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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,...

Caribbean storm brings devastation

Christine Hosein As Hurricane Dean swept through the Caribbean, Jamaicans demonstrated true Caribbean resolve and steeled themselves against its onslaught. Now less of a force, it has hit Mexico. There was flooding brought on by the storm in Jamaica's ...

Legal fight launched over reporter Tintin book

Belgium's state prosecutor is investigating the country's cartoon hero Tintin for racism after a complaint from a Congolese student.Mbutu Mondondo Bienvenu, a political science student at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, has taken legal action c ...

Kofi Annan puts Britain straight about slavery

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan gave British politicians a much-needed history lesson when he addressed both houses of parliament. Here The-Latest prints the full text of his extraordinary speech on the 200th anniversary of the abolitio ...

Life behind Guantanamo Bay's razor wire

Sami al-Haj is a Sudanese journalist who was captured on his first assignment for Al Jazeera and has been detained without charge in Guantanamo Bay since June 2002. But, remarkably, imprisonment hasn't stopped him reporting on life behind the wire. And ...

Skulls confirm we're all from Africa

An analysis of thousands of skulls shows modern humans originated from a single point in Africa and finally lays to rest the idea of multiple origins, British scientists said on Wednesday. Most researchers agree that mankind spread out of Africa starting a ...

Troops out now says US presidential hopeful

You probably haven't heard of him. But an American of Croatian and Irish descent is the most outspoken elected politician challenging to take over the US White House in 2008. Feisty presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich is a national figure in the US; ...

Judges put brake on Bush juggernaut

Facts revealed about little publicised cases show that at least the American courts have been standing up to President George Bush and his draconian  'war against terror'. The eight cases documented below should act as a boost to human rights ...

Governments exposed over need for 'war on terror'

New figures from the European police agency (Europol) reveal that Islamist terror attacks make up less than one per cent of terrorism throughout the continent. Unsurprisingly, there has been little in the news media about the embarrassing fact for the Bush ...

Oil rebels call ceasefire

Nigeria's main guerilla group in the oil-rich Niger Delta region has pledged a one-month suspension of hostilities to allow the newly-elected government to create a peace plan. A spokesman for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) ...

Vietnam vet sues over IBM firing

A self-confessed 'sex addict' is suing a computer giant for millions of dollars in a wrongful dismissal case after he was fired for visiting adult internet chat rooms while at work in America.James Pacenza, 58, says he was a compulsive visitor to o ...

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