Kerala Throttling its Golden Goose
Lakes and rivers in Kerala are being polluted by farming, tourism and poorly directed policies.
“Prawns spawn at the mouth of the estuary and baby shrimps are carried inwards into the lake with tidal sea waters, but they are now trapped, unable to flow inwards because of the barrage,” —T.D. Jojo from the Ashoka Trust for Ecology and Environment
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The new documentary, “Spies of Mississippi” reveals that civil rights activists were spied on, targeted and co-opted in the 1950s and 1960s by a secret spy agency the state of Mississippi set up to subvert racial integration and equal voting rights campaigns. This photo is part of that surveillance. Watch the Democracy Now! interview with the filmmaker and the investigative journalist that uncovered the story.
Duelling U.S. Budgets Herald Showdown over Poverty
The new budget proposal released by the Obama administration seeks to extend support for the economically vulnerable, but with a Republican dominated House of Representatives, it seems unlikely that his plans will be accepted.
“We’ve got to decide if we’re going to keep squeezing the middle class,” - Barack Obama
Resolving Nuclear Arms Claims Hinges on Iran’s Demand for Documents
The Obama administration has called for Iran to resolve past and present concerns that it has had a covert nuclear weapons programme. However, records show that Tehran has been ready to provide to the International Atomic Energy Agency a response to charges that it has had a programme in the past. They consider it the responsibility of the IAEA to first provide documents on which the allegations are based.
“The authenticity of each allegation should be proven first, then the person who submitted it to the agency should give us the genuine document. When we are assured of the authenticity, then we can talk to the agency.” —Ali Akbar Salehi, Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation
Rich Railroad Brings Few Opportunities in Brazil
A Brazilian railroad has brought deforestation,pollution, slave labour and violence, but little human development. The railroad requires more than 18 billion dollars in investment, but is unlikely to bring many more jobs to the region.
“they are one-off projects that do not promote effective development in the territory,”— George Pereira, the executive secretary of the Itaquí-Bacanga Community Association
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