Fairy Creek: Indigenous-Led Blockade of Old-Growth Logging Is Now Canada’s Largest Civil Disobedience

Tension is rising between Canadian police and activists who have been staging a months-long anti-logging resistance in Vancouver Island’s ancient forests. The protest has been underway for two years, led by environmental and First Nations activists, and is considered to be Canada’s largest act of civil disobedience ever. Canadian authorities have arrested nearly 1,000 people at Fairy Creek in British Columbia, and the protests show no sign of slowing down. “We have a long history of asserting ourselves as coastal people, where our inherent right is not only based in our relationship to our communities but is based on our relationship and our legal systems and with the…

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Erupting Congo Volcano Is Latest Crisis for DRC as It Faces “Largest Neglected Emergency on Earth”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. Tens of thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have fled their homes in the city of Goma after authorities warned Mount Nyiragongo might erupt again. Authorities have ordered as many as a million people to evacuate. At least 32 people died when the volcano began erupting on May 22nd. The volcano is one of the many crises confronting the DRC, where more than 5 million people are internally displaced after years of wars. We return now to my conversation with Jan Egeland, the…

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“Tragic Moment”: Rohingya Suffer New Blow as Cox’s Bazar, World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Burns Down

We get an update on a massive fire at the world’s largest refugee camp: the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The fire killed at least 15 people and displaced 45,000 this week, with hundreds possibly still missing. Bangladeshi authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, which destroyed about 17,000 shelters as the blaze ripped through the crowded camp, leaving behind scenes of utter destruction and despair as people were separated from their loved ones. Nearly a million Rohingya refugees live in southern Bangladesh, often in squalid and dangerous conditions, after fleeing a brutal military crackdown in Burma in 2017. Tun Khin, Rohingya activist and president…

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‘Serious concerns’ about petrol exploration near the UK’s largest freshwater lake

In November 2020,The Canary reported that EHA Exploration Limited applied to drill for petroleum around the shores of Lough Neagh. Located in the north of Ireland, Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the UK. It’s also where the north gets 40% of its drinking water. Environment activists opposed this plan to drill. And on 13 October 2020, the north’s Assembly agreed to place a “moratorium on onshore petroleum licensing and drilling”. Environmental campaigners also demanded that the minister for the economy “immediately legislate to end petroleum licencing”. Campaigner concerns However, since October last year, the plan to drill around Lough Neagh appears to be showing some…

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Welsh language speaker alleges discrimination at Britain’s largest prison

A Welsh language speaker has alleged he and others are being discriminated against for speaking Welsh in HMP Berwyn. Prison campaigners, grassroots activists and Welsh language campaigners are also speaking out about this. Welsh independence movement Undod said: Undod and Prisoner Solidarity Network are campaigning together to stop the persecution of Welsh language speakers at HMP Berwyn. Prisoner Solidarity Network has been made aware of the ongoing harassment and separation of first language Welsh speakers by staff at HMP Berwyn in North Wales. Allegations of language discrimination Rhodri Cynfor ab Eilian is a prisoner in HMP Berwyn and The Canary spoke to his sister. Speaking in Welsh translated…

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Press release: Largest testing programme for coronavirus reinforces need for vigilance

Over 300,000 volunteers tested across England between 24 July and 7 September, as part of the countrys largest study into coronavirus Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show the virus is now doubling every 7 to 8 days Findings reinforce the need for the rule of 6 for social gatheringsThe third report from the countrys largest study on coronavirus rates of infection has been published today showing that cases are increasing steadily across the country.The study examines levels of infection in the general population in England. The latest findings for the period between 22 August and 7 September testing more than 150,000 volunteers indicate cases were…

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