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My job is to clean up the environment. China really wants to do that

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Environmental lawyer James Thornton says Chinas ecological civilisation concept is the best response to the worlds environmental crisis James Thorntons specialty is suing governments and corporations on behalf of his only client the Earth and hes very good at it. In his four decades of legal practice across three continents, hes never lost a case. Acknowledging this in 2009 the new book, Client Earth, which he co-wrote with his partner Martin Goodman. When I met them in Sydney, Thornton was keen to discuss his unlikely adventure in China, while Goodman, usually a reserved Englishman, enthused about the unexpected hope he [...]

Raised in America, now back in Mexico: ‘The country I loved kicked me out’

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Young Mexicans speak out about what they lost by leaving the US before Daca, what they gained, and what faces those who may now lose their protection Three years after she went back to Mexico, a country she barely knew, Maggie Loredo learned that Barack Obama had created temporary deportation relief for undocumented migrants brought to the US as children. I immediately wanted to go to the border with all of my things and go back to the US, she said. But because she had left, she did not qualify for relief from the threat of deportation under says it [...]

What is Daca and who are the Dreamers?

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With Donald Trump poised to scrap the Obama-era program for children brought to the US illegally, we explain everything you need to know about it Donald Trump has said he will announce on Tuesday whether he is scrapping a program giving work permits to people who were brought to the US illegally as children. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) but will give Congress up to six months to find a legislative alternative. But what is Daca, who are the people affected (known as Dreamers), and what will happen to them? What is Daca? Daca is a federal government program [...]

Stormfront: ‘murder capital of internet’ pulled offline after civil rights action

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Web.com pulls support for one of the oldest and largest neo-nazi hate sites following campaign by Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law One of the oldest and largest neo-nazi sites on the internet, the white supremacist chatroom Stormfront, has been thrown off the open web by its domain registrar.Stormfront has been described by the anti-hate group Southern Poverty Law Center as the downfall of the Daily Stormer, a far-right news site which was dropped by multiple service providers after it published an article smearing the victim of a far-right terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eventually, the site was forced [...]

Martin Shkreli found guilty of fraud by jury in New York

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The 34-year-old pharmaceutical entrepreneur found guilty on three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical entrepreneur once dubbed the most hated man in America, has been found guiltyon three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. The jury of seven women and five men reached their verdict on the fifth day of deliberations after a month-long federal fraud trial. Shkreli, nicknamed Pharma Bro for his willfully provocative behaviour, faced up to 20 years behind bars on [...]

The $10bn question: what happened to the Marcos millions?

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In the 21 years Ferdinand Marcos ran the Philippines, billions went missing. As his son stands for vice-president, will the stolen fortune ever be recovered? In the early hours of a February morning in 1986, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos flew into exile. After 21 years as president of the

UK tourists to US may get asked to hand in passwords or be denied entry

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Although mitigation options exist, lawyers warn attempts to protect personal data may be seen as probable cause for searching British travellers to the United States face the uncomfortable choice of handing over personal information, including social media passwords and mobile phone contacts, or running the risk of being denied entry to the country, under a its general foreign travel advice page for the US, which contains no information on digital privacy at the border. The digital privacy guide continues: If a foreign visitor refuses a border agents demand to unlock their digital device, provide the device password, or provide social [...]

US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

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Privacy advocates call warrant for IP addresses of 1.3 million people who visited inauguration protest website an unconstitutional fishing expedition The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional fishing expedition for political dissidents. The warrant appears to be an escalation of the Department of Justices (DoJ) campaign against anti-Trump activities, including the harsh prosecution of inauguration day protesters. On 17 July, the DoJ served a website-hosting company, DreamHost, with a search warrant for every piece of information it possessed that was related to a website that [...]

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

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A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted Four more journalists have been charged with felonies after being arrested while covering the unrest around Donald Trumps inauguration, meaning that at least six media workers are facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted. Matt Hopard. Photograph: Handout A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter were each charged with the most serious level of offense under Washington DCs reporting on Monday that the journalists Evan Engel [...]

Are Trump’s H1-B visa reforms just a dog-whistle for his base? | Michael Paarlberg

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Trumps latest executive order cannot be taken in isolation from his broader immigration agenda, which is overwhelmingly xenophobic President Trump uses executive orders the same way he uses Twitter: a way to vaguely state broad policy intentions without actually changing policy. His Buy American, Hire American executive order, which he unveiled on Tuesday at a tool manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, does effectively nothing except send a signal to his nationalist base, which is precisely what it is designed to do. What the hire American part is supposed to do is order federal agencies to review and propose reforms to [...]
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