Progress Report for July 6, 2016

A coffee-break update for humanitarians, journalists and others striving for a perfect world


>>Clinton didn’t break the law
The FBI on Tuesday recommended that no criminal charges be filed over Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers while she was secretary of state, but sharply rebuked the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate for “extremely careless” handling of classified information. Reuters

>>Oil rich, food poor
Five hundred hungry Venezuelan women have stormed across a bridge into Colombia, defying a year-long border crossing in search of basic foodstuff and goods which are hard to find back home. The Guardian

>>This is how dictators stay in power
With the Muslim Brotherhood routed, grassroots activists imprisoned or facing arrest, growing media censorship, and repression of journalists and human rights activists, Egypt’s smaller opposition political parties remain one of the few formally tolerated avenues of opposition. However, most of them have remained silent in their dissent, allowing the regime led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to sideline them. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

>>Welsh vote for Brexit was against its own interest
Wales gets back far more money from the European Union than it pays in. But many of the poorer places in Britain that receive the most aid from Europe also voted decisively to leave. The New York Times


>>Those unspeakable monsters
While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. Associated Press

>>Political fallout begins after Baghdad bombing
The government minister largely responsible for security in Baghdad submitted his resignation Tuesday, two days after one of the biggest bombings in more than a decade of war and insurgency killed 175 people as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan came to an especially bloody conclusion. Associated Press

>>How much a terrorist attack costs
Operatives linked to the Islamic State militant group were to carry out a coordinated assault on Iranian cities, including Tehran, during Ramadan after being paid €600,000 ($669,210), a documentary aired on state TV said Monday. Newsweek

Human rights

>>Think refugees are a strain on your country’s resources?
A surge in violence since last month has displaced tens of thousands more refugees, testing the spirit of open-armed acceptance in Niger’s Diffa region as shortages of food and water put communities under severe strain. Competition for scarce resources is creating friction and the risk of ethnic unrest. Reuters

>>Brazil is a dangerous place to be gay
While Americans have fiercely debated how to respond to the massacre last month at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Brazilians have been confronting their own epidemic of anti-gay violence — one that, by some counts, has earned Brazil the ignominious ranking of the world’s deadliest place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The New York Times

>>Denying people citizenship hurts the economy
One of the most debilitating (and rarely acknowledged) effects of statelessness is chronic economic instability. Without the legal right to work, the stateless find few avenues for upward mobility, leaving generation after generation to toil in poverty and obscurity — at the expense of both individuals and the states that host them. Foreign Policy

A report finds poverty is rising among Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries. A survey carried out by the U.N. refugee agency in five host countries shows Syrian refugees are finding it increasingly more difficult to make ends meet. Voice of America


>>The fish will be so confused
In what’s being called a “fishout program,” Canada’s most remote northern territory has given the go-ahead for a mining company to drain an entire lake and relocate all of its fish. Once mining is done, the company plans to re-flood the lakebed and put the fish back. Vice News

>>Fish think plastic is food
Plastic dumped into the seas around the U.K. is carried to the Arctic within two years, scientists have revealed, where it does “extreme harm” to the fragile polar environment. The Guardian

Editor’s picks

>>Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t really a free trade deal
The TPP is more focused on crafting regulatory regimes that benefit certain industries. So the most consequential parts of the deal would actually undermine the free flow of goods and services by expanding some protectionist, anti-competitive policies sought by global corporations. The Intercept

>>Things Trump has said about Clinton
“Constantly playing the woman’s card.” The New Yorker

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