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Family walking past a blast crater in Kandrashevka, where 9 civilians died during an aerial attack by alleged Ukranian forces on July 2, 2014. ©2014 Human Rights Watch.

A day in Luhansk: war's crimes, horrors, and uncertainties

Tanya Lokshina / HRW

11th July 2014

Amid the chaos and stench of war in East Ukraine, Tanya Lokshina investigates a litany of atrocities - including abductions of non-combatants and air strikes that have left entire villages in ruins and killed many civilians including children. It's all part of HRW's campaign to secure justice for the victims of war crimes. more...
The Ukraine army cuts off main road to Sloviansk in a 'war zone without front lines'. Photo: Sasha Maksymenko via Flickr.

Ukraine - it's the gas, gas, gas

Mike Whitney

10th July 2014

in Ukraine, as in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Syria, US policy is all about dominating the world's fossil fuel supplies, writes Mike Whitney - in this case, the gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. But the 'great aggressor', Vladimir Putin, is refusing to play his part. So what next? more...
Lots more of this under Donald Tusk's proposals. A coal burning power station at Belchatow, Poland. Photo: Petr Štefek / Wikimedia Commons.

Poland's 'EU energy union' plan: an attempt to revive Europe's filthiest fuels

Mark Siddi

9th July 2014

Polish PM Donald Tusk is using the Ukraine crisis as a pretext to revive the EU's fossil fuel industries. His proposals spell disaster for EU emissions targets and the wider environment, writes Mark Siddi. Europe's energy future must be efficient and renewable! more...
Did Green campaigners carry out this pipeline bombing in Ukraine on June 17th 2014? Of course not - so how come they are under fire by NATO and Russia? Photo: from YouTube / http://youtu.be/oAVJ3udesF8 .

GreenScare 2.0 - campaigners under fire in the new Cold War

Alexander Reid Ross

28th June 2014

Superpower confrontations and growing tensions in Ukraine, the Middle East and the Arctic are all part of a new Cold War, writes Alexander Reid Ross - and this time Green campaigners are under attack by both Russian authorities and NATO ... more...
Graham Phillips. Photo: grahamwphillips.com.

Silence of the lambs

RT Editorial

21st May 2014

Graham Phillips, a British freelance journalist reporting for RT from Eastern Ukraine was detained yesterday by the National Guard and has not been seen since. Not that you would know from British media coverage. RT wrote this open letter. more...
Vladimir Putin and Price Charles share a joke. Photo: via @OliverJamesUK / Twitter.

Putin 'like Hitler'? How did Prince Charles get it so wrong?

Israel Shamir

21st May 2014

Far from being 'like Hitler' as Prince Charles accuses, Putin is sober, cautious, defensive, a stickler for international law, determined to modernise Russia, and anxious to avoid military confrontation. Israel Shamir sees through the NATO propaganda ... more...
As the massacre takes place inside Odessa's Trade Union House. Photo: via http://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html.

Ukraine - we must not 'consent' to genocide

Diana Johnstone

8th May 2014

The mainstream media are working hard to obscure NATO's hideous plot to rekindle the Cold War in Ukraine, writes Diana Johnstone, as they seek to engineer our 'consent' for yet more heinous acts to come. To prevent the horror of a full scale war, first we must grasp the truth. more...
Would EU, Ukrainian and Russian peace-keepers be preferable? Photo: streetwrk.com, CC BY-ND.

The EU can save Ukraine - if it moves fast enough

Michael Emerson

6th May 2014

The EU is in a unique position to save Ukraine from becoming a failed state, writes Michael Emerson, by creating a lightly armed tripartite peacekeeping force of EU, Ukrainian and Russian personnel. But it must act swiftly! more...
Through the eyes of a US Paratrooper: 173rd jumps in Ukraine in the Rapid Trident 2011 exercises. Photo: DVIDSHUB via Flickr.com.

Obama's new Ukraine - a Russophobic failed state ruled by fascists

Mike Whitney

4th May 2014

The chaos, terror and civil war in Ukraine is the deliberate creation of the Washington war machine, writes Mike Whitney. It is just step one of an offensive aimed at Russia - and that should raise loud alarms among all who care about our Earth's future. more...
President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Barack Obama via Flickr.com.

