Saturday, November 10, 2007

On November 10, ...

... 1995, Nigeria hanged "writer and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa," and 8 other opponents of military rule in the country, "despite worldwide pleas for clemency." The execution followed conviction on charges related to murder -- charges that Saro-Wiwa maintained were trumped up in order to stop his fight on behalf of the Ogoni people affected by oil exploitation in their homeland. The event remains the subject of litigation brought in the United States pursuant to the Alien Tort Claims Act. See, e.g., Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 226 F.3d 88 (2d Cir. 2000).
... 1999, pursuant to terms set for in the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport issued earlier in the year, the World Anti-Doping Agency was established to "promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally." Among its efforts is adoption of a World Anti-Doping Code of 2003. An independent entity, "[t]he agency consists of equal representatives from the Olympic Movement and public authorities."
... 2007 (today), persons of Indian and Nepalese ancestry continue the 5-day Diwali celebration, a festival of lights. Enjoy!

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