Category Archives: Alarm

Putting up with Putin

When I think of Vladimir Putin, the words Arctic 30, KGB and Pussy Riot spring to mind. Now though, he’s supposedly an ambassador for peace because he’s protecting his ally (and might I add one of the largest importer of Russian weapons) from an international strike that might finally put an end to the inhuman civil war that Syria is raging on its own people.

Here’s a man whose government has captured the Arctic Sunrise and its crew of 30 Greenpeace volunteers for peacefully demonstrating at Gazprom’s offshore arctic oil rig. They are to be detained for another two months for supposedly being pirates. This is also  the same man whose government has passed a law prohibiting Russians from telling their children that homosexuality is okay and not a sin.

Isn’t it mockery then, when a man whose entire government suppresses its own people, illegally captures an activist ship in international waters and which does not acknowledge freedom of speech, is bestowed the highest honor to a civilian for peace efforts?

While we are at it, why not nominate North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as well for not using his nuclear weapons or the Taliban for not re-attempting at taking Malala Yousafzai’s life? Wouldn’t that be a nail-biting cliffhanger?

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A Silent Moment

Today’s Post intentionally left blank, in the memory of Jyoti Singh. We failed her in life, may she rest in eternal peace.

Shell Shocked

Greenpeace left Shell red-faced during the podium ceremony at last week’s Belgian GP by turning Shell’s biggest PR event on it’s head and protesting against their plans for drilling in the Arctic. All this in front of millions of viewers (on track & TV).

While Greenpeace does occasionally go overboard, I think here the end justified the means. The Arctic belongs to all of us; it is not for one country or corporation to take advantage of. And for what? At best, Shell estimates 9 Billion barrels of oil that can be extracted? And what if it fails? Shell’s attempts to drill into the US Arctic already lead to failures. Can you imagine what a “Gulf of Mexico” incident in the Arctic could result in?

So, if I understand correctly, Shell invests money and stands to be the sole gainer if they do succeed in drilling for oil. If they fail, WE (you, me and the native Arctic people)  are the ones who’ll end up paying for it. Who gave Shell the permission to risk messing up the Arctic for their own profit? I didn’t and neither did you; it’s time we made sure they don’t get away with it.  Save the Arctic, save ourselves.

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