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Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

It is genocide. I accuse the oil companies of practising racism because they do in Ogoni what they do not do in other parts of the world. Ken Saro-Wiwa, 1993 On November 10th 1995, Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues were executed by the then military government for protesting against oil companies’...

Economics of Extraction

by Ben Amunwa This article first appeared in Foto8 magazine, The Legacy of Oil edition, 14 October 2010. Outside the plane window at the Niger Delta, the oil region of Nigeria, I can see a solid bed of rainforest with wide ribbons of water the colour of coffee dregs coiling through it. I try to...

“Somewhere as Yet Undiscovered”: Thoughts on Power, Desk Killing and Resistance

Article by Dan Gretton in Vertigo: Volume 3, Issue 9; Summer 2008 ‘Reich Secret Business: Berlin, 5th June 1942 Modifications to special vehicles now in service at Kulmhof (Chelmno) and  for those now being built Since December 1941, 97,000 have been processed by the 3 vehicles in service with no major incidents. However, in the...

Remember Saro-Wiwa: The Living Memorial Concept

“Artists should be at the centre of society keeping alive a utopian vision, because society will not improve if the people envisioning a better society are politicians.” Peter Sellars The role of the artist in society is critical to communicate the injustices experienced daily by people. Art provides political expression beyond rhetoric, propaganda, and action,...