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Obama Leaves Monsanto in Charge of Ending Hunger in Africa

10 Jun

Cross Posted from Organic Consumers

By Alexis Baden-Mayer

At the Group of 8 (G8) meetings this past weekend, President Obama and the leaders of the rest of the world’s richest nations abandoned their governments’ previous commitments to donate $7.3 billion a year to end hunger in Africa, after disbursing only 58 percent of the total pledge of $22 billion and giving less than 6 percent in new money they pledged three years ago Continue reading

Nigeria: Ogonis Protest Non-Implementation of UNEP Report

8 Nov

Cross-posted from here

More than 2,000 Ogoni people in Rivers State yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt against the non-implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the oil impacted sites in Ogoniland.

The UNEP had conducted an environmental assessment of the oil impacted sites in Ogoniland and submitted the report to the Federal Government on Aug. 4, 2011.

The report called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to clean oil impacted sites in Ogoniland to save the lives of the people.

Mr Ledum Mitee, the President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), said during the protest, that the Ogonis wanted immediate implementation of the report to safeguard their lives.

He urged the Federal Government to commence the clean-up of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland to save the environment from further deterioration.

He said the Ogonis believed in using a non-violence approach to seek redress.

“These are ways by which the Ogonis show that they can resolve issues in the Niger Delta by peaceful means. And that is why we have come today to say that we are tired and to ask how long our people will continue to drink this poisoned water before we hear from the Federal Government.

“We thought that consistent with our own methods of demand, we have to take a letter of protest to the President and pass it through your Excellency to him to say that our people need attention.

“We have taken Shell to court abroad and we want to know those in the Federal Government delaying these issues.”

Mitee said MOSOP would not hesitate to take necessary action against those whose inactions had made the Ogonis to continue to suffer.

He said that in spite of a unanimous resolution passed by the National Assembly calling for the implementation of the UNEP report, government had done nothing.

In his speech, Mr Tele Ikuru, the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, said that the government was aware of the negative effect of the environmental pollution in Ogoniland.

He said that the state government would ensure that the movement’s message was sent to the Federal Government (NAN).

Niger Delta villagers go to the Hague to fight against oil giant Shell

6 Aug

Oil spill on the shores of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in Niger's oil-producing Ogoniland. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

By John Vidal

Excerpts below. To read full article go to source: Cross-posted from here

Goi is now a dead village. The two fish ponds, bakery and chicken farm that used to be the pride and joy of its chief deacon, Barrisa Tete Dooh, lie abandoned, covered in a thick black layer. The village’s fishing creek is contaminated; the school has been looted; the mangrove forests are coated in bitumen and everyone has left, refugees from a place blighted by the exploitation of the region’s most valuable asset: crude oil.

Last Thursday, a long-awaited and comprehensive UN study exposed the full horror of the pollution that the production of oil has brought to Ogoniland over the last 50 years.

The UN report showed that oil companies and the Nigerian government had not just failed to meet their own standards, but that the process of investigation, reporting and clean-up was deeply flawed in favour of the firms and against the victims. Spills in the US are responded to in minutes; in the Niger delta, which suffers more pollution each year than the Gulf of Mexico, it can take companies weeks or more.

Goi, 40 miles from Port Harcourt, is a typical case. Just a few miles from where Shell first found oil in Ogoniland in 1958, it is only 20 miles from Bane, the ancestral home of Ogoni writer and leader Ken Saro-Wiwa. People from Goi joined the great Ogoni protest march of 1994, when one in three people from the small kingdom of 900,000 rose peacefully against the company, preventing it from working any of its 30 wells in the area. Two years later, Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni leaders were tried on a fabricated murder charge and executed.

On Wednesday, Shell formally accepted responsibility in British law for two significant spills in nearby Bodo. Those were rare victories. More than 1,000 court cases have been taken against Shell for pollution in the last 30 years, but almost all are rejected, settled for a few dollars or remain mired in the legal system for years. Even when the courts rule against the company and fine it millions, it is possible for it to appeal, with legal delays draining communities of cash. One case against Shell taken by people in Goi is still in the courts after 14 years.

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