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Leaked documents show Brazil’s Bolsonaro has grave plans for the Amazon

Leaked documents show that Jair Bolsonaro's government intends to use the Brazilian president's hate speech to isolate minorities living in the Amazon region. The PowerPoint slides, which democraciaAbierta has seen, also reveal plans to implement predatory projects that could have a devastating environmental impact.

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Lesson Learned: Revolution Doesn't Come From NGOs

As African feminists, we face multiple systems of oppression including the effects of colonization, neo colonization, white supremacy, militarism, the globalization of capitalism and neoliberalism. Yet our movements are more vibrant and radically political than ever before.

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Environmental and Land Activist Killings Hit an All-Time High

Last year was the deadliest on record for environmental activists, according to new figures released by the UK NGO Global Witness.

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In the Age of Trump, Resistance Movements Have to Get Offline

When I reached over to switch off my alarm on the morning of 9 November, I wished I had stayed asleep. In the few seconds that I searched for the snooze button, my phone’s notifications had revealed that Trump would almost certainly be the president-elect of the US. I was paralysed.

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Zoos Are the Problem, Not the Solution, to Animal Conservation

In the past month the deaths of animals in captivity have highlighted continuing concerns around conservation. Zoos are entertainment, and while they contribute to conservation they don’t provide any real solution. Wildlife can only be saved by empowering their protection in their own natural habitats—and that means we have to work with local communities and not against them.

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What's Happening to the Millions of People Displaced by Climate Change?

The World Humanitarian Summit, which concluded last month in Istanbul, aimed to reform the humanitarian system. But that system was created for a climate that no longer exists.

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Exposing the Wave of Flimsy Anti-Semitism Allegations Thrown at UK Progressives

An offensive against the elected Labour leadership and the Palestine solidarity movement is being waged under the guise of fighting antisemitism. The attack began back in February, when a co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) resigned claiming that ‘a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews’. This sweeping condemnation boiled down to a handful of allegations, most of which were made anonymously and none of which were accompanied by evidence. The only claim whose veracity can at this point be checked – that an OULC member was disciplined by his college for organising a group of students to harass and shout ‘filthy Zionist’ at a Jewish student – turns out to be a sheer fabrication: according to the (late) Principal of that college, the student in question has never been the subject of complaint or disciplinary proceedings, for antisemitism or anything else. 

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Is Pope Francis an Ecofeminist?

Usually, letters written by a pope to all members of the Catholic Church seldom interest the broader community. But Pope Francis has been making headline news throughout his papacy as a result of his encyclicals, especially Laudato Si’(“Praise be to you”), his letter on ecological issues that was released on June 18th 2015.

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Why Is a Major Foundation Investing in Fossil Fuels and Ignoring Grassroots Action?

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation recently announced that it’s giving $50 million towards curbing global climate disruption by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Great news right? Maybe, or maybe not—this amount is tiny when compared to the scale of the problem, so it all depends on how the resources are utilized in practice. And on that question, the Foundation’s strategies reveal the ongoing limitations and contradictions of conventional philanthropy.

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