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‘A New Hawaiian Renaissance’: How a Telescope Protest Became a Movement
Michelle Broder Van Dyke – The Guardian, 19 Aug 2019

17 Aug 2019 – On Hawaii’s Big Island, a protest against a $1.4bn observatory on Mauna Kea, a mountain considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians, is entering a second month. In that time, the protest site has swelled from a few hundred to several thousands, attracted celebrity visitors, and built a community of Native Hawaiians who see it as a pivotal moment.

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Toni Morrison
Lyn Innes – The Guardian, 12 Aug 2019

Toni Morrison (Chloe Anthony Wofford), writer, born 18 Feb 1931; died 5 Aug 2019. Nobel prizewinner and author whose stories have a strong historical and cultural base and a style, structure and tone that is specifically African American.

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Amazon Deforestation: Bolsonaro Government Accused of Seeking to Sow Doubt over Data
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 5 Aug 2019

1 Aug 2019 – The Amazon forest is being burned and chopped down at the most alarming rate in recent memory, but the Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro is focused on reinterpreting the data rather than dealing with the culprits, monitoring groups have said.

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Amazon Deforestation Accelerating Towards Unrecoverable ‘Tipping Point’
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 29 Jul 2019

25 Jul 2019 – Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, according to the latest government data, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. Data confirms fears that Pres. Jair Bolsonaro’s policy encourages illegal logging.

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Satellite Images Reveal Scale of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis
Hannah Ellis-Petersen – The Guardian, 29 Jul 2019

24 Jul 2019 – Analysis of satellite imagery has cast further doubt on promises that arrangements are being made by Myanmar for the safe and humane return of Rohingya Muslims, and revealed that the destruction of their villages has continued.

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Punjab: The Indian State Where Farmers Sow the Seeds of Death
Vivek Chaudhary – The Guardian, 8 Jul 2019

1 Jul 2019 – Cancer rates are the highest in the country, drug addiction is rife, and 900 farmers have killed themselves in two years. How did Punjab turn toxic?

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This Photo Is about Bodies – Migrant Bodies, and Our Body Politic. Don’t Look Away
Sabrina Vourvoulias – The Guardian, 1 Jul 2019

26 Jun 2019 – This is a story about bodies. Monday’s [24 Jun] image of a drowned two-year-old and her father will haunt us. I hope it changes us, too.

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Pictures of Dead Migrants Inspire Our Sympathy. But what Use Is That to Them?
Gary Younge – The Guardian, 1 Jul 2019

The photograph of a drowned Salvadoran migrant and his daughter provoked a global outcry. That’s not enough.

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The New Left Economics: How a Network of Thinkers Is Transforming Capitalism
Andy Beckett – The Guardian, 1 Jul 2019

After decades of rightwing dominance, a transatlantic movement of leftwing economists is building a practical alternative to neoliberalism.

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Forest Twice Size of UK Destroyed in Decade for Big Consumer Brands – Report
Karen McVeigh – The Guardian, 24 Jun 2019

11 Jun 2019 – An area twice the size of the UK has been destroyed for products such as palm oil and soy over the last decade, according to analysis by Greenpeace International. It estimates 50m hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’.

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‘Socialism for the Rich’: The Evils of Bad Economics
Jonathan Aldred – The Guardian, 10 Jun 2019

6 Jun 2019 – In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality – and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good.

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The Climate Crisis Is Our Third World War. It Needs a Bold Response
Joseph Stiglitz | Nobel Economics Laureate – The Guardian, 10 Jun 2019

4 Jun 2019 – Advocates of the Green New Deal say there is great urgency in dealing with the climate crisis and highlight the scale and scope of what is required to combat it. They are right. They use the term “New Deal” to evoke the massive response by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the United States government to the Great Depression. An even better analogy would be the country’s mobilization to fight World War II.

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Raw Ivory Sales: Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia Call for End to Ban
Nyasha Chingono – The Guardian, 27 May 2019

21 May 2019 – The watchdog, Cites, prohibits unregulated commercial trade in endangered species around the world. The three southern African countries, home to 61% of the continent’s elephants, will make their application for the change at the next Cites conference in Sri Lanka. Their last appeal for a lifting of the measures was rejected.

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Eco-Friendly Ending: Washington State Is First to Allow Human Composting
Associated Press – The Guardian, 27 May 2019

Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday [21 May 2019] making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains.

