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Court gives 2 Indian rivers same rights as a human 21.3.2017 Washington Post: World
A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.
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Indian court gives Ganges, Yamuna same rights as a human 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians. The Uttarakhand High Court ruled Monday that the two rivers be accorded the status of living human entities, meaning that […]
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Indonesia deports 2 French journalists from Papua province 19.3.2017 Washington Post: World
Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, an official said Sunday.
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Indonesia deports 2 French journalists from Papua province 19.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, an official said Sunday. The journalists, Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp, were sent home Friday through Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika, said immigration office spokesman Agung Sampurno. The […]
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State leaders fill three vacant California Coastal Commission seats 17.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The state’s top elected officials on Thursday completed their selections to fill three vacant positions on the California Coastal Commission — the powerful land use agency that has been buffeted by controversy, including the firing of its executive director last year.

Gov. Jerry Brown made the...

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Here's What a Zinke-Led Interior Department Will Look Like 16.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Amid the flurry of Trump administration appointments in recent months, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke was one of the less controversial. The former Montana congressman says climate change is not a "hoax" and federal lands should not be transferred to states en masse. His January Senate confirmation hearing went fairly smoothly, with none of the major gaffes or arguments that have plagued other appointees' hearings. So far, his stated priorities for Interior have been vague but unsurprising: rebuilding trust between the public and the department, increasing public lands access for sportsmen, and improving outdated infrastructure at national parks. But considering the controversial issues embedded in those priorities he'll soon have to wrangle, the ride won't stay smooth for long. Perhaps the biggest questions around Zinke's Interior are how he will balance a mining and ...
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Australia just delivered a blow to its far-right populists. Here's how we did it. 15.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Australia just delivered a blow to its far-right populists. Here's how we did it.
Bone by bone, Iraqis unearthing mass graves: 'Many of the bodies, the hands were tied' 11.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The skull still had a thatch of brown hair attached. The lower jaw was missing, and the forehead had a hole in it.

“Many of the bodies, the hands were tied. They were blindfolded and shot in the forehead,” said Omar Hasan as he surveyed remains scattered beside a sinkhole Islamic State had turned...

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Bone by bone, Iraqis unearth a mass grave: 'We will be out there digging until no one is left' 11.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

The skull still had a thatch of brown hair attached. The lower jaw was missing, and the forehead had a hole in it.

“Many of the bodies, the hands were tied. They were blindfolded and shot in the forehead,” said Omar Hasan as he surveyed remains scattered beside a sinkhole Islamic State had turned...

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Keystone XL opponents appeal South Dakota authorization 9.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline have asked a judge in Pierre, South Dakota, to reverse a decision by state regulators to authorize the portion of the project that would traverse the state. Here’s a look at the proceedings: THE PIPELINE The $8 billion Keystone XL project would move crude […]
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Republicans in Maine, Utah want Trump to undo monuments 6.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Trump's staff is reviewing decisions by the Obama administration to determine economic impacts, whether the law was followed and whether there was appropriate consultation with local officials.
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UN official: Tribe not properly heard in pipeline dispute 3.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A United Nations official who visited North Dakota in the wake of months of protests over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline believes the concerns and rights of Native Americans haven’t been adequately addressed. North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum says the state has respected legal protests and that it focused […]
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Tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling in New Mexico 2.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos across New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to curb oil and gas development in the northwest corner of the state. The Navajo Nation has sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management seeking a moratorium on drilling and lease sales across a wide swath of land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The All Pueblo Council of Governors also has raised concerns, and Democratic ...
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Pakistan turning to coal for energy leaves Sindh locals in tears 28.2.2017 New Kerala: World News
Pakistan turning to coal for energy leaves Sindh locals in tears
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Letter: Bears Ears area used by native peoples 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Supporting the initiative to revoke protection over Bears Ears National Monument in order to open up new areas for potential energy extraction or ranching is not as important as protecting tribal interests. The land is already in use. As well as being a sacred site for many different tribes, the land is used regularly for ceremonies and food collection. This land is not empty space, regional tribes tend to the land and find inherent value in its existence. The U.S. government has a shameful his...
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Letter: Honor the history and beauty of Bears Ears 20.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I am writing because of my concern over losing our newly minted Bears Ears National Monument. Some people believe that former President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears as a national monument was federal overreach. However, what Obama did was honor a seven-year-long process of intertribal negotiation with five Native American tribes and many other groups based in Utah. Others believe that only Utah politicians know how to best care for our public lands. However, from what I’ve witnessed,...
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Trump promised a coal renaissance — but keeping open this Arizona plant will test his resolve 17.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news this week about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these...

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Chaffetz faces harsh criticism during packed town hall 10.2.2017 AP Politics
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Donald Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood....
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Chaffetz faces harsh criticism during packed town hall 10.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Planned Parenthood. A young girl asked the Republican about his plans to protect the air and water and the crowd booed […]
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AP Explains: What is the EPA, and why is it in the hot seat? 27.1.2017 AP Business
The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts for the department. Here's a look at the EPA....
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