Environment / Injustice / Poetry / Thirdworld / World speaking out

The poet killed by Shell

Ken Saro-Wiwa  was an activist, writer, and member of the Ogoni people, whose homeland in the Niger Delta has been used for crude oil extraction since the 1950s. The land has suffered extreme environmental damagefrom decades of petroleum waste dumping and leaks and spills, and the people have been tortured, abused, and murdered. Saro-Wiwa was … Continue reading

Environment / Vignette / World speaking out

On 1 November the animals were blamed..

On this day, the first case of mad cow disease was found in Britain. Eduardo Galeano writes… Danger! Animals! In 1986 mad cow disease struck the British Isles and more than two million cows suspected of harbouring contagious dementia faced capital punishment. In 1997 avian flu from Hong Kong sowed panic and condemned a million … Continue reading