Nigella sativa — more commonly known as fennel flower — has been used as a cure-all home remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.
Sumi and Kalpona have come halfway around the world to confront the big corporations — like Walmart and Gap — that treat Bangladeshi lives as just another cost of doing business. They want to force the executives at these companies to see the human consequences of their ruthless pursuit of low prices.
Pipes from Suncor’s operations froze and then burst, spilling 2,200 barrels of toxic tar sands waste into a Canadian river for 10 hours.
An ExxonMobil pipeline carrying nearly 100,000 barrels of toxic tar sands crude spewed into the American town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Yards are flooded in black crude, a river of toxic oil flows down the street, and the nearby fishing lake is covered in black grease.