Africa’s Exploding Plastic Nightmare

Sharon Lerner A woman takes a break from collecting waste to read the newspaper at the Dandora municipal dump site in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 15, 2020.Photo: Khadija Farah for The Intercept Rosemary Nyambura spends her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi. Because the bottles they sell to…

Chile’s Environmental Betrayal

Alanna Elder Quintero (Photos from Mujeres de Zona de Sacrificio Quintero-Puchuncaví) Last fall, doctors in two neighboring coastal towns in Chile treated more than a thousand patients for poisoning from poor air quality, a result of the shift from a fishing and tourism economy to an industrial hub. Quintero and Puchuncavi now belch fumes from…

“The Struggle to Defend the Trees and the Forest is First and Foremost a Struggle Against Imperialism”. The Environmentalism of Thomas Sankara

In the wake of the protests launched by the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the international movement to protest for the environment, against climate change and for governments to move in a ‘green’ direction has now reached global dimensions. Many young people have become aware of how important the environment is for the life of…

Indigenous Land Defender, Milgen Idán Soto Ávila, Assassinated in Honduras

Zoe PC Milgen Idán Soto Ávila 29 years old, holds up a picture of his cousin Samael Matute,  assassinated because of his struggle in defense of the territory and ancestral forest. Social movements in Honduras are mourning the assassination of Milgen Idán Soto Ávila, a 29-year-old member of the Tolupán Indigenous community and of the…

Greta: Effects and Their Causes

Atilio Boron Greta Thunberg’s moving defence of the environment and her denunciation of the ravages caused by climate change, as well as her harsh criticism of the world’s political leadership, which by its ineptitude, unconsciousness or corruption has defrauded children and young people by leaving a polluted, semi-destroyed (and, for many species, unlivable) environment as…

When the Amazon is Burning, Return to Fidel

Elson Concepción Pérez Twenty-seven years have passed since Fidel’s warning at the Environment Summit in Brazil that a biological species – man – is at risk of disappearing due to the rapid and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions. The fires in the Amazon has been among the most commented news in recent days…

The Global Waste Trade

Varkey The landfills used for burying electronic waste result in lead seeping into the ground and eventually into the local water supply. The dumping of first world waste has formed a billion dollar global industry that is directly linked to arms trafficking and money laundering. Third world workers, who lack essential equipment needed for working…

Tricontinental Briefing No 1: Canadian Mining Companies

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Introduction Of the world’s mining companies, 60% are headquartered in Canada. In February 2019, 216 companies were listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and 961 companies were listed on the TSX-Venture Exchange (TSXV). Mining accounts for 53% of the composite index. This kind of industry dominance suggests that investors…

Welcome to Hell: The Peruvian Mining City of La Rinconada

Andre Vltchek Magestic approach to La Rinconadsa – through garbage © Andre Vltchek While the West attacks Venezuela, a country that improved the lives of many of its citizens, it overlooks horrors that are taking place in Peru and other ‘pro-market’ countries in Latin America. La Rinconada, which lies at over 5km above sea level,…

Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode

Subhankar Banerjee If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title….

When Collapse Becomes the New Normal

Raúl Zibechi California ‘fire tornado’ had 143 mph winds, possibly state’s strongest twister recorded “We are entering a new normal. Things are not like they were 10 years ago.” Phrases don’t belong to any intellectual, but rather to someone really important: the chief of a California county’s firefighters. They integrate the reporting of the Hispanic-American…

Sullivan & Cromwell: The Dulles Brothers, Corporate Power and the Birth of the CIA

Hugo Turner Internationalist 360° With special thanks to T.P. Wilkinson Introduction Few realize the role corporate lawyers have played in shaping the past 150 years of world history. Sullivan & Cromwell is perhaps the most infamous example. It oversaw the birth of the multinational corporation and launched coups in third world countries decades before there…

The Niger Delta in Nigeria: Another Example of Africa on Fire

A-APRP The Niger Delta is a region in the West African country of Nigeria that is known mostly for its vast oil reserves. Like most of Africa, not much more is known about the Niger Delta by most people in the world, particularly those in the West. Equally obscured is the reality that also like…

Caribbean States Call on US to Seriously Address Climate Change

Leaders from the Caribbean states are calling on the Donald Trump administration to address in a serious manner the climate change crisis. The call comes amid the Atlantic Hurricane Season, one year after a series of hurricanes devastated several Caribbean countries and concerns that warming oceans could see another season of intense storms. Caribbean leaders…