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Investigation Shows Nestlé, Heinz, and Other Major Brands Are STILL Driving Rainforest Destruction for Palm Oil

If you keep up with the latest news about the infuriatingly destructive palm oil industry, you may recall when Greenpeace revealed back in 2013 that …

Oil & Gas Industry

I thought democracy in Chile was safe. Now I see America falling into the same trap | Ariel Dorfman

It can’t happen here. That’s an avowal I have been hearing from Americans ever since my family and I, fleeing a dictatorship in our native Chile, finally came to settle in the United States in 1980.<p>What happened to you in Chile can’t happen here. Democracy in the US is too stable, the institutions …

Duke University

An Eye-Witness Account of Pinochet’s Coup 45 Years Ago

September 11, 1973 was a pleasant pre-spring morning, a workday in Santiago. As usual, the bus running by my apartment was packed to the gills, but …

Migration: how many people are on the move around the world?

Migrants, expats, asylum seekers, refugees, IDPs – what are the differences?<p>These are loaded words because they often suggest a backstory or motive that may be inaccurate.<p>According to the 1951 United Nations refugee convention, the difference between refugees and asylum seekers is clear. An asylum …

South Sudan

Revealing the past of childhood before history

Through most societies of the human past, children comprised half the community. Archaeologists and their collaborators are now uncovering many …

Southern Africa

Guatemalan President Moves Against UN Anti-Corruption Body as Soldiers Surround Headquarters

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. (Photo by US State Department, CC0)<p><b>GUATEMALA:</b> President Jimmy Morales announced Friday he will not renew the …

Human Rights

The astonishing Æthelstan

Tom Holland describes how the brilliant Anglo-Saxon king Æthelstan managed to forge a new country<p><i>This article was first published in the July 2016</i> …

United Kingdom

Call Them What They Wants

As more English speakers adopt the singular they and reject the gender binary, resisters will have to accept that language changes over time.<p>It is certainly the most challenging change in language I have dealt with in my lifetime. Ever more people, rejecting the gender binary, are requesting to be …

Language

New UN human rights chief has survived torture herself

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was 23 years old when she was tortured and fled her country's dictatorship into exile. Now, more than four decades later, she will face her past fighting such abuses worldwide as the new U.N. human rights chief.<p>Bachelet, 66, is often …

Human Rights

‘When the Chinese invented printing, Westerners were using parchment’: woodblock printer celebrates power of an enduring art form

For Wei Lizhong, nothing better reflects the ingenuity and resplendence of ancient Chinese civilisation than woodblock printing. “With a …

Art

The Difficult Art of Giving Space in Love: Rilke on Freedom, Togetherness, and the Secret to a Good Marriage

“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”<p><i>“Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls,”</i> the great Lebanese-American poet, philosopher, and painter …

Creative Work

The real cost of cocaine: Following the drug from Colombian rainforests to British suburbia

After a 5,000-mile odyssey fraught with environmental destruction, exploitation and violence, the life cycle of a gram of cocaine tends to end with an undignified snort. According to Home Office figures for England and Wales, 875,000 people aged 16 to 59 have taken powder cocaine in the past year, …

Rainforests

How the humanities can deliver for the fourth industrial revolution

What do you teach university students in a post-Google world? In a few minutes, anyone with a smartphone can get basic knowledge about the …

Humanities

Can the EU Survive Without Swiss Chocolate?

When the European Union’s council of ministers meets in November, Brexit might not be the only trade treaty on the agenda. An accord with Switzerland …

Europe

Colombia: 'I'm not proud cultivating coca, but we have no choice'

Farmers say there are no alternatives to illegal cultivation as armed groups, corruption take hold of their communities.<p>Nano is one of many coca cultivators in southern Colombia.<p>He lives with his wife and three children in a small coca-producing village in the department of Narino.<p>Most farmers like …

Armed Forces

We’ve been ignoring the problem of dads and depression for decades—at a huge cost to kids

Being a new mom is incredibly tough—particularly in the US, where women may lack access to paid leave, parenting support programs, and affordable childcare and health-care services. But research suggests that we need to start offering a lot more support and care to men making the transition to …

'Marketing' milk in maternity wards: Are Indian moms coerced into giving baby formula?

Mothers are receiving conflicting information on what is best for their babies, and it is coming from their healthcare providers.<p>Vidya Sanap, a …

The 800-Year-Old Fishpond That’s Still Feeding Hawai‘i

How an O‘ahu community came together to rebuild a fishpond, and revive a traditional farming practice.<p>During quiet moments in the day, after he’s …

The Mystery of How Neanderthals Got Fire

Fifty-thousand-year-old tools suggest that modern humans weren't prehistory's only pyros.<p>The first step to re-creating 50,000-year-old technology is to collect a bunch of rocks. So began Andrew Sorensen’s plan to study a great mystery in archaeology: how Neanderthals controlled fire.<p>Sorensen, an …

Anthropology

How UNICEF Supports and Protects Child Migrants Every Step of the Way

Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood. But for children growing up surrounded by gang violence and crushing poverty in Central America, the …

At 99 million years old, this baby snake fossil is the first of its kind to be discovered

Palaeontologists have found a tiny fossilized baby snake, the first of its kind to be discovered.<p>The snake embryo, sitting within a chunk of amber …

The real King Arthur: why are we so obsessed with trying to solve the mystery?

The author David Carroll believes he has found proof that the legendary King Arthur was actually the son of a sixth-century Scottish king - and he is …

Bemba acquittal overturns important victory for sexual violence victims

In early June the International Criminal Court appeals chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba in a 3-2 ruling. Two years ago Bemba was sentenced to 18 …

Producing reliable data for SDG 16: The case of conflict data

<i>Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)</i><p><i>Håvard Strand, PRIO and University of Oslo</i><p>In 2015, the United Nations stated unequivocally …

Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After

The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job of making sure the doctors who review drugs for possible approval are free of bias, alleges a …

Opioid makers, blamed for overdose epidemic, cut back on marketing payments to doctors

<b>(AP Photo/Chris Post)</b><p>Studies have shown that payments to doctors by opioid makers are linked to more prescribing of the drugs<p>Charles Ornstein • Ryann Grochowski Jones<p>July 7, 2018 8:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>The past two years have been a time of reckoning for …

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

EU's Frontex warns of new migrant route to Spain

Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri has warned that Spain could see a significant increase in migrant arrivals. The news comes ahead of the European …

How Libya holds the key to solving Europe's migration crisis

<b>The European Union wants to set up migrant "reception centres" in North Africa to process the thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe. This has been rejected by Libya, where people-smuggling networks once controlled by former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, are now able to operate freely, writes</b> …

North Africa

What British People in 1776 Really Thought of American Independence

In the United States, the Fourth of July is time to launch some fireworks and eat some hot dogs in celebration of American independence. But in 1776, …