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September 25, 2020

Palm oil plantations: Child labour and other abuses exposed

Palm oil plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia are worked by “child labour and outright slavery,” a new investigation has found. The two countries supply 85 percent of the world’s palm oil,...

Grim fight for survival after Myanmar cyclone

More than one million homeless people in Myanmar (formerly Burma) are battling to stave off disease and hunger, with the military government still limiting foreign assistance seven days after a massive cyclone. With death toll estimates near 100,000 and th ...

Why Finnish bio-fuels are not so 'green'

Indonesian partners of two large Finnish companies are accused by civic groups of promoting the destruction of rain forests in Indonesia.Two NGO representatives, Don K. Marut and Rivani Noor said at a press conference in Helsonki on Tuesday that April, a p ...

Iconic Che everything

Amy ReiterYou know the picture all too well: the black beret flecked with a tiny white star; the grim, resolute set of the mouth under a patchy, perpetually hip mustache; the soft-looking flyaway locks of hair lifted as if by the breezes of change. And in ...

Martin Luther King's radicalism 'sanitised' by US leaders

Mel ReevesAmerican civil rights leader Martin Luther King, who was assassinated 40 years ago, was referred to as a politically moderate 'Dreamer' by US daily papers. Even some Black periodicals heralded the occasion by referring to MLK in the same ...

Obama still way ahead after Clinton's Pennsylvania win

Peter Wallsten - Los Angeles TimesPennsylvania voters last night gave Hillary Clinton every reason to continue her campaign to become US President but some crucial questions remain for her.The Democratic electorate in the populous American state did not pr ...

BBC: Why the West's attacks on Mugabe rebound

Peter Greste BBC News, Johannesburg On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council will convene in New York for a special session chaired by South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki. They are meeting to discuss ways of improving co-operation between the ...

US forces 'tortured and killed' Afghan prisoners

American military interrogators tortured Afghan detainees, using methods they learned during self-defence training, reveal Pentagon documents that have just been released to human rights campaigners. Detainees at the Gardez Detention Facility in south east ...

Mixed Reports About Zimbabwe General Strike 'Failure'

According to the BBC News: 'Many Zimbabwean shops and businesses are open as usual despite the Movement for Democratic Change opposition calls for a general strike to press for election results to be published. Harare-based radio executive Nyasha Mpun ...

Oil company profits spark global food riots

UN chiefs have warned that climate change and soaring fuel prices have combined to cause a "perfect storm"   for much of the world's population.John Holmes, under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinat ...

Bush is 'divorced from reality'

Chris Gelken Analysts and media op-ed writers have spent the past couple of days dissecting and digesting the Iraq War Report presented by the US military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and his State Department sidekick, Ambassador Ryan Crocke ...

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