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Monsanto Must Pay Couple $2bn in Largest Verdict Yet Over Cancer Claims
Sam Levin – The Guardian, 20 May 2019

13 May 2019 – A California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2bn to a couple that got cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, after using its weedkiller, marking the third and largest verdict against the company over Roundup.

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Plastic in Paradise: The Battle for the Galápagos Islands’ Future
The Guardian – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

3 Apr 2019 – The Galápagos Islands are one of the most pristine locations on the planet, but plastic pollution arriving by sea is threatening this unique habitat. How the archipelago is hoping to lead the worldwide fight against plastic.

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My TED Talk: How I Took on the Tech Titans in Their Lair
Carole Cadwalladr – The Guardian, 29 Apr 2019

21 Apr 2019 – For more than a year, the writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next? [Watch the Video in the end]

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‘We Are Hostages’: Indigenous Mapuche Accuse Chile and Argentina of Genocide
Mat Youkee – The Guardian, 29 Apr 2019

12 Apr 2019 – Representatives of South America’s indigenous Mapuche people have petitioned the International Criminal Court to take action against the governments of Chile and Argentina for acts of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Why Can’t the World’s Greatest Minds Solve the Mystery of Consciousness?
Oliver Burkeman – The Guardian, 22 Apr 2019

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. The answer might lie with the spiritualists.

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Dismay as Trump Vetoes Bill to End US Support for War in Yemen
Ed Pilkington – The Guardian, 22 Apr 2019

17 Apr 2019 – Donald Trump has vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Politicians decry Trump’s decision as a cynical move and missed opportunity for humanitarian help.

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Zimbabwe’s £118,000 Outlay on Judges’ Wigs Met with Fury
Nyasha Chingono – The Guardian, 15 Apr 2019

5 Apr 2019 – Lawyers in Zimbabwe have hit out at a government decision to spend thousands of pounds on wigs made in England for local judges, saying the tradition evokes a colonial past that should not exist in modern Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans reacted with anger questioning the wisdom of the government’s expenditure at a time when courtrooms are cramped and ill-equipped, the national economy is crumbling and, according to the World Food Programme, 63% of the population live below the poverty line.

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I Fought South African Apartheid. I See the Same Brutal Policies in Israel
Ronnie Kasrils – The Guardian, 8 Apr 2019

3 Apr 2019 – As a Jewish South African anti-apartheid activist I look with horror on the far-right shift in Israel ahead of this month’s elections, and the impact in the Palestinian territories and worldwide. I was shut down in South Africa for speaking out, and I’m disturbed that the same is happening to critics of Israel now.

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Brunei Introduces Death by Stoning as Punishment for Gay Sex
Hannah Ellis-Petersen – The Guardian, 1 Apr 2019

28 Mar 2019 – Brunei is to begin imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, rape and adultery from next week, as part of the country’s implementation of sharia law. Homosexuality has been illegal in Brunei since British colonial rule but under the new laws it is now punishable by whipping or death by stoning rather than a prison sentence. The announcement was met with horror by human rights groups.

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Total Recall: The People Who Never Forget
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie – The Guardian, 25 Mar 2019

An Extremely Rare Condition May Transform Our Understanding of Memory – If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends.

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Facebook’s New Move Isn’t about Privacy. It’s about Domination
Siva Vaidhyanathan – The Guardian, 18 Mar 2019

7 Mar 2019 – Mark Zuckerberg announced on 6 Mar that Facebook would be ‘pivoting to privacy’. That’s an empty pledge.

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Elizabeth Warren Is Right – We Must Break Up Facebook, Google and Amazon
Robert Reich – The Guardian, 18 Mar 2019

10 Mar 2019 – The presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced on Friday [8 Mar] she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The titans of the new Gilded Age must be busted and the idea has bipartisan support. It’s time big tech was brought to heel.

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Debunking the Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Antisemitic
Peter Beinart – The Guardian, 11 Mar 2019

7 Mar 2019 – It is a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because antisemitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimising Palestinians. Conflating anti-Zionism with Jew-hatred is a tragic mistake.

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Neoliberalism – The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
George Monbiot – The Guardian, 4 Mar 2019

15 Apr 2016 – Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is? Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?

