Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

Analysis by Daniel Volman*WASHINGTON, 2 Apr (IPS) – When Pres. Barack Obama took office in January 2009, it was widely expected that he would dramatically change, or even reverse, the militarised and unilateral security policy that had been pursued by the George W. Bush administration toward Africa, as well as toward other parts of the world. Continue reading Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

Report identifies Koch Industries giving $73m to climate sceptic groups ‘spreading inaccurate and misleading information’A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe. Continue reading US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

Nuns face guns, impunity in trying to save Amazon

 Associated Press

By BRADLEY BROOKS

CARLINDA, Brazil — The gunmen arrived in the Amazon dusk, circling the house where Sister Leonora was hiding, rifles and pistols poking out the windows of three muddy pickup trucks.

A violent death was meant for the diminutive 64-year-old Roman Catholic nun, who has spent decades defending poor, landless workers — and collecting countless threats from ranchers she blocked from stealing Amazon land. Continue reading Nuns face guns, impunity in trying to save Amazon