Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of tens of thousands of pine trees, the very shape of the landscape changed by more than 3,000 quarries which have ripped apart the geography of Lebanon and made a new map of its blessed and ancient land. The Massacre of the Mountains? Is that good enough for a story which should shock the world if it occurred in Europe or America? I call it the Castration of Lebanon. Its fruits are dirt and crumbled rock and contaminated lakes. The tops of entire mountainsides – millions of tons of sand and rock – have been ripped away by diggers, excavators and bulldozers to provide concrete for Beirut’s canyons of grotesque high-rise apartments, for its villas and gated city suburbs and the Lebanese Mediterranean coastal hotels. Greed, corruption, poverty and a shameful, selfish, confessional government can be blamed. Even now, as Lebanon’s sectarian … [Read more...] about Entire mountains in Lebanon are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?
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Subaru owners are a green bunch. They tend to bike, camp and kayak more than other drivers and inordinately live in the parts of the U.S. with the toughest emissions mandates. The company plays to this ecological image by producing more than 1 million vehicles each year without sending any waste to landfills. Yet the Subaru set can’t buy a battery-powered version of its favorite car.Today’s Subarus run exclusively on fossil fuels. Later this year, the company plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its Crosstrek SUV, combining gas engines with electric motors. A fully electric car is still years away.“If we put one out now, we’re going to be competing in the teeth of the market with everybody else,” Subaru Corp. U.S. Chief Executive Officer Tom Doll explained in an interview. “This way, we can let them kind of sort it out, then we can come in.”Subaru is among a … [Read more...] about Why Subaru Is Happy to Be Last in Electric Race
COLVILLE, Wash. - The morning of the long drive, a drive he took every month now, Kenyon Stewart rose from the living room recliner and winced in pain. He looked outside, at the valley stretching below his trailer, and again wondered whether it was getting time to end it. He believed living was a choice, and this was how he considered making his: a trip to the gun store. A purchase of a Glock 9mm. An answer to a problem that didn't seem to have one. Stewart is 49 years old. He has long silver hair and an eighth-grade education. For the past four years, he has taken large amounts of prescription opioids, ever since a surgery to replace his left hip, ruined by decades of trucking, left him with nerve damage. In the time since, his life buckled. First he lost his job. Then his house, forcing a move across the state to this trailer park. Then began a monthly drive of 367 miles, back to his old pain clinic, for an opioid prescription that no doctor nearby would write. "It's 10 after," … [Read more...] about Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids
STARING in disbelief at the empty field, Katie Hayward was horrified to realise she had become the latest victim in a string of audacious thefts across the country. And the mastermind behind the big sting must have been wearing a beekeeping suit. Katie, owner of Felin Honeybees, on the isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast, has had 150,000 bees stolen, worth around £1,200. She said: “It’s impossible to trace a bee, so you can’t point one out to police and say, ‘Those are my bees’. “Once they are gone, they are gone — it’s devastating. Our family farm has been here since 1532 and now I feel unsafe. Some scumbag simply packed up my hard work and put it in the back of a vehicle. “I love all my bees, they are my world. When you open a hive you see 25,000 little faces looking up at you — it is horrific that they’re gone.” Homeowner's walls filled with HONEY after thousands of bees invade the property And this … [Read more...] about Millions of bees have been stolen across the UK in thriving black market for stolen hives as taste for honey soars
President Donald Trump was unaware that his long-time lawyer was selling access to the White House after his election, a member of the president’s legal team has said. Rudy Giuliani – the latest addition to Mr Trump’s team managing his response to the Russia investigation – said he was “quite certain” the president did not know about the post-election activities of his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen. Mr Cohen earned millions of dollars selling his intimate knowledge of the Trump White House to companies both inside and outside the United States. One company has reportedly dismissed an employee over the revelations. Two have been in contact with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Read more Michael Cohen was paid $1.2 million for a single meeting But Mr Giuliani said that Mr Trump seemed surprised when he brought up a recent report that Mr Cohen had been paid by a firm tied to a Russian oligarch. "He knew nothing about … [Read more...] about Donald Trump had ‘no idea’ his personal attorney was selling White House access, Rudy Giuliani claims