|BOTANICAL ELECTRONIC NEWS|
No. 118 November 14, 1995
World outrage tinged with despair greeted the news on Friday November 10, 1995 that Nigeria's best-known human rights ac- tivist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues had been hanged.
Saro-Wiwa, who was a successful writer and businessman, was leader of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni peoples, which had campaigned against the pollution and exploitation of their land by multinational oil companies - especially the Shell Co. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Leaders at the Commonwealth summit in Auckland, angered at General Abacha's disregard of their pleas for clemency, agreed to suspend Nigeria immediately from the Commonwealth. The country now has two years to embrace democracy or face permanent exclusion.
You can find more on Web pages at http://www.oneworld.org/
Also on that site is a transcript of The Drilling Fields and
condemnation from writers around the world in an article from
PEN International, press releases from the Ogoni Community
Association in London (including a plea from Saro-Wiwa's son,
Ken Wiwa, calling for international action to stop the execution
of his father) and Greenpeace statements. We have also inter-
viewed Glen Ellis, Director of the Drilling Fields - the award-
winning TV documentary that helped bring the exploitation of the
Ogoni land and people by Shell and the military government to
the world's attention.
The long file ("A Collection of Botany Related URLs") with all the links will still be available in Helsinki: http://www.helsinki.fi/botany.html
The menu page for the new system is at: http://www.helsinki.fi/bot_menu.html
A large collection of forestry links is available at the WWW Virtual library for Forestry at http://www.metla.fi/info/vlib/Forestry.html
Indices Nominum Supragenericorum Plantarum Vascularium: http://matrix.nal.usda.gov:8080/star/supragenericname.html
A New Palaeo-Ecosystem Atlas and literature review on the web: http://www.soton.ac.uk/adams1.html
Cambridge University Press has established a WWW site: http://www.cup.org
The Quaternary Research Association now has a WWW page at: http://www2.tcd.ie/qra.html
Environment Canada's WWW server: http://www.ns.doe.ca
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is an initiative of the NBS to foster the development of a distributed electronic network of biological data and information maintained by a variety of Federal and State government agencies, univer- sities, museums, libraries, and private organizations. The NBII is available on the Internet: http://www.nbs.gov/nbii/
The TAXACOM List Archive is also indexed by date, author and thread, and is conveniently browsable as a Word Wide Web Hyper- mail archive: http://muse.bio.cornell.edu/archive/taxacom.html
Missouri Botanical Garden has expanded web resources:
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BEN is archived on gopher freenet.victoria.bc.ca. The URL is: