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5 Ways Citizens United Has Screwed Over Our Democracy

Five years after the Supreme Court handed down Citizens United , the decision continues to have a widespread impact on the state, federal, and even . . .

Pozzolan Mine Wearing out the People of Mt. Popa

“I have to eat my lunch so late so that I will not be hungry again in the evening,” the woman herding cattle told me . . .

The Victims of a Mega Development Project

On a cool day during the rainy season, I visited a village that had recently been relocated due to a large-scale development project. On my . . .

Do development projects bring happiness?

Mekong
Based on my own experience working closely to development projects, I have realized that there are different definitions of development and happiness. From the government’s . . .

Mother Somboun: A Happy Life on the Moun River

Mother Somboun
“For me, development is not about modernization. It is not about new technologies and modern materials. For me, development comes from inside the heart—what I . . .

Spotlight on Earth Rights Defenders in Thailand

I am so lucky to have had opportunities to meet inspiring people who have dedicated their lives to public interest. These people believe strongly in . . .

Spotlight on Earth Rights Defenders in Vietnam

There are many earth rights defenders in Vietnam who support others in the face of human rights violations and environmental issues. Some of them work . . .

US Attorneys with Colombian Heart: Reflections on Doe v. Chiquita

Juan Pablo in Mali
I remember Paul Hoffman sitting outside the 11th Circuit courtroom in April, waiting for his turn to argue his case. His case is the case . . .

Environmental rights as human rights in the Lower Mekong Basin

Farmland along a tributary of the Mekong River, imperiled by a nearby dam.
The way modern society has developed has led to an unfortunate state of affairs where environmental protection and social benefits are often seen as competing . . .

Sympathy but no justice from the Second Circuit in Bhopal contamination case

Two weeks ago, I traveled with another ERI legal intern from Washington, DC, to New York City to watch ERI’s Rick Herz argue for justice . . .

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