Grubbing around last night for this week’s images, I didn’t want have another image of a Rohingya child. Nor did I want a picture of the devastation wrought by Mother Nature in Nepal, or the manmade devastation in Iraq and Syria being perpetrated by the inaptly named ISIS.
(Having a genocidal army of religious nutcases named after Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Giver of Life is incongruous, to say the least!)
About 21,000 gallons of oil spilled from an abandoned pipeline near Refugio state beach in California on Wednesday (20th), spreading over four miles within hours. An army of volunteers has been cleaning the beach and animal shelters are facing a long task rescuing and cleaning the affected wildlife
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Continuing my browse through the Guardian, I came across a page headed with this picture of smoggy Jakarta
Photograph: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images
Shares in Asia Resource Minerals (ARM), a mining company listed in London, have been suspended because its former boss is staging a sit-in at the Jakarta head office of its main subsidiary, PT Berau Coal. This is the company formerly owned by the Bakrie Boys, who went into partnership with Nat Rothschild and floated the company on the London Stock Exchange.
The history of what went wrong is convoluted, but what is clear from the article is that Amir Sambodo, who resigned in March as chief executive of ARM and of PT Berau Coal, has been refusing to let in two executives from ARM, the company formerly known as Bumi which has been mired in scandals during its time on the stock market.
Sambodo is now reported to have employed 100 security guards (premen?) to protect him during his occupation of the Indonesian operation, which appears to have been going on since Tuesday.
It all seems rather murky to me.