miscellaneous

What we learned this week

  • The Trafigura scandal was one of the more extreme examples of dumping toxic waste on Africa in recent years. They face prosecution this week, which is good news, except that rather than being charged with poisoning 30,000 people in Cote d’Ivoire, they’re being charged with exporting toxic waste from a European country. Justice for Africans is harder to secure, apparently.
  • After the ‘people first’ approach of Metrobank and the People’s Supermarket, are GiffGaff about to do the same thing with a mobile network? I can’t quite tell.
  • Ever wanted to throw Silvio Berlusconi through the air? No? Well now you can – One are campaigning for his expulsion from the G8 for failure to meet aid promises, and have created the Hurl Berl online game to illustrate their point.
  • This week I got my first update from my new MP, Gavin Shuker, and was pleased to see him championing equality in his maiden speech. There are a record number of new MPs this time around. Make sure you follow yours at theyworkforyou.com, or check Tweetminster to see if your MP is on twitter.

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