Over at common dreams, Bianca Jagger has a column that adds some substance and reminder to an issue that would be unappealing to corporate media. The massive oil pollution of an area of the Amazon in Ecuador that is at least the size of some small countries. That the accused company is US and the country affected is Ecuador ensures limited yet biased US media coverage of the issue, and those in countries with mainly US cable news remain ignorant and even sympathetic to the plight of the corporations.
Obvious is that Ms Jagger is no ‘celebrity’ activist, instead a very active activist. Her post highlights the continuing plight of the powerless against the callous and powerful, Ecuadorian Victims’ Struggle for Justice Against Chevron
And as the well-respected common dreams shows, news and analysis that should engage the interest of the affected lay person is not to be constrained or tainted by demands of corporations, which also tend to wield powerful influence on governments. Trafigura with its dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast is one of many examples – injunctions and ‘super injunctions’ against the likes of The Guardian, yet utterly useless against social media and WikiLeaks.
…One activist striving to ensure that ‘the wretched of the earth’ become much less so…