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The retrofitting of suburbia

Leave a Comment 29 June 2010

The retrofitting of suburbia

So maybe the idea of the mall in America wasn't so good, after all. Maybe all the acres of asphalt, the proliferation of big-box stores and the subverting of streams and waterways into underground culverts wasn't so cool, either. "We've been...

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Bhopal gas victims still searching for justice after 25 years

4 Comments 29 June 2010

Bhopal gas victims still searching for justice after 25 years

Victims of the Bhopal gas disaster that killed thousands and affected hundreds of thousands more say a new compensation effort by the Indian government is too little and too late. It is estimated that over 2,000 residents in Bhopal were...

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Garment workers launch labor-friendly line

Leave a Comment 24 June 2010

Garment workers launch labor-friendly line

Former garment workers in Thailand and Argentina have joined forces to launch an anti-slave labor clothing line called No Chains. The graphic t-shirts, debuted on June 4, are intended to raise awareness of the exploitation of sweatshop...

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Southeast Asia dolphins near extinction

1 Comment 24 June 2010

Southeast Asia dolphins near extinction

A rare breed of dolphins in Southeast Asia is on the brink of extinction, according to a conservation group. The Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) are oceanic dolphins located in countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.  In a...

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Bol’s fatal skin disease baffling, excrutiating

Leave a Comment 22 June 2010

Bol’s fatal skin disease baffling, excrutiating

Former NBA star Manute Bol, the 7-foot-7 Sudanese tribesman who died at 47 on June 19, succumbed to kidney failure and a baffling, deadly skin disease called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Bol, a tireless humanitarian on behalf of Sudan, died in a...

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Slang constitution attempts to popularize Kenyan law

Leave a Comment 22 June 2010

Slang constitution attempts to popularize Kenyan law

In an effort to familiarize young voters with Kenya's draft constitution, a website has translated the document into the slang language Sheng. The vernacular, which is a combination of English, Kiswahili, and various ethnic languages, is so...

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Manute Bol, freedom fighter, is dead at 47

Leave a Comment 22 June 2010

Manute Bol, freedom fighter, is dead at 47

Manute Bol is dead, and the world has lost one of the most iconoclastic freedom fighters in modern times. The reed-thin Dinka (Sudan) tribesman who parlayed his 7-foot, 7-inch height into a improbable NBA professional basketball career, died...

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Brazil bill could grant rights to ‘unborn’

Leave a Comment 17 June 2010

Brazil bill could grant rights to ‘unborn’

A current Brazilian bill could amplify the nation's already stringent abortion restrictions. The "fetal rights" measure, approved by a Brazilian House commission mid-May, gives "absolute priority" to fetuses and extends constitutional rights to...

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In Moscow, put a damper on slaughtering sheep in courtyards, OK?

Leave a Comment 17 June 2010

In Moscow, put a damper on slaughtering sheep in courtyards, OK?

When in Moscow, do as the Muscovites do. That’s exactly the sentiment Russian officials are attempting to implement through a new set of nonbinding behavioral guidelines for foreigners moving to Russia’s capital, according to The Moscow...

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Niger Delta oil spills dwarf BP, Exxon Valdez catastrophes

13 Comments 17 June 2010

Niger Delta oil spills dwarf BP, Exxon Valdez catastrophes

One of the world’s largest oil spill catastrophes is unfolding right now — in Nigeria. For decades, thousands of spills across the fragile Niger Delta have destroyed the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers, fouled water sources and have...

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