentina’s continental shelf – including the disputed islands.

    Techint, the world’s biggest producer of seamless steel tubing for the oil industry, denied that the tubes were destined for the Falklands. It said they were headed to destinations in the Mediterranean and companies that have no operations in the disputed area.

    In Britain, the Foreign Office declined to comment.

    Last week Argentina formally objected to the start of oil and gas exploration in the islands, which the government considers to be Argentinian despite losing a war over them with Britain.

    Argentina took the South Atlantic islands by force in April 1982, and 649 of its soldiers and 258 British soldiers were killed before Argentina surrendered two months later.

    The latest battles are mostly waged by diplomats – both countries have filed claims with international organisations over rights to the seabed surrounding the islands.

    Meanwhile, British companies are moving ahead with exploration.

    Desire Petroleum Plc has licensed six areas around the islands where it says 3.5bn barrels of oil and 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can be recovered from relatively shallow deposits. The company is bringing in the Ocean Guardian, a $35m (£22m) offshore oil rig, that it expects to begin drilling in earnest by the end of this month.

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