Nov 12 2018 As Slavery Evolves in Mauritania, Silent Victims Prove Harder to Find

Day after day, Aminetou Mint Yarg and her fellow villagers in southern Mauritania haul water from the river and tend to their crops under a burning desert sun.
In good years, they grow fields of corn, millet and beans.
But the profits are not theirs to reap.
“The land belongs to our masters,” says Yarg, referring to members [...]


Nov 12 2018 Media Rights Group Indignant Over Detention of its Employees in Tanzania

A media rights group expressed indignation over statements made by officials in Tanzania and South Africa justifying the detention of two of its employees. 
New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said officials from both countries falsely claimed the two employees — CPJ’s Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo — were [...]


Nov 12 2018 Nicaragua: Anti-govt. Protests Caused $1B in Economic Damages

Nicaragua’s government said on Monday that the economic damages from protests against President Daniel Ortega between April and July amounted to almost $1 billion and that some 120,000 jobs were lost during the period.
The transportation sector faced losses of $525 million, the tourism industry lost $231 million the public sector $205 million, for a total [...]


Nov 12 2018 Miro Sorvino Urges #MeToo to Do More Than ‘Name and Shame’

Mira Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct lies more in preventative education than in “naming and shaming” the perpetrators.
The Oscar-winning actress was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her resilience has not wavered.
She wants to work with students — from younger grades [...]


Nov 12 2018 US Acting AG Will Consult With Ethics Officials on Possible Recusals

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will consult with ethics officials about any matters that could require him to recuse himself, the Justice Department said on Monday, after critics called on him to step aside from overseeing a Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Acting AG Matt Whitaker is fully committed to [...]


Nov 12 2018 Gates Links Up with Tokyo 2020 Olympics to Tackle Development Goals

U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates will launch an ‘Our Global Goals’ partnership with the Japan Sports Agency in an effort to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by publicizing them through the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the world’s second-richest person, has devoted much of his time in recent years to [...]


Nov 12 2018 Liz Cheney Poised for Ascent into Republican Leadership

Liz Cheney has had a quiet first term as congresswoman, but that’s about to change. She’s seeking a House Republican leadership post that’s key to her party’s strategy against next year’s Democratic majority.
If she succeeds, Cheney will be the only woman in House Republican leadership — and follow in the footsteps of her father, former [...]


Nov 12 2018 Ocean Shock: Menus for  Warming Planet

This is part of “Ocean Shock,” a Reuters series exploring climate change’s impact on sea creatures and the people who depend on them.
This series has explored the damaging effects of warming waters in the world’s oceans on marine life — and human life. Stressed by this climate change hidden beneath the waves, fish and other [...]


Nov 12 2018 No ‘Blue Wave,’ But Democrats’ Midterm Success Sinking In

No, it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night.
As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives and statehouses. The slow roll of [...]


Nov 12 2018 Roger Stone Associate Expects to Be Charged in Mueller Probe

An associate of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he expects to face charges in the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
Conservative conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi said on his YouTube show that negotiations fell apart with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and he expects in the coming days to be charged with making false statements.
The [...]