Before their mission, female Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., learn about Afghan culture and language. On the eve of their departure, they say goodbye to their families. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 TRANSCRIPT: Mark Schapiro: Today, we’re talking with […]
This story appears in the current Green Report on TheAtlantic.com. Photo courtesy Rene Schwietzke/Flickr Planes flying over the North Atlantic, where the Arctic and Caribbean air currents collide, are generally accustomed to heavy turbulence. But there is something new happening in that airspace that is creating profound turbulence on the ground: The EU is now […]
While the world watches Egypt, another similar struggle is underway in a country that could not be more different — Belarus, sandwiched between Russia, Poland and the Baltic states, and facing a similar struggle for an independent media and freedom from an authoritarian regime.
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One of the most protracted and violent struggles for freedom of the press in Europe since the fall of the Soviet Union is unfolding in Belarus, where a presidential election widely viewed as rigged has sparked protests and a brutal crackdown.
California timber firms could emerge as big winners in the state’s fight against global warming, earning millions of dollars through the sale of carbon credits if a new set of rules are approved by the Air Resources Board this week. READ FULL STORY | REACT | FAQ | CALIFORNIA WATCH | CARBON WATCH
To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been wildly overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally. READ FULL STORY | YALE ENVIRONMENT 360 […]
A question comes this week from the UK: Should the press be patriotic? Plus, protests erupt over the brutal beatings of Russian journalists.
Journalists in Russia have long faced often brutal retaliation for their reporting into organized crime and the corruption of public officials. Now that violence appears to be hitting journalists reporting on one of the country’s most high-profile environmental battles—over the government’s plan to pave a highway through one of the last remaining pristine forests in western Russia.
This week’s Global Digest looks into a side effect of Europe’s integration: sham marriages. Also, Iceland declares itself the world’s first official “safe haven” for whistle-blowers and investigative journalists.
Here at CIR’s Global Digest, it’s been heartening to see what amounts to a boom in nonprofit journalistic enterprises around the world. We’ll be having a look at some of their work over the coming months.