Law & Justice

People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

February 14, 2020

Romania’s forests are the oldest and wildest in Europe, but they are increasingly subject to destruction from illegal logging.  Now, a rash of violence against forest rangers has spurred mass protests in the capital, and promises of a government crackdown. Violence in the forest If you complain about illegal timber cutting in Romania, there is […]

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Prison in Mississippi is torture

February 7, 2020

Since the end of 2019, 13 deaths in the Mississippi prison system, most at the infamous Parchman Penitentiary, have graphically illustrated the level of crisis in the state’s penal system.  Observers across the political spectrum agree that a perpetual lack of funding is the root problem, causing understaffing and poor prison services. Yet they disagree […]

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These corrupt fishing officials in Namibia and Iceland were taken down by journalism

February 3, 2020

It all started when Johannes Stefansson’s conscience got the better of him.  An employee of the huge Icelandic fishing corporation Samherji, Stefansson decided that he could no longer cover for his former bosses. So he gave Wikileaks 30,000 emails and other bits of evidence about the company’s massive Namibian bribery scheme.  Before long, Al Jazeera’s […]

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Does China’s new Tibet policy amount to ethnic cleansing?

January 30, 2020

A new Chinese “ethnic unity” policy is coming to Tibet this May.   Critics, including the Tibetan government-in-exile, say the real agenda is cultural suppression and worse. They fear a new a repeat in Tibet of the widely condemned internment camps and re-education programs China has enforced in the ethnic Uigher region of Xinjiang.  “Comprehensive stability” […]

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Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

January 9, 2020

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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Big Oil is still spending big dollars on climate-change denial

December 16, 2019

Over $1 billion since Paris. This is the amount that the world’s top five public oil corporations have spent of their shareholders’ money to sway public opinion on climate change following the Paris Climate Accords in 2016. The basic idea is to kill carbon taxes, support more drilling, advocate for looser restrictions on emissions — but all the while appearing to […]

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