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What to know about debate 19.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the Keystone XL pipeline, less than a week after the House passed a bill to authorize the project.
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On Eve of Climate Talks in Lima, Assassinations of Indigenous Leaders Loom Large 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
Edwin Chota at a meeting discussing the practices of sustainable timber harvesting. Photo: Emory Richey Diana Rios Rengifo looked determined as she stood in New York City in front of more than 100 environmental and human rights activists, her face painted red in the custom of her people, the Asháninka of the Amazon. "They may have killed my father and his friends, but I am still here," she said. "I will continue to fight for the rights to our territories and for the rights of the other indigenous peoples of Peru." It's a fight that cost the life of her father, indigenous leader Edwin Chota, who was murdered by loggers in early September, along with his colleagues, Leoncio Quincima Melendez, Jorge Rios Perez, and Francisco Pineda. They were murdered because they defended the forest, and they're not alone. Advocacy group Global Witness says at least 53 other people like Chota, making a total of 57 "defenders of the environment," have been killed in Peru since 2002 in disputes over mining, logging, and land ...
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Keystone XL pipeline opposition forges 'Cowboys and Indians' alliance 18.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Native Americans and ranchers in South Dakota are making common cause in their efforts to stop the project to transport oil from Canadian tar sands

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How the Kalahari bushmen and other tribespeople are being evicted to make way for wilderness 16.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Racist governments are forcing native people from their land, supposedly to benefit wildlife and environment, according to a report When Botswanas president, Ian Khama, opened a giant $4.9bn diamond mine in the heart of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in September, there were some notable absentees among the invited guests: the 700 bushmen whose hunter-gatherer families had been the traditional inhabitants of the desert, but who have been exiled to impoverished settlements on the edge of the park and are forbidden to hunt the wildlife. According to a Survival International report, launched at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, the worlds biggest conservation meeting, the San of the Kalahari are just one among hundreds of tribal peoples who have been evicted or are under threat of expulsion from the worlds 6,000 national parks and 100,000 protected conservation areas, which together are thought to cover nearly 13% of the Earths land ...
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IS militants withdraw from Iraq oil refinery 15.11.2014 New Kerala: World News
Baghdad, Nov 15 : The Islamic State (IS) militants withdrew from the perimeter of Iraq's largest oil refinery in Salahudin province Saturday, a provincial security source said.
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How 3,500 Voters in North Dakota Could Put the Brakes on America's Biggest Fracking Boom 4.11.2014 Mother Jones
The run-up to tomorrow's midterm elections has seen an unprecedented spending surge from environmental groups. Climate and energy issues—from  fracking in Colorado  to coal mining in Kentucky —have taken center stage. But a far less prominent political fight in North Dakota is poised to have an outsized impact on America's biggest oil boom . The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, on the shores of Lake Sakakawea in the northwest part of the state, is home to roughly half of the 14,000 members of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. The community sits atop roughly one-third of an immense treasure-trove: The Bakken Shale, the oil formation that is home to North Dakota's ongoing fracking boom. Tomorrow, MHA Nation members will head to the polls to elect a new chairman—the tribal administration's chief executive. Out of about 8,000 eligible voters, 3,500 are expected to turn up tomorrow, according to a spokesperson for the Tribal Election Board.  Both men vying for the position ...
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Public opposition has cost tar sands industry $17bn, says report 3.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Protests helped stymie three major tar sands projects this year, as industry is beset with transportation problems

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Opinionator | Fixes: Looking a Dangerous Disease in the Mouth 31.10.2014 NY Times: Editorials
A good dentist is hard to find, especially in low-income and rural areas, but trained dental therapists can provide effective care where it is ...
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My Team Australia would put the 'fair go' and respect for evidence first | Larissa Behrendt 31.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
If we could restart our nation-building from a position where the common good didnt mean the same thing as the governments ideology, what would that look like? What do Australian Muslims, state premiers, Bill Shorten and the Business Council of Australia have in common? Theyve all been asked to sign up for Team Australia . Team Australia is playing in an ever-increasing number of tournaments: from fighting in the Middle East, adding more layers to anti-terrorism laws, to modernising Federalism and broadening the tax base via an increased GST. Membership of the team appears fairly random too; it doesnt seem like merit is the key to being ...
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Will coal or solar power fuel Indias drive to bring electricity to its villages? 31.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Narendra Modi says 400 million Indians without electricity will be connected, but plans for new coal mines are controversial Continue reading...
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Nova Peris says leaked emails stem from child access dispute politics live 30.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Senator makes statement addressing allegations of misuse of funds as Bill Shorten asks for a rethink on security laws. Follow the days developments live ...