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Rohingya Crisis: UN Investigates Its ‘Dysfunctional’ Conduct in Myanmar
Emanuel Stoakes and Hannah Ellis-Petersen – The Guardian, 4 Mar 2019

27 Feb 2019 – The UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority.

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Trump Has Turned Foreign Aid into Shabby Political Theatre
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian, 4 Mar 2019

20 Feb 2019 – Stalled relief supplies for Venezuela at the Colombian border are a stark illustration of Trump’s crudely transactional approach to aid. The flights look something more shabby: a dangerous stunt utilising aid for other purposes, alluded to by UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric: “Humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or any other objectives.”

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Deflagging of Refugee Rescue Ship a ‘Dark Moment’ for Europe
Karen McVeigh – The Guardian, 18 Feb 2019

12 Feb 2019 – The deflagging of the Aquarius, the last migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean, represents a “dark moment” in European history, setting a dangerous precedent for states to flout international humanitarian laws.

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Young Woman Dies in Fourth ‘Period Hut’ Tragedy This Year in Nepal
Rebecca Ratcliffe – The Guardian, 18 Feb 2019

6 Feb 2019 – A 21-year-old woman has been become the fourth person known to have died this year as a result of the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby menstruating women in Nepal are banished from their homes and forced to sleep in huts.

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Revealed: FBI Investigated Civil Rights Group as ‘Terrorism’ Threat and Viewed KKK as Victims
Sam Levin – The Guardian, 11 Feb 2019

Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis.

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US Nuclear Weapons: First Low-Yield Warheads Roll Off the Production Line
Julian Borger – The Guardian, 4 Feb 2019

28 Jan 2019 – The US has begun making a new, low-yield nuclear warhead for its Trident missiles that arms control advocates warn could lower the threshold for a nuclear confrontation. New type of weapon, ordered by Trump’s nuclear posture review, could make violent response to conflict more likely, say experts.

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Destroy ‘Period Huts’ or Forget State Support: Nepal Moves to End Practice
Rojita Adhikari – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2019

After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of change.

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Good News at Last: The World Isn’t As Horrific As You Think
Hans Rosling – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2019

Training yourself how to put the news into perspective – practising ‘factfulness’ – will change your outlook for the better.

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1,500 Private Jets Fly into Davos for World Economic Forum Climate Talks–Oxymoron?
Rebecca Ratcliffe – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – David Attenborough might have urged world leaders at Davos to take urgent action on climate change, but it appears no one was listening. As he spoke, experts predicted up to 1,500 individual private jets will fly to and from airfields serving the Swiss ski resort this week.

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The Guardian View on Israel’s Democracy: Killing with Impunity, Lying without Consequence?
Editorial – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – In the last nine months of 2018, according to the UN, hundreds of Palestinians – many of them children – were killed and many thousands injured. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with little more than rocks in their hands and slogans on their lips. Yet Israel continued with an immoral and unlawful policy that sees soldiers of its military teargas, shoot and kill protesters, including those who pose no credible threat. Hospitals in Gaza, which already struggle under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, have been stretched to breaking point in dealing with the flood of patients ferried in from the protests.

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Academic Who Defined News Principles, Galtung Says Journalists Are Too Negative
Ulrik Haagerup – The Guardian, 21 Jan 2019

18 Jan 2019 – The academic paper concluded with a warning on the consequences for society if news organisations continued to promote confrontation, tension and sensation over collaboration, resolution and compassion. “The consequence of all this is an image of the world that gives little autonomy to the periphery but sees it as mainly existing for the sake of the centre,” the paper said. “Conflict will be emphasised, conciliation not.” “And this is exactly what has happened,” Galtung said. “News media give a total biased picture of reality. The perception of reality in the public becomes overly negative.”

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When the Ice Melts: The Catastrophe of Vanishing Glaciers
Dahr Jamail – The Guardian, 14 Jan 2019

8 Jan 2019 – As global temperatures rise, shrivelling glaciers and thawing permafrost threaten yet more climate disruption. How should we confront what is happening to our world? While western colonialist culture believes in “rights”, many indigenous cultures teach of “obligations” that we are born into: obligations to those who came before, to those who will come after, and to the Earth itself.

