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June 6th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

U.S. Navy vessels carrying tons of relief supplies for the suffering victims of last month’s Myanmar cyclone turned back around this week, without unloading their cargo. Although the United Nations has stated that a million survivors still don’t have adequate food or shelter, the ruling junta refuses to allow entry for fear that the Americans will bum rush the troubled country for its rich oil deposits.

And so the victims continue to suffer without the mobilized assistance.

We have to say, we’re more than embarrassed that our country’s pathetic reputation as oil hoarders makes for a plausible assumption that we’d do just about anything to get our hands on the grease.

Do we all seem this bad?


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Oil Devastasian

December 14th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We learned today that the UN is sending a team of eight environmental experts to figure out the damage from last week’s South Korean oil spill, the worst the nation has ever seen, caused by a leaking Hebei Spirit tanker.

Our hearts go out to the animals, land, and humans that are being affected by this disaster, and we can barely even bear to look at the insane damage:

…but we can’t stop looking–the devastasian seems neverending–and it all really just sucks.

Worst of all, it looks like S. Korea’s lack of preparasian is mostly to blame for the obscene spread of the oil:

“They weren’t prepared enough to control the spread,” Gi Tgan Hyuk, a spokesman for the Korea Federation For Environment Movement, told TIME. The group says the government should have put an oil fence around the tanker immediately to control the slick while rescue teams waited for heavy seas to settle down in order to plug the remaining holes in the tanker’s portside, a job that was completed only some 48 hours after the accident. While the government says it did place barriers around the tanker, environmental groups charge that the vessel wasn’t completely encircled, allowing oil to seep out.

Ugh. All we can say is: SOUTH KOREA, CLEAN UP THIS MESS.


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Warning: Graphic Photo

May 10th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

A few days ago, Amnesty International called out China and Russia as the top two weapons suppliers to Sudan, helping fuel violence in Darfur and neighboring Chad.

In an attempt to save face, China, which buys 2/3 OF SUDAN’S OIL exports, is now leaning on Sudan to accept a hybrid African Union-UN Peacekeeping force to contain violence in Darfur. At least 200,000 people have died since 2003 in the conflict.

A starving child in a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Western Darfur

Hey, China. You buy 2/3 of Sudan’s exported oil? Lean harder.

For more information, go to Amnesty International.


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