Martin Shiwak is navigating his snowmobile along the frozen shoreline when his eight-year-old son Dane, who is riding on the back, points at a wall of stunted spruce trees. Shiwak cuts the engine, hops off the machine and quietly pulls out a .12 gauge shotgun. He hands the weapon to Dane, and the pair crouch behind their snowmobile. Dane fires two quick shots. Two white partridges, almost invisible in the tree line, drop dead. Dane runs to retrieve the birds, warming his hands against their bodies to ward off the chill from the cold wind whipping in from the North Atlantic Ocean. Shiwak is an Inuit trapper and hunter who grew up relying on the wild bounty of Labrador. He takes his son out for trips like this every week, trying to pass on generations of knowledge around living off the land: how to collect firewood, hunt and fish, and travel safely in a place where the rhythm of life is still built upon ice and snow. But he’s running out of time. The sea surrounding coastal … [Read more...] about ‘Sea, ice, snow … it’s all changing’: Inuit struggle with warming world
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China has released documents it claims offers "ironclad proof" that the Japanese military forced Asian women to work in frontline brothels before and during the second world war. Almost 90 documents from the archives of the military police corps – part of Japan's Kwantung army, the occupying force that propped up a puppet regime in Manchuria in the early 1930s – include letters from Japanese soldiers, newspaper articles and military files discovered in the 1950s and kept at the Jilin provincial archives in north-east China. Documents from the regime's national bank were also included. "Going through the bloodiest parts of these archives, many of us experts have succumbed to chronic depression," said the archive's director Yin Huai, according to the official China News Service. Zhao Sujian, 81, an archive employee since 1948, said that the documents were discovered by a People's Liberation Army unit in November 1953. The soldiers were digging near the remains of the Japanese … [Read more...] about Papers prove Japan forced women into second world war brothels, says China
It is hard not to be impressed when you arrive in the newly rich nation of Equatorial Guinea, especially when you are invited as a guest of the president. There is just a brief wait in the VIP lounge, with its white leatherette sofas and The Naked Gun playing on a flat-screen television, before you are whisked into your limousine, the usual hassles of passport control handled by friendly officials. Leaving Malabo airport you see what looks almost like a modernist sculpture of discarded aeroplanes, one of which has its nose pointing into the air. You wonder if this is some kind of weird memorial to the infamous Wonga coup attempt, when British-led mercenaries failed to overthrow your host in an attempt to get their hands on his oil wealth. Then there is a drive for several miles along a new three-lane highway. Strangely, it is devoid of traffic – we passed no more than five cars coming in the opposite direction. On either side are new buildings planted among the impossibly … [Read more...] about The strange and evil world of Equatorial Guinea
A buffalo's head lies rotting on the ground in the aftermath of the world’s biggest ritual animal slaughter. Thousands are hacked to death with machetes in front of baying onlookers. The bloodbath takes place every five years to appease a Hindu goddess at the Gadhimai Temple in Nepal. Pictures taken by an animal welfare charity show mangled remains of buffalo, goats and poultry in Bariyarpur village, 60 miles south of Kathmandu. Alokparna Sengupta, of Humane Society International, told us: “Animal after animal had their heads lopped off, butchers hacking away at their necks and the corpses twitching away afterwards. “As I watched terrified baby buffalo being dragged to their death, I was filled with anger. "Our team went back to visit the aftermath today and the air was thick with the stench of blood, rotting flesh, animal and human faeces, and garbage. “In the main temple arena where the majority of buffalo are slaughtered, the ground is littered … [Read more...] about Horrific aftermath from world’s biggest ritual animal slaughter in Nepal
The German parliament (Bundestag) on Thursday voted in favor of allowing class-action lawsuits to be brought against big corporations. The legislation is regarded as a major victory for German consumers, particularly at a time when the country is struggling with the real and suspected emissions manipulation scandals at a number of its world-renowned automakers. To grasp the implications, we have to first understand what a class-action lawsuit is and how it works. A class-action lawsuit is basically a system of collective redress, where a group of people who have broadly similar complaints join together to sue the defending party. This would make it easier for people to join a legal case, while avoiding high legal costs that might discourage them from initiating such action. Class-action lawsuits are a common practice in the United States, but in Europe they are relatively rare. At present, only five of the European Union's 28 member states — Belgium, Italy, … [Read more...] about Dieselgate — will class-action lawsuits come to Germans’ rescue?