Colombia saw 42,600 hectares deforested in Amazon through June this year

Some 42,600 hectares (105,267 acres) of rainforest were destroyed in Colombia’s Amazon across three of the Andean country’s provinces in the first half of 2021, the government said on Tuesday. The figure represents a 34% decrease in deforestation across the provinces of Caqueta, Meta and Guaviare compared with the first half of 2020, when closeContinue reading “Colombia saw 42,600 hectares deforested in Amazon through June this year”

Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the political process meant to bring the country back together. It was also the mechanism by which the country would extend the rights of citizenship to BlackContinue reading “Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19”

Kremlin says it disagrees with Japan’s sovereignty claim over islands

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it disagreed with comments by new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Japan’s sovereignty extended to a chain of islands known by Tokyo as the Northern Territories, and that they were in fact part of Russia. “We do not agree with such a statement,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reportersContinue reading “Kremlin says it disagrees with Japan’s sovereignty claim over islands”

As Americans Demand Tax Reforms, Analysis Finds Top 1% Hold More Wealth Than Whole Middle Class

By comparison, in 1990 the top 1% held just 17% of the nation’s wealth—less than half of the middle class’ 36%. As the bombshell Pandora Papers continue to expose dubious details about how the world’s superrich hide their fortunes and avoid paying their fair share of taxes, Bloomberg on Friday published an analysis of U.S. Federal Reserve data revealing that Americans inContinue reading “As Americans Demand Tax Reforms, Analysis Finds Top 1% Hold More Wealth Than Whole Middle Class”

Gentrification Is Erasing Philly’s Black Horse Stables – VICE News

The tradition of the Black cowboy has been kept alive, often in a rather surprising place—North Philadelphia. There used to be over 40 stables in Strawberry Mansion, but just last month creeping gentrification made Fletcher Street the last stable in the city.

Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters

Enbridge picked up the tab for police wages, training and equipment – and let county police know when it wanted demonstrators arrested The Canadian company Enbridge has reimbursed US police $2.4m for arresting and surveilling hundreds of demonstrators who oppose construction of its Line 3 pipeline, according to documents the Guardian obtained through a publicContinue reading “Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters”

One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums

More than 395,000 acres from four of Australia’s national parks was returned to the Aboriginal Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in a “historic” agreement, officials announced Wednesday.  Among the land is tourist hotspot Daintree National Park, a roughly 2.2-million-acre rainforest that’s part of Australia’s Wet Tropics, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rainforest, which lies on Queensland’s northeastContinue reading “One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums”

Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24

In which John Green teaches you about the Wild, Wild, West, which as it turns out, wasn’t as wild as it seemed in the movies. When we think of the western expansion of the United States in the 19th century, we’re conditioned to imagine the loner. The self-reliant, unattached cowpoke roaming the prairie in searchContinue reading “Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24”

Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22

In which John Green teaches you about Reconstruction. After the divisive, destructive Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had a plan to reconcile the country and make it whole again. Then he got shot, Andrew Johnson took over, and the disagreements between Johnson and Congress ensured that Reconstruction would fail. The election of 1876 made the wholeContinue reading “Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22”

Age of Jackson: Crash Course US History #14

In which John Green teaches you about the presidency of Andrew Jackson. So how did a president with astoundingly bad fiscal policies end up on the $20 bill? That’s a question we can’t answer, but we can tell you how Jackson got to be president, and how he changed the country when he got theContinue reading “Age of Jackson: Crash Course US History #14”

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