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WEST AFRICA

  • Norbert Zongo: Interview With A Dead Man
    On December 13, 1998, Norbert Zongo was found dead, his car burned, with his brother Yembi Ernest Zongo, his chauffeur Ablaise' Nikiema, and Blaise Ilboudo, some 100 kilometers from the capital. An Independent Commission of Inquiry in May 1999, found that Zongo was murdered for political reasons. (Norbet Zongo was a frind of mine. I interviewed him in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on May 18, 1997. I never saw him again. )

  • Ogoni, Nigeria: No Safe Haven
    :
    Even in refugee camps, Nigeria's Ogonis face abuse and intimidation
    Based on investigations and interviews in Cotonou, Benin, June 1997, with some of the 2000 Ogoni refugees who had recently fled the persecution by Royal Dutch Shell, and the military occupation of Ogoniland, in the Niger River Delta.
    (Published in Toward Freedom, Vol. 46, No. 6, November,1997, under the pseudonym Zak Harmon. )

  • Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995), Ogoni, and the Pacification of the Tribes of the Lower Niger: Published in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION AND NATURE.
    A biographical sketch of Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the Ogoni people of the Niger River Delta, Nigeria.
    (the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, which includes 1000 entries, written by 520 contributors, was published in March 2005. - see also: http://www.religionandnature.com/)
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  • the Realities of FGM in Mali
    :
    Stopping Female Genital Mutilation
    A section of the report written for Healthy Tomorrow, a non-profit organization working to stop FGM and other violence against women. ( - see also: http://www.stopexcision.net)
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  • Wildlife Woes in West Africa
    :
    the trade in endangered species, and how corrupt governments sanction it.
    this article appeared in the Greenfield Recorder, Greenfield Massachusetts, February 17, 1998. See the note inside about the editor's extreme bias and censorship against Africa. (Also contains section on human righst and the petroleum genocide in Ogoni, Nigeria. )
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  • NO SAFE HAVEN
    :
    Homeland Security granted an African refugee political asylum -- then threw him in jail.
    Letter to the editor, Tom Vannah, and writer, Maureen Turner, for the Valley Advocate newspapers, Northampton Massachusetts ( - see also: http://www.valleyadvocate.com/gbase/News/content?oid=oid:74792)



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