The State of the World as of Now
We're currently paying for our reliance on oil at the rate of an entire Exxon Valdez spill every week. Meanwhile, no one seems to care that the Nigerian pirates turned to piracy in the first place because the same thing has been happening on their coast for a good decade now, and there's no fishing left for them.
To summarise the last half-century: we made it through the cold war, invented the Internet and the iPad, and were just getting up a good head of panic about the 50-years-off conclusion to cascading climate change, only to get well and truly blindsided by a malfunction in state-of-the-art 19th century resource exploitation.
Seriously. It's 2010 and the end of the world as we know it is a fucking oil spill. Extra deliciousness? Our only hope might be to hit it with a nuclear bomb.
Of course, still no one cares about the spill in the Niger delta. Unlike US happenings, we actually have to seek out news from most of the rest of the world.
(The relative newsworthiness of the different regions can be seen clearly in the efforts put into censoring news coverage of each of the spills. There's no big effort to conceal the effects of the African disaster.)
And, to no one's surprise, the piracy in the Niger region is portrayed as a criminal matter to be stamped out, rather than, you know, a perfectly legitimate response to horrifying, survival-threatening injustice.
All of which to say, really: old news. Old fucking news. Welcome to the future.