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Peru’s melting Pastoruri glacier: Twenty-two percent of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years.  Photo: Washington Post

Humans almost certainly cause global warming, scientific panel says

by Darryl Fears Washington Post September 27, 2013

A panel of the world’s leading climate scientists strongly asserted Friday that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause” of global warming since 1950 and warned of more rapid ice melt and rising seas if governments do not aggressively act to reduce the pace of ...

G20: how global tax reform could transform Africa’s fortunes (Opinion)

by Kofi Annan The Guardian September 5, 2013

Global tax reform would seem an unlikely issue to excite and unite the world. Yet as public anger grows over the unconscionable scale of tax avoidance by multinational companies, such reform has become a low-hanging political fruit. Who could challenge the need?...

Plan at G-20 is to tighten global rules on taxes

by Andrew E Kramer New York Times September 5, 2013

MOSCOW — Many of the leaders of the world’s richest economies are convening at the eighth Group of 20 summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the economic winds at their back, ready to sign on to a sweeping new set of tax rules for multinational corporations....

They fear us because we are fearless: Reclaiming indigenous lands and strength in Honduras

by Tory Field and Beverly Bell Other Worlds August 27, 2013

“Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolution, and Hurricane Mitch.” So said Berta Caceres, co-founder and general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH by its Spani...

Syrian refugee boys at the Za’atari camp in Jordan. Photo: Mohammad Hannon/AP

Syria records its millionth child refugee. UNICEF says the global community has failed in its responsibility to the children displaced by the violence...

by Mark Tran The Guardian August 23, 2013

The Syria crisis reached another grim milestone as UN aid agencies reported that the number of registered child refugees had reached 1 million, most of whom were under 11. Within the country, more than 2 million children have been displaced, they said....

Cairo military firmly hooked to US lifeline

by Eric Schmitt New York Times August 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The money seems like a pittance for Egypt, which has a $256 billion economy. But the $1.3 billion in military aid that the United States gives the country every year is its main access to the kind of big-ticket, sophisticated weaponry that the Egyptian military loves....

Ties with Egypt army constrain Washington

by Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt New York Times August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Most nations, including many close allies of the United States, require up to a week’s notice before American warplanes are allowed to cross their territory. Not Egypt, which offers near-automatic approval for military overflights, to resupply the war effort in Afghanistan or to car...

Hundreds die as Egyptian forces attack Islamist protestors

by David D Kirkpatrick New York Times August 14, 2013

CAIRO — Egyptian security officers stormed two encampments packed with supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday in a scorched-earth assault that killed hundreds, set off a violent backlash across Egypt and underscored the new government’s determination to crush the Islamis...

Without our land we cease to be a people: Defending indigenous territory and resources in Honduras

by Tory Field and Beverly Bell Other Worlds August 11, 2013

Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities of the Afro-indigenous Garífuna of Honduras, to defend their territories, natural resources, identity, and rights. Miriam’s narrative below is from an interview with Beverly Bell...

A Garífuna ceremony on lands stolen by organized crime networks in Honduras. Photo: OFRANEH.

We don’t have life without land: Holding ground in Honduras

by Tory Field and Beverly Bell Co-author Lauren Elliot Other Worlds August 11, 2013

For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land, indigenous territories, agriculture, food systems, and the global commons. ...

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