Early harvest and a suitcase sculpture: Tuesday’s best photos

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Ukraine could abandon key labour principle as part of EU drive

The government’s post-war reconstruction plans threaten a ‘Mad Max-style dystopia’, says Ukrainian labour lawyer Source: OpenDemocracy: Ukraine could abandon key labour principle as part of EU drive

Belarusian prisoners’ letters shine light on life in Lukashenka’s jails

Two years after protesters contested Belarus’s election result, they refuse to be silenced – even while behind bars Source: OpenDemocracy: Belarusian prisoners’ letters shine light on life in Lukashenka’s jails

Firefighters risk cancer and heat stroke as UK braces for more wildfires

Having been ‘decimated’ by cuts, fire services must risk personal safety as climate change worsens heatwaves Source: OpenDemocracy: Firefighters risk cancer and heat stroke as UK braces for more wildfires

‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza

Israel bombed a tower meters from our home. My kids are paralyzed by fear. They say the war is against Islamic Jihad, but it is civilians who are harmed. The post ‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza appeared first on +972 Magazine.

In defence of pigeons

In defence of pigeons Pigeons are widely treated with contempt by the public Fercast/Shutterstock If you ask people why they like their favourite animal, they will tell you about the incredible things the creature can do, its relatable characteristics or its interesting looks. Few would be likely to cite the pigeon as theirs. Many people think of them as vermin rather than wildlife. People’s utter disdain for feral pigeons breaks my heart. Sit in a park at lunchtime, anywhere in the world, and you’re almost certain to witness people lashing out at pigeons. I see people stamping their feet and…

‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza

Israel bombed a tower meters from our home. My kids are paralyzed by fear. They say the war is against Islamic Jihad, but it is civilians who are harmed. The post ‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza appeared first on…

Scrapping use-by dates could prevent huge amounts of food waste – here’s what else could help

Scrapping use-by dates could prevent huge amounts of food waste – here’s what else could help Supermarkets are beginning to remove date labels on fruit and veg to tackle the food waste issue. Adam Melnyk/Shutterstock Before ending up on a European supermarket shelf, an avocado has effectively emitted 1.3 kilograms of carbon into the atmosphere. Its production alone consumes 60 gallons of water. Despite this, the fruit will often be discarded as household waste. Wastage occurs at each stage of the food supply chain, but household food waste is one of the most significant. British households waste an estimated 6.7…

Myanmar: ASEAN approach requires a reboot to end horrific crimes by the Myanmar military

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks its 55th anniversary today, Amnesty International urges the regional bloc to acknowledge the failure of its five-point plan published in April 2021 to end the violence and increasing human rights violations in Myanmar. “ASEAN must prove it is not a toothless body but acts decisively to hold the Myanmar military to account for its atrocious human rights violations. The military has decades of blood on its hands and will continue to trample on the lives and rights of millions of people in Myanmar if it is not made to face the…

Religious fundamentalist lawyers ‘preyed on’ Archie Battersbee’s family

Christian Legal Centre and Christian Concern accused of using tragic case to whitewash their own anti-rights work Source: OpenDemocracy: Religious fundamentalist lawyers ‘preyed on’ Archie Battersbee’s family

ScottishPower to build £150m green hydrogen plant at Port of Felixstowe

Exclusive: plant at Suffolk port is slated to produce 100megawatts of power from 2026ScottishPower is planning to build a £150m green hydrogen plant at the Port of Felixstowe to power trains, trucks and ships, the Guardian can reveal.The energy company has drawn up proposals for a 100megawatt plant at the Suffolk port which will provide enough fuel to power 1300 hydrogen trucks from 2026. Continue reading...

Statement on publication of press release on Ukrainian fighting tactics 

Amnesty International deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on the Ukrainian military’s fighting tactics has caused. Since Russian’s invasion began in February 2022, Amnesty International has been rigorously documenting and reporting on war crimes and violations committed in Ukraine, speaking to hundreds of victims and survivors whose stories illuminate the brutal reality of Russia’s war of aggression. We have challenged the world to demonstrate its solidarity with Ukrainians through concrete action, and we will continue to do so.   Amnesty International’s priority in this and in any conflict is ensuring that civilians are protected; indeed, this was…

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