Bees at a cluster of apiaries in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M’s candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause.
Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colorful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades.
Mystified, the beekeepers embarked on an investigation and discovered that a biogas plant 4 km (2.5 miles) away has been processing waste from a Mars plant producing M&M’s, bite-sized candies in bright red, blue, green, yellow and brown shells.
Asked about the issue, Mars had no immediate comment.
The move appeared to be the latest salvo in the Kremlin’s efforts to squeeze a protest movement largely borne of civil society efforts to highlight growing government abuses. In addition to funding health and environment projects, USAid mainly focuses on supporting groups that promote democracy and human rights in Russia.
Attacks on Press Freedom & Speech: July 10 - July 20, 2012
For the past ten days I’ve taken screenshots of reported incidents of attacks on press freedom and speech that appear in my RSS feed. The majority of these come from Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
This, of course, isn’t everything that’s happened in the last ten days, but is a chilling reminder of what does happen during any particular, mostly mundane, time period around the globe.
If selecting the image doesn’t enlarge it enough to read the headline and dek of each, you can view the original biggie sized-version here.
One official estimates that up to 8,000 Kyrgyz girls are kidnapped and forced into marriage annually. Few statistics on bride kidnapping are available, but one study last year found that 45 percent of women married in the eastern town of Karakol in 2010 and 2011 had been non-consensually kidnapped.
China is moving backwards. In fifteen years of studying and writing about this place, I’ve rarely had reason to reach that conclusion without one qualifier or another dangling off the end of the sentence—qualifiers that leave room, for instance, for “halting progress” or “mixed signals.”
But this week the evidence is unambiguous: for the first time in thirteen years, China has kicked out a foreign correspondent. In doing so, it revives a Soviet-era strategy that will undermine its own efforts to project soft power and shows a spirit of self-delusion that does not bode well for China’s ability to address the problems that imperil its future.
Photograph by Avijit Datta (Kolkata, West Bengal), January 2010, Gangasagar Island
This is ‘Tiger Girls,’ Myanmar’s first all-girl band which sings songs about freedom in a country in the midst of a political and cultural shift. They can’t play in clubs (lest the ‘Tiger Girls’ be dubbed prostitutes) so theirs is a world of radio stations and private events. Their plan? “To push the limits of the country’s censorship board,” Heidi Mitchell writes on the Beast, ”which regulates virtually everything: costumes, lyrics, dance moves, videos, album titles.” These girls are badass! Team Tiger Girls right here.
The PBS NewsHour differs in its agenda from other television news programs. The most striking difference is that the NewsHour offered more than a third more coverage of international news proportionally in 2011 than the rest of the media over all, including all other forms of television news.