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Photo: Beata Cáceres in 2016 sitting next to the Gualcarque river, which she defended against construction of a mega-dam project, a defense which resulted in her murder. Credit © Goldman Environmental Prize

Seven convicted in murder of Berta Cáceres, Honduran environmentalist

In Honduras, seven men were found guilty of killing Berta Cáceres, who led the fight against building a large dam which would have submerged the land where her community lived.  Her family criticized the prosecution for not following evidence that implicated people higher up in the firm building the dam in ordering her murder.

Seven convicted in killing of prominent Honduran environmentalist Elisabeth Malkin New York Times November 19, 2018

Photo: Berta Cáceres in 2016 sitting next to the Gualcarque river, which she defended against construction of a mega-dam project, a defense which resulted in her murder in that year. Credit © Goldman Environmental Prize Continue reading

Cover of One Person No Vote by Carol Anderson

Voter suppression

How gerrymandering suppresses people’s votes.

What is stronger than a blue wave? Gerrymandered districts Maggie Astor and K.K. Rebecca Lai New York Times November 29, 2018

“Democrats in North Carolina earned 48.3 percent of the total vote cast in House races but appeared to win only three seats; Republicans had 50.4 percent of the vote and won at least nine seats.”

An editorial by the New York Times on how making voter registration difficult is stifling democracy.

Voting should be easy.  Why isn’t it? Editorial Board New York Times October 18, 2018 “The Justice Department blocked the first version of the exact-match policy, in 2009, for discriminating against black, Asian and Latino voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Four years later, the Supreme Court gutted the heart of the act and paved the way for the policy and other discriminatory measures like it.”

GOP candidate improperly purged 340,000 from Georgia voter rolls, investigation claims Erin Durkin The Guardian October 19, 2018

Voter-Suppression Tactics in the Age of Trump Jelani Cobb The New Yorker (Review of One Person  No Vote by Carol Anderson)

Voting should be easy.  Why isn’t it? New York Times Editorial Board October 18, 2018

Cover of One Person No Vote by Carol Anderson

Men congregating outside a mosque after evening prayer in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

China’s mass detention of Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in “transformation” camps across Xinjiang, an autonomous region of China for weeks, months or years at a time.

The leaders who unleashed China’s mass detention of Muslims Chris Buckley New York Times October 13, 2018

China finally admits it is building a new archipelago of concentration camps. Will the world respond?  Editorial Board  Washington Post October 13, 2018

“The intent is not to kill people but to kill the memory of who they are, to wipe out their separate identity, language and history. Even the slightest perceived infraction, such as having a copy of the Koran on a phone or making a contact abroad, can result in incarceration.”

Photo: Men congregating outside a mosque after evening prayer in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China. Nearly half of the region’s 24 million people are ethnic Uighurs. Credit: Adam Dean for The New York Times

The women of Macharawari Pallem.

How the Yanadi, an oppressed indigenous people in India, are reclaiming their rights one village at a time

How the Yanadi, an Oppressed Indigenous People in India, are Reclaiming Their Rights One Village At a Time Stella Paul Inter Press Service August 7, 2018

Photo caption: The women of Macharawari Pallem, a village of the Yanadi indigenous people located some three hours from Chennai city in South India, finally re-claimed their land after being award it over two decades ago and losing it to landlords and village elites. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS