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Assad Under Pressure, Japan's Dolphin Slaughter, "Personal" Stash

Blast site in Beirut
Blast site in Beirut
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PRESSURE MOUNTING ON ASSAD AHEAD OF GENEVA 2

  • A report released yesterday evening by CNN and The Guardian shows “direct evidence of the regime's killing machine,” its authors have said, likening the bodies of starved prisoners to those of the concentration camps after World War II. The report was commissioned by Qatar, a country known for its support of some of the rebel and jihadist groups fighting in Syria, and its release just ahead of tomorrow’s Geneva 2 peace conference will increase the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • After the United Nations withdrew its invitation to Iran to join the conference, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi expressed doubts that the meeting would reach a “real solution” without his country, AFP reports. Speaking at a press conference, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UN’s decision was “a mistake” but not a “catastrophe.”

CLASHES CONTINUE IN KIEV
Violent clashes continued in Kiev for the second night in a row, with pro-EU protesters torching vehicles and throwing Molotov cocktails at riot police, who replied with plastic bullets and stones, Ria Novosti reports. The protest movement, which started in November, was recently reignited by a controversial anti-protest law, which comes into force today. Read more from AFP.

BLAST IN HEZBOLLAH STRONGHOLD IN WEST BEIRUT
At least four people died as a suspected suicide bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, leaving another 31 injured, according to The Daily Star. The Shia group, a fierce supporter of the Syrian government, has been the target of several attacks over the past few weeks.

ANNUAL DOLPHIN KILLING BEGINS IN JAPAN
Japanese fishermen began their annual killing of dolphins this morning amid growing international pressure to put an end to the hunts, The Guardian reports. The governor of the Wakayama prefecture, where some 250 dolphins will be culled, dismissed critics as hypocrites, likening the killing of dolphins for meat to the slaughter of cows and pigs.

BY THE NUMBERS
Almost half of South Koreans started the week with a horrible surprise... Read about it here.

CRIME INT’L

A burglar in Belgium was caught with 28,500 euros stuffed in his underwear before he ever had a chance to steal anything.

A DISH BEST SERVED COLD?
Tony Blair was placed under “citizen’s arrest” for his involvement in the Iraq war as he was having dinner in a London restaurant.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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