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In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, Nigerian-born Charles Wiwa, 44, poses for a portrait in Chicago. Wiwa, fled Nigeria in 1996 following a crackdown on protests against Shell’s oil operations in the Niger Delta. He and other natives of the oil-rich Ogoni region claim Shell was eager to stop protests in the area and was complicit in Nigerian government actions that included fatal shootings, rapes, beatings, arrests and property destruction. He said an American court is the only place the Ogonis can seek accountability. “Nigeria gets so much money from oil. There is no way the company will be held liable for anything in courts in Nigeria,” said Wiwa, allowed into the United States as a political refugee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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