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Chickens Freezing to Death and Boiled Alive: Failings in US Slaughterhouses Exposed
Andrew Wasley and Natalie Jones – The Guardian, 24 Dec 2018

17 Dec 2018 – Chickens slowly freezing to death, being boiled alive, drowned or suffocating under piles of other birds are among hundreds of shocking welfare incidents recorded at US slaughterhouses, according to previously unpublished reports.

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Google’s Earth: How the Tech Giant Is Helping the State Spy on Us
Yasha Levine – The Guardian, 24 Dec 2018

20 Dec 2018 – We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies.

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We Shouldn’t Rush to Save the Liberal Order – We Should Remake It
Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler – The Guardian, 3 Dec 2018

1 Dec 2018 – From Viktor Orbán in the north to Jair Bolsonaro in the south, Rodrigo Duterte in the east to Donald Trump in the west, a coalition of nationalist strongmen are cracking down on civil rights, scapegoating minorities and facilitating widespread corruption for their family and friends. The UN Security Council, the IMF, the World Bank and the ILO were conceived as agencies of change – they can be again.

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Why We Stopped Trusting Elites
William Davies – The Guardian, 3 Dec 2018

The credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock.

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The Famine Facing Yemen Is a War Crime – It Must Be Investigated
Emily Thornberry – The Guardian, 26 Nov 2018

22 Nov 2018 – The Saudi-led coalition has deliberately targeted civilians. The UN must press for answers–not be complicit in a cover-up.

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System Error: Japan Cybersecurity Minister Admits He Has Never Used a Computer
Justin McCurry – The Guardian, 26 Nov 2018

15 Nov 2018 – A Japanese minister in charge of cybersecurity has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government’s cybersecurity strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020.

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Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty of Genocide in Cambodia’s ‘Nuremberg’ Moment
Hannah Ellis-Petersen – The Guardian, 19 Nov 2018

16 Nov 2018 – The two most senior Khmer Rouge leaders still alive today have been found guilty of genocide, almost 40 years since Pol Pot’s brutal regime fell. Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea were leaders of a regime that presided over deaths of at least 1.7 million in Cambodia.

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Rohingyas to Be Repatriated Despite UN Genocide Warning
Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman – The Guardian, 5 Nov 2018

30 Oct 2018 – Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to start the repatriation of Rohingya refugees next month, less than a week after UN investigators warned that a genocide against the Muslim minority was continuing.

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Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% of Animal Populations since 1970, Report Finds
Damian Carrington – The Guardian, 5 Nov 2018

30 Oct 2018 – Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.

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Trump Says US Will Withdraw from Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia
Julian Borger and Martin Pengelly – The Guardian, 22 Oct 2018

21 Oct 2018 – Experts warn of ‘most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s’ as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement. “We’ll have to develop those weapons,” the president told reporters in Nevada after a rally. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.”

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Yemen on Brink of ‘World’s Worst Famine in 100 Years’ if War Continues
Hannah Summers – The Guardian, 22 Oct 2018

15 Oct 2018 – Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. Famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation.

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My Grandfather Nelson Mandela Fought Apartheid. I See the Parallels with Israel
Nkosi Zwelivelile – The Guardian, 15 Oct 2018

It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country – now it must happen again, for Palestinian people.

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‘They’re Drug Dealers in Armani Suits’: Executives Draw Focus amid US Epidemic
Chris McGreal – The Guardian, 8 Oct 2018

30 Sep 2018 – As the pharmaceutical industry fights off a flood of lawsuits, there’s an increased call to investigate the roles of executives pushing opioid painkillers. “The more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and the more people in Massachusetts suffered and died.” — Maura Healey

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While Nestlé Extracts Millions of Litres from Their Land, Indigenous Residents Have No Drinking Water
Alexandra Shimo – The Guardian, 8 Oct 2018

Just 90 minutes from Toronto, residents of a First Nations community try to improve the water situation as the beverage company extracts from their land.

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Chile: Remembering September 11 1973
Tito Tricot – The Guardian, 24 Sep 2018

Were the lives of those killed at the World Trade Centre more valuable than the innocents murdered in Chile’s US-backed, Kissinger engineered coup?

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The Real Goldfinger: The London Banker Who Broke the World
Oliver Bullough – The Guardian, 10 Sep 2018

The true story of how the City of London invented offshore banking – and set the rich free.

