Drill monkeys of African Bioko island


This 17 July 2020 video from Equatorial Guinea says about itself:

Roughly 20 miles off the coast of West Africa, the island of Bioko sits alone in the Atlantic Ocean. This rainforest-dominated terrain is home to one of the rarest primates in the world: the drill.

United States public relations corporations help dictators


This video from the USA says about itself:

The PR Firm and the Dictator

4 August 2009

Episode 2 – A genocidal but sensitive dictator goes to a gallant PR man for help with his “image problem” in the western media.

From Everything-PR.com:

Ketchum PR & Qorvis/MSL Group Make Millions Representing Human Rights Violators

2015-12-17 by Richard D. Pace

Wow, talk about bad public relations.

The Center for Public Integrity today released a study, “The hired guns who advocate for the world’s worst human rights abusers” – a research report which analyzed the public relations agencies who make the most money representing clients that violate human rights.

The study noted that records at the United States Justice department revealed that “that the 50 countries with the worst human rights violation records have spent $168 million on American lobbyists and public relations specialists since 2010. The countries included in the analysis were those with the worst scores on the human rights indicator of the Fragile States Index, an annual report published by the nonprofit Fund for Peace, which measures the vulnerability of nations.”

Leading the pack, according to this study is Omnicom owned Ketchum PR who made $37 million dollars representing human-rights violators, followed by Qorvis Communications/MSL Group at $20.6 million dollars. Rounding out the top 10 included Squire Patton Boggs, Podesta Group ($7 Million), Glover Park Group at $5.6 million and more.

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is “an American nonprofit investigative journalism organization whose mission is “to reveal abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability and to put the public interest first.” The organization won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Qorvis/MSL Group was slammed for representing the nation of Equatorial Guinea, a country which has one of the worst human rights records in the world according to numerous studies. The MSL Group client represents the nation which has a major problem with human trafficking – and helps to shield them from negative world pressure.

As a human rights attorney asked of this work, “Are they enabling a dictatorship to exist and to get away with atrocities? Without a doubt. That’s exactly why they’re hired.”

The report indicated that the Publicis Group owned company has issued reports praising the country, including a headline reading “Equatorial Guinea Reports Significant Reduction in Poverty and Improvements in Health.” Shamefully, MSL Group/ Qorvis Communications has also worked for Libya, Bahrain and Sri Lanka – other nations with terrible human rights records. The firm lost more than a third of their partners in 2011 as a result of their work with shady countries – which has included work for Saudi Arabia after the 9/11 attacks. …

The fascinating report also mentioned Podesta Group, and Glover Park Group as companies representing human rights violators.

This article sits alongside our articles on Public Relations for terrorists, which detailed how Brussels based think-tank, Corporate Europe Observatory released a report “Spin doctors to the autocrats: how European PR firms whitewash repressive regimes” detailing the work for terrorists.

When a Bell Pottinger executive “…was grilled by a committee of British MPs who asked him, “You’ve worked for mass murders, racists, people who’ve oppressed their own people…. Doesn’t the public have a right to know who your clients are?”, he replied: “The public has no right to know.”

When Ketchum PR and MSL Group go about to recruit employees, one wonders if their HR Department shares the great work they do for countries trafficking in horrific human rights violations. Even more ironically, Ketchum issued a press release today saying they are a great place to work. One wonders if its “blood money” or just slave money.

Putty-nosed monkeys have a ‘language’


This video says about itself:

Putty-Nosed Monkey

23 March 2015

Odzala, Republic of the Congo

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Orphaned putty nose monkeys at Cercopan‘s primate rehabilitation centre, Calabar, Nigeria.

From British daily The Independent:

‘Pyow-pyow’: how the putty-nosed monkey tells its friends there’s a leopard coming

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

A troop of monkeys in west Africa has been found to use different combinations of calls to convey different meanings in what is believed to be one of the first experimental demonstrations of rudimentary language ability in wild animals.

The putty-nosed monkeys living in Nigeria were already known to use different alarm calls to warn each other about the presence of predators, but now scientists have found that their linguistic ability goes a step further.

Male putty-nosed monkeys are able to combine different types of alarm calls to indicate their identity, what they have seen and whether they intend to flee – and all of this information is recognised by other members of the troop, a study has found.

Klaus Zuberbühler, of St Andrew’s University, said his research into wild putty-nosed monkeys demonstrated that their linguistic ability shows intriguing similarities with human speech, in that they can combine sounds to convey various meanings. “In linguistics, ‘morphemes’ are usually defined as the smallest meaningful units in the grammar of a language. Our research revealed some interesting parallels in the vocal behaviour of forest monkeys and this feature of human language,” he said.

The monkeys have two basic alarm calls – “hacks” and “pyows”, and they use them to warn each other about different predators – for example, a “pyow-pyow” signals a leopard. Dominant male monkeys are also able to combine “hacks” and “pyows” into a unique sequence that conveys important information, such as “I am about to travel, follow me”, according to Dr Zuberbühler, who, with his colleague Kate Arnold, carried out the study published in the journal Current Biology.

The species is also known as greater white-nosed monkey.

Also on Bioko: Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 82 – Pennant’s Red Colobus: here.