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US Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced legislation Monday to prevent the transfer of sacred Apache land to a copper mining company, offering permanent reassurance in a scenario that has posed a looming threat to the area since 2014. Oak Flat, located in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, is holy ground for the San Carlos Apaches, who come [...]

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Officials in Sri Lanka announced plans this weekend to ban burqas in public and close more than 1,000 Islamic schools. These policies are the latest in a string of decisions targeting the country’s Muslim minority. Citing national security concerns, Sri Lanka’s public security minister Sarath Weerasekera signed papers for cabinet approval of the ban on [...]

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Poland’s ruling nationalist party announced a new law Thursday banning LGBTIQ people from adopting children even if they are not in a same-sex relationship. Polish law already prohibits same-sex couples from adopting. This proposal would require local authorities to investigate single people interested in adoption to ensure they are not cohabitating with a same sex-partner. [...]

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The US State Department reinstated sanctions for Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler on Monday, overturning an agreement made in the last week of the Trump administration. Gertler was sanctioned in 2017 over accusations of corruption and exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The US accused him of using his personal relationship with former [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday denied a request for an emergency injunction seeking to stop the transfer of sacred Western Apache land to a private copper mining company. However, the land transfer is halted indefinitely pending the government’s release of a new final environmental impact survey (FEIS). Oak Flat, [...]

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Indigenous activists from regions of the Amazon in Brazil and Colombia, along with environmental groups from France and the US filed suit in a French court on Wednesday against a supermarket chain for selling beef produced by companies that are responsible for mass deforestation and land grabs. The lawsuit claims that French grocery retailer Casino [...]

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UN human rights experts called on US officials to end environmental racism in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley” on Tuesday, citing concerns over future development plans that could double the already elevated risk of cancer for area residents. Cancer Alley, which encompasses most of the St. James Parish, gets its name from the increased levels of cancer [...]

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The largest power company in Texas filed for bankruptcy Monday following a historic cold snap that caused week-long blackouts and left at least 4.3 million people without power across the state. When temperatures in Texas dropped below freezing and caused power grids to fail, energy providers like Brazos Electric Power Cooperative had to purchase replacement [...]

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Representatives of the Western Apache tribe filed an emergency appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent foreign mining company Resolution Copper from destroying the tribe’s sacred land at Oak Flat in Arizona. The copper mining company will take control of the territory in less than [...]

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Wanda Cooper, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, filed a lawsuit against the Glynn County Police Department and the District Attorney’s office Tuesday on the one-year anniversary of his murder. Arbery was shot while jogging by several vigilantes who had been deputized by police. His name became a rallying cry during the 2020 protests against police [...]

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