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Afghan teenagers turn homeschoolers

Report 21 October 2021 Afghanistan Blocked from education by the Taliban, Ritu Mahendru speaks to young women risking their safety to teach younger students. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood Two months on from the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, women and girls have been pushed out of work, education and face…

How we stopped coal in England

Report 20 October 2021 Isobel Tarr of Coal Action Network speaks to activists at the forefront of the decades-long movement to end new opencast coal mining about how change was won. Rakesh and Jos at a march to the Department of Housing and Communities in London alongside all three North East loca…

Without water, there is no life

Report 18 October 2021 Industrial agriculture is drying up the land in Almeria, Spain. Vitalie Duporge speaks to activists and small-scale farmers trying to avert local ecocide. Rio Aguas, the last living river in Los Molinos has become an emblem of ecocide. Credit: Sunseed Desert Technology In the…

An uneasy peace for Colombia’s coca farmers

Report 13 October 2021 Five years on from the peace agreement, rural violence continues and coca production is on the rise. Joe Ballesteros reports. Colombian anti-drug policemen and a dog stand guard at a coca plantation in Tumaco, Colombia in February, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez Despite a histo…

Greenwashing big hydropower

Report 4 October 2021 Climate justice Despite being linked to several disasters, the Asian Development Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to large hydro developments. Rishika Pardikar speaks to people holding it to account. Large hydropower projects, which use moving water to create electricity, can…

Betrayed by Australia

Report 30 September 2021 Thanks to newly declassified files, Chilean exiles have discovered that the same country which gave them refuge, was involved in the coup which changed their lives forever. Carole Concha Bell reports. The 1973 attack on the Presidential Palace, La Moneda, signaled the beginn…

‘I fought so hard for my rights’

Report 28 September 2021 Afghanistan Ritu Mahendru speaks to Afghan women at the forefront of resisting the Taliban’s oppression, including on the streets. Caption It didn’t take long for the Taliban to strip women and girls of basic rights after the repressive regime took over Afghanistan. The…

Eritrea: how did we get here?

Comment 21 September 2021 A one-party political system, mass disappearances and a total ban on non-state media – Alex Jackson of Amnesty explains how the anti-colonial promise of Eritrea turned into one of the largest producers of refugees worldwide. Eritrean refugees gathered at an UNHCR registra…

‘I’ve seen how it affects people’

Report 10 September 2021 As opposition and protest continues against a new high-speed rail network in the UK, Denise Laura Baker meets some of those taking a stand against HS2 along the line. A section of the HS2 construction site. Credit: Denise Laura Baker On Monday 13 September, the UK Parliament…

‘We have lost everything’

Report 7 September 2021 Afghanistan For Afghans forced to leave their country and flee to Europe there is no place called home, writes Ritu Mahendru. A family from Afghanistan walk next to fence to cross into Pakistan at the Friendship Gate crossing point, in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of…

Who gets to eat?

Our food system is at a crossroads. Climate change and biodiversity collapse are colliding with poverty, conflict and – most recently – Covid-19 to fuel a growing hunger crisis around the world. We already know our current system is not working, despite its sophistication and scale – even befo…

Move over politicians

1 September 2021 Ed Sykes reports from Mexico on the indigenous communities taking back local democracy and building safer, greener towns in the process. Santa Fé de la Laguna, Credit: José Cortés It was 500 years ago this August when Spanish invaders defeated the Aztec Empire. But there was anot…

Afghanistan – what can I do?

25 August 2021 Afghanistan The question so many of us are asking. Vanessa Baird has a few suggestions. A child sits on the floor at Fiumicino Airport, as Afghan evacuees arrive in Italy following their journey from Kabul, in Rome, Italy. August 24, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane It’s easy to f…

What can the digital age offer political life?

24 August 2021 Technology Indra Adnan argues that ‘cosmolocalism’ could be the key to a stronger, more hopeful democracy. Credit: Koukichi Takahashi/Unsplash An Olympic year always presents a mixed spectacle – sporting prowess meets power politics, where the world’s superpowers parade medals…

Introducing…Pedro Castillo

13 August 2021 Richard Swift paints a mixed picture of Peru’s unlikely choice for president.  Credit: Emma Peer In an election judged free and fair (even by the US State Department), the 51-year-old Pedro Castillo emerged as the unlikely winner of Peru’s presidential race on 6 June. The former…

Zuma is still clinging to power, citizens are paying the price

28 July 2021 South Africa South Africa’s recent uprisings have revealed how much of a tinderbox the country is, argues Glen Retief. Former president Jacob Zuma, pictured at the 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa. Credit: Eric Miller/WEF Back when former president Jacob Zuma still seemed a hero a…

Nature’s guardians

20 July 2021 Dave Bangs makes the case for universal freedom to roam, and explains why he will be joining a mass trespass of England’s South Downs. Free-walking (‘trespassing’) is vital to building community-wide knowledge of local ecosystems. We are living through an onslaught upon nature whi…

Introducing… From The Front

19 July 2021 environmental justice Over the next two years, our new series will explore pathways to peace and environmental protection. ‘I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.’ These are the words of 65-year-old Fikile Ntshangase, shortly before she was shot dead…

‘The road to freedom lies ahead’

15 July 2021 West Papua Klas Lundström examines the humanitarian crisis in West Papua as people continue to struggle for self-determination.

Alternative combat

2 July 2021 Louisa Waugh speaks to activists in Israel and Palestine working together in the name of peace. Credit: Mohammed Zaanoun Tuly is late for our call and when he does join us, is slightly out of breath. He has just rushed home after visiting his parents. ‘I hadn’t seen them for 18 month…

A war against the war

5 July 2021 Port workers in Italy are refusing to bloody their hands for wars they don’t support – from Yemen to Gaza, and their resistance is inspiring others. Futura D'Aprile reports on a burgeoning movement for peace. Credit: Cgil Union A new anti-militaristic, internationalist movement is g…

The world must do more

Courage and terror in Myanmar Lives and livelihoods have been laid down for democracy. The economy is on the brink of collapse. The world must support the... A taste of hope With herders under threat from global heating in Somaliland, the government has hatched a plan to move millions to the coast…

Solidarity on Glasgow’s south side

25 June 2021 asylum seekers Conrad Landin reports from a vigil in memory of Stanislav Tomas, a Roma man who died following a brutal arrest by police in the Czech Republic. Credit: Conrad Landin Glasgow’s south side is no stranger to the colours of the Romani flag. Home to thousands of Roma from Sl…

The kids are not alright

17 June 2021 Joe Ballesteros investigates the pandemic-compounded crisis in educational provision for England’s most marginalized children.   Credit: Taylor Wilcox/Unsplash Jonathan is 18 years old. His big frame is zipped up in an all-black Boxing Academy tracksuit as I greet him in the staff ro…