Environmental defenders in Nicaragua denounce government crackdown as elections loom

Indigenous communities in northeastern Nicaragua continue to suffer from violent attacks by land invaders looking to exploit the area for cattle ranching and gold mining. Environmental defenders are increasingly struggling to denounce the violence as President Daniel Ortega targets government critics ahead of elections scheduled for November. Many advocates ofContinue Reading

Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago could take a “first step” Tuesday towards reining in the use of single-use plastics at city restaurants, but a more expansive ban won’t be pursued until the industry fully recovers from the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic.  Restaurants would almost always be banned from sending customers homeContinue Reading

China tech giants spend billions to fuel growth after crackdown

Beijing’s crackdown on its tech giants is fueling a noticeable phenomenon: it’s opened the spending floodgates. China’s largest internet corporations are digging deep into their pockets to open up new avenues of growth as Beijing curtails their most lucrative businesses from fintech to e-commerce. Tencent Holdings Ltd., Alibaba Group HoldingContinue Reading