The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Photographer Depicts the “Boys of Volta” Who Fish in the World’s Largest Man-Made Lake

Child trafficking around Lake Volta has recently been spotlighted by organizations such as IJM and in reporting by CNN. While some experts disagree on the extent of trafficking in the region, all agree with the findings of the International Labor Organization that working on the lake is dangerous and exploitive work for children. Snell’s images capture both the fragility and strength of the children on the lake and the difficulties of solving the problem of child labor.

#LakeVolta #Ghana #children

Congress Shouldn’t Be Fenced Off to the People it Represents

The Capitol complex, where all our elected lawmakers come together to legislate in the open view of the public, has been recognized around the world as a celebrated symbol of democracy. If Congress were to permanently retreat into a militarized zone ringed by fencing topped with razor wire, it would send the kind of message that heads of autocratic regimes send by cloistering themselves away from their populaces in armored fortresses. 

#washingtondc #politics #democracy


“Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?” Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. “How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.”

#Brazil #COVID19 #international #Asshole

The Rise of the Private Police

South Africa is no isolated exception. Private security is becoming the worldwide norm, covering everything from mercenary armies to armed guards for the world’s corporations and elites. Two of the largest global firms, Allied Universal and G4S, are on the verge of a merger. If it goes through, the new company would be one of the top five private employers in the world. It would also be the largest private equity–owned employer globally.

#PrivatePolice #SouthAfrica #AlliedUniversal

Enjoy It While It Lasts: Dropping Oxygen Will Eventually Suffocate Most Life on Earth

For now life is flourishing on our oxygen-rich planet, but Earth wasn’t always that way – and scientists have predicted that, in the future, the atmosphere will revert back to one that’s rich in methane and low in oxygen.

#Science #Earth #H2O

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