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Brazil on Verge of Legitimizing Amazon Land Theft on a Grand Scale

June 23, 2017 Super User

Source: Common Dreams

The Amazon is the sort of wild place where you often go looking for one thing, but find another. So it was when Mongabay travelled in May on a mission to observe illegal logging operations within federal conservation units beside the BR-163, the Amazon highway linking the city of Santarém on the Amazon River with Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso state.

What we expected to find was a serious crime involving illegal timber extraction on federal lands, and possible infringement of labor laws, with workers held in conditions analogous to slavery.

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Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

June 23, 2017 Super User

The US has supported Israel quite blindly at the UN throughout the years. Haley seems to adopt an entirely Israeli position with no regard whatsoever for her country's allies, or the possible repercussions of dismissing the only international body that still serves as a platform for international engagement and conflict resolution.

Thousands of Q’eqchi’ Maya farmers gather in Chisec, Guatemala in 2015 to celebrate Guatemalan indigenous campesino rights and resistance. Photo by Jeff Abbott/WNV

How Extractivism and Neoliberal Environmentalism Cause Migration and Land Conflicts in Guatemala

June 16, 2017 Super User

"The extractive model from the United States and Canada is one of the principal causes of the internal and external displacement and expulsion of people," said Enrique Vida Olascoaga of Voces Mesoamericanas. "Mining projects, hydro-electric, and monoculture have become far worse in the last seven years, since the beginning of the free trade agreements. Together with historic discrimination against indigenous peoples, campesinos, and people of African descent, there is a convergence of this violence within migration."

A “ban the bomb” sign outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. (Twitter)

What Will it Take to Ban the Bomb?

June 13, 2017 Super User

Nearly 30 years after the end of the Cold War, the nine nuclear states have nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons, each one many times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, which killed hundreds of thousands almost instantly.

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