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US Bombs Are Killing Children in Yemen. Does Anybody Care?
Moustafa Bayoumi – The Guardian, 3 Sep 2018

25 Aug 2018 – This is not a column about Donald Trump. It’s also not about Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen or Robert Mueller, and it’s certainly not about Rudolph Giuliani and his way with words. On the contrary, this is a column about the things we are not paying attention to, and why we should. A lot of bad things can happen when people aren’t looking. The lack of outrage at the US’s key role in this humanitarian disaster raises troubling questions.

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Philippines’ Duterte Shops for Arms on Controversial Israel Trip
Oliver Holmes – The Guardian, 3 Sep 2018

2 Sep 2018 – The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who once compared himself to Hitler and his bloody war on drugs to the Holocaust, will meet the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday [3 Sep] on a first visit by a Filipino head of state to Israel.

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BDS: How a Controversial Non-Violent Movement Has Transformed the Israeli-Palestinian Debate
Nathan Thrall – The Guardian, 27 Aug 2018

14 Aug 2018 – Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort.

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Europe to Ban Halogen Lightbulbs
Arthur Neslen – The Guardian, 27 Aug 2018

23 Aug 2018 – After nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September.

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Dengue Fever Outbreak Halted by Release of Special Mosquitoes
Sarah Boseley – The Guardian, 13 Aug 2018

Insects unable to transmit viruses halted disease in Australian city – now scientists hope same technique could help tackle Zika and malaria.

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‘I Still Have Flashbacks’: The ‘Global Epidemic’ of LGBT Conversion Therapy
Chitra Ramaswamy – The Guardian, 13 Aug 2018

8 Aug 2018 – Mathew Shurka was 16 when he sat down with his father and told him he was gay. He ended up in conversion therapy for five years and saw four therapists in four states at a cost of $35,000. He was instructed to use Viagra when having sex with women. He was told he was a “classic case” of someone with too many female role models and was instructed to avoid his mother and sisters. “As part of my treatment, I didn’t talk to them for three years,” despite living under the same roof.

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Avoiding Meat and Dairy Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ to Reduce Your Impact on Earth
Damian Carrington – The Guardian, 30 Jul 2018

Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland.

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Ireland Becomes World’s First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Damian Carrington – The Guardian, 23 Jul 2018

12 Jul 2018 – The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support. It means more than €300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold ‘as soon as practicable.’

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Deepwater Horizon Disaster Altered Building Blocks of Ocean Life
Oliver Milman – The Guardian, 2 Jul 2018

28 Jun 2018 – The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may have had a lasting impact upon even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found – amid warnings that the oceans around America are also under fresh assault as a result of environmental policies under Donald Trump.

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‘Space Force’: Trump Orders New Branch of US Military
David Smith – The Guardian, 25 Jun 2018

Trump claims plan will keep US ahead in space race, prompting fears over militarisation of space. We must have American dominance in space, he says.

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Edward Snowden: ‘The People Are Still Powerless, but Now They’re Aware’
Ewen MacAskill and Alex Hern – The Guardian, 11 Jun 2018

Five years after historic NSA leaks, whistleblower says he has no regrets.

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Avoiding Meat and Dairy Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ to Reduce Your Impact on Earth
Damian Carrington – The Guardian, 4 Jun 2018

Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland.

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With His Choice of Prime Minister, Italy’s President Has Gifted the Far Right
Yanis Varoufakis – The Guardian, 4 Jun 2018

28 May 2018 – Sergio Mattarella’s defence of the status quo has ensured the success of racist and populist policies.

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Japanese Hunters Kill 120 Pregnant Minke Whales during Summer Months – Report
Daniel Hurst – The Guardian, 4 Jun 2018

30 May 2018 – Of the 333 minke whales caught during the controversial 12-week expedition, 181 were female – including 53 immature ones. Figures show that of the 128 mature female whales caught in the hunt, 122 were pregnant. Conservationists call for end of ‘abhorrent’ whaling programme that Japan, deceitfully, argues is conducted for scientific purposes.

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A Broken Idea of Sex Is Flourishing – Blame Capitalism
Rebecca Solnit – The Guardian, 14 May 2018

12 May 2018 – In this world, women are marketed as toys and trophies. Are we surprised when some men take things literally? Since the Toronto bloodbath, a lot of pundits have belatedly awoken to the existence of the “incel” (short for involuntary celibate) online subculture and much has been said about it. Too often, it has been treated as some alien, unfamiliar worldview.

