Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea

Palm oil companies selling to European brands boasted about the use of child labour and beatings of local people. A two-year investigation by international NGO Global Witness has revealed the shocking extent of human rights abuses and rampant deforestation in Papua New Guinea. The South Pacific nation is home to the world’s third-largest remaining rainforest: aContinue reading “Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea”

DR Congo president seeks review of mining contracts with China

Democratic Republic of the Congo is seeking what it says is a fairer share of its vast mineral wealth. Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has called for a review of mining contracts signed with China in 2008 by his predecessor, saying he wanted to get fairer deals. AContinue reading “DR Congo president seeks review of mining contracts with China”

The Progressive Era: Crash Course US History #27

In which John Green teaches you about the Progressive Era in the United States. In the late 19th and early 20th century in America, there was a sense that things could be improved upon. A sense that reforms should be enacted. A sense that progress should be made. As a result, we got the ProgressiveContinue reading “The Progressive Era: Crash Course US History #27”

U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers

The United States on Thursday added Turkey to a list of countries that are implicated in the use of child soldiers over the past year, placing a NATO ally for the first time in such a list, in a move that is likely to further complicate the already fraught ties between Ankara and Washington. TheContinue reading “U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers”

First increase in child labor in 2 decades: UN report

With one in every 10 children working, the world is on the brink of “losing ground in the fight against child labor,” UNICEF and the International Labor Organization have warned. The number of children working around the world has risen for the first time in 20 years, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Children’sContinue reading “First increase in child labor in 2 decades: UN report”

North Korea says orphan children volunteering on mines and farms

North Korean state media has claimed that orphans are volunteering to work in state-run mines and farms. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said hundreds of children “with wisdom and courage in the prime of their youth” have chosen to perform manual labour for the state. Their ages are unclear but photos suggest they areContinue reading “North Korea says orphan children volunteering on mines and farms”

The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course European History #24

We’ve talked about a lot of revolutions in 19th Century Europe, and today we’re moving on to a less warlike revolution, the Industrial Revolution. You’ll learn about the development of steam power and mechanization, and the labor and social movements that this revolution engendered. Note from Among the Fray: Now that we have finished WorldContinue reading “The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course European History #24”

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