Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brazil’s sea of mud

With the bursting of a dam full of iron ore tailings and other toxic metals in Minas Gerais state, Brazil is facing one its most serious environmental disasters ever.
With Brazil in political disarray, the agribusiness lobby is seeking gain approval from Congress for the Terminator seeds, that is, seeds genetically modified to be sterile. This would entail a huge risk for the country's precious biodiversity.
Work to help children who face malnutrition in one of the many communities of families displaced during the country's armed conflict.
While there are great business opportunities for fracking, many are concerned about the cost to the environment and to people’s health.
The main danger of violence to sex-workers during major sporting events is from the police, not the punters.
As the BRICS countries prepare for their summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, foreign policy (e.g. Syria) and a BRICS bank head the agenda as the new group comes of age.
Across Mexico and Central America cell-phones bring benefits and some dangers, especially for women.
Cuban TV provoked a storm of indignation when it appeared to hold women solely responsible for the country's low birth-rate.
A book by the former CIA bureau chief for Latin America head tells us more about his mind-set than the details of his activities.
State of emergency decreed in town with GM mosquitoes

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