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News :: Education : Environment
Ken Saro-Wiwa And Richard North Patterson
08 Oct 2014
The murder by hanging of 8 Nigerian nonviolent environmental activists was brought about by the instigation of Shell Oil.
Richard North Patterson's fiction book Eclipse is a gripping account of a similar incident.
In The Shadow Of A Saint
Ken Wiwa, son of Ken Saro-Wiwa
Richard North Patterson has written over a dozen books. This poster has listened to 7 of them of which Eclipse, the story of the trial of a nonviolent environmental activist in Africa, is the most captivating. The momentum builds slowly until by the 10th disc one foregoes cleaning the house or paperwork in order to concentrate on the words.

"Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa (b.October 10, 1941-died November 10, 1995) was a Nigerian writer of satiral novels ; civil rights activist, television producer .In 1994 Saro-Wiwa was imprisoned by order of the dictator Sani Abacha. He had strongly defended the rights of the Ogoni people and criticized the government's oil policy with Royal Dutch/Shell. Despite wide international protests, Saro-Wiwa was hanged after a show trial with other eight Ogoni rights activists in Port Harcourt, on November 10, 1995."*

Saro-Wiwa's son Ken wrote the book In The Shadow Of A Saint about his father. He has also produced and narrated tv and radio documentaries for Canadian Broadcasting and the BBC, and commentaries for NPR.

Patterson's book is fiction but a veiled reference, imho, to the murder of nonviolent environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria, who along with 8 others of his persuasion were hanged at the insistence of Shell Oil and a compliant corrupt Nigerian government. Neither the US State Department nor other branches of the US government seriously tried to prevent the execution.

Shell has for decades polluted the Niger Delta and the watershed of Nigeria with oil poisons while denuding the land of mango, palm and thousands of other species of plants.

Patterson recounts apartheid mercenaries displaced by the return of Nelson Mandela. These mercenaries join on the side of diamond, copper, gold and other miners and other commercial interests in many African conflicts. They also join the security forces of international corporations. The CIA has often subcontracted security work to these racists.

In addition, Patterson investigates the world of oil speculators and their insider trading. They seem to know in advance coming crises and to buy futures in an almost omniscient way.

He weaves together vivid characters, a complex plot, and a masterful style of writing studded with occasional poem phrases.

This poster also recommends Patterson's books The Spire, The Race, Protect and Defend, Loss Of Innocence and Fall From Grace. With the book Devil's Light I part company, because of my belief that Osama Bin Laden probably died in 2001 after being hopsitlized and in serious need of dialysis and the opinion of many millions that the bombing of the World Trade Center was an operation designed as an excuse to invade Afghanistan, and was a joint operation of elements in the CIA and Israeli military and intelligence.
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Re: Ken Saro-Wiwa And Richard North Patterson
08 Oct 2014
Modified: 12:56:27 PM
In text "satiral" should probably be "satirical"