Guatemalan women take on Canada’s mining giants over ‘horrific human rights abuses’

On the 20th floor of an office tower in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, Irma Yolanda Choc Cac’s bright pink embroidered blouse and handwoven skirt contrasted with the suits of the lawyers around her as she detailed the hardest day of her life. It was the first time Choc Cac had ever left Guatemala. …

Russian cyber-activists ‘tried to discredit Scottish independence vote’

An expert in Russian cyber-operations has accused Russian activists of running a disinformation campaign to discredit the Scottish independence referendum result, by wrongly alleging it was rigged. Pro-Russian propagandists used Twitter, fake videos on YouTube and Facebook accounts to make and then spread false allegations that votes were interfered with to ensure victory for pro-UK …

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. Neonicotinoids were banned from use on flowering crops in the European Union in 2013 due to the harm they cause to bees and other vital pollinators. Following even more evidence …

Roy Moore’s stunning defeat reveals the red line for Trump-style politics | Richard Wolffe

There’s no sugar coating the stunning defeat for Donald Trump and his cronies in Tuesday’s senate contest. There’s no accusation of fake news that can cover the tracks of the disastrous results for the president – and for his supposedly populist politics – little more than one year after his own election. There’s no comeback …

Tanzania pardons two child rapists and calls for arrest of pregnant schoolgirls

Activists accused Tanzania’s leaders of “promoting a culture of human rights violations”, as the release of two high-profile child rapists this week coincided with calls for pregnant schoolgirls to be arrested. John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, pardoned the two men, who were convicted of the rape of 10 primary school children aged between six and …

Corbyn by Richard Seymour review – the strange rebirth of radical politics

In these febrile times, writing books about current British politics – and even reviewing them – is a risky business. Richard Seymour’s highly opinionated study of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, and the circumstances that gave rise to it, was first published in April 2016. Labour were in the low 30s in the polls, a middling-to-mediocre …

Credit ratings agency wrote to me about a hack, but how did it get my details?

I recently received a letter from Equifax, the credit ratings agency, telling me that my personal details had been hacked in May. I do not have a direct relationship with Equifax and do not have a mortgage, do not use a credit card and have no loans. Equifax couldn’t tell me any more. What can …