Harm through the government 2020

  DC Water tunnels constructed thus far helped save the Anacostia River from 4.5 billion gallons of sewage overflow in 2018, according to DC Water.  Credit: DC Water
DC Water tunnels constructed thus far helped save the Anacostia River from 4.5 billion gallons of sewage overflow in 2018, according to DC Water. Credit: DC Water

EPA is letting cities dump more raw sewage into rivers for years to come Christopher Flavelle New York Times January 24, 2020

Trump removes pollution controls on streams and wetlands Coral Davenport New York Times January 22, 2020

Image: Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmeus pygmeus) and her baby in Betung Kerihun and Danau Sentarum national parks' corridor in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: © WWF-Indonesia/Jimmy Syahirsyah

Control of land and natural resources 2020

Biggest food brands ‘failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation’ Fiona Harvey The Guardian January 16, 2020
Palm oil: WWF name and shame top global buyers Oliver Balch The Guardian January 28, 2020
Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard (Summary) World Wildlife Fund January 2020

Image: Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmeus pygmeus) and her baby in Betung Kerihun and Danau Sentarum national parks’ corridor in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: © WWF-Indonesia/Jimmy Syahirsyah

Land Matrix , an independent land monitoring intitiative, has useful information on large scale land acquisitions including an interactive map of large land deals and country profiles.

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Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

Six of the 28  Latin American indigenous rights defenders murdered in 2019. Credit Cultural Survival
Six of the 28 Latin American indigenous rights defenders murdered in 2019. Credit: Cultural Survival

In Memoriam: 28 indigenous rights defenders murdered in Latin America in 2019 Cultural Survival January 28, 2019

Mexican butterfly conservationist is found dead, two weeks after vanishing Kirk Semple and Paulina Villegas New York Times January 29, 2020

How the environmental lawyer who won a massive judgement against Chevron lost everything Sharon Lerner The Intercept January 29, 2020

Bulgaria charges three Russian agents in poisoning case Michael Schwirtz New York Times January 23, 2020
The trio, members of a secretive group within Russia’s military intelligence agency, are accused of trying to kill an arms dealer, his son and one of his top executives in 2015.

Oppression and Exploitation News January 23 – 29, 2020

Conflict 2020

U.N. Court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims Richard C. Paddock New York Times January 23, 2020
The International Court of Justice said Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent its military or others from carrying out genocidal acts against the Rohingya, who it said faced “real and imminent risk.”

People return from Iran at a border crossing near Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province on 19 January 2020. (Stefanie Glinski/TNH)

People return from Iran at a border crossing near Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province on 19 January 2020. (Credit: Stefanie Glinski/TNH)

Conflict, refugee returns fuel Afghanistan displacement—most returnees end up displaced as conflict swells Irwin Loy New Humanitarian January 20, 2020

War has ripple effects. I am a military widow. I know what the true cost of conflict is. Karie Fugett New York Times January 17, 2020

Discrimination 2020

Ben Carson’s disturbing retreat on fair housing Editorial Board Washington Post January 9, 2020 (Opinion)

Mamie Kirkland, witness to an era of racial terror, dies at 111 Dan Barry New York Times January 9, 2020
She endured the horrors of the African-American experience — lynchings, riots, the Ku Klux Klan — and worked to ensure that they never slipped from collective memory.