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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
There's a fortune inside your head / All you touch turns to lead / You think you might just crawl back in bed
— Wilco, Misunderstood
June 9, 2009
Big Oil’s Guilty Conscience

Shell has settled a lawsuit in the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, issuing the standard claim that the settlement is not an admission of guilt and claiming that it had no role in Saro-Wiwa’s death.

Nonsense. Just nonsense.

Shell to Pay $15.5 Million to Settle Nigerian Case
By JAD MOUAWAD, Published: June 8, 2009

The announcement caps a protracted legal battle that began shortly after the death of the Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995. Mr. Saro-Wiwa, Shell’s most prominent critic at the time in Nigeria, was hanged by that country’s military regime after protesting the company’s environmental practices in the oil-rich delta, especially in his native Ogoni region.

Shell continued Monday to deny any role in the death. It called the settlement a “humanitarian gesture” meant to compensate the plaintiffs, including Mr. Saro-Wiwa’s family, for their loss and to cover a portion of their legal fees and costs. Some of the money will go into an educational and social trust fund intended to benefit the Ogoni people.

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This entry is tagged: Environmentalism, Human Rights, Oil

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