The global climate meeting called COP27 (the 27th Conference of Parties) will be held November 6-18 in the remote Egyptian desert resort of Sharm el Sheikh. Given the repressive nature of the Egyptian government, this gathering will likely be different from others, where there have been large, raucous protests led by civil society groups. U.S.-based activist Medea Benjamin spoke with Egyptian journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous.
The U.S. government holds many political prisoners, including journalists; national security state whistleblowers; Black, Indigenous, and other nationally oppressed revolutionaries; foreign diplomats; activists; and more, writes Stansfield Smith.
Sunday’s second-round presidential election in Colombia could transform the lives of residents in informal settlements, which make up 65 percent of housing in the country's cities. Former-militant-turned-politician Gustavo Petro and millionaire businessman Rodolfo Hernández approach the country's urban housing crisis and environmental policy in different ways, reports Natalia Torres Garzon with photography by Antonio Cascio.
The months-long deteriorating environmental situation in Tunisia took a hopeful turn after the government started clearing piles of trash from the coastal city of Sfax, vowing to create a new dump. Experts and activists point to poor governance and corruption underlying the continuing waste crisis in the north African country, reports Alessandra Bajec.
The United Kingdom has red-listed seven countries in the Americas, requiring even vaccinated travelers to quarantine. This has been lambasted as a political move in light of the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
More than 10.3 million acres of primary tropical forests—spanning about the size of Belgium—went up in flames in 2020. A new coalition claims it will mobilize $1 billion to thwart global climate change’s increasingly devastating forest fires. But scientists and other experts have raised doubts about this new program corporations and governments have kicked off.