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Legendary Canadian bartender’s dying wish was for toes to garnish cocktails

Captain Dick Stevenson requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the sour toe whiskey cocktail he invented The final wish of a Canadian man that all of his toes be donated to be used in a a spate of toe thefts. The hotel now slaps a fine of C$2,500 ($1,900) on any patron attempting to swipe a toe. The hotel currently has six toes, including three Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/sour-toe-cocktail-canadian-bartender-captain-dick-dying-wish

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What the coup against Evo Morales means to indigenous people like me | Nick Estes

The indigenous-socialist project accomplished what neoliberalism has repeatedly failed to do: redistribute wealth to societys poorest sectors Evo Morales is more than Bolivias first indigenous president he is our president, too. The rise of a humble Aymara coca farmer to the nations highest office in 2006 marked the arrival of indigenous people as vanguards of history. Within the social movements that brought him to power emerged indigenous visions of socialism and the values of Pachamama (the Andean Earth Mother). Evo represents five centuries of indigenous deprivation and struggle in the…

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Brazil’s former president Lula walks free from prison after supreme court ruling

Workers party leader had been held for 580 days for corruption but court rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhausted Brazils former president said. Brazil did not improve, Brazil got worse. The people are going hungry. The people are unemployed. The people do not have formal jobs. People are working for Uber theyre riding bikes to deliver pizzas. Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 after a after all appeals to higher courts had been exhausted, paving the way for Lula and another 5,000 prisoners to be freed. The decision followed revelations…

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Chilean police officer arrested after shooting students at protest

Other officers have been accused of a beating and sexual abuse as unrest enters third week, with 2,000 injured A Chilean police major who shot two students during a school protest has been arrested as a wave of political unrest enters a third week and the number of injured in street violence topped 2,000. Maj Humberto Tapia was arrested by detectives on Thursday and charged with illegally discharging his shotgun inside a public school that had been occupied by students on Tuesday. A call by the beleaguered principal led to…

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US effort to curb fentanyl behind brief arrest of El Chapos son, says minister

Ovidio Guzmn was wanted on allegations of smuggling drug as Sinaloa cartel appears to have moved into production of fentanyl US efforts to curb the opioid fentanyl were behind the brief arrest of a son of imprisoned kingpin reed by outnumbered officials who feared a bloody confrontation with cartel henchmen. Mexicos security minister, Alfonso Durazo, said Guzmn was wanted on allegations of smuggling fentanyl, the potent fentanyl production and smuggling across the US-Mexico border. The Sinaloa cartel is probably one of Mexicos top fentanyl traffickers to the US, according to…

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive…

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Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Diplomats had reported falling ill after what was thought to be acoustic attack Brain scans of US embassy staff who became ill in mysterious circumstances while serving in Cuba have found potential abnormalities that may be related to their symptoms. The scans taken from 40 US government workers who suffered strange concussion-like symptoms during their deployment to Havana revealed that particular brain features looked different to those in healthy volunteers. Images of the diplomats brains found that on average they had lower volumes of white matter, the tissue made from…

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Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, when it was embargoed by Brazils government environment agency Ibama…

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One year on from pivotal win for Mexico’s left, Amlo is still campaigning

Lpez Obrador remains broadly popular, likely due to success at upending a political system most voters perceived as riddled with corruption His government has just Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has long showed a crushing lack of interest in foreign affairs. So instead of hobnobbing with other G20 leaders in Japan, the president known popularly as Amlo was in Mexico City, preparing to address thousands of supporters in the citys central square on Monday. During last years election campaign, Lpez Obrador drew comparisons with Donald Trump for his appeal to ordinary…

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Uruguay court orders government to sell Nazi bronze eagle from battleship

Eagle with swastika under its talons, recovered in 2006, was part of German battleships stern that sank off the coast A court in Its captain ordered the ship scuttled, sinking it a few miles from the Uruguayan capital to prevent its then state-of-the-art technology from falling into allied hands. Most of the crew was taken by ship to Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina and the captain killed himself there days later. Private investors from the US and Europe funded Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/21/uruguay-nazi-bronze-eagle-battleship-court-sell

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Police say two shot as 1.5m pack Toronto streets for Raptors’ title parade

There were reports a woman had been shot as Toronto Raptors fans crowded into the citys downtown to greet the newly crowned NBA champions Toronto police say two people were shot as Toronto Raptors fans packed the citys downtown to watch the teams NBA title parade. Police said two people had sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries two people had been taken into custody, and the parade was resumed after a short delay. Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) Im on the roof of city hall and something is happening. People are running…

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Colombia leader hits out at ‘hypocrisy’ of middle-class cocaine users

Ivn Duque decries social acceptability of drug that inflicts environmental and social damage on producers Middle-class cocaine users are inconsistent hypocrites if they fail to recognise the environmental and social damage their drug use is inflicting on producer countries, the Colombian president has said during a visit to London. In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, Ivn Duque said that cocaines social acceptability had to end. There are many people who present themselves as environmentalists, and if they want to be coherent, they must understand all the environmental damage…

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Roman Catholic church could allow married men to become priests

Vatican summit to discuss plan to address clergy shortage in remote Amazon areas The Roman Catholic church is opening the door to a change in its centuries-old requirement that priests must be celibate in a document suggesting older married men may be ordained in remote areas of the Amazon. A Vatican document has called on the church to consider the far-reaching move as a way to overcome the shortage of clergy in the region. Although the proposals to be considered by the Vatican concern the ordination of married men in…

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Venezuelas gold fever fuels gangs and insecurity: ‘There will be anarchy’

Puerto Ordaz has been swept up in a gold rush that powers the city as the armed groups running the mines flourish Puerto Ordaz was once Venezuelas industrial hub, a modernist dream of broad boulevards and ranks of factories and gateway to a belt of rich oilfields that funded government largesse for decades. As the economy has crumbled though, the modern city of steel and aluminium has been swallowed by its past, transformed into little more than an outpost of the gold mines a few hours drive away in the…

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Philippines threatens to dump rubbish back in Canadian waters as row deepens

Two nations have been at odds over 69 containers of waste sent to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the rubbish. The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing. Canada says the waste, exported to the Philippines between…

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