While the 2012 Summer Olympics bring athletes together in spectacles of sport, the Games will also bring crippling debt, especially galling given the latest austerity measures in the UK.
Environmental activists world wide - including community leaders and journalists - were being killed at a rate of one per week during 2011 alone.
The Games have become a hopeful, yet often futile, source of economic revitalization and jobs for the host city or country, which instead often winds up in debt. Greece is case in point.
"I am alive today," said Francois, now 47. "But part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this."
Last month, oil magnate Royal Dutch Shell had an industrial accident, which asent one to two million gallons of oil straight into the ocen off the coast of Nigeria.
The prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves, has accused U.S. and other foreign interests of meddling in his country's internal affair.