Links to Start Your Week 3/2/14

These links are a little late, but we’ll call it okay because on the East Coast lots of people are getting a late start to their week.

Environment

I went to this protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in D.C. and it was awesome!

As climate change continues, Americans (and other parts of the world) will increasingly have to deal with water scarcity.

Europe

You have probably heard that the protests in Ukraine resulted in their former president fleeing the country. He has since popped up in Russia. This weekend, you have probably also heard that tension are rising between pro-Russian and more pro-EU groups in a region of Ukraine called Crimea. (The pro-Western vs. pro-Russian division is a bit of a simplification, so here is a more in-depth analysis.) And now Russia has sent troops to Crimea and taken “complete operational control” of the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine has called this a declaration of war. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Kiev on Tuesday to meet with the Ukrainian government. Here you can listen to a description of the Ukrainian protests from an actual protester instead of a random U.S. pundit.

Asia

10 attackers with knives killed 29 and wounded 130 others at a train station in China. Police shot and killed four and captured one. So far the other five are still on the run. The attack is being blamed on separatists from China’s Xinjiang region.

As Afghan elections approach, a writer at Al Jazeera discusses the future of women’s rights in the country.

The NGO Doctors Without Borders (known by their French abbreviation, MSF,) is being expelled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, although they will be allowed to continue functioning in other parts of the country. The Myanmar government plans to take over their projects in Rakhine. Myanmar says the move is due to the fact that many of their citizens believe MSF is unfairly diverting more resources to displaced Rohingya Muslims in the state.

Africa

This is a sort of long but really really interesting piece about oil theft in Nigeria.

Latin America

Guys, I have been trying really hard to find good articles that don’t seem too propagandistic on Venezuela’s protests. It is really difficult. But here are some of the best ones that I have found.

This piece puts the Venezuelan and Ukrainian protests, among others, in the context of “a new age of unrest as industrial civilization transitions to a post-carbon reality” and I found it quite interesting.

The Financial Times looks at the role Cuba could play in mediating a resolution to the Venezuelan conflict.

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