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Who Are the ‘Incels’ and How Do They Relate to Toronto Van Attack?
Alex Hern – The Guardian, 14 May 2018

25 Apr 2018 – Hours before the Toronto van attack, a post on the Facebook profile of the chief suspect declared that “the incel rebellion has already begun, we will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys”. Suspect appears to have links to misogynistic online community for the ‘involuntarily celibate.’

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Empty Half the Earth of Its Humans. It’s the Only Way to Save the Planet [What?]
Kim Stanley Robinson – The Guardian, 30 Apr 2018

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities.

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Are You Ready? Here Is All the Data Facebook and Google Have on You
Dylan Curran – The Guardian, 9 Apr 2018

30 Mar 2018 – The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look.

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Palestinians Hold Day of Mourning after 773 ‘Shot with Live Ammunition’
Hazem Balousha and Oliver Holmes – The Guardian, 2 Apr 2018

31 Mar 2018 – Gaza hospitals, running low on blood and overstretched by the huge number of wounded, were reeling after one of the enclave’s bloodiest days outside of open war, in which Israeli soldiers shot 773 people with live ammunition, according to the ministry of health.

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East West Street, by Philippe Sands – Putting Genocide into Words
Lisa Appignanesi – The Guardian, 19 Mar 2018

“Lawyers should be the last group of people on earth who should be allowed the final word on genocides”. — UCL Professor Philippe Sand

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NGO Crimes Go Far Beyond Oxfam
The Guardian – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

Figures for earthquake relief range from $10bn to $13.4bn. Some of us who visited Haiti have seen little or no sign of that money, write activists.

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Is Whistleblowing Worth Prison or a Life in Exile? Edward Snowden Talks to Daniel Ellsberg
Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian, 22 Jan 2018

The two most famous whistleblowers in modern history discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers, the personal cost of what they did – and if they’d advise anybody to follow in their footsteps.

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How the Heroin Trade Explains the US-UK Failure in Afghanistan
Alfred W McCoy – The Guardian, 15 Jan 2018

9 Jan 2018 – After fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could this be possible? After 16 years and $1tn spent, there is no end to the fighting – but western intervention has resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s first true narco-state.

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Bob Geldof Hands Back Freedom of Dublin in Aung San Suu Kyi Protest
Isabel Bennett – The Guardian, 20 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017 – Bob Geldof called Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, “a handmaiden to genocide” today as he returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin award in protest over her response to the repression of Rohingya Muslims. The Live Aid founder criticised the Burmese Nobel peace prize winner for her silence over military operations that have driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.

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UN Report on Rohingya Hunger Is Shelved at Myanmar’s Request
Oliver Holmes – The Guardian, 23 Oct 2017

17 Oct 2017 – The United Nations food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down, the Guardian has learned. Document warned of spiralling food crisis among Rohingya population.

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Ofcom Clears Al-Jazeera of Antisemitism in Exposé of Israeli Official
Graham Ruddick – The Guardian, 16 Oct 2017

10 Oct 2017 – Watchdog also rejects claims broadcaster broke impartiality rules in film of embassy official vowing to ‘take down’ British MPs.

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Inside the CIA’s Black Site Torture Room
Larry Siems – The Guardian, 16 Oct 2017

9 Oct 2017 – There were twenty cells inside the prison, each a stand-alone concrete box. In sixteen, prisoners were shackled to a metal ring in the wall. In four, designed for sleep deprivation, they stood chained by the wrists to an overhead bar. Those in the regular cells had a plastic bucket; those in sleep deprivation wore diapers. When diapers weren’t available, guards crafted substitutes with duct tape, or prisoners were chained naked in their cells. The cellblock was unheated, pitch black day and night, with music blaring around the clock.

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A New Shock Doctrine: In a World of Crisis, Morality Can Still Win
Naomi Klein – The Guardian, 9 Oct 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and Podemos in Spain have shown that a bold and decent strategy can be a successful one. That truth should embolden the left.

