Myanmar currency drops 60% in weeks as economy tanks since February coup

Myanmar’s currency has lost more than 60% of its value since the beginning of September, driving up food and fuel prices in an economy that has tanked since a military coup eight months ago. Many gold shops and money exchanges closed on Wednesday due to the turmoil, while the kyat’s dive trended on social mediaContinue reading “Myanmar currency drops 60% in weeks as economy tanks since February coup”

U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup

American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning. American Green Berets were training local forces in the West African nation of Guinea last weekend when their charges peeled away for a mission not listed in any military trainingContinue reading “U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup”

Thousands of Peru’s indigenous people exposed to toxic substances: report

Thousands of Peruvian indigenous people living near major mining projects face a health crisis after testing positive for high levels of metals and toxic substances, Amnesty International said in a report published Tuesday. It accused Peru’s government of “failing” in its health obligations towards the K’ana indigenous people in southeast Espinar province, in the CuscoContinue reading “Thousands of Peru’s indigenous people exposed to toxic substances: report”

Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a human-made wasteland brushes up against the border of the Amazonian rainforest. Over the past decade, small-scale illegal gold miners have transformed the landscape from tree-covered marshlands to a desert pockmarked with polluted ponds, leaking mercury into the local food web. Multiple government crackdowns have tried toContinue reading “Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru”

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