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Wednesday, August 12, 1998

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  • Starving Activist Group Meets with UN Official

    Members of Voices in the Wilderness, a human rights group, have entered their third week of a hunger fast across the street from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. They are demanding the United Nations lift the U.S.-led sanctions on Iraq. Yesterday, members of the group met with Richard Butler, Executive Chair of UNSCOM, the UN Special Commission on Iraq. According to UN law, sanctions will not be lifted until UNSCOM determines that Iraq has eliminated its weapons of mass destruction.

  • International Activists Share Struggles Against Oil Industry

    Oilwatch, a coalition of community groups from around the world that are threatened by oil development, met last week in Mexico City. Representatives of communities in 52 different countries gathered to discuss the similarities in their respective struggles against oil production and development. Some of the most well-known struggles include the indigenous Uwa people in Colombia who have been fighting Occidental Petroleum, and the Ogoni people in Nigeria who have been threatened by Royal Dutch Shell.

  • Nigerian Labor Organizer Plans to Reclaim Union

    Nigeria’s new military ruler, General Abdulsalam Abubakar has lifted the ban on trade union organizing in the oil industry. Though many believe that in the same stroke of a pen the regime could reverse the decision. Activists point out that the regime still has far-stretching power to detain and arrest anyone it chooses for any reason whatsoever.