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Six Environmental Heroes Awarded This Year's Goldman Prize
Six grassroots environmental activists are being honored on Monday with the prestigious Goldman Prize, raising the visibility of their efforts and helping to continue their quests to defend the natural world. This year's recipients, chosen by an international jury, hail from Australia, the...
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Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals From Central African Warlords
of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of “conflict minerals.” The memo, distributed inside the...
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Letting Tarzan Swing Through History
Some time ago I wrote a book about one of the great crimes of the last 150 years: the conquest and exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium. When King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was published, I thought I had found all the major...
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US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report
An international effort by the U.S., the European Union, and other donors to protect Africa's equatorial rainforests is failing and requires a radical change to conserve wildlife and protect surrounding communities, a new report has found. Despite the high cost of the project, which received...
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Eight Ways People are Fighting for Forests this International Day of Forests
Love trees? Then celebrate – 21 March is the International Day of Forests! Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. But they are facing serious threats from human activity. As much as 80 percent of the world's forests have already been degraded or destroyed. The good news...
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Profiting from Misery: Are Human Rights Abuses Powering Your Smart Phone?
A damning new report issued Tuesday accuses Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen, among other major multinational corporations, of failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in their products. The investigation by Amnesty International and Afrewatch...
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Conflict Mineral Ruling 'Sets Dangerous Precedent' on Corporate Personhood
In a ruling that rests on what one rights group described as "a warped interpretation of the First Amendment," a three-judge panel has said that corporations have a constitutional right to conceal information about whether minerals in their supply chains may have funded conflict. The U.S. Court of...
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Officials Warn of Possible Second Outbreak as Ebola Confirmed in Fifth Country
Scientists are racing to confirm if an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which officials confirmed on Sunday, is a different strain than that which has killed nearly 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, potentially raising the specter of the crisis to two...
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World's Global Refugee Population Highest Since WWII
The United Nations agency on refugees on Friday announced that the global population of displaced people has surpassed 50 million, numbers not seen since World War II in the middle of last century. According to the UNHRC's annual Global Trends report (pdf)—which utilizes data compiled by...
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In this photo taken on Jan. 2, 2014, a medical doctor, left center, shouts out as he loads off a female Congolese soldier after she and others were attacked during a patrol, near Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: AP/Joseph Kay Views
Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?
Is it true that atrocities in Africa garner little international attention because the victims are black? The recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls has generated empathy and outrage worldwide, undermining such a claim. The international shame and guilt over Rwanda’s genocide, despite...
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