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Monsanto Banned from European Parliament
Arthur Neslen – The Guardian, 2 Oct 2017

28 Sep 2017 – MEPs withdraw parliamentary access after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller.

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Trump Misreads North Korea’s Sacred Dynasty at His Peril
Michael Brabazon – The Guardian, 25 Sep 2017

23 Sep 2017 – References to the regime as a cold war relic, or as communist, Stalinist, or a cult of personality, make easy and colourful soundbites. But do they really help in understanding the motivations of what appears to be a dangerous, anachronistic society? The short answer is no. In the escalating war of insults, Trump is a ‘gangster fond of playing with fire’, Kim Jong-un a ‘madman’ who will be tested as never before.

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Hostage to Myopic Self-Interest: Climate Science Is Watered Down Under Political Scrutiny
Ian Dunlop – The Guardian, 18 Sep 2017

Scientific reticence allows politicians to neglect the real dangers we face. But waiting for perfect information means it will be too late to act.

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The Guardian View on the Slaughter in Myanmar: A Crime against Humanity
The Guardian | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

4 Sep 2017 – The brutal, bloody, and ultimately pointless mistreatment of a Muslim minority shames [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi who appeared for decades as the epitome of principled and unflinching defence of human rights, now the unfeeling figurehead of a vicious regime.

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Brazil Abolishes Huge Amazon Reserve in ‘Biggest Attack’ in 50 Years
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 28 Aug 2017

Brazilian president has dissolved Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold, with critics warning of irreversible damage.

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Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event Under Way, Scientists Warn
Damian Carrington – The Guardian, 17 Jul 2017

Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades.

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How Economics Became a Religion
John Rapley – The Guardian, 17 Jul 2017

Its moral code promises salvation, its high priests uphold their orthodoxy. But perhaps too many of its doctrines are taken on faith.

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Naomi Klein: How Power Profits from Disaster
Naomi Klein – The Guardian, 10 Jul 2017

Take a group of people who directly profit from ongoing war and then put those same people at the heart of government. Who’s going to make the case for peace? After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets.

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Growing Awareness of Colonial Past Fuels Radicalisation, Says Czech Minister
Patrick Wintour – The Guardian, 26 Jun 2017

An awakening in the Muslim world about the atrocities committed in the West’s colonial past is feeding contemporary radicalisation of communities, said the Czech foreign minister on Wednesday [14 Jun]. Lubomír Zaorálek, likely Social Democrat candidate for prime minister, says in dark speech that the West has 20 years to reach a settlement with Muslim world.

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Oldest Homo Sapiens Bones Ever Found Shake Foundations of the Human Story
Ian Sample – The Guardian, 19 Jun 2017

Idea that modern humans evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago challenged by extraordinary discovery of 300,000-year-old remains in Moroccan mine.

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Chelsea Manning Released from Military Prison
Ed Pilkington – The Guardian, 22 May 2017

17 May 2017 – Chelsea Manning, the army private who released a vast trove of US state secrets and was punished by the US military for months in penal conditions denounced by the UN as torture, has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

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Myanmar Army Allegedly Left Rohingya Refugees with Bullet Wounds and Burns
Emanuel Stoakes – The Guardian, 15 May 2017

Shocking photographic evidence showing children among the injured adds weight to claims that military committed atrocities against Rohingya people.

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The Industry of Inequality: Why the World Is Obsessed with Private Security
Claire Provost – The Guardian, 15 May 2017

New Guardian research shows private security workers outnumber public police officers for the majority of the world – in a business that now dwarfs what is spent trying to end global poverty.

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The CIA Has a Long History of Killing or Trying to Kill Leaders around the World
Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian, 8 May 2017

US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s. The US never totally abandoned the strategy, simply changing the terminology from assassination to targeted killings, from aerial bombing of presidents to drone attacks on alleged terrorist leaders.

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March for Science Puts Earth Day Focus on Global Opposition to Trump
Oliver Milman – The Guardian, 24 Apr 2017

More than 600 marches held around the world, with organizers saying science ‘under attack’ from a White House that dismisses the threat of climate change. • Why March for Science? Because when it is attacked, only elites benefit

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Israeli Guidelines Point to Largely Unconstrained Settlement Expansion
Peter Beaumont – The Guardian, 3 Apr 2017

31 Mar 2017 – Israel has indicated it will pursue a unilateral policy of largely unconstrained settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, as it announced the first new settlement in two decades. Plan outlined by Benjamin Netanyahu would allow building within boundaries of existing blocks, adjacent to them, or close to the blocs.

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