Fracking weaponized - Joe Biden's Ukraine crusade

Steve Horn

25th April 2014

For the US fracking industry - and for Vice-President Joe Biden - fracking is more than just a way to bring in vast amounts of cash, writes Steve Horn. It's also a key weapon in the US's long war with Russia, as Biden made clear this week in Kiev. more...
Chernobyl Zone 75, Pripyat, Ukraine. Photo: kvitlauk via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - the biting wind, the silent scream

Barys Piatrovich

26th April 2014

Barys Piatrovich recalls the tension of unknowing during the days that followed the Chernobyl disaster. Today, barely any of the evacuees are still alive. Dispersed throughout the country, they died alone and unnoticed, statistically insignificant. more...
Angels of nuclear death. Image: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - how many died?

Jim Green - Nuclear Monitor

26th April 2014

It was 28 years ago today that Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine ruptured and ignited, sending a massive plume of radiation across Europe. Jim Green assesses the scientific evidence for how many people died as a result of the catastrophe. more...

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Can East-West relations be repaired as easily as this gas pipeline? Photo: Matthew Thorn via Flickr.com.

Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency

Jack D. Sharples

18th April 2014

The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
Pro-Europe protest in the Maidan, 27th November 2013. Photo: Evgeny Feldman / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine, Chevron, Condi Rice and shale gas ... join the dots

JP Sottile

18th March 2014

High principles dominate the rhetoric on freedom-loving Ukraine, writes JP Sottile. But more mundane realities - like the interests of US oil corporations and Ukraine's vast shale gas capacity - might just be part of the volatile equation. more...
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation. Photo: Mousseau et al., Oecologia.

Chernobyl's forests - dead wood and leaves preserved by radiation

Rachel Nuwer / Smithsonian

24th March 2014

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. more...
The Tripa Forest burning at night, cleared for palm oil. Photo: Carlos Quiles / RAN -  ran.org/tripa-expose -  via Flickr.com.

Palm oil company's $30 million fine for burning rainforest

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

An Indonesian palm oil company has been convicted of large-scale burning of protected swamp forest in Aceh - home to some of Sumatra's last orangutans. more...
Kayapo Indians on a road block to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo: International Rivers via Flickr.com.

Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

Paul Brown.

30th December 2013

Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself ...
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A village destroyed for palm oil, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Rescue.

Indonesia: terror and eviction for palm oil

Rainforest Rescue

25th December 2013

This month in Sumatra, Indonesia, 1,500 armed men demolished four indigenous villages and displaced inhabitants who were not willing to surrender their land to a palm oil company. more...

Bob Brown: Australia's first leader of the Greens

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

30th December 2013

It’s a critical time for the Tarkine, the last great wilderness in NW Tasmania, and former Senator Bob Brown is still fighting hard to protect it more...
Lone Droscher Nielsen in a campaign poster.

Saving the Orangutan from the palm oil menace

Andy Morgan

5th December 2013

Lone Droscher Nielsen addressed the Oxfordshire village of Wootton about the deforestation that is pushing orangutans towards extinction - all driven by the world's hunger for palm oil. Andy Morgan was deeply moved ... more...

Brazil deforestation up 28%

The Ecologist

16th November 2013

After a significant drop in the last several years, the annual deforestation rates in Brazil raised 28% for the period August 2012-July 2013, according to INPE, the Brazilian Spatial Institute. more...
A rare 'ghost bear' in the BC temperate rainforest.

In the sanctuary of the White Bear

Lorna Crozier

17th November 2013

Poet Lorna Crozier vists the Great Bear Rainforest in BC, Canada and finds a fragile paradise imbued with myth, meaning and magic for local indigenous peoples. more...

Amazon: 441 new species discovered in four years

Oliver Tickell

23 October 2013

"Most of the recently discovered plants and animals are thought to be endemic to small parts of the Amazon rainforest." more...

Amazon forest is drying out

Alex Kirby

22 October 2013

Thanks to climate change the southern Amazon rainforest is "drying out", say US researchers. more...

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