Monday, June 29, 2009

Many Nigerians Dislike Foreign Oil Companies

LONDON (Reuters) -- Oil rose to $70 a barrel on Monday after Nigeria's main militant group said it attacked a Royal Dutch Shell oil platform, outweighing a fairly bearish report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said its fighters struck the Shell Forcados platform in the Delta state.

There was no immediate independent confirmation but Shell said it shut in some oil production at its western operations in the Delta while it investigated reports of attacks.

U.S. crude for August delivery rose to a high of $70.06 per barrel, up 90 cents, before slipping back slightly to $69.75.

"The Nigerian supply disruptions brought in some buying," said Christopher Bellew, broker at Bache Commodities in London.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Over a quarter of All South African Men Admit to Rape

South Africans received a horrifying measure of just how bad their country's rape crisis is with the release this week of a study in which more than a quarter of men admitted to having raped, and 46% of those said that they had raped more than once.

The study, conducted by South Africa's Medical Research Council, reveals a deeply rooted culture of violence against women, in which men rape in order to feel powerful, and do so with impunity, believing that their superiority entitles them to vent their frustrations on women and children. The men most likely to rape, the researchers found, were not the poorest, but those who had attained some level of education and income.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Historic Gathering Off-Broadway With Second Black Woman in History to Win Pulitzer for Drama

The Manhattan Theatre Club and the Off-Broadway play “Ruined”

have provided a platform for the women of the Congo to share with the global community
the nature of the conflict in the Congo, its impact on Congolese women and how each and every one of us can play a role in bringing an end to the unnecessary suffering of the women of the Congo.

Congolese women will participate in a forum hosted by Congo Global Action, Friends of the Congo and Ellen Stone Belic Institute at Columbia College, Chicago on Sunday, June 14, 2009, 2 PM,
following the production of the Pulitzer winning play “Ruined.”

The June 14th production of “Ruined” is a benefit fundraiser in support of the work of Friends of the Congo and Congo Global Action. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to support the work of these two organizations with women in the Congo.

You can support our efforts by purchasing tickets for this historic event.

Find out more about the June 14th production and panel discussion.

Read the press release of this historic event.

View a brief monologue by one of the lead actors in the play.

Learn more about the situation of women in the Congo.

Find out more about the play.

Friends of Congo, Congo Global Action, Ellen Stone Belic Institute at Columbia College, Chicago, George Malaika Foundation, Congo Restoration, Common Cause UK, Foundation Shalupe, HEAL Africa, Lisa Jackson of Jackson Films, Playwright Lynn Nottage, second African American woman in history to win Pulitzer Prize for drama and cast members of "Ruined" will participate in the historic event.

For more information, please call Friends of the Congo at 202-584-6512 or Congo Global Action at 202-884-9784. You may also email or Visit,
or for more details.