International Coalition Supports El Salvador in Battle Against Canadian Mining Company | MiningWatch

International Coalition Supports El Salvador in Battle Against Canadian Mining Company | MiningWatch: Pacific Rim is demanding $301 million in compensation from El Salvador unless the government reconsiders its ban on mining. Pacific Rim sued El Salvador after a 2009 announcement by the Salvadoran government that it would not issue metal mining permits due to the risk it poses to the safety of water supplies. According to the World Bank, 90 percent of the surface water is heavily contaminated and 20 percent of its rural population lacks safe drinking water. Pacific Rim is using the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Disputes (ICSID) to challenge the moratorium on mining.


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Miss. Senate Hopeful Chris McDaniel Riffed on ‘Mamacita,’ Reparations - Washington Wire - WSJ

Miss. Senate Hopeful Chris McDaniel Riffed on ‘Mamacita,’ Reparations - Washington Wire - WSJ



–On Mexico: “Why don’t we all immigrate south, let’s go to Mexico…You
know, a dollar bill can buy a mansion in Mexico. And I think we all get
together, go down there, build us a studio for like 26 pesos, uh and
you know, put on a radio show right there in Mexico. Live the rest of
our lives there.”


–Asked by someone else in the studio, “Do we have to learn Spanish?”
Mr. McDaniel replied, “Yes, regrettably…You’ll have to learn just enough
to ask where the bathroom is. Baños. Baños. That’s what you say.”


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Venezuelans go naked in support of protester forced to strip | The FRANCE 24 Observers

Venezuelans go naked in support of protester forced to strip | The FRANCE 24 Observers: Venezuelans who use Twitter are suddenly seeing lots of photos of naked
people popping up on their timelines. But the images are far from being
porn. They are being posted in solidarity with a university student who
was forced to strip naked and beaten during clashes in Caracas on
Thursday. The video of this incident has shocked many Venezuelans.


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NIRB Hearing for Mary River Project - Baffinland (Inuktitut) | IsumaTV

NIRB Hearing for Mary River Project - Baffinland (Inuktitut) | IsumaTV: The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) public hearing in Pond Inlet (Nunavut) to assess Baffinland’s revised Early Revenue Phase proposal and Environmental Review for the Mary River iron ore mining project.

Day 1 (January 27, 2014)

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation Presentation (Inuktitut Version)

Camera: David Poisey, Zacharias Kunuk

Editor: Carol Kunnuk


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Lawyer asks court to maintain 120 year old ruling giving away native land – CP

Lawyer asks court to maintain 120 year old ruling giving away native land – CP - The federal government argued in a Vancouver court on Monday in defence of its representative as it challenged a decision by a federal tribunal that ruled the land was wrongly excluded from a reserve created for local First Nations.

“We should not be sitting here 120 years later second-guessing O’Reilly’s decision,” lawyer Chris Elsner told a panel of three federal appeals court judges.

“He concluded that the public interest outweighed the First Nation interest, and he was correct.”

The government wants the Federal Court to overturn the February 19 decision by the Specific Claims Tribunal, which said the Kitselas First Nation must be compensated for the land known as Lot 113.


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Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial | Open Society Foundations (OSF): In an interview with local media, Judge Barrios described the move against her as an “unjust and illegal” decision which was outside of the jurisdiction of the bar association: “This places at risk judicial independence and the rule of law. [This means] that anybody can, without grounds, accuse a judge in order to avoid being prosecuted. This opens the door to impunity and corruption…Judicial independence is a guarantee—even more than for the judge, for Guatemalans to be able to depend on honorable and dignified judges.”


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Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators - Democratic Underground

Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators - Democratic Underground: According to #notabugsplat, named after the description given to kills on the ground when viewed through grainy video footage, the artists – with help of villagers – unfurled the giant poster in a field in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan.

The hope is that it will increase awareness of drone operators of human cost, or ‘collateral damage’, when drones are used to attack targets on the ground.


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France pulls out of Rwanda genocide ceremony - Africa - Al Jazeera English

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide ceremony - Africa - Al Jazeera English - France said Kagame's statement hindered reconciliation efforts between the two countries and announced that Christiane Taubira, the French justice minister, would not attend Monday's commemorations in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

"France regrets that it cannot take part in the 20th anniversary commemorations for the genocide," said Romain Nadal, a spokesman for the country's foreign ministry.

Kagame also accused French soldiers, who took part in a military humanitarian mission in Rwanda's south, of being both accomplices and "actors" in the bloodbath.

Paris has repeatedly denied these accusations and insists that French forces were trying to protect Rwanda's civilians.

Relations between the two countries were frozen between 2006 and 2009 but have improved. France last month sentenced Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan army captain, to 25 years in prison for his role in the massacre.

It was the first trial in France to punish those responsible for the three-month wave of violence.


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First Peoples Worldwide - US Congress Takes steps to Mitigate Land Grabs in Ethiopia

First Peoples Worldwide - US Congress Takes steps to Mitigate Land Grabs in Ethiopia: In July 2013, The Oakland Institute released a report alleging that the Ethiopian government’s “villagization” (forced relocation) of the Dizi, Suri, Bodi, Kwegu, Mursi, Mugudji, Karo, Nyangatom, Murle, and Dassanach Peoples is being financed by the US Agency for International Development and the UK Department for International Development.


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Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism - Blog - Committee to Protect Journalists

Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism - Blog - Committee to Protect Journalists - On March 20, the prosecutor's office at the Audiencia Nacional, Spain's central criminal court, initiated the probe and contacted El País, the leading Spanish daily, requesting information about the link, the public prosecutor's office and a spokesman for El País both told CPJ. The newspaper complied with the request and is waiting to see a copy of the charges, pending a decision of a criminal judge to proceed with the complaint or drop it, Pedro Zuazua, communications director for El País, told CPJ.


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