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Protesters occupy airport near oil block in Peru 29.10.2014 Hindu: Home
Hundreds of indigenous community members took control of a small Amazonian airport inside Peru's biggest oil block, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, part of a dispute with Argentine energy firm Plu...
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Mexico taking steps to acknowledge African Mexicans 26.10.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
That Mexico is even considering asking about black identity represents a leap in a country where race is rarely discussed publicly, and where bigotry and discrimination, both blatant and indirect, is commonplace.
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The indigenous land rights ruling that could transform Canada 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous rights offer a path to a radically more just and sustainable country which is why the Canadian government is bent on eliminating them

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I Worked In a Strip Club In a North Dakota Fracking Boomtown 15.10.2014 Mother Jones
The Whispers strip club in Williston, North Dakota. AP Images/Josh Wood This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer. "Can you cover the floor?" the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over for the bouncers and bartenders. They had rushed outside to deal with a commotion. I resolved to shuttle Miller Lites and Fireball shots with extra vigor. I didn't know who was fighting, but assumed it involved my least favorite customers of the night: two young brothers who had been jumping up and down in front of the stage, their hands cupping their crotches the way white boys, whose role ...
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The fight to save the last Ebola-free district in Sierra Leone 10.10.2014 Washington Post

Only in Koinadugu does he relax. That’s where his fears of Ebola fade.

John Caulker, executive director of the nonprofit Fambul Tok, travels across Sierra Leone these days tense with worry about contracting the dreaded disease. He worries in the bustling capital of Freetown and in the smallest villages. But not in Koinadugu.

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Gadrian Hoosan: the land is the most important thing for Indigenous people 10.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The government and mining companies need to know that we are going to fight to protect it, for future generations both black and white Each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account to discuss topics of interest as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. In partnership with IndigenousX, were inviting its weekly host to tell us about who they are, what issues theyre passionate about, and what they have in store for us during their upcoming ...
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World Bank chief steps in over evictions of Kenyas indigenous people 6.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Jim Yong Kim reaches out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to resolve dispute over Sengwer community in Embobut forest

The president of the World Bank will appeal directly to President Uhuru Kenyatta to resolve a Kenyan human rights crisis in which thousands of indigenous forest people have been forcibly evicted from a reserve in the name of water conservation.

After a board meeting in Washington, Jim Yong Kim said: I will personally reach out to President Kenyatta and the government of Kenya to offer our full support in order to bring together the Cherangany-Sengwer people and all the key parties. Everyones goal is surely to find a lasting, peaceful resolution to this long unfinished business of land rights in Kenya.

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Ancient wisdom revisited 5.10.2014 Durango Herald
Western science studies the natural world by discipline: geology, botany, physics, astronomy, chemistry, zoology. ... Native American wisdom looks at the world as a whole, with humans as part of the picture.“Elders teach by showing, telling stories,” said Sarah Cuch, a member of the Northern Ute Indian Tribe who is a guide...
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WWF International accused of 'selling its soul' to corporations 4.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Pandaleaks writer says conservation group has forged links with business which is using it to 'greenwash' their operations

WWF International, the world's largest conservation group, has been accused of "selling its soul" by forging alliances with powerful businesses which destroy nature and use the WWF brand to "greenwash" their operations.

The allegations are made in an explosive book previously barred from Britain. The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012 but, following a series of injunctions and court cases, it has not been published until now in English. Revised and renamed Pandaleaks, it will be out next week.

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