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Of vampires and a zombie mine in Transylvania

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By Payal Sampat

September 8, 2013

Transylvania, Romania, is known for its fictional vampires – this is the region where Bram Stoker set his classic vampire novel, Dracula, in 1897.  Over a century later, the region is threatened not by fictional vampires but a very real –and far scarier –monster: the Rosia  Montana mine.

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Environmental activist arrested and brutalized for opposing Newmont’s Conga gold mine

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By Payal Sampat

July 5, 2012

What is going on in Peru?

On July 4, riot police in Peru surrounded Father Marco Arana, a Catholic priest and human rights and environmental activist, as he sat peacefully on a bench Cajamarca’s town square.  The police officers proceeded to kick, punch and beat Father Marco,  forcing him to the ground and surrounding him – all of which was captured on cell phone video cameras and immediately posted online. He was then arrested and forcibly taken to the police station, where we learned through his Twitter feed, he continued to be beaten and brutalized.
 

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