Adam Mahoney , CAPITALB
Miners carry bags of ore in the copper-cobalt Shabara artisanal mine near the town of Kolwezi, Lualaba, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 20, 2023. ARLETTE BASHIZI / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST VIA GETTY IMAGES

May 27, 2024

Black transit activists in the US are calling attention to the plunder of the Congo for cobalt mining.

he story of “John Doe 1” of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is tucked in a lawsuit filed five years ago against several U.S. tech companies, including Tesla, the world’s largest electric vehicle producer.

Rachel Leingang
Donald Trump attends the annual NRA meeting in Dallas, Texas, on 18 May 2024. Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters

May 26, 2024

Trump has railed against urban centers run by Democrats, and Project 2025 lays out how to crack down on them

To hear Donald Trump tell it, America’s cities are in dire shape and in need of a federal intervention.

Jerry Harris - Convergence

Apr. 27, 2024

Margaret Sullivan
‘The 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia? Trump saw “very fine people on both sides”.’ Photograph: Steven Hirsch/AP

May 23, 2024

You’ll hear no apology, no disavowal, no expression of regret for what he did. And certainly no promise that this will never happen again

We’ve been here before. Donald Trump says or does something outrageous, and then walks it back slightly. But his message as a would-be authoritarian – or far worse – gets through.

Jonny Humphries, BBC News, Manchester
Brandalism targeted adverts promoting Shell's sponsorship of British Cycling

May 15, 2024

An activist group has pasted its own artworks over billboards and bus-stops promoting oil company Shell's sponsorship of British Cycling.

Brandalism said the campaign was over what it said was Shell's recent decision to "row back" on climate pledges.

Some billboards show a cyclist drinking oil from a Shell-branded bottle.

Shell said the "misleading" adverts "completely mischaracterised" its partnership.

Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
OFL logo
May 25, 2024

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) issued the following open letter to University of Toronto President Meric Gertler on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Download the letter here.

Dear President Gertler, 

Crawford Kilian
The Capilano reservoir in North Vancouver is contained by the Cleveland Dam. Despite appearances of plentiful water supply, journalist Tim Smedley warns many places in the world are headed for extreme scarcity. Photo via Shutterstock.

May 23, 2024

Tim Smedley’s new book documents the growing global crisis and ways to stave off the worst.

David Climenhaga, Todd Pruner
An image of a military drone illustrates the Department of National Defence website promoting next week’s “Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024” in Alberta. (Photo: DND).

May 22, 2024

Israeli weapons manufacturers will soon be using Alberta as a testing ground to market their latest weapons

By facilitating this ‘sandbox’ in Alberta, Canada’s DND is directly involving itself in the sale of weapons that have been – and will be – used to kill civilians, writes Todd Pruner


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