The Tsum Valley in Nepal, where the Indigenous Tsumba and people live / credit: Nepal Mother House Treks and Expeditions

‘We Used to Have Everything’: Western Conservation Models Threaten Indigenous Rights, Says New Report

The report, “Reconciling Conservation and Global Biodiversity Goals with Community Land Rights in Asia,” comes ahead of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. To be held next month in Kunming, China, the conference is expected to adopt the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Conservation Framework (GBF), which includes placing under protection 30 percent of the world’s land and water by 2030, reports Deepa Padmanaban.

Women in burqa in Kunduz City, Afghanistan / credit: Wanman uthmaniyyah on Unsplash

United States Outruns Regional States in Race for Kabul

The U.S. Treasury Department quietly signaled on February 2 that it was “tweaking” sanctions against Afghanistan’s Haqqani Network, a Sunni Islamist militant organization. International banks can now transfer money to the Taliban, including its affiliated Haqqani Network, without fear of breaching sanctions, which means the United States may now have a say in the Taliban-run government, writes M.K. Bhadrakumar.