What The Leaked EU-Japan Trade Deal Tells Us About Brexit

JEFTA will soon become the EU’s biggest ever free trade deal, covering a trade volume twice as large as CETA, the recently negotiated agreement with Canada.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on arrival at the Europa building in Brussels, March 21, 2017. (AP/Virginia Mayo)

As Brexit talks begin in earnest, the European Union’s army of trade negotiators is finalizing what is set to become their biggest deal yet — JEFTA, a wide-reaching financial agreement with Japan. But hundreds of documents from the top secret deal – obtained and published over the weekend by Greenpeace Netherlands – have led to accusations that

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Brazil: Tribes Fight Back Against Illegal Loggers on Native Land

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An aerial shot shows the contrast between forest and agricultural landscapes near Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. (Flickr / Center For International Forestry Research / Kate Evans)

(ANTIMEDIA) Deforestation was an issue long before the media covered it and activist groups fought against it. It is estimated that between the mid-1800s — when deforestation began to proliferate — and 1947, humans destroyed approximately half of the world’s forests. In just the last 50 years, an estimated 17% of the Amazon has been destroyed.

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Loggers Kill Anti-Logging Activist, Native Community Leaders In Peru

The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who he had tried for years to expel from the lands for which his community was seeking title.

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An outspoken Peruvian opponent of illegal logging and three other native Ashaninka community leaders were slain in a remote region bordering Brazil, tribal authorities said Monday. The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who he had tried for years to expel from the lands for which his community was

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UN Holds First-Ever ‘Wildlife’ Day, Calls Attention To Illegal Logging Trade

The United Nations has set March 3 as the first-ever World Wildlife Day, hoping people will join it in going “wild for wildlife” and focus on the illegal logging trade.

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For the first time ever, the United Nations has set aside a day for the world to “celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet with.” Known as World Wildlife Day, John E. Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has

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A Third Of Papua New Guinea Now Beholden To Foreign Logging Companies

Nearly one third of the country has been leased to foreign logging companies, many on century-long agreements.

WASHINGTON – Within just a few years, Papua New Guinea has become the world’s second-largest supplier of illegally logged tropical timber, fuelled by Chinese factory contracts and consumer demand in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Southeast Asian country has long been known for the size of its rainforests, estimated to be the

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Silver Lining: Mennonite Group Awards Canadian First Nations Activist With Peace Prize

Judy Da Silva traveled to Germany this week to accept an award for her work against an aggressive Canadian logging industry threatening to preserve native land.

As Canada’s First Nations people battle oil and logging industries that have dumped over 20,000 pounds of mercury into their Wabigoon River, an international peace award given to one of their own is painting a silver lining into their struggle. Grassy Narrows resident Judy Da Silva traveled to Germany this week to accept an international peace

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