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Remembering Environmental Defenders

Erich Pica | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

On Memorial Day, there is nothing more haunting, tranquil and inspiring as listening to taps being played at a cemetery honoring the men and woman who...

Myanmar Close, But Not Quite Ready, for Prime Time

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Energy majors from Norway's Statoil to BG Group are among the first to get the chance to explore frontier prospects off the coast of Myanmar. Global W...

Why UN Arms Negotiations Must Include Talk of Ending Corporate Secrecy

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Stefanie Ostfeld

As United Nations representatives meet to hammer out a Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in New York this week, they must take into account the role of corporate secrecy in facilitating illegal arms trafficking and other crimes around the world.

Congress Must End 'Too Big to Jail'

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

There is a clear role for the Treasury, and senators should use today's hearing to clarify it. If the Treasury has a responsibility to coordinate and ensure regulatory oversight of U.S. financial institutions, then what is it doing to ensure financial regulators provide stronger oversight?

South Sudan's New Oil Laws Offer a Reason for Optimism

Dana Wilkins | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Dana Wilkins

If implemented effectively, these requirements could go a long way in ensuring the country's oil is managed transparently and benefits all citizens. So why is this so important?

Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.

Shady Deals May Threaten Liberian Forests

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green

* Quarter of Liberia's land given to timber firms since 2010, report says * Government launches probe, suspends forestry department h...

Report Examines Land And Forest Activist Killings

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green

A new report from international NGO Global Witness suggests that, in the past decade, 711 individuals have been killed while defending land and forest...

Prey Lang: A Forest on the Brink of Destruction (PHOTOS)

Mathieu Young | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Mathieu Young

We stayed in the forest homes of members of the Prey Lang Network, a grassroots association of villagers risking their lives to try and slow the destruction of their forest.

Sudan and South Sudan: Oil and the Recent Border Clashes

Dana Wilkins | Posted 03.29.2012 | World
Dana Wilkins

Any new deal must address the pervasive mistrust around the oil sector by guaranteeing transparency and independent verification in its implementation.

Blood Diamonds Aren't Gone, Says Global Watchdog

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

An International NGO at the forefront of investigating the illicit trade of blood diamonds has announced it will be leaving the United Nations-backed ...

The Sad Truth About the Fight Against Blood Diamonds

Edward Zwick | Posted 02.03.2012 | World
Edward Zwick

The Kimberley Process's refusal to address the clear links between diamonds, violence and tyranny has rendered it hopelessly ineffectual. In effect, it has become an accomplice to diamond laundering.

Cambodian Sand Dredging Threatens Environment, Economy

AP | By DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business

KOH KONG, Cambodia -- Round a bend in Cambodia's Tatai River and the virtual silence of a tropical idyll turns suddenly into an industrial nightmare. ...

Undermining Aid: How the U.S. Financial System Facilitates Overseas Corruption

Robert B. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert B. Lawrence

When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping blo...

Dear Secretary Clinton: Could You Please Find Out if This Congolese Child Is Still Alive?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

I know you won't have a lot of free time when you visit the DRC, so perhaps you could skip some interviews and visit eastern Congo. The people there believe that you will help them.

First Blood Diamonds, Now Blood Computers?

TIME | Elizabeth Dias Friday, Jul. 24, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When the film Blood Diamond came out in 2006, people were startled at the alleged origins of the precious stones from areas of bloody conflict and beg...

Lax Checks of Mineral Companies Allow Atrocities and Abuses in Congo

Lizzie Parsons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lizzie Parsons

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Congo region have been forced to flee from their homes - some many times - because men with guns have given them no choice. Others have been massacred, raped or tortured.

Cambodia's Coming Oil Wealth Will Likely Entrench Ruling Cabal In Corruption

Global Post | Patrick Winn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK - Haunted by war, and wracked by poverty, Cambodia has had little opportunity to enjoy one its few blessings. The nation of 14 million peop...